|Engaging Employees in Reducing Energy – November 29, 2012|
VMEC is pleased to introduce this important new workshop. In collaboration with Efficiency Vermont, this day-long session is designed to assist organizations in becoming more competitive by engaging all employees in finding effective ways to reduce energy use and costs. Attendees will learn how to eliminate energy waste and unnecessary energy consumption in their daily activities, work areas and facility, including in individual, department and company processes.
Through a combination of lecture, discussion, examples and exercises, this practical training specifically addresses energy efficiency and energy use problems. Participants will learn how to engage fellow employees in identifying energy waste, problems, and improvement opportunities through creative idea generation. They will be introduced to a set of proven tools and methods to better “see” waste and problems, such as observation skills, audits, checklists, "Lean" methods (such as 5S and Value Stream Mapping) and how to use stimulus to think creatively about energy conservation and efficiency ideas.
Simple prioritization techniques and how to quantify impacts of ideas will be discussed. Participants will also learn when to tap resources available through Efficiency Vermont to help quantify energy savings, plus more complex Return On Investment (ROI) calculations. An introduction to the practice of implementing ideas using Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycles using specific energy examples will be included in the day’s learning, as well as how PDCA can be applied to managing and tracking implementation of effective and sustainable counter measures.
Lastly, successful methods to track ideas and communicate their status with measured results will be shared. Best practices for encouraging participation and celebrating successes will also be discussed.Payment: Please make check payable to "VMEC" and mail to PO Box 12, Randolph Center, VT 05061-0012. To pay by credit card (VISA, MC, AMEX), call 802-728-1432.