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Sustainability Initiative
Introduction
E3—Economy, Energy, and Environment—is a coordinated federal and local voluntary technical assistance initiative that helps communities work in conjunction with their manufacturing base to adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability while using green technology.

Joining forces with the local community, E3 provides manufacturers with customized, hands-on assessments of production processes to reduce energy consumption, minimize their carbon footprint, prevent pollution, increase safety and productivity, and drive innovation. It includes but is not limited to assistance with the implementation of Lean-Clean-Green projects; employee training in green skills; and the identification of low interest loan opportunities. In summary, E3:

  • Reduces environmental impacts while regaining a competitive advantage;
  • Promotes sustainable manufacturing and growth through innovative technology;
  • Improves the regional economy by retaining jobs in companies that are better positioned for global competition; and
  • Helps foster a smarter, safer and more efficient green workforce with attention to worker safety.

All projects pursued under E3 are focused on achieving the following five goals:

1. Increased energy efficiency and sustainability;
2. The provision of valuable technical training, jobs and skills training, assessments and support;
3. Improved profitability of the local economy;
4. Enabling growth; and
5. Creating and retaining manufacturing jobs.

As a result, E3 reduces environmental impacts while maintaining and increasing competitive advantages; promotes sustainable manufacturing and growth through innovative technology; improves the regional economy by retaining jobs in companies that are better positioned for global competition; and helps foster a smarter, safer and more efficient green workforce with attention to worker safety.

Each E3 Initiative is unique. The Town of Tonawanda E3 Sustainability Initiative (Tonawanda E3 Initiative) will tailor the E3 projects to meet the environmental, energy and economic needs of the Tonawanda community. In particular, this initiative will develop and maintain a special focus on air quality issues in the initial phases of the projects.

The Tonawanda E3 Sustainability Initiative Charter defines and describes the details of the Tonawanda E3 Initiative, including the goals, background, participant capacities and list of potential E3 projects. 

Read the final charter 


Tonawanda E3 Initiative Background
The Economy, Energy and Environment (E3) program is an interagency (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Small Business Administration) effort to provide a model of collaboration among local, regional and Federal agencies, utilities, manufacturers and other interested organizations in the community to

• Invest in the local communities
• Address energy and sustainability challenges
• Provide valuable technical training and assessments, and
• Enable economic growth.

The E3 business model will provide a community-based approach to leveraging a wide range of technical resources, services, and knowledge from local, state and federal agencies to reduce energy consumption, conserve natural resources, minimize multi-media environmental impacts and strengthen economic savings. Specifically, E3’s Lean-Clean-Green offering provides significant value to a manufacturer by assessing various aspects of its business in order to help it establish pathways to being competitive and sustainable in the new “green” world.

In the spring of 2011, EPA, NYSDEC, the Clean Air Coalition of Western New York (CACWNY) and the Town of Tonawanda hosted several meetings of federal, state, local and regional organizations to discuss implementation of an E3 Initiative in Tonawanda associated with air quality concerns. After these meetings, the group was expanded to include additional partners where strategies were discussed and outlines sketched to begin implementing an E3 Initiative in the Town of Tonawanda, New York.

Organizations Participating in the Tonawanda E3 Initiative
1. Town of Tonawanda (TOT) goals for this project are to maintain focus and provide balance among all partners; to promote the needs of the residents and workforce in the Town of Tonawanda; to assist in coordination, general project management, process transparency, promotion of the Tonawanda E3 Initiative and communication.

2. Town of Tonawanda Development Corporation (TTDC) goals for this project are to leverage existing relationships with Tonawanda businesses and industries and to introduce them to Tonawanda E3 Initiative and partners; to tie together existing sustainable development programs within industry and link them to the Tonawanda E3.

3. Town of Tonawanda Commission for the Conservation of the Environment (TTCCE) goals for this project are to bring advisory guidance to the Town of Tonawanda about pollution prevention and grant opportunities specific to air quality initiatives.

4. The Clean Air Coalition of Western New York (CACWNY) is partnered with the Center for Health, Environment and Justice (CHEJ). CACWNY is a grassroots, membership-based environmental health and justice organization. CACWNY protects the rights of Western New York residents to breathe clean air and live, work, and play in a healthy environment. To protect that right, the Coalition runs campaigns, develops community leaders and conducts community-based research. CACWNY’s goals for this project are to ensure transparency, assist in the development of projects to reduce hazardous air pollutants, and to ensure the voices of residents most impacted by pollution are included.

5. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) implements New York State’s environmental laws and regulations and encourages pollution prevention initiatives across the state. Through the Environmental Protection Fund, it provides financial support for and oversight of the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. It also works collaboratively with the New York State Pollution Prevention Coordinating Council, which includes NYSDEC, Empire State Development, the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (EFC) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), to identify potential sources of funding for the implementation of pollution prevention projects. As funds are available, NYSDEC will continue to operate two air quality monitoring stations and a continuous benzene monitor in the Tonawanda community. NYSDEC’s goal for the Tonawanda E3 Initiative is to improve and protect Tonawanda’s environment, prevent pollution, and enhance the health, safety and welfare of the people of Tonawanda and their overall economic and social well-being.

6. NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals will work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs by identifying available technical and financial resources for the implementation of energy efficiency projects.


7. New York State Pollution Prevention Institute (NYSP2I) is partnered with Insyte Consulting, the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and the Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (GIS-CIMS). NYSP2I fosters the transformation and development of sustainable businesses and organizations in New York State in a collaborative program committed to making the State a leader in environmental stewardship. The objectives of this collaboration include (a) Scoping - initial contact and discussion with a company, and the identification of improvement opportunities; (b) Assessment - assistance with the development of a baseline, and the development of product and process improvement recommendations, including cost and engineering feasibility analyses; and (c) Implementation - technical assistance in support of the implementation of recommended solutions, including annual follow-up to track critical environmental and cost metrics.

8. Western New York Council on Occupational Safety and Health (WNYCOSH) is interested in promoting and advocating for worker health and safety through training, education, and advocacy. WNYCOSH goals for this project include identifying and reducing worker exposure.

9. New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation (NYSEFC) goal is to complete emissions inventories for businesses and provide free, confidential technical assistance to small-business owners to assist compliance of air emission requirements.

10. Insyte Consulting, the Manufacturing Extension Partnership Center in Western New York, in partnership with the NYSP2I, The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will conduct outreach to the companies; lean, clean and energy efficiency assessments; technical assistance and training to Tonawanda’s manufacturers as part of its goal to reduce costs, save energy, and improve productivity for its clients. Insyte’s technical assistance includes, but is not limited to, lean planning and implementation, engineering process improvement projects, strategic planning and product/process innovation services. Insyte will also seek to expand partnerships and secure funding to ensure a successful E3 project in Tonawanda.

11. Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (WIB), established under the provisions of the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, is charged with developing, coordinating and overseeing publicly funded workforce development/training initiatives. A key goal of the Tonawanda E3 project is to foster a smarter and more efficient green workforce. In this regard the WIB can assist in the development of workforce training programs for the targeted manufacturing firms. Working through their One Stop Centers, they can provide recruitment, screening, and referral services to help employers hire skilled workers for E3 related job opportunities.

12. Buffalo State College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will provide one to one confidential business counseling to businesses that need assistance in identifying sources of funding and preparing a loan application and/or a business plan that is required by a lender or an investor while involved in the E3 initiative.

The Industrial Assessment Center at Syracuse University has the mission to reduce energy intensity and carbon emissions among manufacturers in New York State. This is part of their larger mission to transform the way U.S. industry uses energy by supporting cost-shared research and development that provides solutions to the top energy challenges facing industry today. The IAC, in conjunction with the DOE’s Industrial Technology Program also seeks to promote a sustained corporate culture of energy efficiency and carbon management within industry. To align with its mission, ITP has embraced a goal to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity by 2017, guided by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The strategy also calls for an 18% reduction in U.S. carbon intensity by 2012, guided by the Administration's National Goal to Reduce Emissions Intensity.

13. National Grid supports New York State’s goal to reduce electric use projected in 2015 by 15%. This is in direct correlation with the Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (EEPS) of New York. National Grid offers energy efficiency programs that provide long-term economic and environmental benefits for the Tonawanda area. The electric retrofit programs provide technical assistance and incentives to municipal, commercial & industrial facilities to encourage the installation of energy efficient measures. National Grid’s objective is to present innovative energy efficient solutions, resulting in reduced energy use for the end-user, through the existing electric prescriptive and custom incentive programs.

14. U.S. EPA Pollution Prevention, Green Suppliers Network and Climate Leaders Programs. EPA’s goals are to reduce quantifiable environmental impacts, to motivate manufacturers to implement sustainable practices, and to successfully weave together the activities of the five federal E3 partner agencies. As available, EPA will provide funds to support Tonawanda E3 Initiative activities in Tonawanda. In addition, EPA will provide administrative and technical support for the Tonawanda E3 Initiative program and will provide Train the Trainer services on the Carbon Footprint tool and other tools that support the Tonawanda E3 Initiative projects.

15. U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Save Energy Now Leaders Program. Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The goal of the DOE is to reduce energy intensity and carbon emissions among manufacturers in Tonawanda. This is part of their larger mission to transform the way U.S. industry uses energy by supporting cost-shared research and development that provides solutions to the top energy challenges facing industry today. IAC and ITP also seek to promote a sustained corporate culture of energy efficiency and carbon management within industry. To align with its mission, ITP has embraced a goal to drive a 25% reduction in industrial energy intensity by 2017, guided by the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The strategy also calls for an 18% reduction in U.S. carbon intensity by 2012, guided by the Administration's National Goal to Reduce Emissions Intensity. As available, DOE will provide additional funds to support E3 activities in Tonawanda.

16. U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), Employment and Training Administration plans to help engage the state and/ or local workforce investment system in E3 Projects in order to assist E3-participating employers in meeting their workforce needs through activities such as connecting employers to local training programs and providing recruitment, screening, and referral services to help employers hire skilled workers; and to help engage the state and/or local workforce investment system to help dislocated workers anticipate and receive training for opportunities arising in areas with high E3 implementation, particularly through listing E3-related job opportunities in the appropriate state labor exchange system.

17. U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) DOC’s MEP program is administered by the National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST). Through the on-the-ground efforts of its partners (Insyte Consulting in Western New York), the NIST MEP’s mission is to improve the competitiveness of US based manufacturing through increased cost competitiveness and top line growth. As available, NIST MEP will provide administrative and technical support for the Tonawanda E3 Initiative program. Through programmatic investments in Insyte Consulting, NIST MEP provides direct technical assistance to manufacturers in this region.

18. Small Business Administration (SBA). SBA’s goal is to provide assistance to Tonawanda businesses to help them expand and improve. SBA will help design and implement through the local SBDCs a training and assistance program for E3 clients that will provide information about SBA services and low interest loan programs and training and assistance in preparing applications to access appropriate loan funds.


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