For over a decade, ITAC has assisted companies in reducing their environmental footprint while improving their bottom line. ITAC has used complementary approaches with clients: first, focusing on getting waste materials out of the dumpster and creating value by recycling; second, by applying Lean manufacturing.
ITAC’s goal is to help companies understand that environmental improvements and business growth go hand-in-hand:
- Reducing and recycling solid waste
- Reducing use of water
- Lowering energy use and cost
- Preventing pollution
Sustainable business strategies drive firms toward innovation and change — two attributes that all competitive businesses share. Change and innovation affect corporate culture, procedures, products, operations and outputs. All of a firm's outputs have a cost associated with them. In order to stay competitive, businesses need to minimize valueless outputs by reducing waste, increasing efficiency and generally learning how to do more with less.
"ITAC has received financial assistance from Empire State Development through funds from the Environmental Investment Program to assist manufacturing and distribution firms in improving environmental performance and reducing operational costs. For more information on the program please visit www.esd.ny.gov."
Programs & Services Offered
Facility and Operational Assessment
All of a firm's outputs have costs associated with them. In order to retain their competitive edge, firms need to eliminate, or at least minimize outputs that have no value to the customer. A comprehensive assessment of a firm's facility and operations can indicate outputs that are not associated with the final product and point out opportunities for decreasing waste and increasing efficiency.
Becoming a Sustainable Business
Firms can ensure long term viability despite the challenges of operating in the ever-changing NYC marketplace by examining financial, community and environmental impacts and setting goals for improvement in these areas. Implementing a systematic approach toward achieving these goals will also help a firm to continuously improve their processes, resulting in overall increase in efficiency and profitability.
Competitive firms understand that reducing energy usage is a quick way to reduce overhead. Comprehensive energy assessments can indicate opportunities for efficiency improvements and result in strategies for firms to decrease their costs by decreasing energy usage. Energy efficient, or "green" building techniques can significantly reduce energy consumption. Frequently, public funding exists to offset the costs associated with energy efficiency improvements.
- Reduced operating costs
- Identified unique market niche
- Increased market share within niche
“ITAC helped us examine the different departments in our company to reduce waste and make things more efficient.”Lucky Lee, Vice President of Sales
Lucky’s Real Tomatoes
ITAC and NYIRN conducted a study and co-authored a report entitled Manufacturing Green: Producing a Sustainable NYC. This report outlines the opportunities for local businesses to become green building suppliers, and offers policy recommendations to expand these business opportunities for local firms. The report also highlights growth in demand for environmentally sensitive products, especially throughout the construction supply chain. Download Manufacturing Green report
“Working with ITAC has proven to be a really great partnership for HCC. They have helped me grow my business”Lisa Hendrickson, President
During 2006, our Sustainable Business Unit assisted approximately 100 firms to save over $800,000 in waste disposal costs; in turn their activities resulted in the diversion of 6,207 tons from the waste stream.