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Theme: Leadership and DEI

Integrating environmental sustainability into your lean and six sigma program

Greening your lean and six sigma initiative to address environmental impacts
Wednesday, Oct. 26 Location Code
11:00am-12:00pm Dallas Ballroom C, 1st floor WP/29

Learn about steps to add green into improvement initiatives. Discover how to communicate sustainability to existing improvement personnel and how existing tools can be modified to consider environmental impacts. Hear how to motivate employees to continue with process improvements that incorporate green.


Learn how to identify environmental waste and how this aligns with the traditional seven forms of waste. Hear how facilities departments can help with the necessary utilities and efficiency upgrades, while ES&H can help drive employee behavior to reduce excessive use. Gain insights into the waste pyramid and WASTE acronym for environmental impacts (water, air, solids, toxins and energy.) Learn why sustainability doesn't naturally incorporate into lean six sigma improvement programs. Hear about a green event and project implemented at Rockwell Collins (six sigma project and lean event format for energy reduction). Learn about greening lean events, 5s events and event guidelines when ES&H cannot be in attendance, to ensure process changes have considered the environment.


Rockwell Collins is a pioneer in the design, production and support of innovative solutions for its customers in aerospace and defense. The company’s expertise in flight-deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management and simulation, and training is strengthened by its global service and support network spanning 150 countries. Its global team of nearly 20,000 employees share a vision to be the most trusted source of aviation and high-integrity solutions in the world.

Presenter: Brion Hurley

Brion Hurley is a principal lean six sigma consultant at Rockwell Collins. He is a certified six sigma black belt (CSSBB) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and lean master certified. He has a bachelor’s degree in statistics and a master’s degree in quality management and productivity from the University of Iowa. Hurley obtained a certificate of sustainability from the University of Iowa and has a green manufacturing specialist certificate from SME.