Open to the Public, Talks & Lectures, University-wide
28 Mar 2018
Altorfer 501 and online via Blackboard Collaborate

Changing Behaviors: A Lean Approach to Developing Sustainability Strategies

Sustainability Seminar Series

Sunila Gupta

The spring Sustainability Seminar Series continues on March 28 with the talk "Changing Behaviors: A Lean Approach to Developing Sustainability Strategies" by Sunila Gupta of Haley & Aldrich, Inc.

Join us to learn about an innovative, collaborative approach to develop whole-system sustainability programs. Lean is a value-focused philosophy and approach of working, that drives teams to pursue the “highest-value, least-waste” way of doing things. Through applying Lean principles, teams seek to deeply understand what customers’ value, removing obstacles that interfere with delivering value, and find better ways to enhance value using knowledge and skills of people doing the work to.

The seminar will discuss Lean process improvement approach to help University of Pennsylvania (Penn) develop a Solid Waste Management Plan. Penn took a collaborative approach to better understand the whole system together and develop a robust process to effectively tackle waste management holistically. Penn’s staff (from facilities to institutional leaders) and students from across campus actively participated in examining resources, processes, workflows, behaviors and obstacles. The outcome was ownership of the plan by everyone: stakeholders have developed “eyes for waste”, ensuring that the plan is successfully being implemented across campus. The group’s award-winning work is helping to streamline and standardize efforts so that the whole campus is communicating better and delivering a consistent message, making it easier for the Penn community to understand how waste systems work at the University.

Gupta is a program manager with over 23 years’ experience managing complex environmental and sustainability problems across the USA. As a certified Lean Practitioner, she leads multidisciplinary teams to achieve client goals in a cost-effective manner. She has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology and completed graduate studies for the Master's in Environmental Engineering program at Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dibs Sarkar at [email protected]

Attendance is free but seating is limited to 30 people. Please RSVP to Dr. Sarkar at [email protected]

For those who are unable to attend in person, the seminar will be live webcast via Stevens WebCampus and Blackboard Collaborate.

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