Tuesday, August 22, 2023 from 8:00 AM to 2:30 PM PDT
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Donna Walden 


Reno+Sparks Chamber of Commerce 
4065 South Virginia Street
Suite #101
Reno, NV 89502

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Instructor: Thomas Vinson

     Thomas Vinson has over 30 years of experience helping businesses improve their environmental experience.  He trains an average of  300 environmental professionals a year. He is a specialist in helping companies reduce their costs through environmental improvement.  Operating under EPA grants Thomas provides free technical assistance to an average of 30 companies a year, saving an average of $500,000 while lowering their environmental impact. 

     Thomas has worked for EPA, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the National Pollution Prevention Roundtable  and the University of Texas.  Over the past twenty five years  Thomas has provided assistance to businesses of every size and type  in the United States, Asia and the Middle East. He is currently working with greenUP! to provide businesses in the area free technical assistance.

     Thomas will be giving real world examples of businesses that  lower their risks, increase their market share, retain healthy happy employees and boost their profits.   He has a passion for helping people advance in their careers.

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FREE Food and Beverage Sustainability Training on August 22 in Reno, NV 

All Northern Nevada Industrial Manufacturers and Processors of Foods, Beverages, Confections, Supplements, Nutraceuticals, and their relative segments within are invited to attend.

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Lean and Green: How to Save Money and Protect our Environment

Presented by Thomas Vinson, Zero Waste Enterprise

This workshop shows you how running a green business can help:

  • Strengthen Leadership
  • Build teams
  • Attract and retain customers
  • Increase profits
  • Raise investment value
  • Protect our air, water and natural resources.

Agenda - August 22, 2023

8:00 - Sign in and Network

8:30 - 8:40 - Opening remarks (greenUP!) and commentary by Manufacturing Nevada

8:30 – 9:00 - Introduction – having your cake and eating it too

How environmental thinking is not just good for the planet, but a great way to reduce risk and increase profits.

9:00 – 10:00 - Lean and Environment

  • Lean techniques help businesses operate quicker and more efficiently. 
  • Learn to eliminate waste and boost profits while protecting the environment

10:00 – 10:15 - Break

10:15 – 11:15 - Case studies and what they teach us

Examples of how people are succeeding and how you can get results in your work.

11:15 – 12:00 - Winning Management Commitment

ESG, Risk Management, ISO and other ways to excel with all levels of management.

12:00 – 12:30 - Working Lunch

  • Discussion ESG – Stakeholders
  • How to work with customers, neighbours and other people who your business impacts

1:00 –1:30  - Engaging Employees

Using environmental issues to build team spirit, retain employees and foster a safe and clean environment

1:30 - 2:30 - Putting it all together

Helping you plan the next steps for success