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Perspective: It's a brand-new (sustainable) day for U.S. manufacturing

By Rick Fedrizzi, USGBC, for The Huffington Post

Jun 16, 2016

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Manufacturing today is a whole new world from what it was several decades ago. It is exponentially cleaner. It is now largely driven by automation and robotics. And it is uber-lean, requiring far fewer people, a much more limited pool of resources and a markedly reduced amount of square footage.

This week USGBC proudly rolled out its LEED in Motion: Industrial Facilities report that highlights manufacturing professionals and facilities across the world that are embracing the principles of LEED and in the process proving that all factories can (and must) become green. The manufacturing sector is responsible for 30% of the nation’s total energy consumption and accounts for roughly 4% of total daily water use. We really don’t have a choice.

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