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About the E3 Federal Framework

In these challenging economic times, manufacturers are striving to adopt sustainability into their overall business strategies, for bottom line improvement and to demonstrate stewardship. Small to medium-sized manufacturers may lack information and tools to integrate practical, sustainable approaches in their operations.

In 2009, a group of federal government agencies created a framework called E3: Economy, Energy and the Environment, to help bridge that gap. E3 brings together federal agencies states and local communities for a broad discussion on how to connect respective programs to deliver responsive, coordinated solutions in a manufacturing environment.

Participating agencies include the Department of Commerce—National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST), The Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Small Business Administration, and the Department of Labor. In 2012, the Department of Agriculture joined the E3 federal agencies.

The E3 Framework facilitates collaboration among groups with a common agenda (energy, environment, economy, and manufacturing efficiency) and focuses on strengthening small to medium-sized American manufacturers.

The federal framework envisions workforce training and development will be needed to address new ways of accomplishing work flows. Loans and incentive programs will be employed to assist businesses acquire more efficient technologies, etc.

How does E3 benefit manufacturers? Read this growing list of success stories and case studies.

What are other regions doing in E3? Read these project summaries from across the United States.

Read about E3 in the Pacific Northwest.


How does E3 benefit manufacturers? Check out this growing list of success stories and case studies.

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