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Alabama Technology Network

Alabama Technology Network

E3 Project Profile

State: Alabama

Organization Type:  Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

Project Lead Contact Information:

Dana Stone
252 Bidgood Hall,
500 Colonial Dr.
University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487




E3 Project Profiles Directory


Project status:  Active

Project Period

  • Begin Date: 2010
  • End Date: 2014

Project Description/Focus:

  • Current emphasis is on Student Internship program focused on operational efficiency and energy and environmental waste reduction.
  • Working with other E3 programs to develop best practices and tools for other MEP Centers interested in E3 programs.

Client Interaction

  • Number of E3 assessment clients: 100+
  • Average time spent per client (hours): 50

Client Size (Number of employees)

  • Largest: 500
  • Smallest: 50

Client Types

  • Industrial

Client Type – Comments:

  • Automotive suppliers
  • Other manufacturers


Technical Assessments

  • Number Conducted: 100+
  • Types Provided:
    • Environmental Assessments
    • Energy Assessments
    • Greenhouse Gas Evaluations
    • Lean Assessments
    • Safety

Pre/Post Assessment Training Conducted

  • Lean
  • Practical Energy
  • Safety
  • ISO 14001 EMS
  • Other as needed

Marketing Materials / Activities 

  • Events (e.g. – Conferences, forums, sessions, etc.)
  • Email Communications
  • Flyers/Brochures
  • Partner Networking
  • Success Stories
  • Web Content

Tools Used / Developed

  • Value Stream Maps
  • Software (e.g. – customized spreadsheet, 3rd party products, etc.)
  • Pre-assessment Questionnaire
  • Calculators
  • Management Systems
  • Purdue Manufacturing Green Generalist and Specialist

Experience / Processes

Client Report Process Description

  • Consider using a Value Stream or Waste Stream Map report in addition to an energy and environmental assessment report.

Opportunities Identified

  • Lighting
  • Compressed Air
  • Zero landfill
  • Employee awareness and training
  • Lean opportunities to include other wastes beyond the traditional lean wastes.
  • “Learning to See” is key.

Implementation (Follow-up) Strategy

  • This is difficult for many companies. We have found that the student internship program can help with project implementation and therefore have actual impacts in energy and environmental savings and cost reductions.

Project Barriers 

  • Time it takes to market to a company and engage a company and final project completion.
  • Still need to develop the value proposition for companies, many still do not see as an important focus.

Project Outcomes (Results)

  • Over $7 million in identified energy and environmental savings
  • Over $14 million in other cost savings
  • 117,336,826 in kWh of energy conserved
  • 78,219 tons of carbon reduced
  • Trained more than 1,700 workers

Project Experience – Comments

  • Important to have an identified E3 staff including Program Manager, technical assistance/practitioners, and administrative staff.
  • Partnership development takes substantial time.
  • Marketing and engaging clients takes significant time.


  • Local Utilities
  • NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
  • Regional/Local – Community Colleges, State – Energy Agency
  • State – Workforce Development Agency
  • U.S. DOE Industrial Assessment Center (IAC)
  • U.S. EPA Regional Office, Universities

Funding Source

  • U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
  • Fee-based
  • Utilities and universities support internship program pilot