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The LEAN-P2 Connection: Learning to See

  • 24 Feb 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • NPPR Online P2U


  • For current NPPR members.
  • For those that are not current NPPR members.

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Join NPPR for the February session of the P2U (Pollution Prevention University) Training Series. This virtual session will focus on identifying P2 solutions that compliment Lean principles.


  • Members - Free
  • Non-members - $20*

* Webinars, subsequent recordings and resources shared are offered at no cost to NPPR members. Non-members are invited to participate for a nominal fee. Not sure if you’re a member?  Log-in to check your membership status. Contact if you need assistance. 

Featured Speakers

  • Kurt Middelkoop, Sustainability Engineer

Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, University of Texas at Arlington

Kurt will provide a short overview of Lean principles, including how value-added tasks are defined and the 8 standard lean wastes. Attendees will learn how to see lean wastes and other P2 wastes though a simple exercise. The session concludes with a real life example of a manufacturing process where participants will test the ability to see wastes resulting in cost savings and environmental reductions.

Kurt has spent the past 34 years working with organizations to help them become better at what they do. His focus is to teach others how to see things that they often overlook to help increase both profitability and competitiveness. Kurt presents a holistic, integrated approach advocating Sustainable Manufacturing practices (economic, environmental, and social). His career efforts have helped organizations save over $26 million in cost reductions.

  • Ben Jarvis, Pollution Prevention Projects Coordinator

Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

Ben will share P2 opportunities identified through Lean and Environment projects with a trailer manufacturer and a door manufacturer.

Ben has been the Pollution Prevention and Continuous Improvement Lead at the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality since 2011. In this capacity he works with businesses to reduce their environmental impact through the deployment and implementation of tools such as Lean Six Sigma and energy efficiency audits. Prior to this he worked as an analyst assisting rural governments to obtain financing for the construction of infrastructure projects. Ben has a Masters in Public Administration from Boise State University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy and History from The College of Idaho. When he isn't working you are most likely to find him at the park with his daughter or skiing in Idaho's fabulous mountains.


Interested stakeholders in the P2 network including Pollution Prevention (P2) and Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) grantees and representatives of any governmental, institutional, or other programs with a mission to further the advancement of P2.

  • Better understanding of the basics of Lean principles.
  • Ability to identify lean wastes and P2 opportunities resulting in cost savings and environmental reductions.
  • Learn from real-world examples of P2 approaches and resources to assist technical assistance providers.
  • Opportunity for interaction and shared best practices among P2 peers.

P2U is an ongoing series of monthly P2 webinars brought to you by NPPR at no cost to members.  Non-members are invited to participate for a nominal fee. Learn more about how this training series supports networking and professional development for P2 practitioners. 

Contact Us:

Mailing Address:


Bureau of Sustainability

Mail Code 401-02H

401 East State St.

Trenton, NJ 08625-0420

Attn: Laura Henne

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