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Design for Environment Archive

The concepts central to design for the environment have long been a part of Minnesota's efforts to reduce waste and pollution. Many early resources have been replaced in favor of new ones. To accomodate those who may have linked to them, we have posted several older documents here for reference purposes. Please note that these resources have not been updated and may contain out-of-date references such as phone numbers and web links.


DfE Toolkit (1998)Design for the Environment Toolkit (1998)

Replaced by the guide (2006)
PDF 1MbDesign for Environment Toolkit (1.1Mb)

This was a 72-page resource for product designers and engineers to incorporate environmental attributes into existing product design practices. The toolkit helped designers develop a numerical score for a product to show where that product is strong and where it needs improvement with regards to environmental concerns.

Authors: Jeremy M. Yarwood; Patrick D. Eagan, Ph.D., P.E.


DfE guide sheets

Current DfE guide sheets

Originally published as supplemental resources to the DFE Toolkit.

PDF - 50KbTools for Design Teams (2001)
  This is an overview of methods or tools that can inspire companies to develop innovative environmental attributes in products. What is important is that there is a system in place that motivates product design teams to consider environmental impacts of products and draws upon their aggregate creativity and ingenuity.

PDF - 140KbEnvironmental Management Systems (EMS)
  An EMS provides a framework for organizations or businesses that are interested in continually improving environmental performance.

PDF - 120KbHigh performance ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems
  The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems EMS can be optimized by emphasizing resource efficiency and cleaner production. This guide sheet includes examples of high performance systems from a variety of ISO 14001-certified organizations.

PDF - 120KbEMS Case Study: Ford Motor Company, Twin Cities Plant
  In this case study, learn how the ISO 14001 environmental management system has enabled the Ford Motor Company-Twin Cities Assembly Plant to achieve a number of significant benefits.


DfE examples

Look at current DfE guide sheets: innovative fasteners, power for products, extending product life, and chemical and materials selection.


Environmental Management Systems (EMS)

MPCA's current resources and information on EMS

PDF - 140KbEnvironmental Management Systems (EMS)
  An EMS provides a framework for organizations or businesses that are interested in continually improving environmental performance.

PDF - 120KbHigh performance ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems
  The ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems EMS can be optimized by emphasizing resource efficiency and cleaner production. This guide sheet includes examples of high performance systems from a variety of ISO 14001-certified organizations.

PDF - 120KbEMS Case Study: Ford Motor Company, Twin Cities Plant
  In this case study, learn how the ISO 14001 environmental management system has enabled the Ford Motor Company-Twin Cities Assembly Plant to achieve a number of significant benefits.

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