Masters Theses


"The objective of this paper is to provide a method of quantifying lean wastes in terms of carbon dioxide emissions by using value stream mapping. Lean manufacturing, a process based on waste identification and reduction, is a growing trend in industry and a proven method of lowering costs. The environmental impact of these wastes can be quantified by identifying the metrics associated with them, and using existing reports to convert those metrics into measurements of carbon dioxide. Growing environmental concerns are prompting federal government regulation of greenhouse gas or carbon dioxide emissions, as seen in the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, passed by the House of Representatives and being considered in the Senate. This bill would have a significant economic impact on manufacturing businesses. And while many carbon footprint calculators are available for citizens to quantify their own emissions, there are currently none available for manufacturing companies to use in order to accurately quantify their carbon dioxide emissions to meet impending governmental regulations"--Abstract, page iv.


Grantham Lough, Katie, 1979-

Committee Member(s)

Cudney, Elizabeth A.
Grasman, Scott E. (Scott Erwin)


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Systems Engineering


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Summer 2011


ix, 47 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 56-58).


© 2011 Kristen Donovan Balinski, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Subject Headings

Carbon dioxide -- Measurement
Green technology
Lean manufacturing
Waste (Economics)

Thesis Number

T 9802

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