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Release No. COC-08.20.15-EnergySeminar-JF
August 20, 2015

College to Host ‘Lean Power’ Seminar on Energy Efficiency Aug. 28

The College of the Canyons Economic Development Division will host a free “Lean Power” seminar for local business owners, CEOs and entrepreneurs interested in reducing energy costs and waste reduction in holistic and substantive ways.  

Attendees from northern Los Angeles and Ventura counties will take part in a discussion about emerging technologies, methods, and available incentives for reducing energy consumption. Participants will also learn how to apply lean principles to their own businesses’ energy practices to lower costs, save money and boost efficiency.

Lean practices covered will not be limited to the discussion of internal processes. They will also include the essence of how a business approaches every aspect of its operations.

“Energy savings can translate into a significant savings of money,” said Larry McLaughlin, director of the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) at the college. “At this event attendees will learn about several tried-and-true methods for saving energy.

“The seminar will also introduce lean management principles, how energy efficiency fits into the waste-reduction strategies of lean, and preview future training that will be available in our region."

The seminar is scheduled 7:45 to 10:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook University Center, Room 258, on the college’s Valencia campus (University Center Drive entrance).

Admission is free, but pre-registration is required and can be completed by following the link below. A light breakfast is included.

Scheduled speakers include three industry professionals with decades of experience in working to help lower energy costs for businesses:

• Kris Widdison, a senior consultant with California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, has more than 40 years of hands-on experience with business improvement initiatives in the private sector, including lean manufacturing, energy, and environmental management practices.

• Dave Intner, a licensed architect, LEED AP and certified energy manager with Southern California Edison, works directly with the architectural and engineering community to help Edison's customers design and build energy-efficient and sustainable buildings through the "Savings by Design" program.

• Rowena Striff, a senior facilities engineer and energy manager for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co., spearheads energy-related initiatives that have resulted in substantial savings and growth opportunities for the company.

The College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute (ETI) and CACT have partnered to present this informative seminar, with sponsorship provided by the Kern Community College District through Prop 39 funding.

For more information, call Larry McLaughlin at (661) 362-3111.