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E3 (Economy, Energy and Environment): Supporting Sustainable Manufacturing in South Carolina

E3 (Economy, Energy and Environment) is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative that helps communities work with their manufacturing base to adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability.

Joining forces with the local community, E3 provides manufacturers with customized, hands-on assessments of production processes to reduce energy consumption, minimize their carbon footprint, prevent pollution, increase productivity, and drive innovation; lean/green project implementations; employee training in green skills; and information and technical assistance from the Small Business Administration (SBA) regarding low interest loan availability and access to these loans for system/equipment costs recommended through assessment/implementation.

As a result, E3:

  • helps foster a smarter and more efficient green workforce;
  • promotes sustainable manufacturing and growth through innovative technology;
  • improves the regional economy by retaining jobs in companies that are better positioned for global competition; and
  • reduces environmental impacts while regaining a competitive advantage.
Public and private-sector organizations participating in these assessments include:
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pollution Prevention and Climate Leaders Programs;
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Save Energy Now Leaders Program;
  • U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration;
  • U.S. Department of Commerce, Manufacturing Extension Partnership;
  • SBA;
  • Duke Energy;
  • S.C. MEP-Industrial Extension Service;
  • S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control;
  • S.C. Small Business Development Center;
  • S.C. Upstate Workforce Investment Board; and
  • S.C. Energy Office.
All E3 projects are focused on achieving the following five overarching goals:
  • increasing energy efficiency and sustainability;
  • providing valuable technical training, jobs and skills training, assessments and support for E3 clients;
  • improving profitability of the local economy;
  • enabling growth for companies and the state; and
  • creating and retaining manufacturing jobs.

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