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GLRPPR Sector Resource: Working Smart for Environmental Protection: Improving State Agency Processes with Lean and Six Sigma

Title:
Working Smart for Environmental Protection: Improving State Agency Processes with Lean and Six Sigma

Abstract:
This primer highlights the work of 5 state environmental agencies - Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nebraska ­ that were able to drastically reduce the backlog of permit applications while cutting permit review times by more than 50 percent. The States also decreased the complexity of permit application forms, improved the consistency of permit reviews, and freed up staff to work on other environmental priorities. States found that staff morale improved with use of these methods, and that transparency to stakeholders increased. All of these benefits were realized while environmental protection was maintained and the value added to permit review increased. The guide also includes lessons learned from States that have used these techniques and provides information about how interested States should get started with implementing them in their programs. (PDF Format; Length: 55 pages)

URL:
http://www.epa.gov/lean/primer.pdf

Source:
U.S. EPA & Environmental Council of States (ECOS)

Resource Type:
Case study/success story

Date of Publication:
September 2006

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