ANN ARBOR — The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences announced Thursday that it has completed a six-year, $3.3 million collaborative program with the United States Environmental Protection Agency called “The Sustainable Product Initiative.”

The tools developed by NCMS and its partners during this highly successful program utilizing leading-edge life cycle thinking methodologies will be presented during a Sustainable Design and Manufacturing Roundtable on June 12.

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These new online tools, databases and guides for enhanced supply-chain collaboration will greatly improve the sustainability of manufactured products by standardizing environmental impact analyses across supply-chains, limiting the consumption of finite resources, lowering carbon intensity and instilling stewardship for the planet’s ecosystems.

For mroe than 25 years, NCMS has led many successful collaborations focusing on the environment and sustainability. Recently, NCMS launched its 11th Compliance Assistance Center, a program funded by the EPA. These online centers provide easy-to-read and understand pollution prevention and environmental regulatory compliance information and tools for several industry sectors.

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NCMS will outline the many tools available to corporate stakeholders at a roundtable event on June 12 at NCMS headquarters in Ann Arbor. This free event includes keynotes by David Cole, chairman emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research and co-founder of AutoHarvest, as well as John Viera, executive director of sustainability for Ford Motor Co.

Panels will discuss topics such as building sustainability into product designs, challenges in materials and coatings sustainability, knowing your customer’s sustainability needs and how collaboration can help companies overcome their sustainability challenges. A full agenda, registration and more information on this event and NCMS’ sustainability initiatives can be found at

NCMS, the largest cross industry collaborative research and development consortium in North America, is dedicated to driving innovation in commercial, defense, robotics and environmentally sustainable manufacturing.

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