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On Weds., Sept. 26, the Surry County Economic Development Partnership hosted a panel discussion in Mount Airy, NC for local executives on “Sustainability for Business & Industry.”  About 50 local business and community leaders were in attendance for the event at Cross Creek Country Club, which focused on how sustainability measures can yield cost savings and innovation opportunities, while also minimizing environmental impacts.

Katie Kross, president of the North Carolina Sustainability Center, moderated the discussion with panelists Dave Petri, sustainability director for Nester Hosiery, Anna Mangum, director of NC’s E3 program for manufacturers, and Terry Albrecht, director of Waste Reduction Partners.  Petri spoke about Nester’s efforts to integrate sustainability practices into the company, driven largely by supply chain demand.  Nester has worked to implement an environmental management system, improve energy efficiency in its manufacturing facility and engage employees and industry partners on collaborative efforts.  Mangum and Albrecht shared resources and examples from their work to help companies improve efficiency and implement lean manufacturing principles.

For more about the event and discussion, see “Business leaders learn new ways to be green” (Mount Airy News, Sept. 27, 2012).