The Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County

Green "Sustainable" Manufacturing

Green or "sustainable" manufacturing companies make products that reduce or fix pollution and/or use processes that do not pollute, conserve energy and natural resources, are safe for employees, communities and customers, and make a profit for the company.

Sustainable manufacturing production uses 'documented' processes like ISO 14001 (environmental management systems), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), and Green Supply Chain Management. It also includes simple things like a recycling program for employees, using energy efficient appliances, supplies and machinery, and training employees to turn off the lights when not in use or reusing supplies to eliminate waste.

Sustainable manufactured products improve energy efficiency, produce renewable energy and reduce pollution. Examples of sustainable products are photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, wind turbines, electric or hybrid vehicles, and all of the parts used to build these products. Sustainable manufactured products also include every-day products like toilet paper made from recycled paper, dish detergent made with non-toxic ingredients and printer-ink made from soy.

Many of the jobs in the two subsectors, Product and Production Processes are similar. Here are some examples:




To learn about other jobs in the Green Sustainable Manufacturing sector, go to:, then go to the box "Find Occupations", then go to "Green Economy Sector" and using the drop-down arrow select "Manufacturing" then "GO".

For a list of colleges in our area that offer green transportation programs, click here.