On any given day at Design with Nature, LLC, we comb a dozen professional trade journals, newsletters and blogs for resources that may make our client’s business easier, reduce risk, or increase productivity. The resources listed below are our favorite and most useful, and are updated frequently.

The Reshoring Initiative

This group is seeking a manufacturing renaissance for America. Already we have seen Catapillar, Apple, and GE build new manufacturing plants in the US, and bring jobs back from overseas.
Manufacturing Renaissance in the US

Society of Plastics Engineers

Has a great technical library of past journal articles and research papers regarding injection molding, blow and rotational molding.
Engineering technology for the Plastics Industry

National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST)

The Manufacturing Extension Partnership program from NIST has an office in every state offering manufacturers advice and resources to improve their competitiveness and bring new products to market.
Manufacturing Extension Partnership Programs

The Manufacturing Institute

Best known for its programs such as: Skills to Work for Veterans, the Manufacturers Pledge, US Manufacturing Pipeline and STEP Ahead – Women in Manufacturing. MI is non-partisan 501c3 arm of the National Association of Manufacturers.
Veterans and Women in Manufacturing

Society of Manufacturing Engineers

Focused on the needs of engineers within industry, the SME offers a variety of continuing education courses, such as Lean certifications.
Manufacturing Skills for Engineers

Association for Manufacturing Excellence

To inspire a commitment to Enterprise Excellence through Experiential Learning by bringing people together to Share, Learn and GROW.
Continuous Improvement Education & Networking”

US Green Building Council (USGBC)

USGBC’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is the largest certification program in the world for third party validation of green building claims. Free Downloads provide background on various certification types.
LEED certification program

Building Owners & Managers Association (BOMA)

The BOMA 360 program is an association run program for validating energy and carbon efficiency claims about office and other commercial buildings.
Building Energy Efficiency Program

US EPA – Energy Star Program

The United State’s longest running independent energy efficiency certification program for appliances, electronics and even buildings. Everything gets a score and a label, then you can compare and make your purchasing decision.
Finding Energy Efficient Business & Home Equipment