Sustainability in Modern Manufacturing: TAG Manufacturing and TAG Infrastructure Present an Expert Panel on Water Use and Consumption in Manufacturing

The Technology Association of Georgia’s Manufacturing Society and Infrastructure Society present Sustainability in Modern Manufacturing: Expert Panel Discusses Water Use and Consumption in Manufacturing, on Wednesday, September 2, at 3:30 p.m. at Two Alliance Center, Level P4 Conference Center in Buckhead. To register please visit:

Professor Bert Bras of the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology will open the panel discussion by addressing the issues, challenges and ongoing research on water use and consumption in sustainable manufacturing. Featured panelists include Jessica Sanderson, Director of Global Sustainability at Novelis; Bruce Hagenau, President of Metcam; and Tony Carnell, Deputy Manager of the Henry County Water Authority.

“Water is the most precious part of our infrastructure, and manufacturing depends on it as much as any other segment of the economy. The efficient use, conservation and management of water consumption in the manufacturing process is essential for our environment, society and economy,” said TAG Manufacturing Board Chairman Dave MacAdam, Senior Manager, Innovation Strategy at Novelis.

A recent study by the Pacific Institute, Water Use Trends in the United States, notes that water use in the municipal and industrial sector combined amounted to 19 percent of total national water use in the U.S. in 2010, which represents the most recent reporting period. M&I water use was four percent lower than preceding years due to a shift from an economy “dominated by water-intensive manufacturing to a less water-intensive service-oriented economy,” and across-the-board water-efficiency improvements at local, state and federal levels, according to authors of the study.

Since joining the Georgia Tech faculty in 1992, Dr. Bert Bras has focused his research efforts on sustainable design and manufacturing, including design for recycling and remanufacture, bio-inspired design, and lifecycle analyses with applications in energy and mobility systems. He has authored and co-authored over 150 publications. In 2014, Dr. Bras was awarded a Brook Byers Professorship. His research work is funded by the National Science Foundation, Ford Motor Company, General Motors and Boeing among others.

Dr. Bras will review a number of issues surrounding sustainable water use and consumption in the manufacturing process, after which the panel will be available for an open question and answer session. Session topics include:

• The difference between water use and water consumption
• The new ISO standard for water
• Dr. Bras reviews water use in the lifecycle of a vehicle as an example.
• An illustration of the relationship between electricity and water consumption
• Water tools in use including Aqueduct, the Global Water Tool and the Water Risk Filter.

The event is open to the public; however, pre-registration is required. Please register:

About TAG Manufacturing Society
The TAG Manufacturing Society is dedicated to professionals who participate in the technology of manufacturing production and supply chain, and seek innovative thinking and leadership to drive operational excellence. By utilizing technology as the catalyst for positive change, our members will apply new technologies to increase the competitiveness, performance, efficiency, and profitability of their businesses. The Society will focus on the “Best Practices” aspects of manufacturing and utilize information and technology to produce world-class processes. For more information visit:

About TAG Infrastructure
The TAG Infrastructure Society’s mission is to become the expert resource for companies interested in locating their business within the state of Georgia. We believe that maintaining a comprehensive technology report on Georgia’s road, power, water, real-estate and fiber infrastructure, along with the services enabled by these resources, makes Georgia the logical choice for the next high-tech industry destination. For more information visit:

Pat Mahony

Pat Mahony is a career marketing professional and journalist specializing in marketing strategy, development and process implementation, PR, content and social media tactics in technology and telecom communications. In her journalism career, Pat served as a bureau chief for the Chattanooga Times Free Press with a reach of 280,000 readers. She has bylined thousands of articles and photographs and received two awards from the Associated Press for reporting. Pat is a former radio news broadcaster with statewide broadcasting experience and has served additional roles as a magazine writer, fundraising director, public relations officer, graphic designer, trainer, recruiter and manager of a multi-state volunteer force. She received graphic arts and photography training at the Art Institute of Atlanta and a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Georgia. Concurrently, Pat Mahony serves as a social media manager and board member with the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Infrastructure Society. She is a commissioned artist and provides non-profit marketing assistance on a volunteer basis with She is also a broadcaster/ reader for the Georgia Radio Reading Service.

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