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Video Tip: Green Manufacturing and Sustainability at Frito-Lay

October 28, 2010

As a Math/Physics undergrad in the late 60s, I somehow took an elective course called FORTRAN. This turned out to be quite a break, as McDonnell Douglas hired me to design jets based on this one, well-timed class. At a time when very few people knew much about computers, this was a great edge.

I think today’s “great edge” is Sustainability.  Hundreds of college are offering courses in the subject now, but it is still in its infancy, with a huge demand building in the coming years for knowledgable grads. Johns Hopkins U. has just started the nation’s 1st B.S. in Sustainability.

With this background, I encourage you to show our newest video, “Green Manufacturing and Sustainability at Frito-Lay”, when you cover Supplement 5, Sustainability. Frito-Lay is a leader in solar, “going green”, moving off the power grid, and conservation/recycling resources. Its Sun Chips, for example,  are produced under full solar power. The firm has received the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) award and has “zero environmental impact” as a long- term goal. Will this help sell potato chips? Can only multi-billion dollar firms step up like Frito-Lay is doing?

Jay and I are especially proud of this video as it won the prestigious Silver Addy as best educational film in 2010. We hope you and your students enjoy the film and the case study in Supp.5.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jay permalink
    October 28, 2010 12:10 am

    Let me add a sidebar to Barry’s blog on Frito-Lay. Being on the cutting edge of sustainability can be difficult. Frito-Lay’s Sun Chips have a biodegradable bag. But the bag is being phased out, because it makes too much noise!


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