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August 24, 2005
This week's management quote

“Inventories can be managed, but people must be led.”
H. Ross Perot (1930 - present) -- Business executive, political figure.


Register by August 31st to take advantage of your Early Bird discount to the NAEM EHS Management Forum

1. Introducing NAEM’s NEW Bi-Weekly Polls! Click here to participate and check the NAEM website in the coming weeks to view the results.

2. 2005 EHS MIS Benchmarking Survey Results Now Available! Check them out by visiting the new EMIS Bulletin Board that launches this week on NAEM’s website.

Did you know that only 2 out of 40 companies surveyed had a total (corporate and facility) EHS MIS budget of over $1 million dollars and that the largest response group, 12 companies, said their total EHS MIS budget was between $100,000 and $500,000?

Click here to get instructions for accessing the discussion and signing up for the EMIS summaries. Here you will also be able to view the survey results and ask and answer questions related to EHS management information systems on the new EMIS Bulletin Board!

The news


  1. Patagonia Closes Loop on Polyester Recycling Program
  2. Green Building Council to Develop Accredited National Standards
  3. What should I make of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new §1605(b) Reporting Guidelines?
  4. Power Supply is Down in the Dumps
  5. Home Energy and Water Quiz
  6. Job Opportunities

Patagonia Closes Loop on Polyester Recycling Program -- article
Patagonia has partnered with Japanese textile firm Teijin to implement a polyester product recycling program starting next month. The new partnership closes the manufacturing loop on post-consumer recycled (PCR) textiles already in use by Patagonia. In 1993, the company incorporated into its product line fleece made from PCR plastic soda bottles. Patagonia now uses PCR materials in about 30 of its products, which the company says saves some 26 million plastic bottles from landfill. "We're constantly trying to innovate our supply chain," says Jill Vlahos, Patagonia's director of environmental analysis.

Green Building Council to Develop Accredited National Standards -- article
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) today announced that it has filed an application with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to become an ANSI accredited national standards developer for standards related to green building practices. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is USGBC's chief program for accelerating the adoption of sustainable building practices. A voluntary, consensus based rating system, LEED delivers a sound and certifiable basis for identifying buildings that represent leadership in the use of sustainable building practices and design. LEED aims to recognize the top 25% of building practices and reward those that are pushing the bar in the development of innovative and high performing buildings.

What should I make of the U.S. Department of Energy’s new §1605(b) Reporting Guidelines?
In February 2002, President Bush asked U.S. DOE to propose improvements to the voluntary GHG emissions reduction registry established by the1992 Energy Policy Act, the so-called §1605(b) program. In March 2005, DOE released the latest draft of the revised §1605(b) Reporting Guidelines. The question is, what do these new guidelines really mean?

Power Supply Is Down in the Dumps -- article
In Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital city, the overwhelmed city garbage company only picks up half of the 3,500 tons of waste discarded each day; the rest is left to rot in streets and sewers. And with 80 percent of the city's waste comprised of organic matter, all that festering garbage releases copious amounts of methane -- a greenhouse gas more than 20 times more destructive than carbon dioxide. But thanks to an ambitious nonprofit organization called Waste Concern and an innovative financing system recently enabled by the Kyoto Protocol, Dhaka's garbage may soon be seen as a boon instead of a problem.

Home Energy and Water Quiz
North Americans on average use a staggering 1,300 gallons of water per person every day. At the same time, nearly half the world's population doesn't have enough water for adequate sanitation. How much do you know about reducing water and energy consumption in the home? Take ENN's home energy and water efficiency quiz.

Job Opportunities

Environmental Health & Safety Director
Responsible for all matters of environmental and safety affairs at three resort operations operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts in Death Valley National Park. Refine, implement, and maintain the environmental management system (EMS) and oversee all risk management programs. Bachelor's Degree in Environmental management, environmental health, or related field. Experience with EMS development, ISO 14001 certification, and environmental auditing.
Contact: Email cover letter and resume to Chris Lane at

Environmental, Health, & Safety Manager
This position will provide leadership and management of environment, health and safety (EHS) programs in Jaffrey, NH. Interpret, recommend and implement requirements of environment, health and safety regulations and company policies & procedures. Ensure that the plant is in compliance with all applicable EHS regulations.Manage site EHS staff and ensure consistency with other plant EHS programs. Provide coaching, counseling, discipline monitoring and appraising job results. BA/BS + 10 years, or Master + 7 years experience in EHS Management in manufacturing environment, at least 5 years of which must include management responsibility for other employees. Working knowledge of federal and State of New Hampshire EHS regulations as related to industrial/manufacturing operations. Professional certification (CIH, CHMM, CSP) desirable.
Contact: Brenda Perreault Job RefCode 2471

Safety/Environmental Manager
The Safety/Environmental Manager is a key member of the Plant Management Team responsible for plant-wide regulatory compliance--OSHA, EPA and DOT as well as GP and GPRI regulatory related policies and programs, facilitate training, implement Corporate, Division and Plant policies and procedures and conduct self-inspections, audits and related follow-up. Additionally, the safety/Environmental Manager is also responsible for developing, maintaining, and continually improving management and document control systems that support plant regulatory-related programs, self inspections and audits. 5+ to 7 years experience, College Degree required. Industrial Engineering Degree preferred.
Contact: Job RefCode ADIMB410

Environmental Engineer
We are seeking an Environmental Engineer to work out of our Amherst, NY office. Duties will include field and office work, site assessments, site/remedial investigations, data analysis/interpretation, and report writing. Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Physical Science. 3-5 years experience plus OSHA 40 hour training required.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt

NAEM Executive Director


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