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February 2, 2006
This week's management quote

"Leadership can be thought of as a capacity to define oneself to others in a way that clarifies and expands a vision of the future.”
Edwin Friedman -- author (1932-1996)


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The news

  1. Study Says United States 28th in Environmental Performance
  2. E-Waste@Large
  3. How to Determine the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World
  4. First Five ‘Climate Leader’ Companies Achieve Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals
  5. Two New Alternative Energy Indexes Launch
  6. WBCSD Regional Network partner ecosense publishes “Sustainability and CSR- in Practice”
  7. How the Olympics are Becoming a Sustainable Business
  8. Job Opportunities

Study Says United States 28th in Environmental Performance -– article and report
A new study by the Environment School at Yale University and the Earth Institute at Columbia University has ranked the United States 28th in environmental performance and found that policy is one of the most critical aspects of good environmental performance. The study, the Pilot 2006 Environmental Performance Index (EPI), ranked 133 countries on 16 levels of 6 environmental categories.

E-Waste@Large -- Editorial
Last week, Maine became the first state to require manufacturers of computer monitors and televisions to pay for their recycling and disposal. Washington, with a pending bill, may be next. That's progress, right? Computer recycling sounds like an unmitigated good: it keeps hazardous components out of incinerators and landfills, which researchers at Carnegie Mellon University estimate already hold more than 60 million computers. And by reusing glass, plastic, aluminum and heavy metals (like lead, copper and mercury), recycling averts the energy use and pollution linked with mining and drilling for new materials.

How to Determine the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World -- article
The " Big Debate," an interactive dialogue amongst 600 attendees of this week's World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting in Davos, Switzerland on questions like the economic emergence of China and India, identified sustainability as the key issue requiring creative responses. One such response came today from Corporate Knights, a Canadian magazine on corporate social responsibility (CSR), and Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, a socially responsible investing (SRI) research firm, who announced the Global 100 Most Sustainable Companies in Davos.

First Five ‘Climate Leader’ Companies Achieve Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals -- article
Baxter International Inc., General Motors Corporation, IBM Corporation, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and SC Johnson are the first corporations to achieve voluntary greenhouse gas reduction goals set through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Climate Leaders program. These companies will be recognized today along with 11 other corporations that are announcing greenhouse gas reduction goals and 13 corporations that are joining the program at a meeting in California.

Two New Alternative Energy Indexes Launch -- article
Cronus Capital Markets (CCM) and the International Securities Exchange have jointly developed the alternative energy industry equity index, the ISE-CCM Alternative Energy Index. It began trading January 10, 2006, under the symbol POW on the ISE. The index provides investors exposure to companies involved in solar, wind, geothermal, hydrogen/fuel cells, hydropower, and nuclear fusion. CCM is a leading research and consulting firm for the alternative energy sector and ISE is the largest equity options exchange in the world.

WBCSD Regional Network partner ecosense publishes “Sustainability and CSR- in Practice” –- Case Studies
econsense - Forum for Sustainable Development of German Business has published a collection of 390 case studies documenting highly developed problem solving skills, reflecting a broad spectrum of areas in which companies have tackled the challenges of our time - with a wealth of innovations, economic expertise, highly-developed technological potential, and strong social commitment. The case studies are available online and in CD-ROM format in both German and English. The aim of this collection of practical examples by econsense companies is to highlight a selection of these successful approaches. This is already the third edition of this compilation of examples, and now includes almost 400 projects.

How the Olympics are Becoming a Sustainable Business -- article
This month, as the Olympic flame makes its torch-uous journey to Turin, Italy, most people's eyes are fixed on the upcoming games. But our eyes are focused a little farther down the track. In our role as sustainability consultants, we've joined the field of those helping the London 2012 Olympics committee work out how to site, design, and host a green event.

Job Opportunities

Senior EHS Manager for this Biotech company located in Southern Maryland. The ideal candidate should have 10+ years EHS experience from chemical, pharmaceutical, biotech or food, psm experience and strong biosafety experience.

Environmental Manager for this manufacturing plant in the Finger Lakes Region of NY. The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 8 years experience preferably in a management role, with air, water and waste experience, BS in Environmental Engineering or related.

Corporate Manager of Safety for a billion-dollar plus, U.S. based pharmaceutical corporation with global operations and a leader in their market niche. This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in becoming part of a forward-thinking EHS group that is looking to drive changes in the safety & operations culture. Our client will only consider professionals who are degreed, preferably certified and with a proven track record of success at the corporate or division-level with another major manufacturing or processing company. It requires a strong safety generalist background along with some security & emergency response experience. 25% travel.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt

NAEM Executive Director


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