February 16, 2006
"A leader has the vision and conviction that a dream can be achieved. He inspires the power and energy to get it done.”
Ralph Nader-- Politician and Activist (1934- present)
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- Calvert Rates Environmental, Social and Governance Practices of 100 Largest US Companies
- Canada Leads Drive in Green Procurement
- Chevron, U.S. Postal Service Partner on Energy Upgrades at Mail Centers
- “They say that I’m a sell-out”
- Climate-Conscious Investor Coalition Widens Net
- “Software as a Service” Creates the Customer Era
- Job Opportunities
Calvert Rates Environmental, Social and Governance Practices of 100 Largest US Companies -- article
Investors looking for insight on evaluating the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance of large U.S. companies just received some help from the Calvert Group. Calvert, a socially responsible investing (SRI) firm based in Bethesda, Maryland, recently released ratings evaluating the ESG performance of the 100 largest US companies by market capitalization. While the ratings do not rank the companies, Calvert does identify the seven top performers as the Calvert Leaders: Applied Materials (ticker: AMCC), Colgate-Palmolive (CL), Dell (DELL), Intel (INTC), Microsoft (MSFT), Procter & Gamble (PG), and Texas Instruments (TXN).
Canada Leads Drive in Green Procurement -- article
By requiring energy-efficient appliances from importers, Canada’s green procurement policy stimulates developing countries to produce efficient products. Canada's new Policy on Green Procurement will be implemented by the spring of this year. The policy is aimed at contributing to environmental objectives such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, reducing waste and supporting reuse and recycling, improving energy and water efficiency, reducing toxic and hazardous chemicals and substances, and supporting a healthier environment for all Canadians.
Chevron, U.S. Postal Service Partner on Energy Upgrades at Mail Centers -- article
The U.S. Postal Service is celebrating the completion of two hybrid alternative power plants that are expected to cut in half power purchases and heating needs at two of the Postal Service's largest facilities in California. The new power plants -- the San Francisco Processing & Distribution Center (P&DC) and Embarcadero Postal Center (EPC), -- combine two solar technologies and hydrogen-fuel-cell generation, and energy efficiency retrofits at both sites that are expected to yield significant energy savings.
“They Say that I’m a sell-out” -- article
Jared Diamond says he is booed by environmentalists when he talks about business: "They call me a sell-out, say I'm corrupt and that I've taken the money and leapt into bed with big business." But, he shrugs: "It doesn't bother me." The biologist, thinker and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer has aroused the ire of some sections of the green movement by co-operating with large companies - and insisting that business has a role to play in remedying environmental problems.
Climate-Conscious Investor Coalition Widens Net -- article
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is hoping the fourth time’s a charm with its most recent letter urging the world’s largest companies to disclose their climate-management data. The coalition of institutional investors representing $31 trillion in assets had already sent three such letters to the Fortune 500, but has since broadened its scope, posting letters to 1,800 of the largest quoted companies in the world. (We couldn’t help noticing that the new mailing list includes 300 of the largest emitters in Canada. Looks like the CDP has reason to feel optimistic in that quarter: A new survey by the Conference Board of Canada found that Canadian companies see a clear business case for disclosing climate risk.)
“Software as a Service” Creates the Customer Era -- commentary (PDF)
The “Software as a Service” Revolution has, for the first time, exploded the software vendor's vice grip – putting customers in the driver's seat. “Software as a service” (also known as “on-demand”) technology finally puts the choice, the flexibility, and the power where it belongs – in the hands of customers – ushering in the Customer Era. In this “on-demand” world, buyers purchase precisely the amount of computing required, directly matching business issues with technology solutions. And, because “software as a service” requires no hardware purchase or software disks to load, the cash investment is lower and the customer gets direct access to the software in a matter of hours, not weeks or months.
Director, Environmental Health & Safety for ATI Metalworking Products. As a key member of the leadership team, you will be responsible for driving safety performance, safety metric improvements, health awareness, and developing leading indicators through the implementation of Metalworking Products' Safety Strategic Planning process. This position requires willingness to travel, including internationally; 7 to 10 years hands on experience in environmental management, behavioral based safety programs and industrial hygiene management in a manufacturing environment. A Bachelors degree in environmental engineering or related field is required. An advanced degree in Health & Safety or Chemical or Environmental Engineering is preferred.
Environmental Sustainability Director The Director manages all activities of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, reports to the Mayor of Milwaukee and has cabinet level stature. B.S. business administration, public policy and administration, environmental science, engineering, architecture or related field. A related graduate degree is highly desirable. Knowledge of environmental issues, stormwater management, energy efficiency, other natural resource management issues, public policy, and sustainable development. Five years of leadership experience related to this position. For more information see the NAEM Job Board.
Contact: send resume to Timothy Keeley, Department of Employee Relations, Box ESD, Room 706, City Hall, 200 East Wells St. Milwaukee, WI 53202.
Safety Director for this 400 employee unionized manufacturing facility located in AL. This position has 2 direct reports (safety professionals). The candidate should have 8+ years safety experience in manufacturing including supervisory experience and certification (CSP and/or CIH). BS in Safety or related.
Contact: Paul Shrenker email@example.com
Corporate Environmental Manager for this Division of a $9B company. The position will report to the Director of Environmental and Legal and will be located about 25 miles west of Chicago. Travel will be up to 50%. The ideal candidate will have 4—10 years Environmental experience in a manufacturing environment to include air, water and waste. BS in Environmental or related.
Contact: Paul Shrenker firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional Safety Manager for Kinder Morgan. This position will be responsible for the maintaining and managing day-to-day Health and Safety responsibilities in support of terminal operations. This position will support the Regional EHS Manager of the Mid-Atlantic Region. Position will additionally provide support at other current and future regional operations. This position will administer and oversee various compliance programs, procedures, and policies associated with federal, state, and local regulations and act as a liaison with internal/external legal and regulatory personnel and agencies as directed by the Regional EHS Manager. This position requires working knowledge of regulations, policies and prevailing cultures of Kinder Morgan operations and strong communications skills with employees, supervisors and, regulatory agencies.
Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!
Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director
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