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July 5, 2007
This week's management quote

"The superior man seeks what is right; the inferior one, what is profitable.”

— Confucius (551-479 BCE) Chinese thinker and social philosopher


  1. PG&E Launches Program to Help Customers Offset Emissions
  2. Companies Giving Green an Office
  3. Green Businesses Get Insurance Discounts
  4. Message in a Bottle
  5. Reporting: What? How Much? To Whom?
  6. No (Hot) Dogs Allowed—A Guide to Grilling Without Red Meat
  7. Job Opportunities


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The news

PG&E Launches Program to Help Customers Offset Emissionsarticle
A majority of Americans want to help fight climate change but few know of programs that will help them limit their carbon footprint, according to a study commissioned by Pacific Gas and Electric Co. The need to educate the public about combating climate change led the utility giant to create ClimateSmart, a voluntary carbon offset program launched Thursday. It allows residential and business customers to fund projects that will offset the carbon emissions generated by their energy use.

Companies Giving Green an Officearticle
The corporate roster of "chiefs" used to be pretty short: chief executive, chief financial officer and, maybe, chief operating officer. Then came the chief marketing and technology officers. Now, the so-called C-Level Suite is swelling again - this time, with chief sustainability officers. These are not simply environmental watchdogs, there to keep operations safe and regulators at bay. The new environmental chiefs are helping companies profit from the push to go green.

Green Businesses Get Insurance Discountsarticle
After a decade of touting the superior quality of Green Buildings, The Tower Companies, is the first company in the Washington DC region to receive a 5% discount on property insurance because the insurance industry says Tower's green buildings are less risky.

Message in a Bottlearticle
Americans spent more money last year on bottled water than on ipods or movie tickets: $15 Billion. A journey into the economics--and psychology--of an unlikely business boom. And what it says about our culture of indulgence.

Reporting: What? How Much? To Whom?article
Ever since there have been corporations, both society and companies have squabbled over how much information those businesses ought to make public. During the 1990s, as journalists accelerated their coverage of corporate environmental and social impacts, companies began offering their own reports on those impacts – often including information on philanthropy, health and safety, and stakeholder perspectives. “The emergence of sustainable development reporting is not only a response to the increasing internal and external demands placed on companies to be transparent on their performance and achievement in this field. It is also setting the scene for the future of business management,” the report concluded.

No (Hot) Dogs Allowed –A Guide to Grilling Without Meatarticle
As July 4th approaches, it's time to prepare for picnics and BBQs -- and, if you're eating less and less red meat these days, you're probably devising alternative strategies for these occasions. There are two main approaches to dealing with this situation: substituting other foods in place of red meat, or bumping dishes that used to be considered "sides" up to Main Attraction status and adding protein to them. I like to do a little bit of both.

Job Opportunities

VP, Global Quality, Regulatory & EHS for Invitrogen in San Diego, CA. In this highly visible role, the VP, Global Quality, Regulatory & EHS will provide leadership in quality systems, assurance and control, regulatory affairs, compliance, and EHS. The successful candidate will perform a global strategic evaluation; develop, communicate and execute an integrated strategic pathway plan; and direct and maintain the strategic imperatives required to meet wide ranging initiatives for the various segments and business units. In addition to promoting a healthy, motivated team spirit within the global Quality, Regulatory & EHS Leadership team, this position will provide clear reporting mechanisms, roles, responsibilities, goals and objectives. B.S. in Biology, Chemistry, Bioengineering or a related discipline is required. Ph.D. and/or M.B.A. is preferred. A minimum of 20 years of hands-on experience in quality and regulatory affairs and at least 10 years in a senior-level role leading a quality, regulatory affairs and EHS in a life science, GMP/FDA-regulated industry are required. The ability to transition between highly regulated and less regulated businesses as well as excellent working knowledge of US, EU and AP regulations is necessary. Contact:

Corporate Safety Director for a Manufacturing Company located in Dallas/ Ft. Worth, TX. In this role the successful candidate will direct the EHS function, through direct and indirect management of EHS personnel at multiple locations to provide technical safety, health and environmental support; develop corporate safety and health programs and objectives and coordinate safety training programs as well as environmental permitting. Ability to effectively deal with other people, especially company personnel at all levels, from the highest to the lowest, to enlist needed cooperation in implementing regulatory requirements. Required: BS degree in Safety Science, Engineering or IH Years of experience: 8-10+ years experience in corporate safety management experience. Contact:

S&ES SPECIALIST II for Praxair, Inc. located in Northern, IN. This mid-level professional position applies advanced safety and environmental knowledge to all safety and environmental areas – fleet safety, personnel safety, operational safety, equipment safety, product safety, and environmental – in order to protect the health and safety of all company employees, as well as the surrounding communities and environments in which the company operates. Provides leadership, guidance and assistance in the prevention/control of accidents and incidents to a specific area of responsibility. Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, 7+ years of Safety/Environmental experience. Contact: Tabitha Williams

ESHIA-Biodiversity Advisor for Chevron located in San Ramon, CA. The individual filling the ESHIA-Biodiversity Advisor position will assist the Environment Manager in supporting Chevron's Environmental, Social and Health Impact Assessment (ESHIA) standard process and Chevron's biodiversity-related activities. Key ESHIA responsibilities (estimated 50% of time) involve coordinating deployment and implementation of the ESHIA process throughout the enterprise through training, resources, participating in project-specific ESHIA reviews, and process reviews and evaluation. Key biodiversity responsibilities (estimated 50% of time) will involve promoting and communicating biodiversity-conservation objectives, activities and best practice sharing throughout the corporation; monitoring emerging aspects of biodiversity issues in the external arena (such as environmental markets); participating in industry association activities; working with external conservation organizations; and tracking company performance. Requirements: 5-10 years experience in government, non-profits or the private sector working with biodiversity-related science and policy issues, has at least a Masters degree in Biology, Ecology, Environmental Management or Policy, or closely-related field. Contact: Stu Pike

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt

NAEM Executive Director


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