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July 19, 2007
This week's management quote

"If the bee disappeared off the surface of the globe then man would only have four years of life left. No more bees, no more pollination, no more plants, no more animals, no more man.”

— Albert Einstein, (1879-1955), German theoretical physicist


  1. Mohawk Paper to offset its Energy with Renewables
  2. Abbott Takes Fleet Carbon Neutral, Installs Solar Power
  3. EPA Proposes Approach to Develop Nanotechnology Stewardship Program
  4. Sustainability Picks Up Where Supply and Demand Meet
  5. Electronics Makers Break Out ‘Green’ Initiatives
  6. Book Review: Storm World: Understanding Hurricanes Today
  7. Job Opportunities


  1. NAEM Workshop: Adding Business Value through EHS: Strategies for Managing EHS Business Risk Hosted by Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. August 8-9, 2007 St. Louis, MO. Registration open!
  2. NAEM Forum: 15th Annual EHS Management Forum. Registration open!

The news

Mohawk Paper to Offset its Energy with Renewables article
Mohawk Fine Papers Inc. now offsets all of its purchased electricity use with renewable energy sources, the company announced Wednesday. Mohawk Fine Papers bought 100 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy certificates, allowing it to offset 100 percent of the electric power energy consumption at its New York and Ohio operations. It follows companies such as Whole Foods and PepsiCo., who are members of the Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership and have offset all energy use with renewable sources.

Abbott Takes Fleet Carbon Neutral, Installs Solar Power article
Global health care company Abbott announced Wednesday its plans to turn more than 6,000 of its vehicles carbon neutral and install a 500-kilowatt hour solar power system. Abbott touts itself as the first FORTUNE 500 company to transform its U.S. fleet of company sales vehicles carbon neutral. The fleet of more than 6,000 represents nearly 11 percent of Abbott's total emissions. When the vehicle leases are up, sales representatives will have a hybrid vehicle option, said Spokeswoman Ann Fahey-Widman. Carbon offsets will neutralize the balance. "It's a significant investment purchasing the carbon offset," Fahey-Widman told GreenBiz Wednesday. "Because of the gas savings, the hybrid offering is not something that would be a significant cost."

EPA Proposes Approach to Develop Nanotech Stewardship Program regulatory update
EPA is seeking public comment on the agency's proposed approach to developing a Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP). EPA's approach will increase the scientific understanding and ensure appropriate oversight of nanoscale industrial chemicals to facilitate the responsible development of this growing technology, officials said on July 11.

Sustainability Picks Up Where Supply and Demand Meet article
Sustainability is gaining momentum as more shareholders, stakeholders, and businesses are creating policies to protect the environment, empower people, and create transparent business practices. If the current drive toward sustainability is enough or too little too late is for future generations to debate, but it is for the future generations that many are working. New studies from the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and Goldman Sachs point to both sides of the supply and demand chain asking for more corporate responsibility, and in many cases, getting it.

Electronics Makers Break Out ‘Green’ Initiatives article
The Dell Latitude D630 laptop contains mercury, a heavy metal that can damage the human nervous system. Not one of its many parts is made of recycled, post-consumer plastics or plant-based plastics. It's packaged in a box made of largely unrecycled materials. Yet it may be the most environmentally friendly mainstream laptop on the planet.

Book Review: Storm World: Understanding Hurricanes Today book review
Chris Mooney's new book is just the ticket for nonscientists who want to understand hurricane science.

Job Opportunities

Global Director, EHS for Newell Rubbermaid located in Oak Brook, IL. Provide leadership role in defining and driving global EHS policies and procedures, compliance strategies, ensure competency and quality of facility-level EHS resources, lead goals and target setting, monitoring and reporting progress of their respective operating units. Develop and implement appropriate EHS filters for the Group’s New Product Development (NPD) process to ensure full compliance, promote education and best practices and foster continuous improvements of EHS performance. Educated to a minimum Master’s Degree in chemistry, chemical engineering, or relevant Environmental Science, Minimum 8-10 years experience in an EH&S role. Contact:

Director Environment, Health and Safety for Schwan Food Company located in Marshall, Minnesota. This position is responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable federal, state and local environmental, health and safety laws, standards, regulations and requirements for the organization/Operations. The Director of EHS develops necessary programs, procedures and policies for compliance and loss prevention so as to ensure losses and risk to the organization/Operations are minimized. MBA or equivalent experience preferred, 8-10 years related experience. Contact:

Environment, Health and Safety Manager for The Boeing Company located in Huntsville, Al. Leading position to implement environmental, health and safety management systems at the Huntsville site and to support the Missile Defense Systems (MDS) business unit programs; Responsible specifically for identifying applicable environmental requirements for the Huntsville site and for leading continuous improvement efforts with a process based approach. Instrumental in facilitating safety and health processes at the site and in leading employee involvement teams. Background experience in environmental compliance programs and project management is required as well as good team building, training and people skills. Bachelors degree and typically 10 years related work experience, a Masters degree and typically a minimum of 8 years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Contact:

Environmental Program Manager for Apple, Inc. located in Cupertino, CA. This position is offered in Apple's Environmental Technologies department in Hardware Engineering. The role will encompass product team level responsibilities as well as corporate strategic and policy planning activities. At a product level, the candidate will be responsible for the implementation of product environmental performance as an active participant in Apple's product development processes. A Master's degree in chemical or material engineering or chemistry with environmental experience is preferred. Technical knowledge of components, materials and processes used in the electronics industry would be distinct advantage. Contact:

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt

NAEM Executive Director


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