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January 17, 2008
This week's management quote

" But the only possible guarantee of the future is responsible behavior in the present. "

Wendell Berry, (1934-present), American author


  1. ADM to Participate in Carbon Sequestration
  2. FTC Asks if Carbon-Offset Money is Well Spent
  3. The Technologizing of EH&S
  4. Anti-Bag Movement Grows
  5. Solving the Supply Chain Cost Riddle
  6. What’s Your Consumption?
  7. 8 Books to reread in 2008
  8. Job Opportunities


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The news

ADM to Participate in Carbon Sequestrationarticle
The Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM), one of the nation's largest food producers, announced it is teaming with corporate and governmental partners on an $84 million carbon sequestration project in the Midwest. ADM will collaborate with the Midwest Geological Sequestration Consortium (MGSC) and the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) to capture and store carbon dioxide from its ethanol plant in Decatur, Illinois.

FTC Asks if Carbon-Offset Money is Well Spentarticle
Corporations and shoppers in the United States spent more than $54 million last year on carbon offset credits toward tree planting, wind farms, solar plants and other projects to balance the emissions created by, say, using a laptop computer or flying on a jet. But where exactly is that money going? The Federal Trade Commission, which regulates advertising claims, raised the question Tuesday in its first hearing in a series on green marketing, this one focusing on carbon offsets.

The Technologizing of EH&Sarticle
Increasingly, health & safety professionals find themselves the dubious owners of a variety of software tools and large-scale software systems. These tools and systems serve a variety of purposes, from assessment to measurement, to data management and analysis, to large-scale EH&S program automation and administration. For many, this “technologizing” of EH&S means an additional set of responsibilities and the development of a new set of competencies.

Anti-Bag Movement Growsarticle
2008 may be the beginning of the end for thin, plastic shopping bags. Just two days after China announced it will ban the manufacture and distribution of the bags, Australia made the commitment as well on Thursday. Environmental Minister Peter Garret said he wants a phase out to begin by the end of the year.

Solving the Supply Chain Cost Riddlecase study
Textbook variance analysis tools don’t cut it in today’s complex distribution systems. Finding something that does work is a challenge that  Vancouver, B.C.-based Catalyst Paper tackled two years ago — to great effect.

What’s Your Consumption?article
To mathematicians, 32 is an interesting number: it’s 2 raised to the fifth power, 2 times 2 times 2 times 2 times 2. To economists, 32 is even more special, because it measures the difference in lifestyles between the first world and the developing world. The average rates at which people consume resources like oil and metals, and produce wastes like plastics and greenhouse gases.

8 books to re-read in 2008article
Sustainable Industries recommends 8 books to (re)read in 2008.

Job Opportunities

Environmental Engineer /Specialist for The New York Power Authority one position located in Queens, NY and one in the central Catskill region. The incumbent will provide technical direction to fossil and hydro power plant personnel to ensure facility compliance with all federal, state, local and corporate environmental requirements.  This position is particularly focused on environmental monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting requirements including petroleum bulk storage, hazardous and nonhazardous waste management, NPDES discharges, spill response and natural resource enhancement initiatives.  The successful candidate must possess a Bachelors degree in a related discipline and at least 3 years of industrial experience.  Contact: Bill Slade

Director, NA Region EHS Operations for First Solar, Inc. located in Perrysburg, OH. This position will be directly responsible for managing the America’s based EHS team and for providing leadership, direction and support to First Solar in the following key areas: Overseeing day to day EHS operational support and results within the region, ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements and First Solar policies/ standards, and partnering closely with other regional and global functional EHS teams in the sharing of lessons learned and best practices. Bachelors degree in Environmental Health and Safety or related field, with a MS preferred. At least 10 years of EHS experience with progressively increasing scope and responsibility. Frequent travel internationally is expected. Contact:

Director of Environmental, Health and Safety Services for Virginia Tech located in Blacksburg, VA. Reporting to the Vice President for Administrative Services, the Director provides innovative and strategic leadership to the delivery of environmental health and safety services to the University community. Master's degree in science, engineering or related field required or extensive training and experience equivalent to an advanced degree. Successful candidates will also have substantial management experience overseeing environmental and occupational health and safety programs in a higher education, research, or similar complex organization. Contact:

Corporate Safety Manager for Simmons Bed Company located in Atlanta, GA. This position will provide professional safety support to manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico relating to the protection of people and property and to OSHA regulatory compliance. Up to 50 % travel. Key roles include: Anticipate, identify and evaluate hazardous conditions and practices, develop hazard control designs, methods, procedures and programs, implement, administer and advise others on hazard controls and hazard control programs measure, audit and evaluate the effectiveness of hazard controls and hazard control programs. Position requires candidate to hold and maintain a current Certified Safety Professional (CSP) designation granted by the American Board of Certified Safety Professionals (BCSP). Five years experience as a safety professional in a high-hazard manufacturing environment such as petrochemical, aerospace/defense, pharmaceutical, automotive, steel or other heavy general industry Bachelor’s degree in Safety Engineering, Occupational Safety & Health, Industrial Hygiene or a closely related field required. Master’s degree a plus. Contact:


Have a safe, healthy and environmental week.

Carol Singer Neuvelt

NAEM Executive Director


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