July 24, 2008

This week's management quote

"If the people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all."

— Michelangelo, 1475 – 1564, Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, poet and engineer


  1. California First State to Adopt Green Building Code
  2. When Recall Isn't Total: Surge in Imports Challenges Voluntary System
  3. Utah is going to a 4-day workweek to save energy
  4. Navigating the Wilderness of Green Business Certifications
  5. Sustainability enters the C-suite
  6. Rebuilding a Dutch Tradition, One Windmill at a Time
  7. Job Opportunities


  1. NAEM Workshop: Managing Global EHS Programs. Hosted by Rockwell Automation. August 6th-7th, 2008 Milwaukee, WI. Register Now!
  2. NAEM Webinar: Driving Business and Environmental Results through Creative Workplace Management, September 11 th, 2008. Register Now!
  3. NAEM Forum: 16th Annual EHS Management Forum, October 22nd-24th, 2008 Memphis, TN. Register now!
  4. Auditing Roundtable Workshop: EHS Auditor Training, September 2 nd – 4 th, 2008 Arlington, VA. Click here for more information or to register.

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The news

California First State to Adopt Green Building Code (article)
In what may be the first step in a national trend, “The California Building Standards Commission announced on Friday the unanimous adoption of a statewide ‘green’ building code, the first in the nation. The new standards will call for a 20% improvement in water use efficiency for both residential and commercial plumbing fixtures as well as target a 50% increase in conservation for water used in landscaping.”

When Recall Isn't Total: Surge in Imports Challenges Voluntary System (article)
As the number of product recalls has surged 20% compared to last year’s total, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission may be due for an overhaul. Recognizing that voluntary product regulations are not necessarily being followed by foreign manufacturers, a mix of consumer groups, manufacturers and members of the House and Senate are calling for regulatory improvements.

Utah is going to a 4-day workweek to save energy (article)
“In a yearlong experiment aimed at reducing the state's energy costs and commuters' gasoline expenses, Utah is about to become the first state to switch to a four-day workweek for thousands of government employees.” In addition to cost savings, Utah is forecasting improved employee satisfaction and a benefit to the environment through lower emissions.

Navigating the Wilderness of Green Business Certifications (article)
Many companies seek a “green” certification after completing an environmental project as way of verifying a job well done and making a statement to consumers. However, the number of certification systems has grown rapidly, leaving companies and consumers alike wondering about the validity of such certification.

Sustainability enters the C-suite (article)
“The intersection of business risk and profitable opportunity is giving rise to a new, and still evolving, role in many organizations. While environmental, compliance and other sustainability issues were once relegated to the general counsel or environmental engineering departments, CEOs are now tasking some of their most talented executives with the creation of a corporate sustainability strategy that will vault their firms into a clear leadership role for the 21st century.”

Rebuilding a Dutch Tradition, One Windmill at a Time (article)
The growing use of modern wind turbines in the Netherlands is causing a resurgence of interest in traditional wind mills. Seen as a symbol of culture and national pride, windmills are still in operation grinding grains as they have done for hundreds of years, using large mill stones and wooden gears. The government has approved an $80 million program to restore a portion of the 1,040 remaining windmills.

Job Opportunities

Head of EHS for a major healthcare provider in the Mid-Atlantic area
This company is looking for an EHS professional to develop and implement a clear strategy for managing the company’s environmental impact, drive the design and integration of the EHS ethic into the fabric of other major company functions and create a high quality team to meet company EHS requirements. Candidates are expected to have 15+ years of experience, including EHS operations for multi-site global businesses. An undergraduate degree in science or engineering is required, with a graduate degree in a scientific discipline or MBA preferred. Contact: Foster/Searing Ltd.

Sustainability Coordinator, American Electric Power
This position will work closely with cross-functional teams to meet corporate sustainability goals, including overseeing the tracking and reporting of key performance indicators that are included in AEP’s Corporate Sustainability Report and managing the implementation of strategies to integrate sustainability principles into the operational functions across AEP. The coordinator will manage stakeholder relationships that advance AEP’s standing as a leader in sustainability and foster trust and credibility with stakeholders on important policy issues. Requirements include B.S./B.A. in environmental/sustainability field, communications, business or marketing. Candidates should have 8+ years of experience, with knowledge of the principles and practices of sustainability and some experience producing sustainability reports. Excellent communication and organization skills are necessary along with a demonstrated ability to accomplish multiple and varied tasks efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment. To apply, go to: www.aep.com/careers

Group Safety Manager at a major manufacturing company in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area
This is a highly visible position within a major multi-site manufacturing company. This is a newly created position due to corporate acquisition. The Group Safety Manager will be responsible for health, safety, government compliance and worker's compensation issues for 4 manufacturing locations. Along with managing current programs, this person will also review safety procedures and focus on continuous improvement projects. This will include working closely with division management and regional human resource professionals to develop and enhance health and safety programs. Requirements: A minimum of 7 -10 years of experience in health and safety, preferably in a manufacturing environment. A Bachelor's degree in a relevant discipline. Experience in managing a multi-site safety program is a plus. Certification (CSP or ASP) in the safety and health field is highly preferred. This individual must have strong communication, leadership and analytical skills. Job ID: 254080-52408 Contact: EHScareers.com

Regional EHS Manager, J.M. Huber, Atlanta, Georgia
CPKelco, a J.M. Huber company and a leading manufacturer global producer of specialty ingredients used in food, pharmaceutical and consumer products, has an immediate opening for a Regional EHS Manager. This position will be based in Atlanta. Principal responsibility is to develop and manage EHS strategy for CP Kelco America sites, which includes communicating and facilitating Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety policy and goals. To ensure that all CP Kelco America manufacturing sites have Environmental, Health and Safety Management systems which strive to achieve and maintain the environmental, health and safety strategy, World Class Safety performance, Environmental Excellence and continual improvement. This position requires a Bachelor's degree, preferably in Engineering, Environmental Engineer, Safety Engineer or related fields; a minimum of 5 years of experience in a manufacturing company as an EHS professional; extensive knowledge and experience with EH&S Management systems. Contact: EHScareers.com

Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
RPI seeks a Director of Environmental Health and Safety to lead and strengthen environmental health and safety essential systems and processes and create collaborative partnerships with key constituencies inside and outside of the institution. The Director will develop and direct the efforts of a contemporary and professional, service-oriented environmental, health and safety department. S/he will design, coordinate, and oversee a comprehensive environmental, health and safety management system, including procedural documentation, and related training. The Director will also oversee Rensselaer's nuclear radiation safety program, which includes surveys, inspections, training and related activities. The successful candidate will possess: solid, broad experience in fire emergency management, hazardous waste disposal, and industrial safety; a Bachelor's degree in a technical discipline and at least 5 years experience directing and leading an environmental health and safety programs. Contact: EHScareers.com

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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