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April 02, 2009
This week's management quote

"Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight."
Henry R. Luce (1898-1967), American Publisher


  1. Top 10 Myths about Sustainability
  2. Reporting: Beware Death by Sign Off
  3. $3.2B Available in Block Grants for Local Energy Efficiency Upgrades
  4. ICF: Power Sector Will Bear Burden for Reducing GHGs
  5. Quaker, Gatorade, Tropicana to Ban Wooden Shipping Pallets
  6. GAO: Department of Labor Failing to Protect Workers
  7. Job Opportunities


In this week’s Green Tie Blog, Stephen Evanoff asks: Should EHS professionals strive to be general practitioners or is the path to job security and prosperity in specialized skills?

  1. Calling all Bloggers: Do you want to be a guest blogger for NAEM’s The Green Tie blog? E-mail Virginia Hoekenga if you're interested.

The news

Top 10 Myths about Sustainability
“Sustainability is a concept people have a hard time wrapping their minds around. To help, Scientific American Earth 3.0 has consulted with several experts on the topic to find out what kinds of misconceptions they most often encounter. The result is this take on the top 10 myths about sustainability.”

Reporting: Beware Death by Sign Off
After all the effort you’ve put into your corporate responsibility report keep it from heading straight to the recycling bin by making it something that people will want to read. Follow these simple steps to keep too many cooks from spoiling your hard work.

$3.2B Available in Block Grants for Local Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Further energy efficiency project funds from the U.S. government's stimulus package were released this week by the Obama administration in the form of $3.2 billion in block grants for cities, counties, states, territories and Native American tribes. The block grant money is to support energy audits and energy efficiency retrofits in residential and commercial buildings; the development and implementation of advanced building codes and inspections; and the creation of financial incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements.

ICF: Power Sector Will Bear Burden for Reducing GHGs
In its recently released "U.S. Emission and Fuel Markets Outlook, 2009 edition," ICF International of Fairfax, VA., a leading energy and environmental analysis firm, projects that adoption of these measures could place the burden for two-thirds of the required reductions squarely on the electric power sector. The report is available for a fee. The cost and market impacts of such a program depend largely on the design of the program and the cost and availability of new technology and emission offsets, which are examined through multiple scenarios in the report.

Quaker, Gatorade, Tropicana to Ban Wooden Shipping Pallets
This spring, Quaker, Gatorade, and Tropicana will switch from wooden pallets to all-plastic rental pallets provided by Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS). The companies are making the switch partly to address shipping-platform quality concerns and partly to "reflect our desire to be responsible stewards of the environment," PepsiCo says.

GAO: Department of Labor Failing to Protect Workers
Federal agents posing as workers have completed an undercover investigation of the Department of Labor (DOL) that has resulted in claims that the department frequently mishandles serious worker complaints, placing many workers at risk. The outcome of the investigation is detailed in a new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found DOL mishandled nine out of the 10 cases included in the undercover operation.

Environmental Services Manager, USG, Chicago, IL
USG Corporation is North America’s number one building materials manufacturer and distributor. USG has an immediate opening for an Environmental Services Manager. This position is located in our Chicago, IL headquarters. This position serves as an environmental professional taking a leadership role in providing multi-discipline environmental guidance, support, and management to the manufacturing sites and all business units of the Corporation. USG offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; retirement and investment plans; paid holidays and vacations; tuition reimbursement. Relocation is not provided. To learn more about USG Corporation, check out our web site at USG Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. Interested candidates please send your resumes to:

Manager III Facilities Engineering and EH&S, Raytheon Corporation, Forest, MS
Raytheon Corporation is a major American defense contractor and industrial corporation with core manufacturing concentrations in defense systems and defense and commercial electronics. They are looking for a Manager for their EHS and Facilities Function in Forest, MS. Job functions include but are not limited to: Manages interprets, recommends, and complies with safety health and environmental requirements and company policy; Responsible to ensure that workplace conditions comply with Raytheon, OSHA and EPA standards and their Mississippi equivalents; Oversees implementation of the Raytheon Environmental, Health and Safety Management System and ensures integration of EHS into the business operations at the Site; Helps lead site emergency response teams; Develops and implements programs designed to increase employee awareness of EHS and Facilities Management. Must have Bachelor’s Degree and 10+ years in EHS Field.The Position can be found at Contact Bridgitte Ballard for more information.

Regional EH&S Manager, Avery Dennison, Cleveland, OH
This role will have direct responsibility over 2 facilities within under an hour of each other. Each location is around 100 employees. Our locations are solvent/emulsion facilities and we require experience in this area. A significant portion of this role will be devoted to improving our process safety management. This person must be able to work with Engineering and Operations staff in a collaborative manner. Budget responsibility is a half million annually. Requirements are: BS in Safety, Occ. Health, Environmental or Chemical Eng and 5+ years of experience - Demonstrated strategic development capabilities - Results oriented with proven track record in leading EHS activities - Experience in process safety management and behavior based safety - Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to deal at all levels - Strong problem solving techniques. Will lead audits, legal compliance and all Ohio EPA and Federal EPA reporting. Please see full job description for more details.

HSSE Control Of Work Specialist, BP, Whiting, Indiana
The Whiting Control of Work process includes specific roles for a "HSSE Control of Work Specialist" in the assessment of high risk work. This posting is for one CoW Specialist position. The HSSE Control of Work Specialist reports to the Safety Team Lead. Qualifications include - high school diploma required; 10 years minimum work experience in industrial and/or manufacturing facilities; Operations/Maintenance experience conducting Control of Work activities; Understanding of OSHA related regulatory requirements in relevant CoW activities such as Confined Space Entry, Hot Work, Control of Hazardous Energy, Excavation, etc; Must be current in all training pertinent to their position, in addition to the Control of Work training, L1 and L2 HITRA Training and training (mastery level) on supplemental policies, audit procedures, and skill assessed accordingly within the past 3 years. Please see full job description for more details.

EHS Manager, MillerCoors, Colorado
The EH&S Manager: Ensures that all Rocky Mountain Bottle Company (RMBC) operations and all support groups achieve a safe workplace by working with all levels of the organization. This position is responsible for achieving legally required EPA, State, Local Environmental, and OSHA compliance. Develops programs, directs activities and implements actions to assure that all plant operations comply with all current and future regulations and permits legally required under the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Clean Air Act, Toxic Substances Control Act, National Environmental Protection Act, Hazardous and Solid Waste Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act, and Department of Transportation Regulations. Supports the development implementation and maintenance of companywide environmental, health and safety management systems. Requires expert knowledge (training and experience in a manufacturing environment) of safety and environmental management and compliance, behavior based safety or behavior science, OSHA/EPA regulations, industrial hygiene, chemical and hazardous materials handling. The incumbent must have a BS/BA technical degree (Environmental/Chemical Engineering, Safety Science etc.) Advanced degree preferred. Please see full job description for more details.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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