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July 23, 2009
This week's management quote

One man with courage makes a majority.
Andrew Jackson, 7th President of the United States, 1767 - 1845


  1. Walmart Announces Sustainable Product Index
  2. Court Overturns Bush Pollution Rules
  3. Chemicals That Eased One Woe Worsen Another
  4. GRI Approved Sustainability Reports reach 1,000
  5. U.S.-EU Environmental Politics at a Crossroads, Professor Says
  6. Grist’s guide to green iPhone apps
  7. Job Opportunities

The news

Walmart Announces Sustainable Product Index
Walmart announced plans to develop a worldwide sustainable product index during a meeting with 1,500 of its suppliers, associates and sustainability leaders at its home office. The index will establish a single source of data for evaluating the sustainability of products. The company will partner with one or more leading technology companies to create an open platform that will power the index. Walmart hopes to spur the development of a common database that can be used by suppliers, retailers, NGOs and governments.

Court Overturns Bush Pollution Rules
A federal appeals court rejected Bush administration rules that allowed major power plants and factories to emit uncontrolled pollution into the air in cities that already have severely polluted air. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit found the Environmental Protection Agency rules illegally let plants buy rights to pollute--sometimes from plants hundreds of miles away--instead of installing modern emission controls.

Chemicals That Eased One Woe Worsen Another
This is not the funny kind of irony: Scientists say the chemicals that helped solve the last global environmental crisis -- the hole in the ozone layer -- are making the current one worse. The chemicals, called hydrofluorocarbons, were introduced widely in the 1990s to replace ozone-depleting gases used in air conditioners, refrigerators and insulating foam. In the atmosphere, these replacement chemicals act like "super" greenhouse gases, with a heat-trapping power that can be 4,470 times that of carbon dioxide.

GRI Approved Sustainability Reports reach 1,000
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced that the number of companies disclosing their performance against key sustainability indicators in 2008 has reached its highest level to date - over 1000. This marks a 46% increase in reporting from 2007, just one year earlier. Of the reports that GRI identified, the majority were in Spain (128), the United States (100), and Brazil (64). These numbers do not include companies that issue reports on their sustainability performance, just those that adhere to the GRI reporting guidelines.

U.S.-EU Environmental Politics at a Crossroads, Professor Says
Although the United States and European Union face common environmental and energy challenges, they often have taken different approaches to solving them, according to an associate professor of political science at the University of New Hampshire.

Grist’s Guide to Green iPhone Apps
Do you want some help from your iPhone when it comes to determining the most environmentally friendly product to buy, or the greenest way to travel around a city? Well, Grist has examined the 50+ carbon calculators, shopping guides, mileage trackers, and more of the green iPhone world and offers some recommendations on where to best spend your App store dollars.

Principal Remediation Project Manager, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Eureka, CA
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, the largest gas and electric utility in California, has an opening for a Principal Remediation Project Manager. The position is responsible for leading remediation at the Humboldt Bay Power Plant in the beautiful north coast area of Eureka, California. The position requires a leader/project manager with a record of successfully implementing large remediation projects in California.  Requirements are 15+ years of experience that includes 3+ years in a leadership position, radiological and chemical remediation, risk assessment, hydrogeology, engineering, compliance and permitting, and a sound understanding of California environmental law and regulatory processes for remediation. For additional job information and to apply, please go to https://pgecorp.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en and refer to 9002563 in the Job Number field. 

Regional HSE Manager, Dresser-Rand, Olean, NY
The Regional Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Manager provides technical expertise in managing systems, skill development, and leadership to enable Dresser-Rand North American Operations (NAO) to achieve excellence and sustain a relative competitive advantage in all matters of employee safety, occupational health, and environmental stewardship. The Regional Manager maintains a world-class Health, Safety, and Environmental Management System that enables Dresser-Rand NAO to achieve continuous improvement in all HSE performance metrics in the pursuit of its goal of ZERO occupational illnesses, workplace injuries, and environmental incidents. This role reports directly to Dresser-Rand’s Chief Safety Officer World Wide, as well as to the Vice President and General Manager NAO, and is based in Olean, NY.

Director of Environment, Health & Safety, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
The Director leads health and safety programs that inspire and enable line management to maintain a safe workplace environment, promote safety as an institutional core value, and insure that the Laboratory's scientific/technical research activities are conducted safely and in compliance with applicable policies and regulations. This position is responsible for leading a division comprised of approximately 150 professionals, technicians, and support personnel in a variety of health and safety disciplines including Waste Management, Radiation Protection, Environmental Services, Industrial Hygiene, and Occupational Health & Safety. As a key member of the Laboratory Operations Leadership Team, the EH&S Division Director will be called upon to make substantial leadership contributions toward achieving the Laboratory's performance goals and to pursue best management practices.

EHS Director, Busch Gardens / Water Country USA, Williamsburg, VA
Oversee, lead, and develop the Environmental, Safety, and Health Services functions for Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, and the International Housing Village. Minimize work time losses through prevention, liability reduction, and educational programs. Evaluate the statistical data generated by EHS for tracking incidents for trend analysis. Facilitate accident investigation completion. Assist departments in understanding employee target injuries, trend analysis, and root cause analysis. Champion "green" initiatives for facilities and monitor utilities usage for the parks and IHV. Conduct facility audits and inspections to ensure regulatory compliance.

Assistant Vice President /Manager of Safety and Quality, BJ's Wholesale Club, Natick, MA
This individual will lead our Safety and QA/Sanitation team efforts by developing, implementing and coordinating policies, programs and procedures to maintain safe and healthful facilities for our Members and Team Members. 7 + years Management and/or administration experience in a Safety, Food Safety or Sanitation capacity for a retail/supermarket, manufacturing, healthcare, or public safety/health environment.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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