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October 15, 2009

This week's management quote

"The death of fear is in doing what you fear to do."
- Sequichie Comingdeer, Cherokee warrior

  1. Defiant Chamber Chief Says ‘Bring ’Em On’
  2. Your Sustainability Communication is Ineffective
  3. 10 Key Questions That Focus Suppliers on Sustainability
  4. Efficient Corporate Fleets = Huge Impact
  5. Macy's Sees Savings and Green Benefits from Empty Miles Service
  6. Bottle Rocket: SIGG Faces Class Action Suit
  7. Job Opportunities


Stephen Evanoff - Can We Have Our Cake and Eat it Too?
In this week’s blog post, Stephen Evanoff highlights environmental leader, Jonathon Porritt, who is on a mission to challenge the conventional thinking on sustainability. The current model is to consume our way to sustainability, but can we have our cake and eat it too?

The news

Defiant Chamber Chief Says ‘Bring ’Em On’ - Article
The United States Chamber of Commerce, under fire for its vocal opposition to climate change regulation, says that the vast majority of its members support its position. “We’re not changing where we are,” says Thomas Donohue, the group’s president and chief executive.

Your Sustainability Communication is Ineffective - Report
A new report shows that the majority of consumers are unaware of major brands' sustainability initiatives, indicating that they are not effectively communicating their practices to consumers.The report queried consumers on 7 major brands, and on average, 85% of consumers had no idea that the companies were participating in any sustainable business initiatives.

10 Key Questions That Focus Suppliers on Sustainability - Article
With all the news on Walmart's Product Sustainability Index, why is there still so much emphasis on the use of lagging sustainability indicators? There are a number of widely used performance frameworks that use leading indicators to foster the long-range thinking that is so important in the world of sustainability. Companies that have used these performance frameworks outperform financially those that do not use them, often by a significant margin.

Efficient Corporate Fleets = Huge Impact - Report
The Center for Automotive Research has found that upgrading corporate fleets could be the fastest way to putting more energy efficient cars on the road, reducing energy emissions and fuel consumption. This tactic would not only affect one fifth of the vehicles on the road, but these vehicles would trickle into the consumer market, greatly extending the reach of the strategy. The full report is available for download.

Macy's Sees Savings and Green Benefits from Empty Miles Service - Article
A program that reduces the number of shipping trailers that travel empty on return routes has saved Macy's thousands of dollars while also cutting diesel fuel consumption and related greenhouse gas emissions. The Empty Miles Service matches a company's trailers that are returning empty with another company's potential loads that can be collected and delivered along the return route.

Bottle Rocket: SIGG Faces Class Action Suit
'It turns out that even trace amounts of BPA, or bisphenol A, can create a public relations – and public trust – nightmare for a product marketed as an eco-friendly and reusable alternative to single-use plastic water bottles. This is especially true when the manufacturer is caught in a lie about it.

Terrestrial Biologist, Pacific Gas and Electric, Fresno, CA
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, there are approximately 20,000 employees who carry out Pacific Gas and Electric Company's primary business—the transmission and delivery of energy. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. PG&E currently has an opening in its Fresno office for a Terrestrial Biologist. The Terrestrial Biologist is responsible for ensuring operational impacts to the environment are minimized and/or eliminated. The Terrestrial Biologist is an interface between PG&E and state and federal agencies as well as interested stakeholders and Non-Governmental Organizations for licensing and permitting proceedings. We are presently seeking a talented and self-driven Terrestrial Biologist to support PG&E in achieving its vision of being the leading utility in the United States. This is as ESC (Engineers and Scientists of California) represented position. For additional information, please go to https://pgecorp.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en and refer to job 8001622 in the “Job Number” field.

Associate Director, Bioenergy, Climate Policy and Sustainability Initiatives, United Nations Foundation, Washington, DC
This position supports the work of the International Bioenergy and Sustainability Initiatives team, led by a Senior Vice President and the work of the Climate and Energy team on issues related to the international climate negotiations. The position requires broad familiarity with the key questions related to bioenergy development, production and use as well as sustainable production practices. As bioenergy has served as an entry point for the UN Foundation to promote sustainable land use in the context of better agricultural practices, it is essential that the candidate have a working knowledge with the issues of biological sequestration of carbon and the positive and negative impacts of certain crops, tillage and other agriculture practices. Qualifications: Masters degree in public policy, environmental management or economic policy and 5-10 years work experience in climate policy or related areas.

Senior Regional Manager – HSE, TRW Automotive, Rogersville, TN
Senior Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) Regional Manager will provide leadership, oversight and support for HSE systems, processes and activities for multiple facilities; lead development and support of Global HSE Initiatives as assigned and serve as lead development and HSE Point-of-Contact to a regional or global Business Unit. Experience: Twelve (12) or more years experience in manufacturing environment with emphasis on safety/environmental management. Must have ability to work without direct day-to-day supervision and must be capable of managing/leading all HSE Function activities. Education: Bachelors of Science Degree in Environmental and /or Safety Engineering and Management or closely related field is required. Advanced Degree or HSE related Professional Certification desirable.

Regulatory Affairs Manager, Firestone Polymers, LLC, Akron, OH
Firestone Polymers, LLC, a division of the Bridgestone Corporation., is currently seeking candidates for a Division Regulatory Affairs Manager at its division headquarters in Akron, Ohio. This purpose of this position is to develop, administer and coordinate all programs and strategies related to environmental protection, product safety, process safety management, and employee health and safety. This position interprets federal and state regulations and company policies as they apply to Firetone Polymers, LLC in regulatory areas. Also assists in responding to and resolving regulatory problems as they occur in Firestone Polymers facilities in Ohio, Texas and Louisiana. BS degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Environmental, or other related Engineering degree, plus 10 years of experience to include 5 years in plant or process engineering, and 5 years with responsibility for coordinating or managing environmental and safety or process safety in a chemical facility. Travel will be required.

Environment, Health and Safety Engineer, TMT Observatory Corporation, Pasadena, CA
Reporting to the Project Manager, the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Engineer will have oversight of system safety, occupational safety and safety management. The EHS Engineer will develop, review, implement, and monitor compliance with safety plans for the fabrication, assembly, installation, testing, and operation of the TMT observatory and related test systems at other locations. The position may or may not involve relocation to the TMT Observatory area in Hawaii at a future date, perhaps during or after 2012. Bachelors Degree in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering disciplines with 5-10 years experience, or equivalent relevant work experience.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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