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April 15, 2010

This week's management quote

'The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read & write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, & relearn.'
- Alvin Toffler (1928 - ), American Writer and Futurist

  1. How Green are Obama's Potential Supreme Court Picks?
  2. Carbon Disclosure Project Issues its First Water Disclosure Questionnaire to World's Largest Companies
  3. Wal-Mart's Chairman Pulls a Long Supply Chain Toward Sustainability
  4. Ford Saves $1.2 Million Annually Through PC Power Management
  5. Intel Amends Corporate Charter to Include Sustainability
  6. EPA to Require Lab Tests Before Granting Energy Star Label
  7. Job Opportunities

Calling all bloggers!!!

Blogging has become a great way to dialogue with your peers around a question or issue that's keeping you up at night!  Go from following the conversation to leading it by becoming a guest blogger on NAEM's Green Tie blog!

If you're interested in learning more about the benefits and rewards of blogging, contact Virginia Hoekenga at Virginia@naem.org.

We're happy to welcome Elizabeth Ryan, the latest addition to the NAEM team. As our new Manager of Interactive Media and Communications, she will be helping us spread the word about NAEM and the value EHS managers add in solving today's corporate environmental, health and safety challenges. A former reporter for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press, she has a Master's degree in Journalism from Northwestern University and a background in strategic planning for advertising.


April 28th
CONFERENCE: Essential Steps for Building a Sustainability Program and Benchmarking Best Practices
Palo Alto, CA - Register Now
Attend this conference and come away with an A to Z understanding of how to develop a best in class corporate sustainability program!

May 4th
WEBINAR: Best Practices in Corporate Energy Reduction and Management
1:00 to 2:30PM ET - Register Today

Join NAEM as we take a look under the hood at Toyota's sustained energy program, including its renowned Energy Treasure Hunts, and get a snapshot of how Fujifilm increased its energy efficiency. Featuring Bruce Bremer from Toyota's Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America and Girish Menon from FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation

May 18th
CONFERENCE: Managing Global EHS Programs: Attendee Developed Agenda
Philadelphia, PA - Register Today

Gain strategies and techniques from leading companies that have deployed mature EHS management systems to meet a complex array of global EHS challenges, including regulatory compliance, auditing and supply chain management.

October 13-15, 2010
CONFERENCE: 2010 NAEM EHS Management Forum
The Downtown Marriott - Book Your Hotel
Indianapolis, IN - Register for the Forum
In its 18th year, the NAEM EHS Management Forum remains the biggest and best professional development event in the EHS and Corporate Sustainability community. With the largest group of in-house managers sharing their lessons learned and strategies for success this conference remains the "can't miss event of the year!

The news

How green are Obama's potential Supreme Court picks? - Blog
President Barack Obama is reportedly considering about 10 people to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, although popular consensus has quickly settled on just three: Elena Kagan, Diane Wood, and Merrick Garland. Obama's choice will have a direct bearing on climate policy, as the court is likely to hear a number of consequential cases in the coming years.

Carbon Disclosure Project issues its first Water Disclosure Questionnaire to World's largest Companies - Press Release
With the support of many of the world's financial institutions, CDP Water Disclosure has asked more than 300 of the largest global companies to report for the first time on water use and other water-related issues, to increase the availability of high quality business information and raise awareness of water-related risk. CDP is using the same established system created to gather corporate climate change information.

Wal-Mart's Chairman Pulls a Long Supply Chain Toward Sustainability - Article
If a single executive at Wal-Mart Stores Inc. deserves the lion's share of credit for the company's recent drift into corporate sustainability, most agree it is Lee Scott, CEO of the largest retailer on the planet from 2000 to 2009. Critics see the shift as a public relations campaign for a company historically associated with suburban sprawl, but optimists have applauded Scott and other high-ups at Wal-Mart for prodding the Bentonville, Ark.-based corporation toward a more eco-friendly business model.

Ford Saves $1.2 Million Annually Through PC Power Management - Article
The American automaker has instituted a new technology management program which centralizes all the power settings on the company's Windows laptops and desktops, optimizing software updates and reducing energy waste by shutting down all computers when not in use. The program, called PC Power Management, is expected to reduce the company's carbon footprint by 16,000 to 25,000 metric tons annually, and save the company $1.2 million annually when fully implemented. The company has found that over 60% of employees fail to turn their computers off at night and on weekends.

Intel Amends Corporate Charter to Include Sustainability - Article
Harrington Investments, Inc. announced that Intel has agreed to amend its corporate charter to include “corporate responsibility and sustainability performance” in its overall policy responsibility. Intel initially opposed the environmental investment firm's shareholder resolution of amending their bylaws to create a Board Committee on Sustainability.  Having been named one of CRO Magazine's top 20 Best Corporate Citizens for 10 consecutive years, Intel stated that such a committee was unnecessary.  Yet the introduction to the idea made space for dialogue amongst shareholders throughout the last two years, leading to the charter's agreement. 

EPA to Require Lab Tests Before Granting Energy Star Label - Article
Companies seeking Energy Star certification for their products must furnish lab test results to verify energy use before they can use the famous label. The new requirement is the latest move by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy to strengthen Energy Star. Despite broad recognition of the label, the brand's reputation has been tarnished in recent years because of reports that some labeled products failed to meet the program's standards.

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Head of Global EHS - Midwestern US
A highly recognized consumer products company, headquartered in the Midwest, is seeking candidate to head the Global EHS function. This person will be responsible for establishing the first global employee safety program in addition to leading the global environmental health initiatives. As the “Safety Conscience” of the company, the candidate will set up a strategic plan for safety where it is clear that this is a non negotiable principle of the company. He/she will be responsible for driving change and delivering results to ensure the company becomes a recognized leader in this area. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 12 years of broad-based EHS experience preferably in consumer products or a process driven manufacturing company. Additionally, at least 7 years of industrial /employee safety and have a demonstrated track record of continually taking on assignments with increasing levels of responsibility is desired. Candidates must have outstanding communication and influence skills which command the respect of both the executive team and all employee groups. A BS degree is required and a Masters degree is highly desirable.
Send resume & cover letter to careers@NAEM.org

Vice President, Environmental, Health & Safety, RSR Corporation, Dallas, TX
Direct and coordinate the activities of EH&S staff related to environmental, health and safety compliance for the Corporation's locations. Responsibilities include: Ensure facilities have all the necessary environmental operating permits, necessary compliance reports and testing is conducted appropriately; Ensure scheduled and unscheduled EH&S audits are conducted both internally and by qualified third parties to identify noncompliance with applicable laws, regulations, standards, permits, Corporate policy, and Agency agreements. Travel approximately 40%. Qualifications include BS degree in environmental science or engineering in related field and 15+ years EH&S experience within a similar industry including 5+ years managerial experience. 

EHS Leader, Cargill, Inc, Minneapolis, MN
The EH&S Leader will lead the development, deployment and continuous improvement of safety and health management systems for the Cargill AgHorizons U.S. Business Unit that will enable the business to achieve its goal of EH&S excellence. Champion the culture of proactivity, accountability, stakeholder engagement and sustainability in the business' Environmental, Safety and Health program. The EH&S Leader will provide support leadership to Operations and Commercial management, our employees and the communities / customers we serve through education and proactive initiatives to reduce risk associated with EH&S. This position will be part of the Minneapolis Plant Operations team and will help to ensure compliance with internal and external regulatory requirements and initiatives for all of AgHorizons' business. Requires 4 year degree 10 years experience.

Senior Program Manager for Strategic Energy Efficiency Initiatives, PECI, San Francisco, CA
PECI is in search of a Senior Program Manager to lead strategic, high impact energy efficiency initiatives for our Commercial Retail business line. This individual will manage a team responsible for the implementation of energy efficiency programs for utility clients in Northern California and must ensure their team's strategy, planning and execution of deliverables meet or exceed the clients' expectations. They will assist the Associate Director in the strategic planning for the business line and in new business development activities. The Senior Program Manager will provide leadership and vision, execute analysis that informs program delivery and leverage strong communication skills to inspire staff to surpass client and company goals.

EHST Director, Synagro, Baltimore, MD
We are currently seeking an EHS&T Director that will be responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing our EHS&T program within standard operating procedures that assures the Company complies with federal, state and local environmental, health & safety and transportation laws, regulations and permit conditions. This position will report directly to the General Counsel. Qualifications include bachelor's degree in a technical, scientific, or engineering discipline - Professional certification as a Certified Safety professional (CSP), a plus - Minimum 5 years experience in safety, occupational health, environmental and/or DOT compliance in an industrial setting.

Safety Manager, McMaster-Carr, Princeton, NJ
Our company is seeking a Safety Manager to incorporate safety ideals into our facility in the Trenton, New Jersey area. The fast-paced nature of our business demands an individual with the dedication and flexibility to devise practical, yet innovative solutions for injury prevention in both an office and distribution environment. We will challenge the right candidate to: Serve as the in-house expert on all work-related safety issues and injury prevention; Educate managers, supervisors, and employees about injury prevention and safety programs; and Take a collaborative approach to implement safety solutions. Requirements include BS and 5 + years of relevant experience with a proven record of injury prevention.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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