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NAEM Network E-News

Jan. 6, 2011

This week's management quote

"We assumed before that people who criticized us were out to get us. Now we understand that they wanted to help us." - Lee Scott, Wal-Mart Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors


  1. 5 predictions for sustainability & CSR in 2011
  2. Amerigas empowers employees to make continual safety improvements
  3. EPA begins to regulate greenhouse gases
  4. What’s outside counts, too: British law spurs scrutiny of excess packaging
  5. Fiji Water targeted in ‘Greenwashing’ class action suit
  6. Sustainability named one of ‘Jargoniest Jargon’ words of 2010
  7. Job Opportunities

Upcoming 2010 NAEM Events

2011 EHS MIS Conference: Solutions for the Next Generation of Data Management Challenges
March 2-3, 2011, San Antonio, TX.
Register Today for the Early Bird rate
The 2011 EHS MIS conference brings EHS and sustainability managers together to find solutions for their data management challenges. Discover the "ins and outs" of leading EHS software systems through live, user demonstrations.

Webinar: Understanding the Business Value of Renewable Energy Certificates
Jan.13, 2011, 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. (EST)
Register Today
Join us for this Affiliate Council-led webinar as we explore the basics of Renewable Energy Certificates, and discover how they can become a simple and effective tool in your Greenhouse Gas Management effort.

Save the Date: Annual Member Meeting
Jan. 25, 2011, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (EST)
RSVP to Participate!
NAEM members are invited to attend the annual member meeting. We hope you can attend for a preview of the new and innovative networking, benchmarking and learning opportunities NAEM has in store for its members in the new year. This is an online event, complementary to all NAEM members. 

The news

5 predictions for sustainability & CSR in 2011 - Blog
As we move forward in 2011, what can EHS and sustainability professionals expect this year? Some big things happened in 2010 that helped shape the field, both good and bad, as the economy started to catch its footing again. Expect to see even more this year.

AmeriGas empowers employees to make continual safety improvements - Sponsored Article
Realizing that it was spending an inordinate amount of time responding to regulators, and that it was difficult to integrate acquisitions into its EHS compliance framework, AmeriGas leadership decided that it was time to replace its patchwork EHS program and establish world-class safety performance as a key business objective.This article is a benefit of Dakota Software’s sponsorship of the 2010 EHS Management Forum.

EPA begins to regulate greenhouse gases - Article
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is beginning to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from energy plants and factories despite vows from Republicans in Congress to stop or slow the regulators. Realizing there is virtually no chance of Congress passing limits on greenhouse gases, he has pushed the EPA to move.

What’s outside counts, too: British law spurs scrutiny of excess packaging - Article
The citizens of Lincolnshire, England, were so fed up with the layers of plastic and cardboard and Styrofoam that encased their store purchases this fall that they took a high-priced, highly wrapped piece of meat to court.  Now, there is a nationwide experiment in rethinking how familiar products are sold, from Easter eggs to tubes of tomato paste to plastic jugs of fabric softener.

Fiji Water targeted in ‘Greenwashing’ class action suit - Article
In a cautionary tale, Fiji Water Company has been named in a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California that alleges the company has profited by greenwashing claims that it’s water products are carbon negative - which means that the production, packaging and shipment of the water removes more carbon pollution from the atmosphere than it releases into it.

Sustainability named one of ‘Jargoniest Jargon’ words of 2010 - Article
Advertising Age named sustainability one of the “jargoniest jargon” words of 2010 that they “wish you would stop saying.” They explain their decision by describing sustainability as “a good concept gone bad by mis- and overuse.” Find out the nine other jargoniest words of 2010.

Job opportunities

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Energy Manager, John Deere Co., Moline, Ill.
John Deere is looking for an energy manager. As an Energy Manager within John Deere, you will be expected to develop and implement strategic solutions for global facility energy issues related to supply and demand to protect and reduce overall energy costs.  Additionally, you will conduct analysis and identify and implement process improvement solutions, lead contract negotiation with strategic suppliers, monitor key utility technical and regulatory policies to ensure facility compliance, facilitate operations' coordination with utilities, and serves as company technical representative with key business regions, government and regulatory bodies on utility prices and practices to advocate company interests. Basic requirements include a BS in Engineering/Science with 5+ years of Utility experience, supply management experience, experience with Six Sigma. To apply for this position, visit John Deere’s career's website and apply for job # Requisition ID – 50336155.

Environment, Health & Safety Leader, Owens Corning Co., Irvine, Tex.
The Owens Corning Irving, TX site is seeking an extraordinary individual for the role of Environmental, Health, & Safety Leader (EH&S). The EH&S Leader must maintain a leadership presence on the plant floor, influence employee and first-line leader behaviors, and fully engage employees in the safety process. The ideal candidate will enroll and engage the entire workforce to build a powerful safety culture. As a member of the plant natural leadership team (NLT), the EH&S Leader will be expected to advise and guide the NLT in developing a risk-ranked strategic plan, prioritize and advocate capital/resource requests, and advise the leadership team on all aspect of environmental requirements and responsibilities. The EH&S Leader will be responsible for the growth and development of plant safety coordinators, as well as the safety teams within the workforce. This leader must be capable of developing, implementing, and evaluation the effectiveness of all critical EH&S processes, programs, and procedures. A BS in Safety/Engineering/Science along with prior EHS experience is required, OS in an industrial setting, Title V management, CSP, Six Sigma Greenbelt/Blackbelt Certification preferred. To apply for this position, visit Owens Corning's career's website and search for job ID # 1661.

Manager, Health & Safety, Flint Hills Resources, Iowa
This role provides the opportunity to work within FHR's Renewables Group with different health & safety issues. Position will require troubleshooting and problem solving skills, strong technical writing skills, coordination and communication of cross-site efforts and knowledge sharing within Flint Hills. This individual will have the opportunity to participate with cross-company and cross-industry groups to develop compliance strategies and impact analysis, as well as provide safety and health regulatory support at each of FHR's Renewables Fuels Facilities. Requirements include a minimum of 8 years of safety & health experience with strong emphasis in federal, state, and local regulations and application to industrial refining and petrochemical facilities (e.g. OSHA General Industry, Process Safety Management), experience tracking and analyzing emerging regulatory issues, communication of issues to sites, and development of and executing the company regulatory point of view, BA in Engineering and/or Safety & Health field. To apply for this visit Flint Hills Resources jobs website and search for position # 339043.

EHS Manager, Biogen Idec, Cambridge, Mass.
Biogen Idec is looking for an EHS Manager to run Biogen Idec’s EHS program in Research and Development. The ideal candidate will be expected to develop, maintain and implement laboratory safety programs including chemical hygiene, biosafety, radiation safety, personal protective equipment, area inspections, fire code compliance, emergency response, chemical reagent management, EHS training and EHS performance metrics. In addition to managing EHS program, ideal candidate would serve as Radiation Safety Officer for modest Radiation Safety Program. Must understand the infrastructure and governance of an R&D organization in order to effectively interface with scientists and senior management. Soft skills including, relationship building, negotiation, conflict resolution, influencing without authority and a collaborative mindset are a must and just as important as technical skills. Working effectively with internal stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. Bachelor’s Degree required (EHS, scientific or engineering discipline). Master’s degree preferred. CHP, CIH or CSP a plus, but not required. 8+ years EHS experience working in a corporate R&D setting with previous duties as a Radiation Safety Officer. Biotechnology/Pharmaceutical experience highly desired. To apply for this job visit, Biogen Idec’s careers website and search for requisition number 13873BR.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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