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NAEM Network E-News

November 23 , 2011

This week's management quote

"Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy." - Fred De Witt Van Amburgh, Author (1866-1944)


  1. GRI launches transparency database on over 3,000 companies
  2. A Serving of Gratitude is Good for your Health
  3. Go ahead, use that water twice: water reuse standard announced
  4. Six ways Unilever achieved success with sustainability
  5. Retail employees face stress, injuries during holiday shopping season
  6. Don't be a turkey: Seven ways to play it safe this Thanksgiving
  7. Job Opportunities
Upcoming 2011 NAEM Events

Webinar: Creating Management Systems to Meet REACH, RoHS and other Product Regulations
Dec. 1, 2011 - Register today!
Learn how three leading companies are addressing new regulation on an issue that affects all industries.

Webinar: Third Party Assurance of Sustainability Reports
Dec. 6, 2011 - Register today!
Hear the most effective approaches to third-party verification and how these parties conduct assurance activities.

Webinar: Behind the Scenes of CR Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens List
Dec. 15, 2011 - Register today!
Whether your company is included in the top 100, aspires to make the list, or is just looking to benchmark with industry leaders, this event will help you understand the factors that go into the 100 Best Corporate Citizens List.

Webinar: Career Arcs: A Profile of Three EHS and Sustainability Leaders and How they Got There
Dec. 8, 2011 - Register today! (Free registration)
Gain valuable career-building skills and get advice from three EHS and Sustainability leaders.

And now the news

GRI launches transparency database on over 3,000 companies - Article
A wealth of sustainability data, hard to find in thousands of reports, will now be unlocked in a new database launched by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The new Sustainability Disclosure Database includes data on the sustainability and environmental, social and governance transparency of more than 3,000 thousand companies worldwide.

A Serving of Gratitude is Good for your Health - Article
Thanksgiving may be the holiday from hell for nutritionists, and it produces plenty of war stories for psychiatrists dealing with drunken family meltdowns. But it has recently become the favorite feast of psychologists studying the consequences of giving thanks. Cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" has been linked to better health, sounder sleep, higher satisfaction with life and kinder behavior toward others, including romantic partners. Here are nine tips for getting into the holiday spirit - or at least getting through dinner Thursday.

Go ahead, use that water twice: Water reuse standard announced - Article
The nation's first national standard on water reuse was announced with the intent to improve awareness and acceptance of gray water and other reuse technologies. It's taken a long time to catch on, but with rising energy costs and increasing concerns about water scarcity, it's time has come. There's plenty of gray water around, and many uses, too. 84% of water is used for purposes other than drinking, and most can be reused.

Six ways Unilever achieved success with sustainability - Article
A year ago this week, Unilever launched its Sustainable Living Plan, one of the most ambitious strategies that a global company has ever embarked on. Pioneering a bold new business model, the company pledged to double in size at the same time as halving its environmental footprint, setting out to achieve a series of concrete targets by 2020. One year on, the company that touches two billion people a day announces strong financial results that outperformed its competitors, despite the recession. Could sustainability be the secret of Unilever's recent success?

Retail employees face stress, injuries during holiday shopping season - Article
Black Friday just might be the least favorite day of the year for retail employees. The Purdue University Retail Institute says that full-time and seasonal employees working the front lines of retailing during the holidays face an enormous amount of stress, and OSHA is warning employers to protect employees during Black Friday and other major sales events during the holidays. The article offers tips for prevent worker injuries, including keeping an eye on the store's maximum occupancy level.

Don't be a turkey: Seven ways to play it safe this Thanksgiving - Article
Many of the Thanksgiving holiday tragedies, including 4,300 home fires and 1,000 highway deaths are preventable. From food safety, home slips, and driving accidents, here are seven ways to make it a safe, happy holiday season.

Job opportunities

Have an open position that you would like to include in the next E-News? Send it to Mike.

Senior Environmental Engineer, McCoy and Associates, Lakewood, CO
McCoy is seeking a self-motivated and confident professional who wishes to pursue a career in presenting seminars on the RCRA regulations and writing content describing RCRA compliance requirements. Other duties include answering technical questions on regulatory compliance. Work assignments are generally performed individually, but must be coordinated closely with other team members; therefore, the ability to work both independently and as part of a team is a prerequisite. Candidates should have little or no anxiety about public speaking. 5 years RCRA experience and ability to travel 25-35% of the time required. If you are interested in the position, please send your resume to resume@mccoyseminars.com.

Director of Environmental Operations and Safety, Aerojet Corp., Camden, Ark.
This position will be responsible for both Environmental Operations and Safety areas equally. The Director will report directly to the Executive Director of Operations at the facility. S/he will be expected to provide technical direction and leadership on environmental and safety issues and requirements and represent the organization as prime internal contact for regulatory agencies and customers on environmental and safety operations. S/he will also be expected to conduct briefings and technical meetings for top management, customers and/or regulatory agency representatives. This position requires a Bachelor's degree and fourteen years directly related experience in an appropriate discipline/science or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A Master's degree in a related field is preferred.

Environmental, Health and Safety EHS Communications Manager, Alcoa Inc., Pittsburg, Penn.
Alcoa is looking for a Manager of Environmental Health and Safety Communications at the Alcoa Corporate Center in Pittsburgh, PA on the North Shore. The position will report to the Director, EHS and Sustainability. The primary purpose of the position is to develop and implement a robust and effective communication program to support the Global Wellness Initiative. Other duties include improving communication across the EHS and Sustainability(EHSS) function in all plants and global business units by identifying, developing and working with field communicators and sharing tools and techniques and ensuring that Alcoa has ready protocols to deal effectively with EHSS-related special issues and crises. Basic Qualifications include a Bachelor degree in Communications/ Public Relations, with a minimum 10 years of experience in communications, relevant experience in the areas of health care, employee wellness campaigns and employee benefits. Master's degree in Communications or Public Relations is preferred. To apply for this position, visit Alcoa's careers website and search for requisition number 8865BR.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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