NAEM Network E-News

Sept. 20, 2012

This week's management quote

"Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster." - Theodore Roosevelt (1858 – 1919), 26th President of the United States of America

  1. Inspectors certified Pakistani factory as safe before disaster
  2. Low resistance tires roll the path 3 percent fuel savings
  3. Employees at green companies are more productive
  4. Four lessons from the best bosses I ever had
  5. Plasma gasification raises hopes of clean energy from garbage
  6. U.N. CDM carbon trading system has "essentially collapsed"
  7. Job Opportunities
Upcoming 2012 NAEM Events

Oct. 17-19, 2012
2012 EHS Management Forum
Be inspired by your peers from 75+ leading companies as they share EHS and sustainability best practices at NAEM's signature learning event.
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Sept. 26, 2012: 1 - 2 p.m.
Resource Conservation Measures
Conserving resources (i.e., energy, water and materials) has become a priority goal for EHS and sustainability managers. Learn which approaches and goals have been most effective in most industry sectors.
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NAEM Partner Event:
September 27-28
The New Metrics of Sustainable Business Conference
Explore the future of sustainable business metrics. A Sustainable Brands event in partnership with The Wharton School. September 27-28, 2012, in Philadelphia.

And now the news

Inspectors certified Pakistani factory as safe before disaster - Article
The Sept. 12 fire that killed hundreds of people has cast doubt on the SA8000 system that many Western companies rely on to certify low-cost suppliers.  The factory was certified on nine health, safety and worker rights areas just one month before the fire.

Low resistance tires roll the path 3 percent fuel savings - Article
EPA estimates that using verified low rolling resistance tires can improve fuel consumption by 3 percent when used in all axle positions on line-haul class-8 tractor trailers. Verified retreads, when used in the drive and trailer axle positions in combination with EPA-verified steer tires, can reduce fuel consumption by 3 per cent relative to the most common retreads.

Employees at green companies are more productive - Article
A new study shows that employees of companies which adopt environmental practices are 16 percent more productive. The study titled, Environmental Standards and Labor Productivity: Understanding the Mechanisms That Sustain Sustainability is the first on how a company's environmental commitment affects its productivity.

Four lessons from the best bosses I ever had - Blog
Bosses and mentors come in sizes and leadership styles. Here are four that stand out.

Plasma gasification raises hopes of clean energy from garbage - Article
A method has been developed with the Air Force to dispose of garbage with neither the harmful byproducts of conventional incineration nor the environmental impact of transporting and burying waste. It is one of several innovative techniques that the United States military has been researching to provide alternatives to the open-pit burns use in war zones.  The system devours municipal garbage, recycles metals, blasts toxic contaminants and produces electricity and usable byproducts — all with drastic reductions in emissions.

U.N. CDM carbon trading system has "essentially collapsed" - Article
Although billions of dollars have been raised in the past seven years through the United Nations' Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to set up greenhouse gas-cutting projects in poor nations, the system has "essentially collapsed". A panel convened by the UN reported on Monday at a meeting in Bangkok that the system, known as the was in dire need of rescue. The panel warned that allowing the CDM to collapse would make it harder in future to raise finance to help developing countries cut carbon.

Job opportunities

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Manager of Corporate Safety, OfficeMax, Naperville, IL
The Manager of Corporate Safety is responsible and accountable for developing training content that supports the company safety plan and is applicable to each business segment. This position will assist in the development of the company safety and health plan. This position will manage the design, development, and implementation of the electronic database to ensure timely and accurate metrics are distributed to all business leaders. This position will provide strategic and technical assistance regarding OSHA recordkeeping, training and education, near- miss safety analysis, and program effectiveness. Requires 7 years of safety and health experience. For full description and to apply, visit the OfficeMax careers page and search for EX0000075641.

Senior Manager of Global EH&S, Jim Beam Brands Inc., Clermont, KY
Jim Beam is the fourth largest premium spirits company in the world and the largest U.S.-based spirits company. They are seeking an individual to provide technical consultation, leadership coaching and strategic direction to drive continual improvement and the pursuit of best practices (beyond compliance) for the management of environment, health & safety across the organization.

Corporate Environmental Manager, Associated Materials Inc., Avenel, NJ
Associated Materials Inc. is seeking a Corporate Environmental Manager to join our team. This role is ideal for a candidate ready to move to the next step of their career in a growing company. The position will be primarily focused on implementing and sustaining environmental programs in compliance with Federal, State and Municipal requirements while assisting with safety compliance. The position will also team up with our three Canadian facilities to assist with identifying potential environmental concerns.

Director of Corporate Safety, Borden Dairy Co., Dallas, TX
Borden Dairy Co. is seeking a Director-Corporate Safety to oversee the environmental, health & safety (EH&S) program for the company. Focus of the position is to develop and lead the execution of the Safety strategy with the goal of eliminating workplace injuries/illnesses, reducing work related injury costs, and complying with all safety and health laws and regulations. In addition, this role will lead safety best practice sharing and standardization.

Have a safe, healthy and environmental week!

Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director

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