NAEM's 2012 Product Stewardship conference covered issues ranging from product compliance to supply chain transparency. In this section you will find:
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Presentations: Featured presentations from NAEM's 2012 Product Stewardship conference include:
- Update on Emerging Product and Supply Chain Regulations
- Integrating Sustainability Along the Value Chain
- What's in your supply chain? Leveraging an MIS for Insight and Reporting
- Using Product Stewardship to Drive Business Value
- Understanding the Impacts of Emerging Global Product Regulations
- Assessing the Business Case for Eco Labels and Green Product Certifications
- Effective Producer Take-back and Recycling Programs
- Creating Business Value through Life Cycle Management
Update on Emerging Product and Supply Chain Regulations
In countries around the world, new product environmental regulations continue to emerge, dealing with everything from chemical controls and hazard communications to “e-waste”. Learn about the current regulatory trends and what we might expect going forward.
- Paul Beatley, Managing Director; ENHESA Inc.
Integrating Sustainability Along the Value Chain
From helping internal employees understand the long-term importance of sustainability to integrating product stewardship principles in purchasing decisions, product stewardship is a team effort. This session will focus on how to integrate processes and incorporate product stewardship into your business model.
Moderated by: Virginia Hoekenga, Deputy Director; NAEM
- Jocelyn Cascio, Lean/Six Sigma Global Program Manager; Intel Corp.
- Jeff Hynds, Director, Innovation, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability; Ingersoll Rand Co.
What's in your supply chain? Leveraging an MIS for Insight and Reporting
Manufacturers must be able to effectively collect, track, benchmark and report-out the chemical substances in their product supply chains. Learn how a high-volume supplier to the food & beverage industry is using product regulatory compliance software to meet these challenges and make a difference in their operations.
- Kurtis Bubeck, Director of Resource Management; Ithos Global
- Chris Nowak, Director of Client Services; Actio Corp.
Using Product Stewardship to Drive Business Value
Besides following trends and “doing the right thing,” what is the business case for product stewardship? Can it can have a positive impact on the bottom line and become a core element of your business? Hear how one company has turned product stewardship into a competitive advantage.
- Ray Lizotte, Director of the IT Environmental Stewardship Office; Schneider Electric Inc.
Understanding the Impacts of Emerging Global Product Regulations
Developing nations are quickly adopting the United Nations and European Union-based product laws and regulations such as REACh, ROHS, GHS, and WEEE. This session will focus on how companies are leveraging their networks and in-country resources to better respond to these regulations within the BRIC, Asia-Pacific and Latin American economies.
Moderated by: Sarah Medearis, Senior Consultant; Antea Group
- Parynaz Mehta, Senior Manager, Product Stewardship; Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Diagnostics Global Supply Chain
- Russell N. Fraker, Associate; Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Assessing the Business Case for Eco Labels and Green Product Certifications
Green product certifications and labels continue to multiply but do they really give companies a competitive edge with customers? Which certifications or labels are the best? Also, hear about emerging trends EHS&S managers should be aware of in green product labeling.
Moderated by: Mike Mahanna, Program Director; NAEM
- Billy Grayson, Director, Corporate Sustainability; WESCO Distribution
Effective Producer Take-back and Recycling Programs
Whether spurred to action by government requirements or consumers concerned with unsafe disposal conditions, pressure has been mounting for greater producer take-back and recycling programs. Learn how your peers have created extended producer responsibility programs to stay ahead of the game.
Moderated by: Richard Vermeij, Senior Director; SAP
- Ezra Benjamin, Principal Program Manager, Sustainability; EMC
- Johanna Jobin, Sustainability Programs Manager; EMD Millipore
- Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer, Product Stewardship Institute
Creating Business Value through Life Cycle Management
Life Cycle Management is an effective framework for identifying value creation opportunities, but applying the techniques can be a challenge. Find out how a well-executed Life Cycle Management program can lead to improved customer communications, cost reduction across the supply chain, and innovation in product design and manufacturing.
Moderator: Chris Nelson, Partner, Global Product Sustainability Practice Lead; ERM
- Wood Turner, Vice President, Sustainability Innovation; Stonyfield Farm
- Rob Currie, Director, Environment, Health & Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corp.
- Mike Robillard, Environmental Design Architect; EMC2
Between Silos, Beyond Walls: The Product Stewardship Puzzle
Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director of NAEM, reflects on what she heard at the Product Stewardship conference.
Product Stewardship: It's Not a One-Size-Fits-All Challenge
Chris Nelson, Partner with ERM, offers highlights from the Product Stewardship conference.
Transforming Sustainability Principles into Sustainable Products
Parynaz Mehta, Senior Manager of Product Stewardship for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics
Paul Beatley, Managing Director; ENHESA Inc.
Paul Beatley is a co-founder of and senior consultant with Enhesa. He founded the practice in Brussels in 1993, and formed a core team of international jurists and policy experts with international EHS regulatory consulting experience, supported by a growing network of similar consultants around the globe. In 1999 he relocated to Washington DC to anchor the group's presence in the USA.
Mr. Beatley has more than twenty years of professional experience in EHS management and regulatory consulting, including ten years based in France and Belgium. He has led consulting assignments, including compliance audits, due diligence assessments, and management and organizational studies around the globe, including throughout Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. He has assisted global companies in developing and implementing cost-effective EHS strategies and programs aimed at managing compliance and other risks and at realizing business opportunities through proactive management of environmental concerns.
He holds an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, a BA (Hons), in Politics from the National University of Ireland, University College, Dublin and a certificate in French civilization and politics from the University of Paris, Sorbonne.
Ezra Benjamin, Principal Program Manager, Sustainability; EMC
Ezra Benjamin leads EMC's global product take back and e-Waste programs. In this role, Mr. Benjamin manages cross-functional teams within EMC and engages outside stakeholders to define and implement EMC's product take-back and e-Waste policies and strategies. Prior to joining EMC, he was a consultant at Environmental Resources Management (ERM), a global environmental consultancy. At ERM, Mr. Benjamin assisted Fortune 500 companies in remediating contaminated sites, developing sustainability strategies and managing environmental risk.
He holds two degrees from Boston University -- an MBA and a master's in geochemistry. He earned his bachelor's degree from Colgate University.
Kurtis Bubeck, Director of Resource Management; Ithos Global
Kurtis Bubeck serves as Resource Manager for a team of creative and motivated personnel who ensure successful software implementations, customer satisfaction and follow up services for Ithos Global. In this role, he acts as the Lead Engagement Manager for one of the company's most-valued clients,Golden State Foods (GSF), a high-volume, multi-billion dollar company that serves as supplier to the Food and Beverage industry. Mr. Bubeck works with GSF Quality Assurance management, guides Suppliers and Vendors, and works to maximize and improve performance within his own engagement team through strategy and teamwork.
He has been involved in portal customization, project management, supplier communications and customer service for almost 10 years. He spent his early career years focusing on business development and working with customers to solve the evolving challenge of collecting and managing supplier data for corporate compliance and most importantly, random audits.
He resides in Saratoga, N.Y.
Jocelyn Cascio, Lean/Six Sigma Global Program Manager; Intel Corp.
Jocelyn Cascio is the Supply Chain Environmental Social & Governance Program Manager with Intel Corp. She has spent 15 years in the Intel Supply Chain organization, leading business process reengineering and improvement efforts on a variety of global, enterprise-wide initiatives such as Contingent Workforce, e-Procurement and Environmental Compliance.
She is a Lean Six Sigma Certified Black Belt with a bachelor's degree in Organizational Communication from Arizona State University and an MBA from Babson College. She also holds a William Bridges Leading Organizational Transition certification.
Scott Cassel, Chief Executive Officer, Product Stewardship Institute
Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, he served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, and a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which harmonizes product stewardship programs internationally.
Mr. Cassel has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 30 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority.
He has a master's degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rob Currie, Director, Environment, Health and Safety; Baxter Healthcare Corp.
Rob Currie is the Director of Environment, Health and Safety with Baxter Healthcare Corp., where he has worked for more than 23 years, and is primarily responsible for the company's global environmental and product stewardship programs. He provides EHS technical, regulatory and engineering support to manufacturing facilities worldwide and has primary responsibility for all Product Stewardship compliance issues, including REACH, ROHS, and other global requirements.
Prior to joining Baxter, Mr. Currie worked for Shell Oil Company as a Process and Project Engineer for five years, and spent one year with an environmental consulting firm.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana.
Russell N. Fraker, Associate; Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.
Russell Fraker is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., with a general litigation, environmental, and land use practice.
Proficient in Portuguese and Spanish, Mr. Fraker has worked in several Central and South American countries and is a member of the firm's Latin American practice group, where he advises clients on regulatory issues in the region, with a particular focus on Brazilian environmental laws.
Before entering the practice of law, Mr. Fraker worked as an environmental consultant to the oil, forestry, and telecommunications industries. He also worked as a commercial fisheries observer on the Bering Sea and North Atlantic, and in the management of two conservation-oriented non-profit organizations. His maritime experience includes the planning, permitting and maintenance of undersea cable systems in over twenty countries.
Mr. Fraker received his law degree in 2008 from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was a Managing Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. During law school, Mr. Fraker co-founded another publication, the Environmental Law & Policy Annual Review, and served as its first Managing Editor. He received Academic Excellence Awards for four law school classes, as well as the 2008 G. Scott Briggs Transnational Legal Studies Award.
Mr. Fraker studied Philosophy and Political Science at Reed College, where he was a National Merit Scholar and recipient of the Edwin N. Garlan Memorial Prize. He received a master's degree in International Relations from Yale University, and was one of two students in his class to be awarded a Yale Graduate School Fellowship.
Mr. Fraker is a member of the bars of Tennessee and the District of Columbia.
Billy Grayson, Director, Corporate Sustainability; WESCO Distribution
Billy Grayson is the Director of Corporate Sustainability for WESCO Distribution, a Fortune 500 Electrical Distributor headquartered in Pittsburgh, Penn. At WESCO, Mr. Grayson works with WESCO operations to help WESCO reduce its energy consumption and improve its overall environmental performance. He also works with the WESCO marketing team to communicate WESCO's energy and environmental achievements and highlight its “green” products for customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.
Prior to joining WESCO, he was a Senior Associate at ICF International, working with public and private sector clients on greenhouse gas mitigation, energy efficiency, and other environmental mitigation projects. Billy's background is in environmental policy and energy efficiency, and includes work experience with Calvert Investments, Standard Solar, and the Sierra Club.
Mr. Grayson holds a master's degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a master's degree in Environmental Policy (MPP) from the University of Maryland, as well as a bachelor's degree from Claremont McKenna College.
Jeff Hynds, Director, Innovation, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability; Ingersoll Rand Co.
Jeff Hynds is Director of Innovation for the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand. In this role, he is embedding sustainability principles into the enterprise new product development process and identifying business opportunities that use sustainability to create competitive advantage in the marketplace.
In previous roles, Mr. Hynds helped change the way Ingersoll Rand identifies and delivers solutions that provide customer value by creating and implementing enterprise-wide processes to make innovation predictable and repeatable. In addition to developing breakthrough products such as the IBM Proprinter, Cadillac Northstar engine, Delphi Electric Power Steering and Club Car Precedent golf car during his 24-year career, he received six United States patents. He is the 2008 winner of the Maurice Holland Award presented by the Industrial Research Institute for his paper “Integrating Roadmapping into Technical Planning” and is a member of the Board of Editors for Research Technology Management, a leading journal on innovation and technology.
Mr. Hynds has Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Management of Technology from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Johanna Jobin, Sustainability Programs Manager; EMD Millipore
As the Global Sustainability Programs Manager for EMD Millipore, Johanna Jobin leads the company's divisional sustainability efforts. Her responsibilities include managing the company's greenhouse gas inventory and carbon accounting systems, 'Design for Sustainability', stakeholder engagement and sustainability reporting activities. Ms. Jobin also supports the Merck Group's Corporate Responsibility activities.
She is currently leading the company's product sustainability strategy and branding; supporting the development of opportunities for reducing life cycle environmental impacts for customers; and sustainable packaging improvements.
Prior to joining the former Millipore Corp. in 2008, Ms. Jobin served as a Management Consultant, working with public and private sector clients in developing and implementing environment, health and safety (EHS), and sustainability management systems.
She earned a master's in Environmental Management and a certificate in Energy and Environment, from Duke University and is also an ISO 14001 trained auditor. She is currently President of the New England Chapter of the National Association for Environmental Management (NAEM), Social Media Liaison for the NAEM Emerging Leaders Group, and Chairwoman of the Programs Committee of the Society for Women Environmental Professionals (SWEP).
Ray Lizotte, Director of the IT Environmental Stewardship Office; Schneider Electric Inc.
Raymond Lizotte is the Director of the Environmental Stewardship Office at Information Technologies business unit of Schneider Electric (formerly known as APC ). In his role, Mr. Lizotte is responsible for managing the company's projects and necessary business processes to ensure conformance to the many product-focused environmental requirements that face the company. Initially, the Environmental Stewardship office focused on compliance with RoHS, REACH and other substance based regulations, but has since expanded to product sustainability initiatives and life cycle assessments as a means to generate value for the company.
Parynaz Mehta, Senior Manager, Product Stewardship; Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices and Diagnostics Global Supply Chain
Parynaz Mehta develops and leads Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices & Diagnostics Product Stewardship program by creating processes and cross-business and cross-functional teams to ensure that tactical and strategic implications of global Product Stewardship developments are appropriately addressed for MD&D products. Ms. Mehta also trains and collaborates with New Product Development and Product Life-cycle Management teams to ensure environmental tools are incorporated in to new product releases, and leads the creation of a database infrastructure that houses Product Stewardship compliance data to demonstrate compliance.
She is ISO 14001 Lead Auditor Certified and holds a Master of Science degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Policy from Tufts University and a Master of Science in Life Sciences from the University of Mumbai.
Mike Robillard, Environmental Design Architect; EMC2
Mike Robillard is an Environmental Design Architect for EMC2, where he acts as an internal champion to influence product design decisions that provide industry-leading environmental performance and competitive advantage for the company. An experienced engineering manager with 23 years of experience leading Integrated Product Teams and designing next generation products, he has extensive product lifecycle development knowledge and experience with Design for the Environment and global environmental regulatory requirements.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
Wood Turner, Vice President, Sustainability Innovation; Stonyfield Farm
Wood Turner is the Vice President of Sustainability Innovation for organic yogurt pioneer Stonyfield Farm, and is the company's lead advocate, facilitator and educator on sustainability issues. He is responsible for catalyzing efforts that fulfill Stonyfield's mission of not only minimizing negative environmental impact in all areas of its operations but also advancing innovative impact-reduction solutions.
Prior to joining Stonyfield, he was the founding executive director of Climate Counts, a non-profit that scores companies annually on their measurable climate actions and has appeared many of the world's leading media outlets, among them the New York Times, NPR, The Economist, BBC, and the Harvard Business Review. At Climate Counts, Wood built a voluntary benchmarking program called Industry Innovators, attracting companies representing over $30B in revenues so far.
Mr. Wood holds degrees from Duke University and the University of Washington.
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