Washington D.C., May 24, 2011 - Last week, more than 30 environmental, health and safety (EHS), and sustainability managers met in Minneapolis to discuss the formation of a new networking group to connect NAEM members in the Upper Midwest region.
The new group will focus on building a robust network NAEM members can connect with to benchmark best practices, ask questions or float ideas, according to chapter organizer Karen Yeadon, Manager of Environment, Health and Safety at Emerson Process Management.
“Everyone is excited about the chapter and feels is fills a void,” Yeadon said. “The ability to talk about what we each are doing to meet certain requirements is needed. Also, the fact that we will look at these issues in terms of management processes, strategic plans, budgeting, communications within and external to our organizations is a critical factor for the success of the chapter. Other organizations don’t focus on this.”
The Minneapolis-St. Paul branch is the first group formed under NAEM’s recently revised chapter structure. Under the new governance rules, the local chapters will focus on organizing events while NAEM’s Washington, D.C. office will manage the registration and assist with outreach.
“There is a lot of the bureaucracy associated with formal chapter structures that we just don’t have to do,” Yeadon said. “The idea of being able to grow and contract the group leadership team is especially helpful.”
NAEM Executive Director Carol Singer Neuvelt said she believes the new Midwest group will be a valuable resource to members.
“It’s important for EHS and sustainability managers to remain connected. It’s terrific that they can not only do it at a national level but a local level,” she said.
For more information about the Upper Midwest networking group, or about forming a networking group in your area, please contact Carol Singer Neuvelt at firstname.lastname@example.org.