This month we introduce you to Kris Morico, Global Leader of the GE Water Program at General Electric Co., one of the members who helps make our network so unique.
1. Why did you join NAEM?
Unlike other organizations, which might include a large consulting group, NAEM is unique in that the majority of its members are EHS leaders representing a diverse group of businesses. What the organization focuses on are really a lot of the hot topics that we're dealing with now and gives you a chance to benchmark with senior leaders from other companies.
2. What do you like about your job?
I'm in a very unique space working in both the compliance and sustainability areas. Leading the ecomagination water goal effort and working on new environmental initiatives across GE has been extremely rewarding as well.
3. What is your biggest challenge in your current role?
Looking ahead at the next generation of environmental goals in a dynamic, global economy.
4. What motivates you at work?
I’m driven by tackling new challenges and working with new people. I enjoy projects such as leading our new eco-water goal, for example, or developing a new environmental initiative and then working with teams across the company to achieve results.
5. What advice would you have for someone entering the field today?
Having a strong regulatory background is important. I’ve been in the field for 26 years and lived through the promulgation of RCRA in the 1980’s and the Clean Air Amendments in the 1990's, so I think it's important the next generations not lose sight of the importance of the regulatory aspects.
I’d also recommend taking advantage of an advanced technical or business degree, which help you shape strategy with business operations and other functional teams in the context of developing and implementing environmental goals within an industrial framework. Don’t be afraid to roll up your sleeves and immerse yourself in different environmental projects and activities at the ground level… and have fun doing it!
6. What makes you happy? What are you passionate about?
Having a well-balanced personal and professional life. I’m also passionate about giving back. In a professional context, I'm on an advisory board on the University of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and have been very active in the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies (FES) as well, serving as a lecturer at the school next semester.
7. What are the three words your spouse/colleagues/best friends would use to describe you?
Extrovert, Leader, Optimistic