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Member Spotlight - November 2011 - Johanna Jobin, Sustainability Programs Manager, EMD Millipore
Johanna Jobin

This month we introduce you to Johanna Jobin, Sustainability Programs Manager for EMD Millipore, one of the members who helps make our network so unique.

1. Why did you join NAEM?

I first joined NAEM as an Affiliate member, when I was a Management Consultant for CDM, Inc. NAEM was the “go-to” organization for EHS and Sustainability services, and was a great venue for networking with existing and potential clients, as well as keeping a pulse on industry trends. Now, as an industry member and even as the current New England Chapter President, I look to NAEM to share lessons learned and best practices, and sometimes “pain points” directly with my peers. I think just about every Forum, meeting or webinar, I’ve taken at least two or three new ideas that I’ve shared back at my company.

2. What do you like about your job?

I love how dynamic my role is within the company . On any given day I’m working to integrate sustainability at all levels of the business from helping to devise an innovation credit for LEED points, to developing a lab energy challenge for Energy Awareness Month, or figuring out how we support Access to Health and ensure anti-bribery and corruption in our supply chain. This enables me to engage and interact with employees from all levels of the organization.

3. Has your environmental program received any recognition? If so, what?

Our awards are a result of the hard work of many individuals within the company. Here is an excerpt:

  • Corporate Citizen of the Year, New England Clean Energy Council
  • One of the Top Corporate Charitable Contributors in Massachusetts
  • Boston Business Journal award for Innovation in Workplace (given in recognition of our flexible workplace program)
  • Fleet Environmental Leadership Award, Automotive Fleet magazine
  • MassSave, Mass Savers Business Award, recognizing Millipore for outstanding achievements in energy efficiency with the support of National Grid and Mass Save
  • TURA 20th Anniversary Leader, given by the Toxics Use Reduction Institute
  • Best Customer Driven Energy Projects award from the New England Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers

4. What motivates you at work?

I am motivated every week by some new idea an employee comes up with, or a new inquiry from a customer or even supplier. I think this demonstrates that people are engaged and they want to see how we can best address sustainability.

5. What advice would you have for someone entering the field today?

As an EHS Manager and Sustainability Manager, there is always pressure to do more with less. My advice would be to learn how to adapt and persevere through these changing circumstances, and to keep the long-term vision in mind. I’m still learning these lessons myself. However, our overall sustainability vision helps me to keep the important projects in mind and to honestly “not sweat the small stuff.”

6. What makes you happy? What are you passionate about?

I’m most passionate about making a difference. Whether it is helping my brother on energy efficient improvements for his new home or developing a product take-back and recycling solution for a customer, I feel good about the work that I’m doing.   

7. What aspect to the natural world/environment impresses you the most? Why?

I always admire how nature has the ability to constantly regenerate itself. This cyclical behavior is one that we as humans should try to emulate.

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