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Executive Brief - July 25 2013 - NAEM Executive Brief
NAEM Executive Brief July 25, 2013

"The test of leadership is not to put greatness into humanity, but to elicit it, for the greatness is already there." - James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States

New EPA chief will take on sweeping climate agenda
Gina McCarthy will have no time to ease into her role. She's charged with sweeping crackdowns on pollution from power plants, an expansion of GHG regulations, and steps to stem the increasingly controversial water pollution problems caused by coal and minerals mining. Her work as EPA administrator may determine whether Obama's legacy on climate change is a historic shift in carbon pollution or a fizzled effort, lost to lawsuits and bureaucratic fumbling. Read more...

Environmental Issues No Longer a Low Impact Business Risk
Recent research found that the environmental costs of business are costing the global economy $7.3 trillion a year. The ability of companies to continue to externalize all of these costs is diminishing as governments find it increasingly difficult to manage them. Read more...

Use Catalytic Questioning to Solve Significant Problems
Here's a look at a systematic approach to uncovering the right questions; those that start to unlock entirely different solutions and perspectives. The method, Catalytic Questioning, incorporates five simple, unconventional steps to help change our questions and creatively solve significant problems. Read more...

EPA Releases Upgrade of Energy Star Portfolio Tool
The U.S. EPA announced the release of an upgrade to its popular online energy management and tracking tool, Energy Star Portfolio Manager. The new Energy Star Portfolio Manager delivers a more user-friendly interface, enhanced data-sharing capabilities, better reporting, and for the first time, the ability to manage buildings across their lifecycle from design through occupancy. Read more...

Brazil's 'dirty list' names companies involved in slave labor
Brazil has created the "dirty list", which publicly names almost 300 companies, from major brands to small enterprises, who have been found to be profiting from slave labor. While on it, they can't obtain credit from government and private banks and are boycotted by those who have signed on to a national pact. It has proven to be an effective model that other countries may follow. Read more...

Senate Confirms Thomas Perez as Secretary of Labor
Perez, who was confirmed on July 18, has been called a "consensus builder" by President Obama. Perez comes from the Department of Justice, where he headed DOJ's Civil Rights Division. Prior to joining DOJ, Perez served as secretary for Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, where he helped implement the country's first statewide living-wage law. Read more...

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Gina McCarthy to Share Inspiring Vision at NAEM’s Conference for Corporate EHS&S Leaders

April 5, 2018

Safeguarding the environment and protecting public health can go hand-in-hand with business growth, Gina McCarthy says, and on May 16 she will share this vision with corporate leaders at NAEM's 2018 Compliance Management conference in Austin.

To Make the Most of an EHS & Sustainability Software Investment, Don’t Skimp on the Implementation

March 7, 2018

Software is a powerful tool for accelerating EHS & Sustainability performance, but even the best tool can fail if it’s not implemented well, according to a new NAEM report that was published today. At the heart of the findings in NAEM’s “Ready, Set, Implement: How to Successfully Deploy an EHS & Sustainability Software System” is that success—or failure— often comes down to how well the company mapped the system to its core processes, trained its users and sold the value to the organization.

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