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NAEM Best of Forum Webinar - Product Sustainability Strategies
Best of the Forum Webinar

The Best of Forum series features encore webinar presentations of the top-rated sessions from the 24th Annual EHS Management Forum in Denver, Colorado. These interactive presentations are peer-led case studies from leading companies that represent the latest in EHS and sustainability management. If you missed the Forum, this series is an effective way to benchmark your program, ask questions, and share the Forum experience with your team.

Product Sustainability Strategies

Product Sustainability Strategies

Tuesday December 13, 2016
1:00 -2:30 p.m.
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Cost: FREE for Members, $149 for Non-Members

As the concept of a circular economy takes hold, EHS&S professionals are shifting beyond a focus on product regulatory compliance programs towards driving sustainability strategy across the value chain. This webinar will demonstrate how organizations are using such tools and concepts as Life Cycle Assessment, Materials Marketplace, Green Chemistry, and Material Alternative Assessments, to improve the sustainability of their product and services and move towards a circular economy, one that is restorative and regenerative by design, and which aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times.


  • Rick Vamos, Vice President; DAI Environmental Inc.


  • Angela Fisher, Sustainability Leader, Ecoassessment Center of Excellence; General Electric Co.
  • Gretchen Digby, Director Global Sustainability Programs; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager; Ingersoll-Rand PLC
  • Lauren Zulli, Design for the Environment Engineer, Corporate Safety and Sustainability; Herman Miller Inc.

Speaker Biographies

Angela Fisher

Angela Fisher

Angela Fisher is the Sustainability Leader in the Ecoassessment Center of Excellence at General Electric. In her role, she focuses on life cycle assessment (LCA); EcoDesign; program and project leadership; employee engagement initiatives, life cycle management (LCM); carbon, energy, and water footprinting; education and outreach, strategic initiative integration, and sustainability strategy development.

She currently chairs the Industry Committee for the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) and serves as the industry representative on the SETAC LCA Advisory Group Steering Committee.

Angela joined GE in 2004 working in the Environmental Technology organization at the Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. Prior to joining GE, she was an environmental manager for Vail Resorts. She holds a bachelor's degree in environmental resource management and a master's of science in environmental engineering from the Pennsylvania State University. Angela and her family live in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Gretchen Digby

Gretchen Digby

Gretchen Digby is the Director of Global Sustainability Programs for the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability (CEES) at Ingersoll-Rand. In this role, she is focused on establishing world-class sustainability training programs, as well as leading global engagement activities for the company's 39,000 employees to further integrate sustainability into the company culture. She has achieved great success and external recognition for her efforts establishing Global Volunteer Green Teams that hold events and activities to increase awareness of employees on actions that lead to more sustainable workplaces, homes, and communities. She is focused on raising employee competencies and measuring the value of sustainability through unique partnerships and outside-the-box approaches.

Ms. Digby joined Ingersoll-Rand in 2001 as a corporate environmental, health and safety leader until joining the CEES in 2010. She began her career in manufacturing with Milliken & Co. as Engineering Services Manager. She holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University.

Debbie Kalish

Debbie Kalish

Debbie Kalish creates and manages product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes for the enterprise. She manages programs for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), sustainability training for product teams, behavior based sustainability projects and has built strategic partnerships. She is involved in managing projects to track Ingersoll Rand's progress on lowering product impacts and supports other projects related to advocacy and codes and standards. Kalish also supports the Ingersoll Rand new product development process, through ownership and management of the Design for Sustainability module.

Kalish began her career with Ingersoll Rand in 2006, working in project and program management. She has been program manager of the 2014 Climate Commitment Announcement, Top Line Margin Expansion (TLME) initiative, the Trane IT Integration team, Transition Service Agreements for construction divestitures, and served as key support for IT Core Systems.

She is Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified, has memberships in the Project Management Institute and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and public relations from Appalachian State University.

Lauren Zulli

Lauren Zulli

Lauren is a senior environmental materials engineer for Herman Miller with a comprehensive understanding of contemporary product stewardship concepts including the management of environmental life cycle impacts, value chain engagement, and change management. She thrives on catalyzing change and driving strategic convergence to improve Herman Miller's sustainability performance. Lauren currently manages the implementation and change efforts for Herman Miller's global sustainability strategy as well as the integration of product compliance and Design for Environment (DFE) protocol for new product development.

Lauren joined Herman Miller in 2011 after working as a project manager for McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) in Charlottesville, Virginia. She holds a B.S. degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics & Astronomy from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.B.A. in Sustainability from Duquesne University. Lauren lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she spends the majority of her free time as an independent wellness coach and yoga instructor.

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