SESHA 2008 Symposium - Abstract

Sustainability and the EHS Professional

Klafter, Bruce
(Applied Materials)

While some definitions of "sustainability" are considerably broader than environmental responsibility, the EHS professional has a key role to play in advancing corporate sustainability initiatives. Seasoned EHS professionals are already well versed in the many "beyond compliance" initiatives that form the core of some sustainability programs, e.g. ISO 14001, recycling and waste minimization and design for environment. Repositioning or rebranding EHS programs as part of a larger sustainability initiative can bring added support to traditional EHS programs. This address will explore how and why EHS professionals should integrate sustainability into their short and long-term plans, including the types of skills and information EHS professionals should acquire in order to be successful in this growing practice area.

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