Jim retired from the UK based pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline in 2010 as the Vice President of Sustainability & Environment. In this position, Jim was responsible for setting the direction for environmental sustainability at GSK and the provision of environmental governance and support to all operations. Prior to joining GSK in 1983, Jim had worked in the chemical industry and the US Environmental Protection Agency on environmental issues in the areas of research, design, and construction.
Jim has a B.S. in chemical engineering, M.S. degrees in Environment Health Engineering and Management Sciences, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Environmental Planning and Management. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Maryland, as well as being Board Certified in Environmental Engineering.
Jim is also the President of Sustainability and Industrial Ecology Solutions, LLC, a consulting firm dedicated to supporting industry in finding cost savings by exploring and implementing efficient process and sustainable resource alternatives.
With sustainability being identified as a critical issue for society and industry, the question that has been raised is how this translates to action by an individual company. This course will examine the evolution from environmental controls to sustainable engineering. The responses to environmental issues have traditionally been seen as necessary but not productive, bolt-on treatment of waste that create overhead costs. A sustainable approach looks to change core business activities that consume resources and generate waste (now to be seen as by-products) so that the new business model will not only have a beneficial impact on the environment but also generate better products, reduce costs, and improve trust between society and the company. The implementation of industrial ecology, which looks to align business operations within the natural cycle, has the potential for significant benefit for industry as well as for the long-term survival of mankind. The application of a "design for sustainability" and life cycle assessments will be reviewed as critical tools to be incorporated into business strategy. This review of environmental sustainability will also be put in context of both economic and social sustainability. The implications and impacts of government policy, laws, and regulations on industrial ecology will also be reviewed.
- ENVS 672 Water Sustainability and Business
As water sustainability issues are being understood and society begins to react, businesses around the world are beginning to integrate water issues into their strategic plans. The approach that companies take in responding to the water sustainability issue can not only impact their ability to function, but it can also influence their reputation in society. This course will examine the nature of water concerns around the world as a foundation for understanding why this is becoming such an important factor for industry. A broad review of common issues for industry will be undertaken with an emphasis on structuring strategic plans and designing solutions that have applicability for all companies. The role that government has played and can play around the world will be reviewed as it pertains to industry. The partnership between companies and NGOs will be examined to determine the potential liabilities as well as the benefits to all parties. We will then invite representatives of different industrial sectors to come in to discuss the specific concerns for their industry as well as their plans for the future. The tools that are useful in examining and solving water problems will be discussed in class. Students will research water problems in different industries as well as formulating solutions that could be considered by industry.