SS 8 - Industry and the Environment

Monday, August 8, 2011: 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
17B, Austin Convention Center
Organizer: Zakiya H. Leggett
Moderator: Zakiya H. Leggett
Speakers: Zakiya H. Leggett , George Ice , Paul R. Krause and Maryanne Reiter
This session examines industry activities and management practices that affect the environment. Industry can be defined as an organized economic activity connected with the production, manufacture, or construction of a product such as chemicals, paper, or energy. Industrial corporations regularly engage environmental consulting companies or universities to conduct environmentally related work or studies. Environmental studies are used to identify, avoid and/or mitigate impacts to support company values and address regulatory requirements and/or stakeholder concern. These studies help identify management practices and can inspire companies to achieve standards that exceed compliance and increase environmental stewardship. Alternative incentives for industry to develop more robust environmental practices may include reduced risk and liability, preferential access to other business opportunities and improved reputational benefits that build business competitiveness. Whatever the driver, these approaches add value not only to industry, but also to the environment. Industry decision-makers need guidance to understand how business elements can have complex interactions with the environment from project conception to conclusion. With advances in technology, socially responsible investors, improved communications between industry and stakeholders such as NGO's, local communities, and organizations, there is a better balance of environmental and economic performance at local and global scales. Industry and environment benefit through reducing, reusing and recycling materials which minimize ecological impacts and conserves resources. This session will present research and/or case studies that exemplify some of industry's innovative solutions to complicated environmental problems, sustainable management of environmental resources, and applied research.
10:00 AM
Ecological Research by the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc
George Ice, NCASI; Alan Lucier, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI); T. Bently Wigley, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI); Larry Irwin, NCASI; John G. Cook, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Forestry and Range Sciences Laboratory; Camille Flinders, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI); Paul Wiegand, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI)
10:15 AM
CANCELLED - Remote sensing in support of environmental stewardship
Maria Hartley, Chevron; Marty Evans, Chevron Energy Technology Company; Scott Hills, Chevron Energy Technology Company; Jim Ellis, Ellis-Geospatial
10:30 AM
Determining the ecological value of shell mound reef habitats following decommissioning of offshore platform sites
Paul R. Krause, ARCADIS US, Inc.; William R. Gala, Chevron Energy Technology Company; Maria Hartley, Chevron; Richard Hill, Chevron Environmental Management Company
11:00 AM
Evaluating the effects of biomass production in managed pine forests on water quality and quantity, soil productivity, and wildlife
Zakiya H. Leggett, Weyerhaeuser Company; Jami Nettles, Weyerhaeuser Company; Eric B. Sucre, Weyerhaeuser Company; Darren Miller, Weyerhaeuser Company; Jessica A. Homyack, Weyerhaeuser NR Company
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