As 2012 draws to a close and a new Board of Directors prepares to begin its two-year term, I want to provide you with an overview of the year ahead at NAEM.
First, I offer my deep and sincere thanks to Kelvin Roth and Pat Perry for their vision and leadership over the past four years. As a result of their efforts and the good work of Carol Singer Neuvelt and the NAEM staff, the association has expanded its membership, workshop offerings, web-based learning events and social media networking platforms. If you look at the NAEM website today, it is a richer resource than it was as recently as two years ago. Sustainability content and benchmarking have become part of NAEM’s core offerings. The Emerging Leaders Program has taken hold as one of NAEM’s cornerstone activities to attract and develop the next generation of EHS and sustainability professionals. Please express your appreciation to Kelvin, Pat, Carol and the NAEM staff for their good work the next time you see them at an event.
We also have a terrific Board of Directors for the coming term. Our first major order of business will be to develop a new strategic plan, building on the successful 2009 strategic plan that we have fully-executed over the past three years. Rick Taylor, NAEM’s First Vice President and Vice President of EHS at Parker-Hannifin, and Kris Morico, Global Leader of GE Water Programs, will lead the strategic planning process. It will commence shortly after the holidays and conclude by mid-year 2013. The strategic plan will guide the NAEM Board of Directors over the coming two-year term and beyond.
Until then, NAEM will continue its work to reinforce the value to business of strong environmental, health and safety (EHS) and sustainability (“EHS”) management; serve as a trusted network for EHS professionals; offer high value professional development opportunities for our members; and act as the thought leader for our profession through its research, benchmarking, and decision-making tools.
As always, your feedback and ideas are welcome. All the best for the coming holiday season and in 2013.