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December 1, 2017 - Adding Sustainability to the NPD Toolbox

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Description

Over the past five years, two ROR groups have examined how sustainability can be factored into R&D. Focusing on the planet (environment) portion of the triple P (people, planet and profits, P3), the first ROR proposed a sustainability maturity model that allowed companies to visualize where they were in the sustainability hierarchy. A second ROR, Sustainability Driven Innovation (SDI), examined sustainability driven innovation as a methodology for companies to use sustainability as a way to drive innovation. At the conclusion of the SDI ROR, clinics were run to help and advise companies with an interest in sustainability to move forward. These clinics revealed it was difficult for companies, even with the flow chart, to move forward without more prescriptive advice. In order to understand and overcome the difficulty that many companies had in visualizing how they would use SDI, it has been the aim of this third ROR to help overcome the gap between a high level view on the importance of sustainability to a “how to do it” with examples of businesses originally in different phases of the maturity model.

The team reported their findings at the recent Member Summit in October 2017. Join us for this encore presentation. Bring your questions and come ready to share your challenges.

Contributors

  • Susan Burek, Program Manager, Advanced Technology Organization, Newell Rubbermaid

    Sue Burek leads early technology projects, managing the teams through the discovery, assessment, and transfer of game-changing product and process technologies. She also develops and improves processes essential to the development program management organizations. Prior to joining Newell Rubbermaid, Sue spent most of her career at Eastman Kodak Company in new product development and environment, health, safety and regulatory roles. She most recently worked at Ingersoll Rand helping embed sustainability into the new product development process by developing tools, processes, and training related to energy efficiency and sustainability to move Ingersoll Rand forward and satisfy customer needs well into the future. Career highlights include earning Lean Six-Sigma Black Belt status and New Product Development Professional certification. Sue holds leadership/board positions with the Industrial Research Institute and the Product Development and Management Association. She earned Bachelor of Science, Chemistry and Master of Science, Product Development degrees from the Rochester Institute of Technology.

  • Debbie Kalish, Program Manager, Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability, Ingersoll Rand

    Debbie Kalish creates and manages product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes for the Ingersoll Rand 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 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.

  • Amy Costello, Sustainability Manager, Armstrong Flooring

    Amy is responsible for developing and managing sustainability strategies and initiatives. Amy works closely with a cross-functional team to develop programs and tools for customers and serves as the chair of the Armstrong Sustainability Steering Committee. Prior to joining Armstrong, Amy managed the Air, Noise and Energy Section of the Virginia Department of Transportation where she oversaw an engineering team that administered programs related to air quality, noise abatement and energy. During her time at VDOT she received three Commissioner’s Awards for Excellence. Amy is on the Technical Advisory Committee for the US Green Building Council’s Board of Directors and she chairs the ASTM’s Sustainable Manufacturing Sub-Committee. Amy holds a B.S. in biology from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College and M.S. from the Virginia Commonwealth University. Amy is a licensed Professional Engineer and a LEED Accredited Professional.

  • John Taylor, Staff Mechanical Engineer, Schneider Electric

    John Taylor is a Staff Mechanical Engineer at Schneider Electric. His career began with Schneider Electric in 1993 developing new products for both the Safety Switch and Load Center businesses. In 2004, he began an assignment in Asia leading an engineering team working on global sourcing initiatives. John is currently the Power business leader for the North American implementation of Schneider Electric’s global Green Premium™ sustainability program.

    John holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Alfred.

  • Larry Schwartz, PhD, IP Business-Tech Solutions LLC

    Dr. Schwartz works with companies to deliver investment and strategic business solutions based on the IP landscape around industries and technologies. His recent focus has been in the areas of sustainability, energy, bio-based materials, environmental, and green technologies.

    Previously, hes was Vice President of Intellectual Assets and was Vice President of Strategic Development, of Aurigin Systems . Prior to joining Aurigin, Dr. Schwartz spent 25 years in a variety of positions at Raychem Corporation (now TE), a materials science company. Positions included Europe’s Director of Corporate Technology and the US Technical Director or one of the largest product divisions.

    Dr. Schwartz graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in chemistry, the University of Arizona with a PhD in chemistry and San Jose State University with a MBA in business. He holds 4 US patents and 15 foreign counterparts and has written over a dozen refereed articles. He also serves as a subject matter expert for the Industrial Research Institute and a technical reviewer for the NSF, SBIR (small business) group.