CAPACCIO’s EH&S Regulatory and Industrial News Blog

In an effort to “help industry and the environment prosper,” CAPACCIO has developed this blog to provide the latest news on environmental, health and safety related regulatory updates, management systems and sustainability topics.

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U.S. Withdraws from Historic Paris Agreement – Industry’s Reaction Reply

As of June 1, 2017, the United States will be withdrawing from the historic 2015 Paris Agreement.

To refresh your memory, the Paris Agreement is a global climate compact in which almost 200 countries agreed upon the need to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and the actions to make this a reality. Actions from the agreement would keep the planet from warming by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels – a scientifically agreed upon threshold that would safeguard future generations against the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

This Agreement is a global effort, shaped by bold climate actions from each participating country. It is also shaped by commitments from the more stable members of the Agreement to provide climate finance assistance to poorer countries in the Agreement to support their transitions to renewable energy. All countries involved understand that climate change is an issue that transcends borders, and that efforts to combat climate change need to as well.

While President Trump announced yesterday that the United States will begin the years-long process to officially withdraw from the Paris Agreement, the business community is staying on course to combat climate change. Industry leaders from Facebook, GE, Apple, Tesla, and Microsoft, to name just a few, have outwardly expressed their disappointment with this decision, and plan to commit even more stringently to their climate change mitigation efforts.

A similar reaction has also been seen from state and local governments. Mayor Marty Walsh stated that Boston is still committed to, and even accelerating, its 2015 carbon neutrality goals. Governor Charlie Baker has stated that Massachusetts plans to focus on exceeding the state level goals of the Paris Agreement, and to continue economic growth from clean energy innovation. Governor Jerry Brown of California has similarly stated that California remains committed to the Paris agreement and is working with other states who are making the same commitment.

It’s not every day that industry, business, state and local governments, and the scientific community so urgently respond to a federal government action – but today seems to be that day – and the innovative and expedited responses from each of these sectors is more encouraging than ever.

To talk about what you and your company can do to join efforts to combat climate change, or for more information on this topic, contact Cristina Mendoza at cmendoza@capaccio.com

Join CAPACCIO on April 7 for the AIM Sustainability Roundtable featuring science based targets Reply

Shared from the March 4, 2017 AIM email

Join Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc. (CAPACCIO) at AIM’s Sustainability Roundtable on April 7 for “Science-Based Targets and Scope 3 Emissions: Tackling Greenhouse Gases & Global Warming.” This event will solicit  a lively discussion about the case for addressing greenhouse gas emissions with your company’s sustainability efforts. The program will include ample opportunity for participants to network, share best practices, potential challenges, and lessons learned with industry experts and peers from leading companies in the region.

Cristina Mendoza, Environmental Scientist and Sustainability Consultant at CAPACCIO, will tee up the case studies and discussion surrounding this topic. Ms. Mendoza has been leading the sustainability technical services at CAPACCIO, which has remained steadfast in its mission of “Helping Industry and the Environment Prosper” by  helping our clients develop a strategy for integrated sustainability throughout their organizations.

Although setting environmental targets at a corporate level is a company-wide, resource-intensive effort, many are embracing it to not only support their sustainability programs, but to realize major efficiencies and cost savings. Leading companies in sustainability are even taking this task a step further, specifically focusing on Greenhouse Gases (GHG’s) by committing to the Science Based Targets (SBT*) initiative. SBT* has the goal to limit global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (2DS) compared to pre-industrial temperatures.

By participating in this initiative, companies are ensuring that their set emissions targets are scientifically-supported as effective in making a difference in the fight against global climate change.  It is a growing trend to commit to SBT’s, already embraced by CocaCola , Dell, Walmart, and many others.

The AIM Sustainability Roundtable on Friday, April 7, will focus on the calculations involved in setting SBTs and feature live discussions of the challenges and methods to overcome those challenges, related to calculating Scope 3 emissions.

The AIM sustainability roundtable group is led by Johanna Jobin, Director Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Biogen and is facilitated by subject matter experts including  Environmental Scientist and Sustainability Consultant, Cristina Mendoza, of Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc., Matt Gardner, Managing Partner of Sustainserv, Inc. and Dr. Wayne Bates of Tighe & Bond.

*SBT is a joint initiative of Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), World Resource Institute (WRI), and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

Date: April 7 | 8-11:00 AM
Location: Shire, 200 Shire Way, Lexington, MA 02421
Cost: Free to AIM members / Non-Members $100.00.

Registration is required for security purposes.

REGISTER here. Participation is limited to people who maintain direct responsibility for sustainability at their companies. Questions? Please contact Gloria Fischer, gfischer@aimnet.org, 617.262.1180 or Cristina Mendoza at CAPACCIO at 508-970-0033 ext. 128 or cmendoza@capaccio.com.

Join Us April 12 for a Free Webinar: The MS4 General Permit: Requirements, Tips & Tricks for State Colleges & Universities (with special guest speaker Newton Tedder, US EPA) Reply

Join us for a free webinar on Wed., April 12, 2017 at 10:00 AM EDT, The MS4 General Permit: Requirements, Tips & Tricks for State Colleges & Universities  (with special guest speaker Newton Tedder, US EPA)

Register now!

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3505435865091354115

On April 4, 2016 the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published the final Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) General Permit. Since its finalization, there has been much discussion on how the MS4 permit will impact municipalities. Join CAPACCIO and Newton Tedder, US EPA Region 1, for a focused discussion on how the permit will impact state colleges and universities. With the MS4 permit becoming effective July 1, 2017, there are several steps you should be taking and this webinar will provide important information to ensure your campus is ready to meet the permit requirements.

During the webinar, guest speaker Newton Tedder, Environmental Scientist, Region 1 US EPA, and lead permit writer for the Massachusetts MS4 permit, will review, among other things, specific requirements for colleges and universities under the new MS4 permit, including important due dates, how to complete a Notice of Intent, and what you should include in the Stormwater Management Program.

Christopher Walton, PE, BCEE, and David Averill, EIT, of CAPACCIO will share highlights from a recent stormwater project and review tips on how to create an effective storm water management plan (SWMP). The webinar will conclude with an anonymous Q&A session where webinar attendees can ask specific questions of both US EPA and CAPACCIO.

-Moderator: Christopher Walton, PE, Practice Area Leader for    Colleges and Universities, CAPACCIO

-Presenters: Newton Tedder, Environmental Scientist, MS4 Permit  Writer, Region 1, US EPA

-David Averill, Environmental Engineer, CAPACCIO

For more information, please contact Chris Walton at 508-970-0033 ext. 139 or cwalton@capaccio.com.

Kristine Lesso joins CAPACCIO as Senior EH&S Contributor Reply

Kristine Lesso, CSP, ISO 14001 Lead Auditor, Six Sigma Black Belt, recently joined Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.’s team as Senior EH&S Contributor. Ms. Lesso has more than 25 years of experience assisting global manufacturing companies in a wide variety of high level EH&S areas including providing corporate-level strategic EH&S planning and sustainability strategy for global manufacturing companies. Ms. Lesso has particular expertise developing and deploying a systematic road mapping process and is fully versed in ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 management systems. She specializes in gaining organizational alignment to set strategic direction and in developing tailored EH&S programs, platforms and dashboards in support of this strategy. She has proven results implementing global programs with visibility, transparency, and accountability while fostering an environment of dignity and respect for all employees.

Prior to joining CAPACCIO, Ms. Lesso held senior level positions in private industry.  Most recently, she was the Senior Director of Corporate Environmental, Health and Safety at a high tech firm where she supported 90 manufacturing facilities globally with over 150,000 employees. Her broad breadth and depth of EH&S experience also includes EH&S auditing, major source air permitting projects, RCRA, EPCRA, emergency planning and response, hazard and risk assessments, accident/injury reporting systems, CDP reporting, and product content restrictions. She also has expertise in industrial wastewater permitting and capital planning at the corporate level for abatement/ treatment systems, and has provided extensive data/metrics analysis and use in strategic EH&S planning and program implementation.

Ms. Lesso holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, a Master of Science in Environmental Studies from Louisiana State University, and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Corporate Sustainability from Furman University.

Ms. Lesso may be reached at klesso@capaccio.com, or by phone at 508-970-0033 ext. 120 or cell at 774-249-3216. Please join us in welcoming Kristine!