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.

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!

Source Registration and Greenhouse Gas Reporting Update Reply

Recently, many facilities received an email from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) regarding the upcoming Source Registration (SR) and Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reporting deadlines and requirements. This e-mail states that the MassDEP is suspending the April 15, 2017 deadline for both SR and GHG reporting while they continue to work on combining these two reports into one web based platform.  During this process, the current reporting platforms will not be available.  It is currently not known when the system will be up and reports will be due.  When the reporting platform is ready, the MassDEP will be sending out letters with reporting deadlines to facilities. In the meantime, CAPACCIO recommends that facilities continue to compile their 2016 data and complete required calculations.
Let us know if you need assistance.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynn Sheridan at (508) 970-0033 ext. 122 or lsheridan@capaccio.com.

Stormwater Multi-Sector General Permit Annual Report Due January 30 Reply

The first annual report required by the new 2015 stormwater multi-sector general permit is due on January 30, 2017. The new annual report is different than the previous version as it now must be submitted electronically via EPA’s Central Data Exchange. The new annual report format now requires operators to upload a summary of the routine inspection findings, quarterly visual assessments, any benchmark monitoring exceedances, and any corrective actions that were taken over the course of the previous calendar year. While no documentation needs to be uploaded it will be important to have all the relevant documents available to facilitate a quick and complete submittal.

 If you need assistance with your report or have any questions, please contact Dave Averill, EIT, at 508-970-0033 ext. 146 or daverill@capaccio.com or Chris Walton, PE, BCEE, at 508-970-0033 ext. 139 or cwalton@capaccio.com.