CAPACCIO’s Wayne Bates to moderate a panel on Sustainability at the AdvaMed 2012 Conference Reply

Capaccio Environmental Engineering, Inc.’s (CAPACCIO’s) panel session “Addressing the Evolving Sustainability Demands for the Medical Device Industry” was recently chosen to be among 34 presentations at the 2012 AdvaMed conference. The AdvaMed conference is the leading MedTech Conference for global CEOs, business executives, policy-makers, financiers, media, and industry stakeholders and will be held October 1 – 3 at the Boston Convention and Visitor’s Center. Traditionally held in Washington, DC, this will be the first time the conference will be held in Boston, and more than 800 companies will be in attendance. This will also be the first time the AdvaMed conference will have a panel discussion devoted to sustainability.

CAPACCIO’s panel session will bring together four sustainability leaders from leading Medical Device companies to discuss the current and future issues around sustainability. They will offer their unique perspective into how they are addressing sustainability in their organizations including the numerous value drivers for sustainability, identifying appropriate sustainability objectives, establishing and managing programs to achieve these objectives, and transparently communicating sustainability performance to interested internal and external stakeholders.

Wayne E. Bates, PhD, PE, Vice President at CAPACCIO will moderate the panel which includes Joe Jansen, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety, from Covidien; Suzanne Fiorino, Senior Director Sustainability, Medical Devices & Diagnostics, from Johnson & Johnson; Don Young, Senior Vice President/Corporate Sustainability, from Smith & Nephew, Inc.; and Ellen Kondracki, Director, Sustainable Innovation & Stakeholder Relations, from Becton, Dickinson and Company.

For more information about AdvaMed 2012, please visit http://advamed2012.com/

Take CAPACCIO’s Sustainability Survey! Reply

What defines a successful sustainability program? Do you want to hear about what your peers are doing in sustainability?

CAPACCIO is conducting a sustainability survey to gather just this information! We invite you to take part in our survey/research study on Current Sustainability Trends. The questions on this survey will delve into how companies are currently addressing sustainability; in particular, who is responsible for it, what are the current initiatives, and how companies plan to address sustainability in the future.

 This short survey should take 5 minutes or less to complete. As a thank you for your participation, we will share the survey results with you for free when they are released in June.

http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/908141/Sustainability-Survey-Phase-1

The deadline for participation is Monday, May 14, 2012. Don’t miss this opportunity! Don’t forget we’ll send you the complete study for free as a thank you for your participation. This is data you’ll want  to see!

If you have any questions about the survey, please call Julie Muszalski at 508-970-0033 ext. 124 or by email at jmuszalski@capaccio.com.

When in doubt, wear a cape! Reply

On  May 3, 2012, I had the honor to present “20 Years of  Making the Toxics Use Reduction Act (TURA) work for business’ in Massachusetts” at the Cancer Council Autralia’s (CCA) Cancer in the Workplace – A forum on practical solutions for prevention. I was amazed at the feedback I received and of the hope my presentation gave to the attendees. I was even more amazed at the great research and presentations that I was asked to be part of. The presentations opened my eyes to Australia’s biggest occupational health issues of mesothelioma (working with/mining asbestos) and melanoma (sun exposure).

New Friends-Cancer Coucil Australia

I was able to attend a strategic planning meeting with the CCA. When I was about to leave they asked me to give my two cents of advice on how to get a TURA-like law rolling. I reminded CCA that TURA was first ignited by Ken Geiser (then at Tufts) and Mike Ellenbecker (then at U Mass Lowell) who were from acadamia…not the legislature. Maybe the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology could be the starting point. Also, that starting off with Victoria, one state, rather than going country-wide would have a greater chance of success. Lastly, I said don’t forget TURA’s secret sauce…mandatory reporting/planning…voluntary implementation based on a viable business case.

Lucy Servidio The Cape Crusader

When saying good byes and giving hugs Terry Slevin, CCA said to me that they weren’t sure what they were going to get when we they asked me to come down to speak, but one minute into my speech they knew we had asked the right person…I remarked, “Did the cape frighten you?” He replied, “Not at all.” His only fear was that Dr. Tim Driscoll, Professor at University of Sidney, would start wearing one.

For those of you who have never wore a cape when making a presention, I would highly recommend it…it did make me feel like I could do or say anything!

It’s True…First Things First Reply

Though my plan is to use this blog to share my experiences related to my Toxics Use Reduction presentation for the Cancer Council of Australia …I thought I should get this out of the way at the onset of the trip. Many of you have asked me to verify whether the Bart Simpson episode about the Coriolis effect is true. Rumor has it that the Coriolis effect causes the vortex which causes a flushing toilet to spin in the opposite direction…counter clockwise in the southern hemisphere. After close scrutiny, I must report that the flushing action of the toilets down here don’t really lend themselves to proving this theory.  So we used a draining bathtub instead. Please click on the following button to see for yourself.

Coriolis Effect

I’ve also attached some shots of kangaroos, koalas and the awesome surf at Australia’s most popular surfing beaches…

Lucy, Nick ,and Frankie Servidio  – Great Ocean Road, Victoria AU