May 5, 2018 – At Environmental Leader, we cover commercial and industrial environmental issues; our publication’s purpose is to keep “environmental leaders” informed about today’s issues, typically focusing on news surrounding what companies are doing in the space and how it will affect our readers. And while that news is vital to environmental managers and their ability to do their jobs, our mission has evolved as we came to realize that it is equally important to recognize the people in the space – the vice presidents, directors, managers, and engineers responsible for driving their companies, and the environmental management industry itself, forward. Thus, our recognition program was born in 2017 as a way to honor these individuals.

This year, the program has evolved, with two exciting enhancements:

  1. 75 Honorees: Last year, we were thrilled to announce the EL50 Honorees; this year, with so many top-notch nominations, we bumped that number to 75. Hence our announcement of the EL75.
  2. Person of the Year: While every single EL75 Honoree is worthy of serious recognition, sometimes an individual’s accomplishments in a given year are particularly noteworthy. With that in mind, we’ve added a “Person of the Year” honor to the EL75 program. One of the EL75 Honorees will be chosen as having shined particularly brightly in the environmental management space this past year. (To be announced May 17.)

Many of the “doers” below will be familiar to you, as they have been prominent in the industry for years. Others have worked diligently behind the scenes, while still others are just emerging as environmental or sustainability management specialists who are making a difference. The list is not the be-all and end-all of individual environmental knowledge, and we know there are many, many people working successfully and persistently – and out of the public eye – to improve environmental management. That being said, these 75 Honorees have come to our attention as those who provide their companies with results that are worthy of recognition.

The Environmental Leader 75 is a recognition program developed and run by the Environment and Energy Leaders Institute, the convening, best practices, thought leadership and peer-learning arm of Environmental LeaderEnergy Manager Today and The Environmental Leader and Energy Manager Conference.

(Note: The individuals listed below will be recognized at a celebratory networking reception, sponsored by Sparkfund, on May 17, as part of the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager SummitThe Person of the Year will be announced at that event, as well. Check back after that date to see the Person of the Year.)

Now it’s my honor to introduce the 2018 Environmental Leader 75, a group of Honorees nominated by industry leaders, then curated and chosen by Environmental Leader, along with our advisers and other industry insiders. –Tim Hermes, Group Publisher, Business Sector Media

Environmental Leader 75 Honorees

Kundan Attarde
Chief Engineer
Meluha The Fern

Lani Aviado
Director, Waste Solutions, Waste Consulting
Ecova

Heather Bailey
Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development
City of Boulder, Boulder CO

Ezgi Barcenas
Senior Director of Global Sustainability
Anheuser-Busch InBev

Eben Bayer
CEO & Co-founder
Ecovative

Scott Beckerman
Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Sustainability
Comerica, Inc.

Sue Beet-Atkinson
Director of Sustainability
SBM Management Services

Mona Benisi
Senior Director of Sustainability
Simon Property Group

Lindsay Burton
Green and Sustainable Remediation Team Coordinator
ExxonMobil Environmental Services Company

Lisa Carty
Corporate Director – EHS Compliance
Kinder Morgan

Michael Cheyne
Director Facilities, Asset Management and Sustainability
Department of Aviation Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Dochul Choi
Senior Vice President
Samsung Electronics America

Susan D’Souza
Senior National manager, Quality, Sustainability & Regulatory
Staples Business Advantage

Beau Daane
Director, Sustainable Development
Fairmount Santrol

Russ Delozier
Director of Sustainability
J+J Flooring Group

Tony Dunnage
Manufacturing Sustainability Director
Unilever

Denise Elias
Facilities Manager II
US Cellular Corporation

Holly Emerson
Senior Sustainability Analyst
Ingersoll Rand

George Enderlin
North Facility Plant Manager
Smithfield Foods – North Facility

Robert Fairey
Senior Director of Energy Procurement & Waste Diversion
Cox Enterprises

John Friedman
Manager, Sustainability
WGL/Washington Gas

Valerie Gilbert
EHS Compliance Manager
BlueSky Solutions

Catherine Greener
VP, Sustainability
Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Charlotte Gregory
Sustainability Engineer
Kohler Mira Ltd.

Kyle Gumto
Advisor Sustainability & EHS
Cardinal Health

Emma Hamilton-Foster
Environmental Sustainability Manager
Primark

Elizabeth Heider
Chief Sustainability Officer
Skanska Inc.

Jacquelynn Henke
Vice President, Sustainability & Innovation Director
TD Bank

Joe Herrud
Director, Environmental Operations
Leprino Foods Company

Lynda Hogue
Director, Aftermarket Distribution
Carlex

Alastair Hood
President and CEO
Verdafero

Hiroshi Ishizuka
Program Manager, Western Digital Energy & Resource Management Programs
Western Digital

Krista Jaeger
Manager of Sustainability
Cintas Corporation

Beth Jensen
Senior Director of Sustainable Business Innovation
Outdoor Industry Association

Michael Keefe
Environment Lead
FCA US

Joan Kerr
Director, Supply Chain Responsibility
Pacific Gas and Electric

Philippe Le Gall
Sustainability Systems & Reporting Manager
Nestle

Kim Limbaugh
Sustainability Director
SGA Design Group

Pat Lydon
Sustainability Program Manager
Legacy Health

Joe Markling
Executive Director, National Property Operations
USAA Real Estate Company

Tanis Marquette
Global Sustainability Leader
Hexion

Charles Marshall
Airport Engineering Manager
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Paul Marushka
President & CEO
Sphera

Ali Masoudi
Sustainable Materials Manager
US Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BBCSD)

Monica Miller-Brown
Sustainable Design Manager
Thyssenkrupp Elevator Americas

Gregory Mimms
Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability
Xylem Inc.

Adam Muellerweiss
Director, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs
Johnson Controls

Peggy Murphy
Sustainability Strategy Leader, North America Consumer Tissue
Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Jeff Myrdek
Global Director of Energy & Sustainability
CB Richard Ellis

Jim Newman
Founder and Principal
Linnean Solutions

Scott O’Connell
Director, Environmental Affairs & Producer Responsibility
Dell Technologies

Dan Osterman
Sustainability Champion
Sundt Construction, Inc.

Marissa Pagnani
Group Vice President, Corporate Responsibility
PVH Corp.

Tom Paladino
Founder and CEO
Paladino and Company

David Rachelson
Head of Sustainability
Rubicon Global

Raj Rajan
RD&E Vice president and Global Sustainability Technical Leader
Ecolab

Jeannie Renne-Malone
VP, Sustainability
Prologis

Steve Savage
Founder and CEO
1908 Brands

Morgan Scott
Senior Technical Lead-Sustainability
Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Kevin Shaver
General Manager
Veolia North America

Suzanne Shelton
President & CEO
Shelton Group

Meghan Smart
Program Coordinator
Arizona Department of Environmental Quality

Owen Smith
Director of Utility and Grid Solutions
Ingersoll Rand

Stephanie Stuckey
Chief Resilience Officer
City of Atlanta

Tom Szaky
CEO
TerraCycle

Gillan Taddune
CEO
Banyan Water

Patrick Thibaudeau
Vice President of Sustainability
HGA Architects and Engineers

Tim Trefzer
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager
Georgia World Congress Center Authority

Allie Valenti
Senior Specialist, Corp Environmental Affairs
Stanley Black & Decker

Hans van der Wel
Director of Ecodesign & Sustainability
Philips

Walt Vernon
CEO
Mazzetti, Sextant Foundation

Amy Vigneux
Director – Sustainable Building Solutions
ASSA ABLOY

Ewan Watt
Environmental Manager/UAV Pilot/Land Surveyor
Cyberhawk Innovations

Maxfield Weiss
Global Social & Environmental Responsibility Manager
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Lincoln Young
President
Rockwood Recycling

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