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MacLean R.,Richard MacLean and Associates LLC
EM: Air and Waste Management Association's Magazine for Environmental Managers | Year: 2011

Environmental professionals need to address several challenges in order to ensure the adequate supply of alternative raw materials reducing the adverse impact on the environment. One of the challenges is to develop new sources in a climate where even developing nations are reluctant to expand mining operations. Clean energy technologies including wind turbines, electric vehicles, photovoltaic cells, and fluorescent lighting use materials that are now at risk of supply disruptions in the short term. The US Department of Energy recently determined that permanent magnets, batteries, thin films, and phosphors necessitate national, priority attention. Material substitutions are becoming more limited because of existing environmental legislation such as the electronics industry has increasingly been relying on tin to replace lead in solder in response to the European Union's Restriction on Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive.


MacLean R.,Richard MacLean and Associates LLC
EM: Air and Waste Management Association's Magazine for Environmental Managers | Year: 2011

Kelly Eggers examined some of the challenges that adversely affected career prospects and resulted in termination of environmental professionals. The first challenge dealt with the complexity of the requirements, while the second challenge involved the span of control. The third challenge involved the time required before consensus was reached on an emerging issue. The fourth challenge related to potential problems within the chain of command within large corporations. Environmental managers also faced significant challenges from several organizations covering shared service, legal, manufacturing, and employee relations. Environmental professionals also felt isolated and vulnerable in companies where the environment was primarily viewed as their responsibility.


Maclean R.,Richard MacLean and Associates LLC
EM: Air and Waste Management Association's Magazine for Environmental Managers | Year: 2011

In organizations, the best decisions are usually made from input from numerous sources, the point from team-building exercise. The desire to maintain the cohesiveness of the team and quiet pesky outliers can yield the wrong decision. Avoiding direct responsibility for a decision is to allow inside counsel to be the final judge and jury on all matters. Another way to avoid decision-making is to employ analysis paralysis such that issues are endlessly studied and no conclusion is reached. Well-developed models such as the Vroom-Yetton-Jago Decision Model, the Kepner-Tregoe Matrix, and OODA Loops, to assist managers in selecting the right approach to take when making a particularly difficult decision. The Vroom-Yetton-Jago Decision Model of leadership would have instantly pointed to the correct method for picking the lunchroom color: a pure democratic vote by users of the facility.


MacLean R.,Richard MacLean and Associates LLC
EM: Air and Waste Management Association's Magazine for Environmental Managers | Year: 2010

Several measures that need to be followed to avoid the deepwater Horizon drilling rig oil disaster are presented. It is required to have a clear understanding of the limitations of shutoff equipment operating at one mile below the surface. The routine environmental issues are almost always the result of a lack of awareness, competency, inattentiveness, and/or an ambiguous chain of command or responsibility. A superior safety program must involve assigning the responsibility for safety, training of the involved personnel, and reporting of the safety static to the top management of the organizations. Organizations need to focus on complying with environmental regulations rather than on achieving corporate responsibility. The management needs to monitor compliance-related metrics and follow environment-friendly product marketing and enhancing brand image.


MacLean R.,Richard MacLean and Associates LLC
EM: Air and Waste Management Association's Magazine for Environmental Managers | Year: 2012

An environmental professional recently called me for career advice on making a job change. He has a secure job working for a federal agency, but was bored and wanted to work for an organization "with a corporate culture that truly is in sync with sustainable development." Should he make the move, and if so, which are the best companies? I answered, "No, wait until the economy improves, build both your résumé and contact network, and be very skeptical of what you read about so-called cutting-edge companies; do your due diligence." Copyright 2012 Air & Waste Management Association.

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