Steering Committee

Comprised of accomplished corporate sustainability professionals, the committee conveys expert advice for the development of this innovative and empowering program. Meet the committee members:

Shaw EnvironmentalBill Abolt

The Shaw Group
National Practice Leader Sustainability, Energy
& Carbon Management

Bill is responsible for all aspects of project management and operations oversight for the Chicago, St. Charles and Bolingbrook offices. Prior to joining Shaw, he served as Environment Commissioner, Director of the Office of Budget and Management and Chief of Management, Office of the Mayor, City of Chicago and, before that, as Executive Director of the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. He also is an adjunct instructor in public administration at Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Bill's "Sustainabilty Leadership" Interview


MotorolaEmily Barton

Motorola Mobility
Global Manager for Strategic Environmental Programs

Emily has over ten years of experience working on Motorola's Climate Change Strategy, EHS governance and product stewardship. She is the President of the National Association of Environmental Health and Safety Management (NAEM) Lake Michigan Chapter and has held environmental positions at Waste Management, the State of Massachusetts, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Emily received her masters in Environmental Engineering from Northwestern University.


PE INTERNATIONAL, Inc. & Five Winds Strategic ConsultingLaura Flanigan

& Five Winds Strategic Consulting

CPG Sector Lead

Laura Flanigan is a sustainability consultant with ten years of experience in developing, implementing and evaluating customized strategies, frameworks and tools to help clients achieve their visions for sustainable products, business practices and operations. Her projects have included the quantification and improvement of impacts related to consumer products and packaging, development of product sustainability frameworks and tools, and marketing of life cycle-based product claims. Project clients include Wrigley, Kraft Foods, SC Johnson, Newell Rubbermaid, Johnson and Johnson, Clorox, and more. Laura holds an MBA with a Manufacturing Concentration from the Ross School of Business and a MS in Sustainable Systems Analysis from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, through the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. Prior to joining Five Winds International, Laura served as Director and Co-founder of the Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance.


Sustainability CoordinatorLyrica Hammann

Sustainability Coordinator

Lyrica develops and implements sustainability projects on Facebook's infrastructure team. Prior to joining Facebook, she vetted grassroots environmental initiatives for recognition by the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. She also has experience in the green building industry, consulting with building professionals to encourage integration of sustainable materials into traditional building projects. Lyrica holds a BA in environmental studies from Oberlin College and an MBA in sustainable management from Presidio Graduate School.


Interface Global, Inc.Lindsay James

Interface Global, Inc.
Director of Strategic Sustainability

As Manager of Sustainable Strategy, Lindsay is responsible for translating Interface's leadership in sustainability into the marketplace. Much of her time is spent educating Interface's clients, sales force, and employees about the sustainability of its products and practices. Having worked in the field of sustainability for more than 10 years, Lindsay is passionate about educating people both inside and outside of Interface on sustainability or "green" issues. Lindsay is a LEED Accredited Professional and an active member in the Chicago Chapter of the United States Green Building Council. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina, with an MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from the Kenan-Flagler Business School. She also attended UNC for her undergraduate degree, where she completed a BA in both Economics and Biology. Lindsay's professional experience includes economic consulting with Analysis Group, commercial real estate acquisitions with Piedmont Commercial Properties, and environmental economics research with RTI International.

Lindsay's "Sustainabilty Leadership" Interview


PortionPac Chemical CorporationBurt Klein

PortionPac Chemical Corporation

Founded In 1964, PortionPac pioneered high concentrate detergent formulations, portion control packaging and environmentally sustainable programs. Dozens of concepts from safer chemicals to color coded products and formal custodial education were introduced to the janitorial and plant maintenance industry through PortionPac. Burt was born in Chicago and after graduation from the University of Illinois he worked for the Chicago Board of Trade ensuring that member firms had sufficient capital and led a team that enhanced the financial surveillance systems. Before working for PortionPac, he was Chief Financial Officer of Sheridan Investments, a money management firm in Chicago, during their four-fold growth in managed assets.

"Sustainabilty Leadership" Interview with PortionPac's Chairman, Marvin Klein


SiemensAri Kobb

Head of Sustainability and Green Building Solutions, Infrastructure and Cities

Ari is responsible for ensuring Siemens leadership in the Green Building area, and leads a range of efforts including new solution development, strategic planning and business development. As founder and co-chair of the Siemens Internal Sustainability Committee, he is leading the division's own transition toward sustainability both corporately and throughout the field organization. This includes the development of the first comprehensive organizational CO2 inventory and the publication of the company's annual sustainability report. Ari is a LEED Accredited Professional, and is a member of the USGBC-Illinois Chapter Board of Directors.


Haworth, Inc.Steven Kooy

Haworth, Inc.
Global Sustainability Manager

Steve provides strategic direction and defines associated sustainability metrics for Haworth, where he is responsible for developing and guiding the overall corporate sustainability strategies. Steve also supports sales and marketing functions, including client interaction and global sales support related to sustainability. His responsibilities include global implementation of ISO14001 systems, LEED certification, and sustainable product certifications. He is an Environmental Engineer and Sustainability professional with over 10 years of experience.


McDonald's CorporationBob Langert

McDonald's Corporation
Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility

Bob Langert worked in logistics for McDonald's in the late 1980s when he was asked to take on a "temporary" six-month assignment to get chlorofluorocarbons out of the company's clamshell packages. Twenty years later, Bob has worked with WWF and Conservation International on marine stewardship and sustainable beef, spent a decade with Temple Grandin dealing with animal welfare issues, visited chicken farms and slaughterhouses, picked tomatoes with migrant workers in Florida, lectured on sustainability in China and taken a nine-day raft trip down the Amazon River with his pals at Greenpeace.

His responsibilities with McDonald's include social responsibility efforts, including McDonald's social responsibility reporting; global environmental management systems and issues; global supply chain issues (e.g., sustainable agriculture, biotechnology, animal agricultural and animal welfare programs); issues management; and part of McDonald's "Balanced, Active Lifestyles" team.

Bob's "Sustainabilty Leadership" Interview


PepsiCoLynn Laszewski

Resource Conservation Analyst

Lynn has over 15 years of experience leading Resource Conservation and Sustainability programs for companies such as Newell Rubbermaid, HP, Ball Aerospace, Caterpillar, CH2M Hill and most recently PepsiCo. While working for these companies, she has developed and implemented product design for environment programs, incorporated environmental performance into supply chain processes and instituted policy to improve corporate reputation. Lynn has a Master of Public Health degree with an emphasis in Environmental Management from Loma Linda University, California and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire.


ELPCHoward Learner

Environmental Law and Policy Center
President and Executive Director

Howard is an experienced attorney and the founder of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. He is responsible for ELPC's overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform.

Before founding ELPC, he was the General Counsel of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a public interest law center, specializing in complex civil litigation and policy development. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University Law School and the University of Michigan Law School, teaching advanced seminars in environmental and energy law and climate change solutions policy.


Blu SkyeGlen Low

Blu Skye

Most recently, Glen has helped lead Blu Skye's partnership with Walmart. Glen has provided extensive strategic guidance on Walmart's overall sustainability strategy, the Sustainability Index, and sustainable merchandising. Glen has also worked with numerous other clients to apply sustainability measurement and science to improved decision making, including other scorecarding efforts and global sourcing.

Prior to Blu Skye, Glen was a senior Manager at Bain & Company. During his seven year tenure, he worked in four different offices and gained extensive international experience while working in 10+ countries. While at Bain, he won numerous awards for his client teams and created significant intellectual capital while working in the firm's Performance Improvement and Technology practices.


ERMJane Madden


Jane has over 25 years of experience as an authority on sustainable development and corporate sustainability in more than 20 countries, including Afghanistan, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining ERM, Jane created and grew the Chicago Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability practice of global PR firm, Edelman. As Executive Vice President of Edelman, she led the firm's partnership with the Global Reporting Initiative, the gold standard for sustainability reporting, and has developed reports for Fortune 100 companies. She is a leading voice for integrated reporting and is a sought after speaker at events sponsored by the US Department of State, the Milken Institute and Net Impact.

Previously, Jane served at the World Bank, the world's leading development agency, with a portfolio that included environmental, social and governance issues for transitional economies.


George P. Nassos and AssociatesGeorge Nassos

George P. Nassos and Associates

George has worked for over 30 years in the chemical and environmental services industries and earned his formal education at the University of Illinois (BS in Ch.E.) and Northwestern University (MS and PhD in Ch.E., and MBA). He worked for International Minerals and Chemical for 16 years with his last four years in Germany and The Netherlands. Recently, he worked for Waste Management and its subsidiaries on various projects including the production of solid fuel from renewable resources. Prior to going on his own, he was an Industry Associate professor and Director of the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability Program at the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology. George currently provides consulting services in the areas of sustainable strategies and renewable energy systems.


Sieben Energy AssociatesCraig Sieben

Sieben Energy Associates
Founder and President

Craig is a nationally recognized authority on energy efficiency and a leader in the field of energy management. Since 1990 Craig has successfully piloted Sieben Energy Associates through significant transformations in the energy industry while maintaining the firm's dedication to providing exceptional client service. Craig speaks extensively to businesses and civic organizations on energy efficiency and sustainability, especially as they relate to corporate finance and public policy. He is also a frequent commentator on television and has contributed his energy expertise to journals and periodicals.

Craig is active in numerous civic and professional organizations throughout Chicago. He serves currently as President of the Leadership Greater Chicago Board of Directors. He was a Producer of Carbon Nation, a feature-length documentary on global warming solutions. He has served on energy and environmental policy advisory committees for political candidates as well as for Chicago and Illinois. He was a Crain's Chicago Business "40 under 40" and a member of the 1999 class of Leadership Greater Chicago.


USG CorporationAl Zucco

USG Corporation
Senior Director, Energy & Sustainability

During his 24 year career with USG Corporation, Al has held numerous leadership roles in the areas of manufacturing, strategic sourcing and supply chain management. His current role capitalizes on his extensive background and experience. Al is responsible for developing and implementing the sustainability strategy for USG Corporation focused on improving the triple bottom line. This includes USG's environmental responsibility initiative, EcoBlueprint, which focuses on enhancing energy management, improving resource utilization, and delivering responsible customer solutions.


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