Establishing a Corporate Sustainability Program

February 19, 2015
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Eastern Standard Time

 

Consumers and clients are increasingly interested in knowing that the organizations they patronize implement sustainable initiatives. Lancaster Laboratories was founded in 1961 and throughout the history of the company, conservation and environmental stewardship have been part of the culture. In 2009 the company formalized its sustainable approaches by forming a "Green Team." The Green Team was formed by a group of environmentally conscious employees who wanted to work together to reduce consumption, encourage recycling, promote conservation, and educate the workforce for the goals of improving efficiency, reducing costs, and minimizing the environmental impact of the company's operations. This employee-driven effort, supported by staff ranging from lab technicians to managers, implemented programs and educated the entire staff of more than 900 employees on conservation practices and behaviors that are relevant within the lab and at home. In 2013, it became apparent that a more formal program was needed since many of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories' clients began to drive vendors and contactors to adopt socially responsible business practices and publicly report on sustainability initiatives.

Christina Leslie and Sam Huber of Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories will review the maturation of the sustainability program from a grassroots effort to the development of a more formalized system. They will provide an overview of the data gathered and highlights from the sustainability program efforts. In addition, they will share goals that have been set based on the data and explain some of the company's future initiatives related to sustainable business practices.

During the webinar, the presenters will:

  • Discuss ideas and avenues for employee education and involvement.
  • Outline best practices that have been determined from the process.
  • Provide an overview of sustainability report data.
  • Provide ideas for sustainable business practices related to facilities management.

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Instructor Biographies

Christina Leslie holds a B.S. in Biology from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. She currently manages a Pharmaceutical Product Testing department for Eurofins Lancaster Labs, where her responsibilities include oversight of the lab operation to ensure quality and compliance in order to meet client requirements and regulatory standards. Recently, Ms. Leslie also took on the role of Sustainability Officer for the company and has worked to implement a more formal sustainability program at the facility.

Sam Huber graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a B.S. in Biology. He also obtained a Certificate of Business Management from Pennsylvania State University. Mr. Huber managed various environmental laboratory operations for Lancaster Labs prior to assuming the role of facility manager in 2007.

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