Please join our speaker Michael Kirschner
Prinicpal Consultant at ENVIRON International Corp.
for a webinar on:
How Environmental Performance Changes the Standards Landscape
January 16, 2013 from 1:00 – 2:30pm ET
About the Webinar:
As manufacturing industries are increasingly being driven by regulations, customer requirements, and market opportunities to improve the environmental performance of their products (by e.g. replacing toxic chemicals with “greener” ones, reducing energy use, using recycled or recyclable materials, and so on) the demand for more and better standards on the topic and existing standards that are being impacted by it are rising. While standards development has primarily been an industry activity, this new demand is bringing in new stakeholders from such groups as environmental NGOs, government agencies, retailers, suppliers, and recyclers. Many of these stakeholders have no experience with standards, have no idea how to participate or what it takes, and are frankly not happy with what they are experiencing. This webinar will explore what is behind this phenomenon and what the standards community can do to embrace these new forces.
About the Speaker:
Mike Kirschner is a product environmental compliance and performance expert who provides advice and expertise to manufacturers in a variety of industries. His primary areas of focus include the impact of EU REACH on article manufacturers, California’s Safer Consumer Products regulation, and performance standards like IEEE-1680.x for electronics. He contributed two chapters to the Governance, Risk, and Compliance Handbook, published by Wiley in 2008, and is featured in the critically acclaimed book, Exposed: The Toxic Chemistry of Everyday Products and What's at Stake for American Power. In 2009 he was appointed to the California EPA Department of Toxic Substance Control's Green Ribbon Science Panel. Prior to joining ENVIRON, Mike founded product lifecycle and environmental consultancy Design Chain Associates, LLC (DCA), of which he served as president and managing partner. Before founding DCA in 2001, Mike spent 20 years in engineering and engineering management roles within the electronics industry for companies including Intel and Compaq. He holds a BS in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
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