Sara Kendall of Weyerhaeuser Named Environmental Manager of the Year

    CARY, N.C., May 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Sara Kendall, whose involvement in
 developing alternative regulatory approaches has helped Weyerhaeuser go
 "beyond compliance" and was instrumental in helping Weyerhaeuser's Flint
 River Operations in Georgia become the first and (to date) only forest
 products facility in the country accepted in EPA's Project XL program, has
 been named Environmental Manager of the Year.
     Environmental Resource Center, sponsors of the upcoming conference
 Environmental Summit, 98, announced today that Sara Kendall, Director,
 Environmental Affairs for Weyerhaeuser, was named Environmental Manager of the
 Year.
     Ms. Kendall was chosen on the strengths of an application made on her
 behalf by Jack Larsen, Vice President, Energy and Environment at
 Weyerhaeuser Company.
     Project XL is a regulatory reinvention initiative designed to provide
 regulatory flexibility while supporting superior environmental performance.
 As team leader for Project XL acceptance at Weyerhaeuser, Sara Kendall,
 organizer and head of Weyerhaeuser's Environmental Regulatory
 Alternatives Team, spent more than two years working with EPA, Georgia
 regulatory agencies, local community stakeholders and mill teams to design and
 implement a feasible program.
     Ms. Kendall effectively addressed the concerns of critics skeptical of
 EPA's Project XL and industry concerns about cost. Fred Hansen, deputy
 administrator of the EPA, called Weyerhaeuser's program "a model from EPA's
 perspective."
     As a result of the development of the Project XL program at Weyerhaeuser's
 Flint River Operations, air emissions were reduced by 13 percent, wastewater
 pollutants by 32 percent, and solid waste by 41 percent, while saving nearly
 $600,000 and simultaneously  improving product quality.
     Ms. Kendall will receive the Environmental Manager of the Year award on
 the afternoon of May 11 at the opening session of Environmental Summit '98.
 The presentation will be made by Albert Meiburg, Deputy Administrator of EPA
 Region IV.
     The objective of Environmental Summit '98 is to develop strategies for
 proceeding into the 21st century in a manner that preserves and protects the
 environment, works with government to establish effective environmental
 regulations, and complies with those regulations. Ms. Kendall has exemplified
 the initiative and leadership required to meet this objective.
     According to conference coordinator, Brooke Ramos, a limited number of
 registrations remain for Environmental Summit '98. For more information on
 attending or exhibiting, visit the Summit web site at
 http://www.ercweb.com/SUMMIT98; contact Brooke at 888-4ES-1998, ext. 223;
 e-mail: bramos@ercweb.com; or fax: 919-469-4137.
 
 

SOURCE Environmental Resource Center

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