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
Ms. Kendall was chosen on the strengths of an application made on her
behalf by Jack Larsen, Vice President, Energy and Environment at
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
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax: 919-469-4137.
SOURCE Environmental Resource Center