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: firstname.lastname@example.org; or fax: 919-469-4137.
SOURCE Environmental Resource Center