How Vital is Corporate Environmental Responsibility?

“[I]f a high school course has not taught us to place a higher than commercial estimate upon the works of nature, the vital quality of our education is wanting. … [I]t is for us to rescue nature’s endowment from the hand of the despoiler and deliver her beauty from the blight of avarice. 

To us in this garden spot of new America is given a little city, also built upon hills and set gem-like within the seven encircling ends of a silver stream. Let it be one of the responsible and abiding tasks of our lives to make this loved home of our youth year by year more worthy of the setting which has been so cunningly fashioned by Nature’s matchless handicraft.”

 

An excerpt from An Unappreciated Heritage by Robert H. Jackson in his address to fellow classmates from Jamestown High School’s Class of 1910.

Please join the Robert H Jackson Center (RHJC) as we explore business opportunities and risks inherent in environmental sustainability.

An open reception will be held at 6 pm. The program will begin at 7 pm with reflections on the importance of the environment to Jackson’s formative years and how it shaped his perspective that the preservation of the environment relies on a commitment from the business community and its citizens.

A panel discussion will follow.  The panel includes Laurie Counsel, Environmental Relations Director at Cummins International and Allison Robinson, Director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Environmental Initiatives, who will discuss their respective entity’s work to strengthen their fiscal health and the well-being of their communities through mitigating environmental impacts. Matthew L. Wolford who formerly served as Regional Counsel and as Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, Northwest Region, will address current issues in health, safety, and environmental law. Julia Craighill, president of Ensight Consulting, Jackson Center board member and Jackson’s granddaughter, will provide the opening reflections and moderate the panel. Matthew L. Wolford an Erie, PA attorney and adjunct professor at Gannon University will also share his expertise during the discussion.

This program is part of GREENUP Jamestown, a series of events leading up to Earth Day.

Speaker Biographies

Julia Craighill owns Ensight Consulting in Silver Springs, MD where she is a sustainability expert who helps companies that want to develop green programs but are struggling to get them launched or need a plan to ensure that they will withstand changes in the future. Using experiences from her 30-year career within the architectural, construction, green building, and sustainability industries, Ms. Craighill can identify the specific systems that need to be implemented by an organization to transforms its mission and values into actionable business practices that link People, Planet and Profit. Ms. Craighill received her B.A. in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and M.A. from Syracuse University. She is a member of the Robert H. Jackson Center board of directors and granddaughter of Robert H. Jackson.

 Laurie Counsel is Energy and Environmental Relations Director at Cummins, where she works to better drive internal actions, strengthen the company’s external reputation and impact and respond to future regulations. In this capacity, she also works to educate business leaders broadly on climate change issues and encourages carbon reduction action by employees. She co-manages the Cummins Climate Change Working Group and leads energy and environment initiatives across the business and functional areas of the company. Ms. Counsel received a B. A. in Business Administration from Eckerd College, a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Georgia and is a Six Sigma green belt.

Allison Robinson is Program Director of the UPMC Environmental Initiatives Program. Dr. Robinson has been advancing a new model for environmentally safe practices that involves system wide environmental policies, coordinated research initiatives, and environmentally friendly and sustainable operations. She also serves on many community and regional committees addressing the incorporation of sustainability. Dr. Robinson earned her Doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health in Environmental and Occupational Health and her M.A.’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University. She was a post-doctoral fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and a summer fellow with the National Institute of Environmental Health Science at the Harvard School of Public Health.

Matthew L. Wolford is a sole practitioner in Erie, Pennsylvania.  He formerly served as Regional Counsel and as an Assistant Counsel for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”), Northwest Region. Before joining the DEP, Mr. Wolford served as a prosecutor for the Office of Attorney General, Environmental Crimes Section; and also as a civil litigation attorney for the Office of Attorney General, Torts Litigation Section. Mr. Wolford is the former Special Prosecutor of environmental crimes for both the Office of Attorney General and the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He is currently a Council member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Environmental, Mineral, and Natural Resources Law Section, and was previously a contributing feature editor for the Section’s newsletter. He is an Adjunct Professor at Gannon University in Erie, PA, where he teaches a course on environmental law. He has also taught at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA, and Thiel College in Greenville, PA. He received his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Temple University School of Law. He is currently a member of the Erie County, Pennsylvania, and American Bar Associations.

 

 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Robert S. & Je’Anne Bargar Fund @ CRCF

Cummins Inc.

Isabelle C. Erickson Fund @ CRCF

Kessel Construction Inc.

UPMC Chautauqua WCA