Above: Susan Burek (left), manager of research and partnerships, CEES, with Marian Chertow a professor of Industrial Environmental Management at Yale University and member of the CEES Advisory Council at the USBCSD conference, hosted by Yale University.
Bringing together Ingersoll Rand’s thought leadership in the energy space and strategic efforts in sustainability, the company recently participated in the U.S. Business Council on Sustainable Development’s (USBCSD) annual meeting, hosted at Yale University. Susan Burek, manager of research and partnerships for the Center for Environmental Efficiency & Sustainability (CEES), sat on a panel at the event, presenting alongside other business and government leaders.
Each year the USBCSD brings together business, government, military and NGO leaders from across the country to look critically at the resource constraint and sustainability issues the U.S. is currently facing. During the event, participants separated into groups, called Action Labs, to tackle issues by breaking them down into tactical projects that can be executed in the upcoming year. This year, Action Labs were focused on water, energy, materials and ecosystems.
“As a leader in both innovation and sustainability, Ingersoll Rand was invited to participate and showcase how we partner with research organizations and incorporate their best practices and processes into our R&D and the Ingersoll Rand Product Development Process (IRPDP),” said Burek. “I also sat on a panel with leaders in finance, research and government to discuss how we are taking the ‘big ideas’ of sustainability and making them actionable for our employees and our customers.”
Attendees included a wide spectrum of well-known and respected corporations, government organizations, NGO’s and universities, including: PepsiCo, Shell, ConocoPhillips, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Army, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. Also in attendance was Marian Chertow, a professor of Industrial Environmental Management at Yale University and member of the CEES Advisory Council.
“Our participation in events like USBCSD shows that Ingersoll Rand not only has a presence in this space, but we also have a passion and expertise for furthering sustainability,” continued Burek. “Together with our external research partners, including the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) and the U.S. Department of Energy, Ingersoll Rand is able to play a leadership role in corporate sustainability and innovation, while also uncovering new business opportunities and best practices that further our goal of becoming a premiere performer.”
The USBCSD is currently focused on Vision 2050 – their recent report calls for "a new agenda for business laying out a direction to a world in which nine billion people can live well, and within the planet’s resources, by mid-century.” To learn more about the organization visit usbcsd.org.