What are your focus areas?
There are three main areas I’m responsible for. The first is setting the sustainable materials strategy for HP, which includes eliminating substances of concern and partnering with external stakeholders to set materials standards and find alternatives to those substances of concern. I also manage the disclosure process for substances that are in our products to meet governmental regulations and market access requirements. And I focus on ensuring that our paper and paper-based product packaging are responsibly sourced, as we drive towards our goal of zero deforestation by 2020.
Why do you like working at HP?
I love that from the beginning HP focused not just on business, but also on the betterment of society by developing programs, technologies, and best-in-class practices that address societal and environmental issues. For example, we began proactively removing substances of concern from our products in the early 1990s, long before regulators called for it.
In my job, I feel like I’m carrying on the tradition that Bill Hewlett and David Packard established of “doing the right thing” by HP, our customers, and society. I believe I’m having a positive impact. And I work with great people who feel the same way.
Why is sustainability important to you?
I first became interested in environmental issues in college when I began to notice the wastefulness of our society and the carelessness with which we treated the environment. So for a senior project, I wrote a paper, called “Local Solutions to Global Environmental Problems,” that outlined how people can make a difference at a local level, like petitioning their town governments to increase their recycling infrastructures. I even got my parents to switch from paper to cloth napkins by explaining how they could reduce their impact and save money.
Now that I have children, I think about what type of world we are leaving the next generation. Having a job that allows me to make a difference is why I’m so passionate about my work.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
I’m most proud of the work I did partnering with one of my teammates, Elena Bliemel, to develop HP’s zero deforestation goal that was announced in June 2016. We’ve committed to ensure that all HP brand paper and paper-based product packaging will be derived from certified and recycled sources by 2020. This commitment illustrates HP’s ongoing efforts to source and use materials responsibly across all our products, papers, and packaging.