NCS | Speakers
The Climate for Coffee
Call Date: April 4, 2012
Paul Comey , Vice President of Environmental Affairs, GMCRPaul Comey is Vice President of Environmental Affairs for Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. His responsibilities include assuring the company’s sites are in environmental compliance with all local, state and federal laws, reducing the environmental impact of the company’s operations, and contributing to the management of the company’s environmental, financial and social bottom lines.
Paul has a vision of accelerating Green Mountain Coffee’s leadership in the environmental arena by using climate change as a competitive advantage. His initial efforts to map the company’s environmental footprint have resulted in significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. He sees the company’s commitment to GHG reduction and mitigation as essential to the company’s core belief that business can be a change agent in the world. Paul has initiated programs and processes that exhibit his belief that environmental practices are typically best business practices. His focus on the four R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover) through the use of EMS (Environmental Management System) has diverted much of the waste stream resulting in a financial revenue stream. Paul shares the company’s environmental best practices through public speaking engagements and by testifying before state and federal agencies to influence environmental policies.
Prior to joining Green Mountain Coffee in 1993, Paul founded and managed Baseline Solutions, a consulting company focused on bottom line improvements in manufacturing operations, pollution compliance, equipment design and process layout. During this time, GMCR was a major client for Baseline Solutions. Paul graduated from Boston State College with a major in sociology and a minor in education. After teaching for four years he was awarded a fellowship to Fitchburg State College, earning an ME.
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