Wed., January 15, 2014 - 3:30pm
Michael Werner, Senior Sustainability Engineer, Haworth
"Green chemistry and sustainable product design"
Mike Werner is a chemist, engineer, and sustainability strategist with Haworth, a global office furniture manufacturer. Having decided to give up the life of a pharmaceutical chemist, he has been dedicated to eliminating toxic chemicals from consumer products instead of creating them.
Werner also advocates for design thinking as a platform for addressing corporate sustainability and driving business solutions. He has served as a sustainability advisor to the Department of Homeland Security and the National Institute of Building Sciences. When asked about the future of business growth, he responded: "Because we expect to see significant global changes in consumption, resource availability, and volatility over the next 15 years, our businesses must find ways to decouple growth from constrained resources. Innovation must start today if we are to have sustainable, profitable business."
Werner recently spoke at TEDx Macatawa on the role of green chemistry in the circular economy. Watch his talk here: http://youtu.be/zBd8u-LRH_w
MSU Bioeconomy Institute auditorium
Free, accessible, and open to the public!
The Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute sponsors a speakers series periodically on Wednesdays at 3:30p.m. throughout the year. The event is held in the institute's modern, 105-seat auditorium at 242 Howard Street in Holland, Mich., and is free, accessible and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please call (517) 432-4499 to request special accommodation.