Sustainably Speaking

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What does it take to create a sustainable world? You might be surprised, but business leaders and innovators who manufacture modern plastic materials ask themselves these questions all the time. The Sustainably Speaking Podcast will let you hear directly from all of them through thought-provoking conversations, where they will offer their personal insights, creative solutions, and discuss collaborative efforts to address the world’s biggest challenges, like their vision for our circular future and transition to a low carbon economy.

The Change Maker Next Door | America’s Plastic Makers®
Sep 19 2022
The Change Maker Next Door | America’s Plastic Makers®
We call them America’s Change Makers. On this episode, hear a few of the personal stories and motivations of these innovators working to create a more sustainable future.On This Episode:Dell, Senior TS&D Scientist, DowLearn more about Dell: The Advocate here.Kait, Technical Service Representative, CovestroLearn more about Kait: The Environmentalist here.Natalie, Value Business Manager, ExxonMobilLearn more about Natalie: The Finder here.Raul, Senior Manager, Reaction Engineering, Technology and Innovation, SABICLearn more about Raul: The Problem Solver here.Kate, Sustainability Specialist, SABICLearn more about Kate: The Developer here.Mia Quinn, Senior Director, Public Affairs at American Chemistry CouncilMia Quinn leads efforts to communicate the plastics industry’s major sustainability initiatives. She works to bring together experts to share insights in key areas of sustainability, including public policy, product design, recycling and infrastructure. She is passionate about collaboration, clear communications and engaging audiences to learn more about and advocate for innovation and modern solutions for our communities and our country. Mia has a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and is a lifelong Denver Broncos fan. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.Jennifer Killinger, Senior Director, Sustainability & Customer Outreach, American Chemistry CouncilJennifer Killinger has over 25 years of experience in communications, public affairs and sustainability initiatives for the plastics industry. She’s held several positions at ACC, and currently enjoys working on the America’s Plastics Makers®: Making Sustainable Change initiative, a collaborative effort of industry leaders dedicated to innovation, sustainability, and a more circular economy for plastics, which includes America’s Change Makers®. Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and master’s degree from Temple University. She lives in Maryland, with her husband and daughter—both avid recyclers and Ravens fans. Jennifer had A LOT of fun joining Mia for this episode of Sustainably Speaking!
Leadership in Sustainability | America’s Plastic Makers®
Aug 22 2022
Leadership in Sustainability | America’s Plastic Makers®
More than ever, organizations are recognizing sustainable practices as a business imperative. On this episode of Sustainably Speaking, hear about the Sustainability Leadership Award winners who are making groundbreaking innovations in circularity, education and sustainable investment. Monica Ellis, the CEO and founder of the Global Environmental Technology Foundation, and Rob Westervelt, editor-in-chief of Chemical Week, served as two of the judges for ACC’s Sustainability Leadership Awards. They join Mia Quinn to tell us about a few of the award winners and trends, including the creation of a first-of-its-kind graduate program at a major national university. Monica Ellis, CEO and Founder, Global Environmental Technology FoundationMonica Ellis is Chief Executive Officer and a founding member of the Global Environment & Technology Foundation (GETF). A sustainable development leader, Monica has worked throughout the world on a range of natural resource and economic development issues, focusing particularly on clean water, climate, technology, health and economic empowerment issues. She specializes in developing high impact partnerships with leading companies, government agencies, civil societies and philanthropists that result in resilient communities. Her passion centers on working with vulnerable communities assisting their efforts to gain clean water, sanitation and ultimately, economic opportunity.As an advocate of innovation, she has also helped launch several successful companies and platforms in the environmental technology, information technology and communications sectors. She is a member/advisor to several boards, including GETF, Water For People, the Johns Hopkins University Global Water Advisory Board, US Water Partnership, the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan, the Global Water Institute at the Ohio State University and Ketos. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri and a proud recipient of American University’s William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Leadership.Monica also serves as CEO of Global Water Challenge (GWC), an action-oriented coalition of corporations, NGOs and other organizations committed to achieving universal access to clean water and sanitation.  Under her leadership, GETF and GWC have mobilized over $350 million for clean water access and community development efforts that today benefits over 8 million people in Africa, Central and Latin America and India.Rob Westervelt, Editor-inChief, Chemical WeekRob Westervelt is editor-in-chief of Chemical Week, part of S&P Global Commodity Insights. Rob has covered the global chemical industry for more than 25 years. He was named editor of Chemical Week in December 2006. His team is responsible for coverage and analysis of news and trends affecting the global chemical industry. Before being named editor-in-chief, he was senior editor, responsible for news and markets coverage of the Americas. Mia Quinn, Senior Director, Public Affairs at American Chemistry CouncilMia Quinn leads efforts to communicate the plastics industry’s major sustainability initiatives. She works to bring together experts to share insights in key areas of sustainability, including public policy, product design, recycling and infrastructure.She is passionate about collaboration, clear communications and engaging audiences to learn more about and advocate for innovation and modern solutions for our communities and our country.Mia has a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and is a lifelong Denver Broncos fan. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.
Driving Toward Automotive Circularity | America’s Plastic Makers®
Jul 25 2022
Driving Toward Automotive Circularity | America’s Plastic Makers®
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory is one of the 17 U.S. Department of Energy laboratories. It has the largest multi-program science and energy research lab in the U.S. On this latest episode of Sustainably Speaking, we discuss the new partnership between Oak Ridge and the American Chemistry Council. The partnership looks to answer the question of what to do with materials from our old cars and trucks once they reach the end of their useful life while exploring ways to capture, recycle and remake more plastic and plastic composites from these vehicles. Together, the two organizations will help develop circular solutions for plastics and plastic composites in the automotive industry, exploring what modern recycling technologies (like advanced recycling!) can offer. Host Mia Quin is joined by Soydan Ozcan, Senior R&D Scientist in the Manufacturing Science Division of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and co-host Gina Oliver, senior director of curable markets advocacy at American Chemistry Council. They’ll discuss how they plan to create circular systems that can be applied across multiple industries. On This Episode:Soydan Ozcan, Senior R&D Scientist in the Manufacturing Science Division of Oak Ridge National LaboratorySoydan Ozcan is currently the Thrust Lead for Development of Bio-Derived Materials & Manufacturing at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) located at Oak Ridge. His research addresses the broad and vital issue of identifying novel, high-value biomaterials from renewable sources, and viable processes for their preparation for composite and additive manufacturing applications towards zero waste. Ozcan also leads the Composite Recycling Effort for the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Composite Innovation (IACMI). IACMI is the national Composite Institute within Manufacturing USA, which helps U.S. manufacturers employ leading-edge technology to become more competitive. In this scope, Ozcan facilitates the development of composite recycling technologies and utilizes various composite techniques to repurpose them into useful applications. Ozcan and his team are developing manufacturing techniques and exploring new materials to improve energy efficiency during composite manufacturing, decrease material waste, lower costs, and improve material performance. Ozcan’s team is integrating a smart circular economy concept within product development, production processes, use, and re-use systems right from the beginning. Mia Quin, Senior Director, Plastics Outreach & Public Affairs at American Chemistry CouncilMia Quinn leads efforts to communicate the plastics industry’s major sustainability initiatives. She works to bring together experts to share insights in key areas of sustainability, including public policy, product design, recycling, and infrastructure. She is passionate about collaboration, clear communications, and engaging audiences to learn more about and advocate for innovation and modern solutions for our communities and our country.  Mia has a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and is a lifelong Denver Broncos fan. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.Gina Oliver Senior, Director of Durable Markets Advocacy at American Chemistry Council Gina Oliver is the Senior Director for the American Chemistry Council’s Durable Markets Advocacy Team. She leads advocacy on behalf of the durable plastics industry, who provide the innovative, sustainable material solutions that are essential to solving some of society’s biggest challenges, including CO2 emissions reduction and advancing a circular economy for durable plastics. In her spare time, Gina sits on the Women in Government Relations Transportation and Infrastructure Task Force, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation Consortium Council, and the Global Automotive Steering Group - the governing body for the Global Automotive Declarable Substance List. She is also a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, Society of Automotive Engineers, Women in Government Relations, and American Society of Association Executives.
A New Dimension in Reconstructive Surgery | America’s Plastic Makers®
May 23 2022
A New Dimension in Reconstructive Surgery | America’s Plastic Makers®
Dr. Albert Woo, Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Director of the Lifespan 3D Printing Lab, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University Albert S. Woo, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in the treatment of cleft and craniofacial anomalies. This work has led to a particular interest in three dimensional imaging and printing of complex surgical models. He is an Associate Professor of Surgery, Pediatrics and Neurosurgery at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and serves as the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, Director of the Cleft and Craniofacial Center at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and Director of the Lifespan 3D Printing Laboratory.Dr. Woo currently is a member of numerous societies including the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including recognition by Best Doctors in America and Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors.Mia Quinn, Senior Director, Plastics Division at American Chemistry CouncilMia Quinn leads efforts to communicate the plastics industry’s major sustainability initiatives. She works to bring together experts to share insights in key areas of sustainability, including public policy, product design, recycling, and infrastructure.She is passionate about collaboration, clear communications, and engaging audiences to learn more about and advocate for innovation and modern solutions for our communities and our country.Mia has a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and is a lifelong Denver Broncos fan. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.Joshua Baca, Vice President, Plastics Division, American Chemistry Council As Vice President of ACC’s Plastics Division, Joshua oversees strategic programs to advance a science-based policy agenda, national outreach, and sustainability initiatives on behalf of America’s leading plastics makers. He encourages better understanding of plastics’ importance to areas such as automotive, building and construction, and packaging, and about innovations that are helping to address some of our world’s greatest sustainability challenges. Joshua also leads industry initiatives and fosters dialogue around helping to end plastic waste by creating a more circular economy.He previously led public affairs at a large organization, where he  oversaw the launch of a new plastics sustainability initiative and helped advance community-based recycling projects.He began his career working on Capitol Hill. Joshua has an MA in Government and Political Communications from The Johns Hopkins University and a BA in Political Science from Texas Tech University.
Gen Z: The Future of Sustainability| America’s Plastic Makers®
Apr 25 2022
Gen Z: The Future of Sustainability| America’s Plastic Makers®
On this latest episode of Sustainably Speaking, we discuss the emerging generation of thinkers and doers, Generation Z, a group notoriously passionate about building a bright and sustainable future for humanity and the Earth. Host Mia Quinn and Gen-Z co-host Carly Zaccaria, sustainability coordinator at the American Chemistry Council talk with noted leader in sustainability Gulay Serhatkulu, senior vice president of performance materials for the North American division of BASF Corporation and mother of an 18-year-old future engineer. Tune in to hear this discussion on how Gen-Z’s heightened environmental awareness and demand for positive change is driving a societal and corporate shift toward a more purpose-driven, sustainable culture. On This Episode:Gulay Serhatkulu, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Performance Materials North America, BASF Corporation Gulay Serhatkulu is Senior Vice President responsible for the Performance Materials business for BASF Corporation in North America. This business encompasses the entire materials know-how of BASF regarding innovative, customized plastics under one roof and is globally active in four major industry sectors – transportation, construction, industrial applications and consumer goods.Gulay joined BASF in 2006 as a technical service representative.  She has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibility within BASF including product management, marketing, sales, strategy and most recently procurement.  Prior to BASF, she earned two postdoctoral appointments at the University of Nottingham, UK and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan respectively.Gulay earned and/or did her studies for a PhD, MSc, and a BSc degree from the University of Akron, OH and Hacettepe University, Ankara, Turkey in the fields of polymer science and engineering, and chemical engineering. Gulay was born in Istanbul, Turkey. She is married and has one son.         Mia Quin, Senior Director, Plastics Outreach & Public Affairs at American Chemistry CouncilMia Quinn leads efforts to communicate the plastics industry’s major sustainability initiatives. She works to bring together experts to share insights in key areas of sustainability, including public policy, product design, recycling, and infrastructure. She is passionate about collaboration, clear communications, and engaging audiences to learn more about and advocate for innovation and modern solutions for our communities and our country.  Mia has a degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis. She grew up in the suburbs of Denver, Colorado and is a lifelong Denver Broncos fan. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband and two sons.Carly Zaccaria, Sustainability Coordinator at the American Chemistry CouncilCarly Zaccaria recently joined ACC as a sustainability coordinator for the Plastics Division. A Pittsburgh native, she has spent the last 6 years in North Carolina where she received her B.S.B.A in International Business from Elon University and her M.S. in Management from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Carly found her passion for sustainability when she interned at the Environmental Defense Fund on the Energy Efficiency Team. Carly looks forward to having a long and fulfilling career ahead of her in sustainability.