Climate Change - Is it Real?


Location: Wiekamp Hall, Rm 101, IUSB campus

Maureen Sertich, North America Sustainability Lead, Whirlpool Corporation; Benton Harbor, MI

Regardless of the validity of climate change, there are many scientists that believe that the emissions we are putting into the air are affecting the climate and the weather patterns. There are international policies starting to shape international progress toward recognition and reduction of climate change. There are also programs being developed at regional, national, and state levels to combat the effects of climate change including carbon markets.  Maureen will provide an overview of the policies that are in place or in development to address climate change and provide a more in depth snapshot of the history of carbon markets in North America and how they influence businesses to make changes.

Maureen Sertich is the North American Sustainability Lead for Whirlpool Corporation. In her role at Whirlpool, she is responsible for Whirlpool’s North American Sustainability Strategy and manages the sustainability initiatives for products under the Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Aire Brands. Previously, she developed sustainability standards for products in the building industry, managed a university sustainability program, provided sustainability and risk assessment services for large industrial and commercial clients, and managed hazardous waste remediation projects. Maureen has held several voluntary and appointed positions including serving as a board member for the Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, serving as a member of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)’s Emerging Professionals National Committee, and providing Pro Bono consulting services through Net Impact Chicago Chapter.

Part of IUSB's Sustainability and Innovation Lecture Series 2017