2021 MRS Spring Meeting

Tutorial BI01: Industry’s Current Approaches to Sustainable Practices and Strategic Planning for a Sustainable Future

Saturday, April 17, 2021
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

To promote materials development for a more sustainable world, it is essential that industry champions sustainability and incorporates sustainable practices and processes across product life cycles and into its business models. Responsible global business leaders and partners have embraced sustainability and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) and have incorporated them into the fabric of their organizations. 

This tutorial focuses on the different approaches taken by industries to incorporate sustainability and the UNSDG into their current practices as well as their mission and vision for the future. It will highlight case studies on how these organizations approach sustainability and the UNSDG, and respond with systematic management and best practice solutions across product life cycles, to address the global challenges of environmental impact and climate change, labor, diversity and inequality, food, water and poverty.

Intel’s Strategy for Corporate Responsibility—Responsible inclusive Sustainable, Enabling
Carolyn Duran, Intel Corporation

Intel Corporation is a recognized leader in corporate responsibility and has a long history in taking action to advance progress in environmental sustainability, supply chain responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and social impact. In this session we will demonstrate how Intel continues to raise the bar for ourselves in our own operations and supply chain, and the impact this has with our customers and society. This will include a deeper discussion on Intel's key actions in climate and energy, zero waste, and the circular economy. Additionally, we will share strategies around technology industry initiatives to accelerate change and adoption of best practices in responsible minerals, sustainable manufacturing and sustainable chemistry.

Millipore Sigma and Data Driven Sustainability Planning
Jeffrey Whitford, Merck KGaA

The instructor will discuss the need for quantification and how this is implemented in Merck with the DOZN quantitative analysis tool. He will address the question 'How do you embed quantitative analysis in the academic arena as a key lever for change?' and discuss the following topics:

  • Making data availability to the masses to encourage informed decision making
  • Creating and implementing sustainable design principles to drive change
  • Connecting the dots back to customers to understand the impact and opportunities for change

Sustainable Materials and Manufacturing in the Aerospace Industry
Tia Benson Tolle and Kelsea Ballantyne, The Boeing Company

Boeing recognizes climate change is a fundamental global challenge, and as we enable people to move freely across the planet we recognize the need to reduce the impact of flying. We are reducing carbon emissions and using resources efficiently through innovative solutions across our product life cycle, in our factories and at work sites. Additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, is changing the way we design and build products with fewer raw materials, creating less waste and improving fuel efficiency in our products. Innovative materials and processes are improving product efficiency in several ways.  This session will discuss technical challenges and opportunities for sustainability in the aerospace materials and manufacturing industry.

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