Is Net Positive Possible? Re-framing Sustainability

About the Course

Marquette University is pleased to welcome you to attend our Sustainability short course focused on the business of “Net Positive”.  The course will introduce students, academics and leaders in industry to re-frame our thinking around the possibilities of Net Positive as it applies to sustainable practices, as well as the tools and methods used by industry leaders for Net Positive accounting. In other words, how can sustainable business practices be incorporated not to be "less bad," but rather to do more good than harm? It will consist of 2 days of learning through 30 – 45 minute lectures and case studies from experts followed by engaging facilitated discussions wherein participants can debate, network, and share best practices for achieving sustainability. We are very excited to host Dr. Gregory Norris as our 2014 keynote speaker. Check out the details, including logistics, agenda and speaker bios below.

Who should attend:

  • Engineers
  • Students
  • Academics
  • Industry leaders

Continuing education credits
Course attendees earn 12 PDHs for professional engineering continuing education requirements.

Course Speakers


Greg Norris, PhD
Harvard University

Greg Norris is Co-Director of SHINE (the Sustainability and Health Initiative for Net-positive Enterprise), an initiative of the Harvard School of Public Health's Center for Health and the Global Environment.   He also conducts research, advises graduate students, and teaches Life Cycle Assessment at HSPH.

Norris founded New Earth, a non-profit institute developing and deploying technologies that enable people around the world to drive sustainable development “from the bottom up.”  Its projects include Earthster, an open source platform for product-level sustainability assessment; Handprinter, which helps people take actions at home and at work which more than compensate for their environmental and social “footprints”; and the Social Hot Spots Database, a transparent data source on supply chain impacts and opportunities for improving human rights, working conditions, community and other social impacts.  In 1996 Norris founded Sylvatica, an international life cycle assessment institute which has consulted on LCA to the UN, governments in the US and abroad, a variety of Fortune 500 companies, industrial associations, and smaller companies, and the non-profit sector.  

Norris is a member of the Royal Government of Bhutan's International Expert Working Group, comprised of 60 experts from around the world commissioned to draft a new global development paradigm during 2013-2014 to promote human flourishing as a global goal through effective and pragmatic international public policies. He is an editor for the International Journal of LCA, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, and Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management.  He is also a Fellow of the Mind and Life Institute, which seeks to build a scientific understanding of the mind to reduce suffering and promote well-being.


Callan Schoonenberg 
Eaton Corp.

Callan Schoonenberg is the Sustainability Lead for Global Research & Technology at Eaton. In her role, she builds engineering capabilities, processes, and training in Sustainability, specifically Sustainable Innovation, Life Cycle Assessment and Design for Environment.  She also served an adjunct professor in 2012 at Marquette University, teaching Sustainable Engineering. Callan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is currently pursuing an MBA at Marquette University.  She is a Life Cycle Assessment Certified Practitioner (LCACP) and LEED Green Associate.


Brooke Mayer, PhD, P.E.
Marquette University 

Brooke Mayer is currently an Assistant Professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at Marquette University.  Her primary research interests relate to sustainable drinking water treatment and environmental chemistry/microbiology.  She has conducted a variety of water-related research over the past eight years, including evaluating and improving water treatment processes targeting pathogenic viruses, developing and validating new techniques for the detection and quantification of viruses, testing strategies for reducing the formation of cancer-causing disinfection byproducts (DBPs) during water/wastewater treatment, and identifying and evaluating novel techniques for the removal and recovery of nutrients from water and wastewater.  She currently teaches the Sustainable Engineering course at Marquette.


Nancy Snow, PhD
Marquette University

Nancy E. Snow is Professor of Philosophy at Marquette University, where she has taught for 25 years.  Her research interests are in virtue ethics and moral philosophy.  Along with Dr. Darcia Narvaez, a professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, she was recently awarded a $2.6 million grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to co-direct a three-year project on "The Self, Motivation, and Virtue."


Marco Ugarte, PhD, CPIM, CSCP, CQIA

Accountable for the comprehensive Energy & Water Stewardship Strategy of the organization serves as the main point of contact for strategic partnerships between MillerCoors and The Nature Conservancy, the Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, and The Sustainability Consortium. Currently serving in the Board of Directors of the APICS Educational & Research Foundation, Dr. Ugarte is a certified supply chain instructor and speaker for forums such as The White House Council on Environmental Quality, The Association of Climate Change Officers, and The Logistics & Supply Chain Forum.  Formerly, Dr. Ugarte was responsible for the expansion of The Sustainability Consortium into Latin America, while conducting research in supply chain carbon footprint modeling for lean logistics and retailing systems in the consumer goods industry. As entrepreneur, has received awards from MIT, ASU, Walmart, and NASDAQ to launch technology-based innovation ventures addressing sustainability challenges.  Marco holds a Ph.D. in Sustainability from Arizona State University; a M.E. in Quality and Productivity Systems, and a B.S. in Industrial & Systems Engineering, both from Tec de Monterrey, Mexico. 


Sarah Finnie Robinson

Sarah Finnie Robinson is a Founding Partner and Head of Social at WeSpire, the leading technology provider of sustainability engagement programs to global companies.

Previously, Robinson spent fourteen years at The Atlantic Monthly, where she was the Editorial Promotion Director; at iVillage, where she was the launch editorial programming director; and at The New Yorker magazine.

Sarah received her MA from The Breadloaf School of English at Middlebury College and a BA from Princeton University. She serves on the Board of The Boston Harbor Association and on the Advisory Council of the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island. Robinson was named a scholar at the 2012 Aspen Institute Environment Forum. Publications include The Atlantic and Family Life.

Sarah and her husband Jack Robinson spend their free time in coastal Rhode Island gardening and relaxing with family and friends.


Jay Kemp
Cornerstone Environmental
Client Manager 

Jay Kemp serves as Engineering Manager for BioCNG, LLC.  He provides application engineering and technical oversight for biogas to vehicle fuel processing systems.  Jay has over 30 years of experience in wastewater treatment technology with a specialized emphasis in solids processing, anaerobic digestion and biogas utilization.   BioCNG is a new venture for Jay, having spent most of his career as a consulting engineer.  He holds a BS degree from the University of Illinois and earned a Master’s Degree from Marquette University.  A Board-certified Environmental Engineer, Jay is active in the Central States Water Environment Association and more recently the American Biogas Council.


Jeff Zeman

Jeff is senior environmental engineer within the Kitchen and Bath Fixtures Engineering group of Kohler Co in Kohler, WI.

In this role, he applies a product life cycle inventory (LCI) lens within Kohler's new product development and manufacturing operations to focus product sustainability performance strategy. Kohler has found product-specific LCI data to be an effective alignment tool for design, supply chain, and operations functions to continuously improve product sustainability position. This data also allows comprehension of sustainability next to more "traditional" decision criteria of cost, quality, innovation, and delivery.

Jeff received his BS degree in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. He is co-chair of the Water Efficiency and Sustainability committee within Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) and remains active with MTU, currently serving as Treasurer of the its Alumni Association Board of Directors. In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family, home restoration, running, and listening to independent rock and roll.


Catherine Benoît
VP Social Sustainability | New Earth

Catherine Benoît is the VP Social Sustainability at New Earth where she directs the Social Hotspots Database project, the first database for Social LCA, and provides advisory services to practitioners and firms. She started her career studying the impacts of mining development in remote communities.  Catherine directed and coordinated research for several highly praised sustainability centers (CIRAIG, The Sustainability Consortium). She has assessed supply chain social impacts and advised strategic development and engagement with global corporations in several sectors including mining and metals, retail, consumer products and agriculture. She also brings years of expertise in sustainability initiatives involving external stakeholders. She is an expert with the Global Social Compliance Programme’s Equivalence Assessment project, a member of the Technical Review Committee of the Global Initiative for Sustainability Rating and a member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Initiative.  She is the lead editor of the Guidelines for S-LCA that were published by the UNEP Life Cycle Initiative in May 2009. ( and of the Social Life Cycle Assessment methodological sheets (Publications 2010 and 2013). Catherine teaches about Social Responsibility in Supply Chains at Harvard Extension school.


Claire Castleman
Eaton Corp.

Claire Castleman is a Sustainability Analyst at Eaton Corporation. Her role has been focused on employee engagement, materiality, CDP and GRI reporting, and Scope 3 GHG calculation. Claire was an engineer in a past life and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


Ron Voglewede
Global Sustainability Director
Whirlpool Corporation

Ron is currently a global leader, heading Whirlpool Corporation’s global sustainability team. Ron is responsible for developing the cross category strategy and execution plans for sustainability within Whirlpool’s branded portfolio by increasing product performance while lowering our footprint, therefore, creating long term sustainable value. 

Additionally, he is creating new competencies and capabilities in life cycle thinking, assessments, and management in both our technical and marketing teams.  Ron is driving change to switch Whirlpool’s product and business sustainability approach from being reactive to proactive and even more customer centric.  Ron previously held the North American Sustainability role for 3 years. In Ron’s 17+  year career, he has led teams in various aspects of global product management, advanced development, and product design. Ron began his career at Whirlpool as part of Whirlpool's Technical Excellence Program.

Ron is a green belt in Operational Excellence (6 Sigma), Certified Innovation Mentor, and recognized inventor and innovator. He is the holder of 20 US patents and has more than 15 currently pending at the Patent Office. Ron Voglewede received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 1996 and received a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1998


Lynn Bell
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company
Senior Sustainability Specialist

Lynn is a Senior Sustainability Specialist at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  In her role, she is responsible for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and development of product social metrics.  She also contributes to evaluation of materiality and external reporting.  Prior to Goodyear, Lynn worked on LCA within the electronics and furniture industries, and as a Materials Engineer developing innovative products for the paper industry.  Lynn holds a B.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. in Technology and Policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Schedule & Location

The course will be held at:
Engineering Hall, Room 423
Marquette University 
1637 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
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2014 Tentative Schedule


Registration & Cost

This course is complete, no registrations are being accepted at this time

Standard registration = $300

Student registration = $150 ( Student registration provides verified full-time college student attendees with access to all lectures and exhibitor space, lunches and a copy of all course handout material. Student's faculty advisers will be contacted to verify full-time enrollment in good standing.)

Speakers = no charge


Attendees must make lodging arrangements at the facility of their choice (registration does not include lodging). 

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