Jerry Williams is a Project Manager for Environmental Sustainability at SAS.
What are you working on right now?
There is so much going on…. No two days are ever quite the same. Some of my priority projects include:
- Balancing expectations of employees so passionate about stewardship while giving fair consideration to environmental and economic impacts.
- Using our sustainability management solution SAS for Sustainability Management to calculate our 2008 global carbon footprint. Earlier this year, we completed our US-based 2007 footprint. The next steps include gap analysis of data, refining collection processes and rolling out globally.
- Working with the Corporate Real Estate construction project team to get our 1 MW Solar Photovoltaic farm operational by December of 2008.
- Helping our Facilities Services and Strategic Sourcing and Procurement departments get solar hot water systems installed on two buildings (T & G) before the end of this year.
- Other projects include increasing employee participation in our recycling and conservation programs, keeping our internal Green Initiative website current and increasing eco-awareness through Internal and External Communications.
What are you reading?
I get so many FYI emails from friends who read interesting articles on the web and my Google alerts for environmental related topics. I enjoy reading everything from how to melt and recycle polystyrene, using dyes to increase efficiencies for solar PV panels, developing biofuel technology, to effectively using reclaimed water to operate cooling towers. Lately, I’ve been immersed in impending environmental legislation and the progression of Senate Bill 3, North Carolina’s renewable law. OK, enough with the geeking out stuff.
There’s reading time with my kids as well. Eco-friendly classics such as The Lorax by Dr. Seuss & The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein never grow old. I’m also reading The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch. (In all my spare time)
Who did you talk to at lunch today and what did you talk about?
Today I spoke with a couple of folks from the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce Young Professional’s Network. SAS is hosting an Environmental Sustainability conference for them in November. It’s very encouraging and exciting to see young professionals passionate about changing business practices to become better stewards of the environment.
How do you see SAS impacting the average person's life in five years?
The evolution of the internet has raised the bar in terms of people’s access to data and their expectations for having answers at their fingertips. As people become more accustomed to getting information, the demand for data management and analytics will grow proportionately.
What do you do to unwind after a long day's work?
I love to get in a workout at our onsite gym. I also enjoy volleyball, basketball, golf or just getting out to piddle in the yard. Oh yeah… once in a while, a big win by my NC State football team.