Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich joins several business executives from the largest corporations in the world engaged in the business of going green, in the first program of our Red, White, Blue and Green speaker series.
Guests include Francine Colaneri, Vice President of Manufacturing and Corporate Purchasing at Scholastic Inc., and Alan R. Weverstad, Executive Director, Environment, Energy and Safety Policy at the General Motors Corporation. The Wall Street Journal's Jeff Ball moderates- The National Constitution Center
Jeffrey Ball, a writer on energy and the environment, is scholar-in-residence at Stanford University’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance. Ball writes a column on energy and the environment, called Resources, published biweekly online by the New Republic.
Francine Colaneri is Vice President of Manufacturing and Corporate Purchasing at Scholastic Inc. As part of Scholastic's "Green Team," Colaneri has managed the manufacturing of the Harry Potter series, and was instrumental in arranging the largest ever purchase of Forest Stewardship Council certified paper in a single book.
She led the initiative to formalize Scholastic's Environmental Procurement Policy, whose five-year goal is to increase its publication paper purchase of FSC-certified paper to 30% and its use of recycled paper to 25%, of which 75% will be post-consumer waste.
Newt Gingrich is former speaker of the US House of Representatives. Now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, Gingrich continues to advocate for smaller government and what he terms "fundamental values." He is also the founder and General Chairman of the American Solutions for Winning the Future group. On May 11, 2011, Gingrich announced he will seek the Republican nomination to run against Barack Obama in the 2012 United States Presidential election.
Gingrich is the author of Rediscovering God in America and To Try Men's Souls: A Novel of George Washington and the Fight for American Freedom.
Alan R Weverstad
Alan R. Weverstad is the Executive Director of Environment, Energy and Safety Policy, Public Policy Center, at the General Motors Corporation. Weverstad began his career in 1971 in the engineering area with Pontiac Motor Division, where he worked as a design release and development engineer in the chassis and engine development sections.
In 1985, he became a part of the Chevrolet-Pontiac-GM of Canada team, where he was involved in the emission certification of 77 engine families. He then joined the Marine Engine Division, and in 1991, moved to the Environmental Activities Staff and GM Research working on vehicle emissions issues.