Healthy Indoors Show 5-7-20: Sustainability in a Post-COVID-19 World
Sustainability in a Post-COVID-19 World HI Show May 7, 2020 — Prior to the current global pandemic, the world’s scientific community has been issuing dire warnings regarding our failures in addressing the eminent threats posed by climate change. We simply cannot continue our current path of fossil fuel consumption and disregard for how we are depleting our planet’s limited resources. The COVID-19 will complicate matters by draining our economic resources, but it can also serve as a wake-up call and a catalyst for positive change. This week’s panel will discuss this topic and others related to how we can mitigate the damage to our environment with a more responsible approach. Hayward Score’s Joe Medosch joins host Bob Krell with guests Tom Murray and John Corliss for a discussion you will not want to miss on The Healthy Indoors Show! Tom Murray is a pollution prevention and sustainability expert, most recently serving as a Senior Science Advisor with the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Tom has over 44 years in government service. He is the architect of several environmental partnership programs. Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Biology/Environmental Science from the American University, Washington, D.C. Tom retired from federal service in January of 2016 and is now president of Tom Murray Environmental Consulting located in rural Maryland. John M. Corliss, Jr. is Vice President and Chief Engineer of PEER Consultants. He led the development of post-Katrina recovery plans for three Louisiana parishes, the post flood recovery plan for Nashville, the British Virgin Islands Wastewater Master Plan and the West Africa Water Initiative Strategic Plan. A Professional Engineer, he has a B.S. Urban Systems Engineering, M.S. Public Policy and M.S. Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Active in political campaigns from an early age, he started his career with the Secretary’s Policy Office at the U.S. Department of Energy. Between then and now he has produced folk festivals, led the redevelopment of a historic mill district, been a college financial aid director, managed the installation of solar systems on municipal buildings, set up a community foundation and headed wastewater planning for the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. The common thread has been the need to apply systems thinking to public sector problems. John is a Fellow of the Institute of Industrial & Systems Engineers, founder of IISE’s Sustainable Development Division and has a Sustainable Development – Social, Economic, Environmental – LinkedIn group with 4,000 members.