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Owens Corning executive delivers Vadnais Lecture at MCLAOctober 22, 2009
Owens Corning Vice President and Chief Sustainability
Officer Frank O’Brien-Bernini will present the annual Elizabeth and
Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture at Massachusetts College of
Liberal Arts Thursday, October 22 at 7 p.m. in the Sammer-Dennis Room of
Murdock Hall on campus.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
O’Brien-Bernini, an alumnus of MCLA, oversees global accountability for
Owens Corning’s corporate sustainability strategy development and
execution, driving value creation inside the continuous balance of
economic growth, social progress, and environmental stewardship.
Owens Corning is a world leader in building materials and composite
systems and solutions.
The company’s global sustainability business and communication strategy,
“Pink-is-Green,” is specifically aimed at greening operations and products
and accelerating energy efficiency improvements in the built environment.
With more than 25 years experience, O’Brien-Bernini has held various
leadership positions across the company, including vice president and
chief research and development officer.
O’Brien-Bernini’s contributions to sustainability, as well as his engaging
depth and breadth on this subject, have made him a frequent guest speaker
at major energy forums, global executive and industry conferences, and a
regular media spokesperson on the topics of global sustainability,
winning-with-green, and energy efficiency.
He has addressed conferences organized by The Economist, Forbes, the
American Wind Energy Association and The World Bank. He has also appeared
on the Discovery Channel’s Planet Green program.
He is on the Board of Trustees of the National Association of Home
Builders’ National Council of the Housing Industry, the Board of Advisors
of the Center for Multifunctional Polymer Nanomaterials and Devices, and
the Ohio Biopolymers Innovation Center.
O’Brien-Bernini earned a bachelor's degree in science and a master's
degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Massachusetts,
where his research focus was solar energy.
The annual MCLA Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues
Lecture series is named for Professor Lawrence H. Vadnais and his wife
Elizabeth Vadnais. Thanks to the support of many alumni and friends, the
Vadnais Fund at MCLA has been officially endowed and will support an
annual lecture in perpetuity.
The deep commitment of Betty and Larry Vadnais to the environment and to
the work and study that advances the goal of a cleaner, healthier, and
more sustainable world has been seminally important. The MCLA community is
honored to have their legacy at the College represented by this important
series. This lecture continues to host experts in the environmental field
to share ideas, and identify solutions to some of the most pressing
challenges of our time.
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