CHICAGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Edwin Piñero has been named executive vice president, chief sustainability officer of Veolia Water North America, the continent’s leading provider of water and wastewater services for municipalities and industries. Reporting directly to Laurent Auguste, president and CEO of Veolia Water Americas, Piñero will support the company’s sustainability programs while developing and implementing new sustainability solutions for Veolia Water clients.
“With Edwin’s leadership, we will continue to advance the performance of our operations and support our clients while working to ensure sustainable water and environmental resources for society at large.”
Piñero brings 30 years of environmental experience in both governmental and private-sector roles. Most recently, Piñero managed sustainable development for Parsons Corporation, where he aided federal clients in finding and developing new opportunities for sustainable improvements.
Piñero’s experience includes serving as the Federal Environmental Executive responsible for advancing the U.S. government’s environmental stewardship initiatives, building on the programs of prior administrations while creating and implementing new sustainability programs to further “green” the federal government and reduce its overall environmental footprint.
Appointed in 2003 and reporting directly to President George W. Bush until 2008, Piñero helped agencies reduce energy consumption by up to 29.6 percent in one year, increase renewable energy use by more than double program target goals, and reduce greenhouse gases by up to 22 percent in a single year. Under Piñero’s leadership, various federal agencies increased recycling activities, meeting EPA’s national 35 percent recycling goal, while increasing the use of renewable energy, purchasing enough renewable energy to power more than 280,000 households for a year.
Piñero was the liaison between all federal agencies and focused in the areas of technology and best practices, environmental management systems (EMS), industrial ecology, sustainability and federal-state cooperation.
“Sustainability is at the heart of what we deliver, whether in the form of water quality improvements, environmental compliance and economic relief for municipal clients, or the provision of resource recovery and value-added environmental compliance and services for industrial clients,” said Auguste. “With Edwin’s leadership, we will continue to advance the performance of our operations and support our clients while working to ensure sustainable water and environmental resources for society at large.”
Piñero’s experience also includes serving as the director of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Pollution Prevention Institute. Earlier in his career, Piñero held appointed positions within the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection where he gained his first substantive exposure to water and wastewater issues at the state level. He is expert in a variety of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) processes and has served as a member or chair of several ISO Technical Committees. Piñero has also worked as an environmental consultant and environmental specialist in a variety of capacities. He earned a master’s degree in Geology from Texas A&M University and a bachelor’s degree in Geology from State University of New York Brockport.
Based in Chicago, Veolia Water North America is the leading provider of comprehensive water and wastewater partnership services to municipal and industrial customers, providing services to more than 14 million people in approximately 650 North American communities. The company is part of the Veolia Environnement companies in North America, with 30,000 North American employees providing sustainable environmental solutions in water management, waste services, energy management, and passenger transportation.
Veolia Water, the water division of Veolia Environnement, is the world leader in water and wastewater services and technological solutions. Its parent company, Veolia Environnement (NYSE: VE and Paris Euronext: VIE), is the worldwide reference in environmental services. With more than 312,000 employees, Veolia Environnement recorded annual revenues of $50 billion in 2009. Visit the company's Web sites at www.veolianorthamerica.com and www.veoliawaterna.com.