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Dr. Olson

Lynne A. Olson

RD&E Corporate Scientist, Global Sustainability, ECOLAB

Lynne Olson is a Corporate Scientist for Global Sustainability at Ecolab Inc., the global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies and services that protect people and vital resources. In her current role, Dr. Olson helps drive top-line growth for Ecolab and its customers by embedding sustainability thought leadership into innovation management, product offerings, and sector-level standardization of sustainable growth benchmarks. Dr. Olson has more than 30 years of experience in product development, and program management, which has resulted in many individual and group patents. Lynne was part of the first Ecolab team trained as Lean Six Sigma (LSS) Black Belts, and led several significant process improvement projects. After LSS work, she was part of the founding group that defined and deployed the current Ecolab Corporate Sustainability team. Dr. Olson is active in industry groups focused on developing product stewardship guidance. In this context, Lynne provides subject matter expertise to sustainability standard review and development, evolving market initiatives including the Chemical Life Cycle Collaborative (CLiCC) in Santa Barbara, and she is currently on the board of directors of the Sustainable Procurement Leadership Council (SPLC) Dr. Olson received her Ph.D. in Textile Science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Ecolab is a trusted partner at more than one million customer locations. With 2015 sales of $13.5 billion and 47,000 associates, Ecolab delivers comprehensive solutions and on-site service to promote safe food, maintain clean environments, optimize water and energy use and improve operational efficiencies for customers in the food, healthcare, energy, hospitality and industrial markets in more than 170 countries around the world.

Please visit http://www.ecolab.com for more information.

Dr. Olson can be contacted at 651-795-5737 or lynne.olson@ecolab.com

Coming up in May 2019...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Corporate Social Responsibility

The hotel industry has undertaken a long-term effort to build more responsible and socially conscious businesses. What began with small efforts to reduce waste - such as paperless checkouts and refillable soap dispensers - has evolved into an international movement toward implementing sustainable development practices. In addition to establishing themselves as good corporate citizens, adopting eco-friendly practices is sound business for hotels. According to a recent report from Deloitte, 95% of business travelers believe the hotel industry should be undertaking “green” initiatives, and Millennials are twice as likely to support brands with strong management of environmental and social issues. Given these conclusions, hotels are continuing to innovate in the areas of environmental sustainability. For example, one leading hotel chain has designed special elevators that collect kinetic energy from the moving lift and in the process, they have reduced their energy consumption by 50%  over conventional elevators. Also, they installed an advanced air conditioning system which employs a magnetic mechanical system that makes them more energy efficient. Other hotels are installing Intelligent Building Systems which monitor and control temperatures in rooms, common areas and swimming pools, as well as ventilation and cold water systems. Some hotels are installing Electric Vehicle charging stations, planting rooftop gardens, implementing stringent recycling programs, and insisting on the use of biodegradable materials. Another trend is the creation of Green Teams within a hotel's operation that are tasked to implement earth-friendly practices and manage budgets for green projects. Some hotels have even gone so far as to curtail or eliminate room service, believing that keeping the kitchen open 24/7 isn't terribly sustainable. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.