Monday, April 16, 2012
Alumnus Recognized by White House as a Champion of Change
Alumnus Wayne Balta (BS ‘82) was recently honored by the White House as a Champion of Change for his efforts to advance corporate environmental sustainability. Balta was one of eight individuals that demonstrate corporate environmental leadership makes sense, both for businesses and American communities.
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
Wayne Balta is the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation where he has global responsibility for: environmental affairs, energy efficiency, chemical management and toxicology, as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions. He and the team he leads at IBM oversee the company’s global environmental management system, objectives, and performance. He also helps IBM colleagues who develop solutions for clients to further understand and integrate environmental sustainability into their work.