March 24-University Lecture Series - Carnegie Mellon University

Sustainability and the Evolving Global Chessboard

Terry F. Yosie HS’75,’81, Thursday, March 24, 2011

4:30 pm, Porter Hall 100 (Gregg Hall)

Terry F. Yosie joined the World Environmental Council (WEC) in October 2006 as the President and CEO. In this capacity, he develops and implements strategies to achieve this non-profit, non-advocacy organization’s mission to advance sustainable development through the business operations of WEC member companies and in partnership with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders.

Dr. Yosie has held senior level positions in government, corporate and consulting organizations. He served as Vice President at the American Chemistry Council from 1999-2005, providing leadership to upgrade the chemical industry’s environmental, health, safety and security performance. He managed a global CEO Task Force in 2004-2005 to develop the Responsible Care Global Charter to improve chemical industry performance and sustainable development commitments in 52 countries, including many in emerging market regions. He represented the industry as a delegate to the 2002 U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

As the Executive Vice President of Ruder Finn Washington from 1992-1999, Dr. Yosie led the environmental management and communications practices of the firm for a wide range of clients such as BASF, British Petroleum, Pfizer, and Philips Electronics.

Dr. Yosie served as Vice President for Health and Environment at the American Petroleum Institute from 1988-1992. In this capacity, he led the industry’s efforts to develop regulatory policies for cleaner fuels that impacted over $30 billion dollars in refining investments. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association.

As Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board from 1981-1988, Dr. Yosie advised EPA Administrators and the U.S. Congress on the scientific basis of public health and environmental decisions. In this role, he instituted policies and procedures to improve data quality for EPA policy decisions and risk assessments. He was a member of the U.S. delegation for the implementation of the bilateral environmental agreement with the Soviet Union.

Dr. Yosie is currently a Member of the Committee on Improving Risk Assessment at the National Academy of Sciences and also a consultant with the EPA Science Advisory Board. He is the author of more than fifty professional publications and co-editor of a book entitled, Sustainable Environmental Management. He received his doctorate degree in humanities and social sociences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981.