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Terry F. Yosie joined the World Environment Center in October 2006 as the President & CEO.
Terry F. Yosie joined the World Environment Center in October 2006 as the President & CEO. In this capacity, he develops and implements strategies to achieve this global non-profit organization’s mission to implement sustainable development through the business strategies and operations of global companies in partnership with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders.
WEC’s principal areas of focus have included climate change and energy efficiency, enterprise development, greening the supply chain, innovation, and preparing future business leaders to implement sustainability. Dr. Yosie leads WEC’s global initiatives and frequently meets with business, government and other leaders to develop solutions to a variety of environmental, economic and social issues.
Dr. Yosie has held senior-level management 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 through its Responsible Care initiative. He managed a global CEO Task Force in 2004-2005 to develop the Responsible Care Global Charter to improve chemical industry performance in 52 countries. 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. At BP, he advised the company on climate change issues that led to a new strategy announced in 1997 by the CEO John Browne.
Dr. Yosie served as Vice President for Health and Environment at the American Petroleum Institute from 1988-1992. In this capacity, he successfully led the industry’s effort to negotiate cleaner fuel standards with EPA, state and local agencies and environmental organizations that impacted over $40 billion dollars in refining investments.
From 1978-1988, Dr. Yosie was employed at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board where he also served as Director from 1981-1988, In this role, he advised EPA Administrators and the U.S. Congress on the scientific basis of hundreds of public health and environmental decisions, and he instituted policies and procedures to improve the technical basis for EPA-wide policy decisions and risk assessments. He was a member of the U.S. delegation for the bilateral environmental program with the Soviet Union and negotiated diverse agreements with that country.
Dr. Yosie currently serves on the National Research Council’s Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability. He is the author of more than seventy professional publications and co-editor of a book entitled, Sustainable Environmental Management. He has lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University and Técnologico de Monterrey. He received his Doctorate in Humanities and Social Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981 and received its Alumni Achievement Award in 2013.