William F. Hoffman III (Bill) works on new program development and the standards associated with the programs, including circular economy, product circularity and site waste diversion. The goal of this work is to provide a strong technical basis for measuring the circularity of products and sites by using a deep scientific analysis of the environmental impact of supply chains while also assuring companies are using environmentally progressive manufacturing methods. Recent standards have focused on Zero Waste, Circular Economy, recycled content, energy efficiency and advanced power strips. In 2014 Bill was elected a member of the William Henry Merrill Society, a UL Corporate Fellow.
Formerly Bill was the Director of Sustainability Services for a non-for-profit consulting firm, Chicago Manufacturing Center, where he was responsible for strategy and deployment of sustainability services. He also managed the Chicago Waste to Profit Network which was responsible for the diversion of 40,000 tons of material from local landfills and saving 30,000 tons of CO2 as a result of those diversions. He also performed a Product Carbon Footprint (Scope 3) assessment of craft beer brewery.
While at Motorola Bill worked on the development of several internal specifications including standards governing the chemical content of products and was heavily involved in external standardization efforts for environmental issues in electronics. These standards often included consideration of chemical risk, trends in regulation, business need, product design requirements and environmental management trends. Bill also developed the core design of an electronics industry component database that was used to manage RoHS compliance of product components and provide analysis of material content for reporting to automotive industry customers. Bill also led the semiconductor packaging team for an early Life Cycle Assessment of an electronics product performed by an industry consortium.
Bill spent 2 years at Argonne National Laboratory as a Post Doctoral Appointee. While at Argonne he studied the chemistry and formation of transition metal clusters. The reactions of Nickel and Iron with hydrogen and ammonia were the main topics of the research.