Deere's Zelnio to Present 'Sustainable U' Seminar April 15

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

UI News Services

UI alumna Laurie Zelnio (BA in biochemistry), director of safety, environment, and standards for Deere & Company, Moline, IL, will be guest speaker at the College of Engineering’s Sustainable U Seminar April 15. The seminar will be held from 4:30-5:20 p.m. in W290 Auditorium, Chemistry Building. Her talk will be on "Sustainability at John Deere."

Deere & Company is a world leader in providing advanced products and services for agriculture, forestry, construction, lawn and turf care, landscaping and irrigation. John Deere also provides financial services worldwide and manufactures and markets engines used in heavy equipment. Since it was founded in 1837, the company has extended its heritage of integrity, quality, commitment and innovation around the globe. Sustainability has always been part of the business and products at John Deere. During the seminar, the history and future of sustainability initiatives will be covered that span John Deere's products, global operations, supply base, and employees activities.

Zelnio began her career with Deere in 1979 as a chemist at the company's Harvester Works and has held several successive assignments until being named director of safety, environment and standards in 2002. Previously, she served as a biochemist at The University of Iowa and as a chemist at Lutheran Hospital in the Quad Cities. She is a member of the board of directors of the National Safety Council, and a member of the Corporate EHS Roundatable, Conference Board-Environmental & Safety/Health Councils, and Manufacturers Alliance-Environmental Council. Zelnio also is a member of the University of Iowa Water Sustainability Initiative Advisory Board, the College of Public Health Advisory Board, and a board member of the Deere & Company Credit Union.

The Sustainable U seminars are designed to share sustainability experiences, challenges, and best practices from industry leaders recognized for world-class sustainability programs with students, faculty, staff, local and state government officials, and corporate partners.