Due to its dedication to protecting the environment and supporting local communities, global metal recycler EMR was invited to participate in the 2023 Rutgers Environmental Justice Summit in Camden, New Jersey.
Stacey Pierce, EMR’s Director of Civic Engagement, was part of the community engagement and outreach panel at the conference. The panel was made up of four industry and academic experts, and Stacey was given the opportunity to present EMR's strategy on building a sustainable future and commitment to becoming a fully net-zero business by 2040. Held by Air and Waste Management Associates, in partnership with Rutgers University, the summit took place on Wednesday September 27 at the university's Camden Campus Center.
As a global leader in sustainable materials, EMR recycles over 15.7 million tons of metal and plastics each year, turning end-of-life materials into valuable resources and making the circular economy a reality. EMR also invests heavily in energy productivity, low-carbon, and nature-positive technology, and developing innovative new products that help its customers to reduce their carbon emissions further.
To drive the company’s sustainability strategy, EMR has joined three key initiatives from the internationally respected non-profit, The Climate Group. These include RE100 to accelerate the transition to renewables; EV100 to switch to electric vehicles; and EP100 to improve energy productivity across its global portfolio.
“Thank you to Air and Waste Management Associates, and Rutgers University, for hosting such an important meeting, and ensuring environmental justice remains a priority here in Camden, and across the globe.
"It was a privilege to be invited to share EMR’s ambitions for a sustainable future, and to develop meaningful relationships for that journey. I joined the EMR team in April 2020, however, I’ve been involved in community development in Camden for more than 35 years. It is where I grew up and where I live now. Although EMR is a global company, we are still a family business with local roots; each of our locations and the staff members we employ,are integral to the communities in which they are based."
Sharing her passion for local people, businesses, and the environment with attendees at the summit, Stacey continued:
“At EMR, we make it our mission to utilize our knowledge and influence within the recycling industry for the greater good. Whether it is empowering local communities, inspiring the next generation, or encouraging environmental change, our Corporate Giving program aims to make a positive and lasting contribution through engagement, collaboration, and measurable action.”