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Environmental Technical Advisory Committee
In support of our 2017 environmental goals, we assembled a panel of experts on watersheds, water systems and sustainable agriculture. This technical advisory committee supports our strategy development and execution, provides feedback on the economic, environmental and social impacts of our initiatives, and makes introductions to water groups, local authorities and policy makers.
The three advisory committee members are:
Founder and Co-Director, Sustainable Food Lab
Hal Hamilton is the founder and co-director of Sustainable Food Lab , which fosters collaborations among large businesses, farmers, NGOs and government agencies to create profitable ways to develop sustainable food systems. Before starting the Sustainable Food Lab, Hamilton held executive director positions at the Sustainability Institute (2001-2006) and the Center for Sustainable Systems (1997-2001).
Hamilton, who is also a former commercial dairy farmer, brings with him a strong global network of businesses, public interest/advocacy groups, NGOs and leading agriculture schools. Hamilton has received multiple honors, including the German Marshall Fellowship and a Kellogg Policy Fellowship.
Sustainable Food Lab is a consortium of more than 60 businesses, nonprofit and public organizations working together to accelerate the shift toward sustainable solutions to supply chain issues.
Howard Neibling, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept. of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of Idaho
Howard Neibling, PhD, is an Extension Water Management Engineer and Associate Professor at the University of Idaho , where he leads irrigation water management research and extension activities. The research program includes water, soil moisture and crop water use measurement; irrigation system selection, design and maintenance; and improved strategies for irrigation water management.
Most of his field studies in the last 20 years have focused on maintaining or improving crop yield and quality with less water and energy input.
Neibling has a strong technical knowledge of irrigation scheduling and equipment design and management in agricultural, urban and suburban settings. He frequently consults with the Idaho Barley Commission on efforts to better manage irrigation to improve crop yield and quality, reduce disease pressure, and protect surface and ground water quality.
The University of Idaho is playing a leadership role in solving engineering and technology management problems in agriculture, environment, biotechnology and natural resources. Given that Idaho ranks first in U.S. barley production, barley research is a significant area of focus for the university.
Head of Water Stewardship, World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF International)
Stuart Orr is currently the Head of Water Stewardship for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF International), leading the organization's global water stewardship program and supporting the implementation of partnerships. Stuart seeks to couple business risk with water management issues as a way to align agendas on water conservation and to improve the state of governance.
Stuart writes extensively on water measurement, agricultural policy and water-related risk. He recently co-drafted guidelines for the UN Global Compact on corporate engagement in water policy. Previously, he served as the WWF's Freshwater Manager (2008-2009) and Freshwater Policy Advisor (2006-2008).
Stuart Orr is well respected around the globe as a water expert in corporate water issues from measurement to public policy engagement. He holds a BSc and MSc in Environment and Development from the University of Anglia, Norwich, United Kingdom, and represents WWF on a number of business sustainability panels.
WWF is the world's leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries on conservation, research and restoration of the environment. WWF's unique approach combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meets the needs of both people and nature.