UL Environment’s Advisory Services helps companies translate environmental leadership into greater market share and increased profitability. Our experts engage with organizations to identify and capture market opportunities, manage risks, and reduce costs through their sustainability initiatives.
From establishing a sustainability strategy to validating your sustainability achievements and communicating your progress to the market, UL’s Advisory team is your trusted partner in sustainability.
Claim Validations provide assurance and confidence about the sustainability claims you are taking to market. If your company has a unique sustainability product claim or program, UL can develop a custom protocol to validate those achievements. This helps companies communicate their achievements without the risk of making unverified claims in the marketplace. Set yourself apart with first-to-market claims, backed by a reputable third-party like UL.
Reducing waste and diverting waste from landfills is equal parts sustainability, and smart business. UL offers three landfill waste diversion claim validations to recognize companies that handle waste in environmentally responsible and innovative ways—from energy production via incineration to reuse, recycling and composting.
Greener Product Framework
Purchasers are driving demand for healthier, more sustainable products. As a result, manufacturers are evolving their product offerings to be more sustainable than previous versions, or more sustainable than their competitors. A Greener Product Framework can enable improvement of the sustainability footprint of products in a measurable and meaningful way. UL’s Advisory team can help companies establish a Greener Product Framework; evaluate adherence to the Greener Product Framework, or look at ways to embed sustainability into new product design at the early stages of product development.
Evaluation of Health-Based Risks in Supply Chains
UL can help retailers navigate regulatory risks and support their supply chains by developing custom monitoring and risk assessments, such as compliance to CARB Phase II formaldehyde limits. UL is uniquely positioned with subject matter experts to advise on global regulations, and conduct testing and certification.
Our Advisory Team:
Work with leading scientists and experienced project managers with deep backgrounds in sustainability, corporate responsibility and environmental science
Catherine Sheehy, PMP
Advisory Lead, Advisory Services – UL Environment
Catherine brings to clients, 20 years of project and program management experience. She manages a range of advisory projects including sustainability training initiatives, sustainability risk assessments, and greener market positioning support.
Catherine’s other work experience included updating and growing the Corporate Equality Index for the Human Rights Campaign and served as Director of Corporate Benchmarking Services at the Investor Responsibility Research Center, where she provided social and environmental screening data on companies to institutional investors.
Catherine holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, an MBA from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, and is a certified Project Management Professional.
Bill Hoffman, Ph.D, UL Corporate Fellow
Research Scientist, Advisory Services – UL Environment
Bill manages the UL Environment science team working on the technical basis for the development of standards and guidance for standards including the green chemistry and sustainable chemistry aspects of product environmental performance, validation of claims, and product certification. His work provides a strong technical basis for product environmental performance by using a deep scientific analysis of the environmental impact of a product while also assuring companies producing the product are using environmentally progressive manufacturing methods. Bill is member of the William Henry Merrill Society, a UL Corporate Fellow.
Before joining UL Environment, Bill was responsible for strategy and deployment of sustainability services and worked on the development of several specifications including standards governing the chemical content of products and was heavily involved in external standardization efforts for environmental issues in electronics.
Bill holds a BS in Chemistry from Southern Illinois University, and a Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology.
Elliott Horner, Ph.D
Lead Scientist – UL Environment
Dr. Horner directs the mold laboratory for UL Environment. He has conducted research on: mold development on building materials, simulated water losses, microbial volatile organic compounds (MVOCs), fungal allergens, aerobiology monitoring, ultrafine particles, mold growth on latex paint and other materials, soil and root fungi in trees, field surveys of residential indoor air and microbial contamination in buildings. He has provided expert testimony for both plaintiff and defense. He developed and taught US Environmental Protection Agency sponsored training programs on sampling bioaerosols and indoor mold and has written more than 37 peer reviewed research papers, 10 book chapters, 8 reviews, and numerous other publications and conference proceedings.
Xue Wang, Ph.D
Project Coordinator, Advisory Services – UL Environment
Dr. Xue Wang has more than four years of experience in environmental sustainability science. As a Project Coordinator at UL Environment, her main responsibilities include developing innovative claims and environmental claim validation procedures, and conducting scientific research to support consulting and advisory projects.
Her dissertation research focused on the quantification of the environmental risks and opportunities for end-of-life electronic products. Her areas of expertise include life-cycle assessment, sustainability metrics, risk assessment, nanoparticle exposure assessment, multi-criteria decision-making analysis, energy efficiency, material flow analysis, and economic analysis.
Xue earned her Ph.D degree in Sustainability from Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in June 2014. She also holds a Master degree in Applied Statistics from RIT.
Jianming Yang, Ph.D
Project Manager, Advisory Services – UL Environment
Dr. Jianming Yang is based in China and has worked as a research scientist to develop technologies to mitigate environmental impacts and has extensive environmental management experience while working in various industries such as manufacturing, pharmaceutical and for Walt Disney in Shanghai.
Jianming has a strong background in the management and control of environmental risks for multi-national companies, project management, and implementation of energy efficient technologies and emission controls in industrial applications. As a scientist, he has researched and analyzed air pollution controls, waste water treatment technologies, waste solid disposal, and noise reduction.
Jianming graduated with a Ph.D in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Haute – Alsace (FRANCE), a Master of Engineering degree in Environment and Safety (FRANCE) and a BSc in Environmental Engineering in China.