Annual YP Issue

EM – May 2022: This month, EM presents our annual special issue that focuses on the environmental work being done by young professionals.

The environmental industry encompasses a broad swath of topic areas, as is evidenced by the array of subject areas covered in this month's articles. The first, authored by master's student Alyssa Yerkeson, tackles a topic that is close to home for many of us; that is, how the rapid growth of fast fashion—clothing that is produced and purchased inexpensively in order to be easily discarded with the changing trends—has contributed to it becoming a significant contributor to global pollution.

The second article is authored by Aurelie Marcotte, Ph.D., who describes some of the challenges in accurately measuring and analyzing the compound ethylene oxide in ambient air. Ethylene oxide is an important industrial precursor, critical element in the medical device supply chain, and also a known carcinogen, even at low concentrations.

Next, we present the winner of the 2021 Sustainability, Climate Change, Resource Conservation, Waste Management Category for Best Paper, “PFAS Leachate Treatment Breaking Down the Bond Barrier” by Stephanie C. Bolyard and Bryan F. Staley. In their article, the authors discuss the currently available off-the-shelf technologies available for the treatment of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and the advancements being made to break the bond barrier and go beyond these approaches.

Last but not least, we present the winner of the 2021 Environmental Management Category Best Paper, “EH&S Leadership in the Era of COVID-19: Implications for Organizational Resilience” by Paul Stanitz and Lisa L. Greenwood, Ph.D. This research described in this article examined the role of environment, health, and safety (EH&S) leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how risk management activities were carried out across EH&S management systems, and the implications for business continuity and organizational resilience.

Our sincere thanks to the authors who contributed their articles for this issue. We encourage student and YP participation in every issue of EM and EM Plus, please refer to the current Editorial Calendar for upcoming focus topics and/or send your ideas for proposed topics outside of the calendar to the attention of A&WMA Managing Editor, Lisa Bucher at

Continue reading the full May 2022 issue of EM.


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