Leading in Sustainability

Lisa Szewczul, vice president, Environment, Health & Safety at Pratt & Whitney, center, received the 2018 Leadership Award from the New England Women in Energy and the Environment. Also recognized were Emily Reichert, left, and Kate Bashford Epsen, right.

Lisa Szewczul, vice president, Environment, Health & Safety at Pratt & Whitney, was recognized recently for her work in sustainability by the New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE).

Szewczul received the group’s 2018 Leadership Award for her work in sustainability at Pratt & Whitney and United Technologies.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by NEWIEE, an organization that plays a vital role in the personal and professional development of women in energy and the environment,” Szewczul said. “At Pratt & Whitney, we are working together to build a positive, productive and sustainable culture. This award motivates us to continue our work to help each other, and to achieve great results for our employees, customers and our planet.”

Szewczul was named vice president of EH&S at Pratt & Whitney in 2016. Before that, she was vice president of EH&S at United Technologies Aerospace Systems and at Otis Elevator. She joined UTC's Industrial Hygiene Laboratory in 1981 and from 1988 to 1991, she served as UTC's first director of EH&S, successfully creating UTC's integrated EH&S organization that still exists today.

Szewczul has focused on achieving environmental sustainability while meeting business needs. “We all want to do what’s best for the environment,” she said. “In order to succeed, we also have to find the win-wins to truly do what’s best for your company. It has to be both. And it’s important to cast our ideas in that light.”

Pratt & Whitney put this philosophy to work in developing the Geared Turbofan™ engine, currently powering A320neo, Bombardier’s C Series and Embraer’s E2 jets. The engines significantly improve fuel efficiency while reducing regulated nitrogen oxide emissions, providing value for business as well as benefit for the environment. The engines are also much quieter, with the A320neo engine reducing the noise footprint by 75 percent.

The company’s 2020 Sustainability Goals require aggressive reductions in greenhouse gas, wastewater and other emissions, even amid production increases. And Pratt & Whitney empowers employees to be a force for good in their communities, providing grants to employee-led projects.

Szewczul received NEWIEE’s Leadership Award May 1 at the group’s annual gala. Founded in Boston in 2008 by a group of eminently accomplished women in the sector, NEWIEE harnesses the passion, intelligence and leadership experience of New England women to promote and encourage public interest in the energy and the environment sectors.

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