Mr. George Wyeth
Specialization: Business
Home institution in US: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
Host Institution in India: Symbiosis Centre of Management
and Human Resource Development, Pune, Maharashtra  
Start date/Month in India: January 2013
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Wyeth is Director of Integrated Environmental Strategies at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He is responsible for identifying and developing strategies that promote a sustainable economy by advancing both environmental and economic goals. His organization advises EPA senior management on catalyzing private sector sustainability initiatives to maximize their impact and broaden their adoption by businesses and other organizations.

Mr. Wyeth is a lawyer and policy analyst by training. He received his B.A. in Government from Lawrence University in 1973; his M.P.P. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975; and his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1982. He has worked in a number of legal and policy positions with the EPA since 1989. Previously he was an attorney with the Minneapolis firm of Leonard, Street and Deinard, and a policy analyst with the Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau. He is a frequent speaker on the use of business productivity strategies to advance sustainability and has published articles in the legal literature on the changing role of environmental protection agencies and on regulatory “takings” of private property. Most recently he was a contributor to Principles of Constitutional Environmental Law (American Bar Association and Environmental Law Institute 2011).

India’s manufacturing sector is growing at a rapid rate, but output still lags that of nations such as China, Mexico and Brazil; manufacturing firms must therefore become more competitive on the global market. Indian manufacturing firms also lag in their commitment to sustainability. Mr. Wyeth’s Fulbright research project will investigate the potential for business strategies aimed at improving productivity and quality to promote both competitiveness and sustainability by eliminating waste of energy, water and materials. The “lean and green” connection is well known in developed economies; the aim of this project is to assess its potential in a developing economy.