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Michele Carchman

Michele Carchman

Michele Carchman is responsible for the overall Sustainability business within FCS. As a key member of FCS’ senior leadership team, Michele leads the strategic vision of the team and the introduction of innovation as the market and customer needs evolve.

Michele is also responsible for managing solutions across: energy and carbon management, supply chain sustainability, life cycle assessments, corporate social responsibility, data processing and management, and software solutions.

Michele brings extensive experience at the intersection of environmental sustainability and technology having spent nearly 25 years focused on marketing, sales operations, enterprise software, and software as a service and has served in a variety of executive and marketing positions at AT&T, Lucent, ChemConnect, Enviance, and NTN Buzztime.

Recent Posts

How the Business Community Can Help Alleviate Poverty

Posted by Michele Carchman on Apr 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

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Poverty can have adverse effects on business operations. Poverty is often associated with illiteracy, which can affect productivity. Employees with poor literacy skills may struggle to fully understand workflow instructions. Consequently, they are prone to making work-related mistakes, resulting in lost profits and reduced customer confidence. 

There's More to Offer: FirstCarbon Solutions is Now ADEC Innovations

Posted by Michele Carchman on Oct 4, 2016 10:00:00 AM

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We are excited to announce that FirstCarbon Solutions’ (FCS) ESG business line is now ADEC Innovations!

When you hear the name ‘FirstCarbon’, to some it conveys a sole emphasis on carbon management. While carbon management is one service we provide, our capabilities exceed and build upon this, combining our Industry Expertise, Data Management and Software Solutions into innovations that help save time, reduce costs, optimize resources and drive operational efficiencies.

The Importance of Sustainable Packaging

Posted by Michele Carchman on Apr 5, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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A crucial aspect of delivering sustainable products and services is sustainable packaging. In designing sustainable packaging for a product, companies need to answer a few questions, including: will it attract consumers to the product; how much will it cost; and will it provide needed protection for my product?

Best Practices in Sustainability

Posted by Michele Carchman on Mar 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

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Many companies incorporate sustainability practices in all areas of their operations. From policies, production processes, products and services, every member of their corporate community takes part in promoting sustainability. As a result, their sustainability programs are effective, self-preserving and resilient, assuring they will be carried on by future leaders of the company.

The Manufacturing Industry’s Role in the Circular Economy

Posted by Michele Carchman on Dec 29, 2015 11:05:39 AM

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For two centuries, the linear model of production was the dominant, uncontested model in manufacturing. Manufacturers turned raw materials into finished products and then sold these to consumers. Consumers, in turn, bought these finished products and then discarded them afterwards. The model presented a process that had a starting point and an endpoint, and was self-contained in that it paid little attention to the status of or cost to the environment as resources were extracted and products were discarded. In a world of seemingly unlimited resources, it made sense for the maximization of profit to be the main, if not only driver, of businesses, with limited regard for social and environmental costs.

Building a Sustainable Workplace

Posted by Michele Carchman on Sep 11, 2015 10:11:00 AM

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With the recognition that some people spend more time at work than in their homes, being part of a healthy, sustainable work environment is important. This type of workplace correlates to happier employees, increased employee productivity and fewer work-related illnesses, which helps companies achieve better profitability.

Collaborating to Meet Global Sustainability Needs

Posted by Michele Carchman on Jul 23, 2015 9:32:00 AM

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Corporate transparency related to environmental impacts is gaining more traction worldwide due to sustainability-inclined investors and consumers, as well as better legislation and purchasing priorities. These factors drive companies to commit more resources to measuring and mitigating their environmental impacts.

This is an important development, as it aligns with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Many of the goals in this framework fall within a variety of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, including accessibility and sustainable management of water and sanitation; reliable and sustainable modern energy for all; promotion of sustainable economic development and useful, decent work for all; construction of resilient infrastructure and promoting sustainable industrialization; fighting climate change and its impacts; and strengthening the implementation and revitalization of global partnerships.

The Role of Technology in Sustainability: Innovative Solutions

Posted by Michele Carchman on Jul 2, 2015 9:36:00 AM

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Climate change seems to be on many agendas including developed and developing countries; business organizations and local communities. While one of the obvious approaches to address climate change is to limit the consumption of fossil fuels, this is not enough by itself. Green technologies play an important part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and helping organizations and communities adapt to the impacts of climate change, oftentimes supporting and enhancing sustainability efforts that are already in place. There are positive indications that the global community continues to transition to green technologies and investments in renewable energy have gone up significantly, with 2014 seeing $270 billion in investments worldwide.

In the global marketplace, green technology is critical to sustainable development. Organizations view technology as an effective tool in aligning business objectives with sustainability goals. Companies such as H&M and Puma, inspired by the circular economy model, have teamed up to utilize textile-to-textile recycling technology as part of their business strategy to integrate sustainable practices into corporate operations. By reusing and repurposing old or unused products, companies are, simply put, more sustainable.

Is your Business Capable of Marketing Sustainability Effectively?

Posted by Michele Carchman on Jun 3, 2015 9:55:00 AM

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Climate change has transformed the way global companies and the general population perceive sustainability and its importance to communities and the environment. Organizations now pay closer attention to becoming more sustainable in their business practices, and consumers are becoming “greener” in their product choices.

According to Maria Garrido, International Marketing Director for international advertising agency Havas, consumers are willing to spend money on a brand if they see it as a meaningful brand. Their operational concept of brand “meaningfulness” consists of three value propositions: 1) marketplace benefits, or the value delivered by products; 2) personal benefits, or the capability of a brand to connect to customers; and 3) collective benefits, or a brand’s overall contribution to society and the environment.