Enabling manufacturers to meet their EHS vision

with innovative, practical, and sustainable solutions.

NOTICE: EHS STRATEGIES, INC. IS NO LONGER IN BUSINESS AS OF 9/30/15. EHS Strategies, Inc. works closely with companies to design and implement environmental, health and safety strategies that progress toward sustainability.  The customized process includes discovering a definition of sustainability that’s appropriate for your company, and then building a practical implementation plan based on the principles of life cycle thinking and product stewardship.

EHS Strategies also designs compliance programs that suit your business processes, helping you meet TSCA compliance regulations and standards and avoid costly noncompliance penalties.

Clients include:

  • Cargill
  • Cortec
  • Ecolab
  • American Chemistry Council
  • Donaldson Company
  • Bayer MaterialScience
  • Rust-Oleum
  • Saberpack
  • Arboris
  • BASF


gjGeorjean L. Adams, Principal

President and principal of EHS Strategies, Georjean brings over 30 years of corporate EHS management and policy expertise to devising practical strategies and implementation steps for your business. Her passion is product stewardship and life cycle thinking and steady progress toward shared goals.

Georjean helped design and championed:

  • "Product responsibility liaisons" within each business division of 3M, making them integral to the new product development and customer service operations.
  • A tiered process to address life cycle EHS concerns for new and existing products.
  • A database that serves 3M's manufacturing, product risk management and EHS compliance needs in a way that integrates with other business information resources.
  • Product stewardship and product risk management for chemical trade associations.
  • Successful negotiations with EPA to reduce reporting burdens and fines.
  • Improved clients' business processes to assure up front compliance with TSCA.

Areas of Involvement

  • Greener Chemical Products and Processes NSF standard development
  • American Chemical Society Committee on Environmental Improvement
  • Minnesota Green Chemicals and Product Stewardship initiatives
  • Minnesota Chamber Environment and Natural Resources Policy Committee
  • Responsible Care® Product Safety Code
  • TSCA reform
  • Teaching environmental regulations and corporate environmental management at the University of Minnesota

Some Areas of Expertise

  • EHS regulations affecting the sale and use of products
  • TSCA consulting
  • REACH responsibilities
  • "Toxics" regulations under CAA, RCRA, EPCRA
  • Policy issues regarding management of chemical risks
  • Information management to leverage compliance and product stewardship
  • Management of diverse products and issues for small and large companies


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Published Articles and Papers

“Overcoming Nontechnical Barriers to the Implementation of Sustainable Solutions in Industry” Environ. Sci. Technol., 2009, 43 (12), pp 4221–4226

“10 Principles of Responsible Product Stewardship” Greenbiz.com, August 2, 2010

“Differentiating On Stewardship” Article on product stewardship business advantages authored in Minnesota Business Magazine, April 2006


September 23, 2013 – Environmental Initiative is continuing with its Business and Environment Series (for which EHS Strategies, Inc. is a sponsor) covering sustainability toolkits.  I encourage those in the Twin Cities area to attend these learning and sharing events about local case studies. Next up in November will be a focus on product sustainability issues.

“TSCA: Are you compliant?” panelist for Midwest Global Trade Association meeting September 11, 2013.

Product Stewardship Summaries workshop at the 2010 Responsible Care® Convention and Expo in Miami, May 2, 2010

“Internal Challenges in Adopting Sustainable Chemistry within a Firm” Poster presented at the American Chemical Society/American Institute of Chemical Engineering Workshop on Incentives and Barriers to the Adoption of Sustainable Chemistry, April 9, 2008

Speaking Engagements

“Hot Topics: Communicating Risk” panelist at American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, August 10, 2014

“Doing Your Thing More Sustainably” American Chemical Society National Meeting, San Francisco, March 22, 2010

“REACH Compliance: What Now?” Doing Business in the EU, MN Trade Office, February 3, 2010

“Greening Your Supply Chain” Minnesota Environmental Initiative, August 18, 2011

“Protecting Your Supply Chain” for the Dept of Commerce, US Commercial Service webinar “EU REACH – What You Should be Doing” November 17, 2011

“Greener Meetings” For the Northern Lights Society of Government Meeting Professionals, Minneapolis, MN, August 16, 2007

“Meet Sustainability Goals Using a Framework for Life Cycle Review of Products” Presented at the American Chemical Society National Meeting, March 27, 2007


“TSCA Overview” Certified Hazardous Materials Manager certification regulatory overview training course, annually since 2007, NorthStar chapter, ACHHM, St. Paul, MN

“ESPM 3602/5602 Regulations and Corporate Environmental Management” adjunct professor/sr. lecturer for this upper level course at the University of Minnesota 2007 – 2013.

Tailored TSCA and REACH “Basics” courses for several clients


“Adding Value Through Green Chemistry” at the 2011 Minnesota Green Chemistry Forum

Facilitator at the Minnesota 2010 Green Innovations in Business Solutions Lab un-conference, a group of academic, industry and NGO members looking for new ways to advance sustainability practice in business — sponsored by EDF, NET Impact, GreenBiz, Target, Best Buy and others.

EPA-ACS Joint Green Chemistry Engineering Market Roundtable Dec 5-6, 2012, Washington, DC

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