DuPont science leader discusses 'Sustainability and Integrated Science for the 21st Century'

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As part of its sustainability mission, DuPont has set four goals for 2010, supplementing existing goals:

  • To derive 25 percent of revenues from non-depletable resources up from 14 percent in 2002.
  • To reduce global carbon-equivalent greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent, using 1990 as a base year. The company has already surpassed this goal with a 68 percent reduction.
  • To hold energy use flat using 1990 as a base year.
  • To source 10 percent of the company's global energy use in the year 2010 from renewable resources. As part of its sustainability mission, DuPont last month became a founding member of the Chicago Climate Exchange, a voluntary cap-and-trade program for reducing and trading greenhouse gas emissions. Members of the Chicago Climate Exchange have made a commitment to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases by 4 percent below the average of their 1998-2001 baseline by 2006.

    Chowdhry, 54, has a blend of experience in both technology and business leadership roles. After joining DuPont in 1977, she spent 11 years in research and management roles in Central Research and Development. From 1988 to 1999, Chowdhry held various business and technology leadership positions in the Electronics and Chemical Solutions businesses. She served as director of engineering technologies before being named to her current position in 2002.

    Born and raised in Mumbai, India, Chowdhry came to the United States in 1968 with a B.S. in physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Mumbai University. She earned her M.S. from the California University of Technology in 1970. Chowdhry was awarded her Ph.D. in materials science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1976. For work ranging from catalysts to superconductors, Chowdhry was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1996. She also has served on the advisory boards of eng

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