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Sustainability Advisory Board

Members of the Smeal Sustainability Advisory Board include:

Diane Alwine, Director of Environmental Affairs, The Hershey Company


Wayne Balta, Vice President, Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety, IBM Corporation

Wayne S. Balta is the Vice President of Corporate Environmental Affairs and Product Safety at IBM Corporation.  He has global responsibility for environmental affairs, energy efficiency, and toxicology and chemical management as well as product safety and related hardware compliance functions.  He joined IBM in 1984. 

In addition to his role as IBM’s chief environmental executive he is a member of IBM’s Growth & Transformation Team, a group of IBM executives that drives growth pursuant to innovation and shifts in business and technology.  He has also served on IBM’s Global Enablement Team for Kenya and East Africa.  He is IBM’s Partnership Executive for Yale University.  He also serves as IBM’s Senior Location Executive in Pittsburgh, PA.  

Mr. Balta also plays a leadership role with a variety of additional organizations including the Environmental Law Institute (member of the Board and prior Vice Chairman) and the World Environment Center (member of the Board and prior Chairman).  He is a member and past Chairman of The Conference Board's Chief Environment, Health & Safety Officers Council.  He was named a White House Champion of Change in 2012 for his efforts to advance corporate environmental sustainability.    

Mr. Balta is a member of the President's Advisory Board for Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.  He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the College of Engineering at Carnegie-Mellon.  He was the recipient of Carnegie Mellon’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 2009.  Mr. Balta is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board for the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University.  He is also a member of the Strategic Advisory Council for the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise. 

Mr. Balta received a Bachelor of Science Degree in civil engineering with University Honors from Carnegie Mellon University in 1982.  He earned a Master of Science Degree in civil engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was a Tau Beta Pi Fellow, in 1984.

Mr. Balta is married.  He and his wife Maritza have two children.


James Gowen, Vice President, Supply Chain Operations and Chief Sustainability Officer, Verizon
Tim Lindsey, Global Director of Sustainable Development, Caterpillar, Inc.
David M. Kiser, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability, International Paper
Kevin McKnight, Chief Sustainability Officer and VP of Environmental Health and Safety, Alcoa
Carl Pfleger, Vice President, Global Operations, PepsiCo International
Jed Richardson, Global Energy Director, Johnson & Johnson
Dawn Rittenhouse, Director of Sustainable Development, DuPont
Francis Lutz, Chief Financial Officer, Opportunity Finance Network
Fred Bedore, Senior Director of Sustainability, Walmart