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Mission

The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.
Dr. Gregory R. Biddinger

Dr. Gregory R. Biddinger

Founder and Managing Director
Natural Land Management

After a rich 25 year career with ExxonMobil, which included management and senior technical positions in areas of environment and sustainability, Dr. Biddinger founded and is currently the Managing Director of Natural Land Management, a consulting firm focused on integrating technical, legal, regulatory, and market based approaches to achieve sustainable outcomes in the operation and management of land throughout its natural lifecycle.

Greg has practiced professionally as an environmental scientist for over 30 years. His professional experience covers a broad range of tools and techniques to assess and manage the environmental aspects, risks and impacts of industrial manufacturing processes and commercial products. He was trained as an ecologist at Indiana State University (Ph.D. 1981) and received post-doctoral training in ecotoxicology at Cornell University (1981-83).
His experience ranges from the design and establishment of ecotoxicological testing facilities for Cornell University and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in the early part of his career; to the design and implementation of strategic environmental business planning processes and the creation of sustainable approaches for product development and land management for ExxonMobil in more recent years.

During his career, Greg has been active in the development and review of ecological risk assessment methods, and in drafting international standards related to ecotoxicology, Rick-Based Corrective Action and environmental management systems (i.e. ISO 14000). He is currently exploring the utility of ecosystem service assessment and valuation tools to aide private and public sector decisions.

He has been an active participant in professional societies, industry technical working groups and has served on numerous governments expert panels and peer reviews. Greg was the founding chair of the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) Ecological Risk Assessment Advisory Group (chaired 1992-2002) and co-lead the founding of the SETAC journal Integrated Environmental Assessment and Management. Additionally, he served as a member of the chartered USEPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) from 2003 to 2009 and the USEPA SAB Ecological Processes and Effects Committee (EPEC) from 1999 to 2003.

His work on the USEPA SAB Committee on Valuation of Protection of Ecosystems and Ecological Services (2004-2009) has spurred his current passion for integrating ecosystem service concepts and assessment tools into private sector decision-making and regional land-use planning. Pertinent to the topic of Ecosystem Services he is an active member of the Business for Social Responsibilities Ecosystem Service Markets and Tools Workgroup which is collaborating with government, academic and conservation organizations to advance the capacity and quality of ecosystem service assessment and valuation approaches for use in business planning processes.