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).
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
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.