Brown and Wilmanns Environmental is a nationally recognized leader in developing innovative sustainability strategies for business, government, and NGOs. For more than 10 years, we have tailored environmental and social responsibility programs to meet clients’ specific needs.
Our experience with organizations in a wide range of industries gives us exceptional insight into helping environmental managers promote positive organizational change through a customized approach that fits environmental and social goals to an organization’s culture and business strategy.
Michael S. Brown, Ph.D.
Dr. Michael S. Brown has worked in sustainability and environmental management for 30 years, leading efforts to establish trailblazing programs in industry and government. He initiated and directed the Environmental Assessment Program at Patagonia, the outdoor clothing company recognized for its state-of-the-art environmental practices, and he has worked with numerous clients in apparel and footwear manufacturing, retail, mail order, and personal care and food products, along with public-sector and nonprofit organizations. His work in state and local government agencies resulted in the development of innovative technical assistance programs for businesses, ranging from manufacturers of high-tech components and biomedical devices to auto body shops and dry cleaners. He focuses on creative approaches that provide measurable improvements in environmental and sustainability performance as well as bottom-line benefits, integrated with an appreciation for the diverse needs of different business organizations. Mike received his M.R.P. and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University, specializing in environmental health policy. He has taught industrial ecology at UC Santa Barbara, written and spoken extensively on cutting-edge sustainability practices, and is co-author of the book Workers at Risk. He serves as an Assistant Editor for the Journal of Industrial Ecology.
Eric Wilmanns, M.S.E.
Eric Wilmanns has worked in the environmental field for the past 20 years, including 15 years in environmental management working with industry. In his consulting practice, he focuses on technical issues around assessing the life-cycle impacts of materials and processes as varied as textile dyes and finishes, polymers, and building materials. At Patagonia’s Environmental Assessment Program, he coordinated research and technical analysis, specializing in environmental life-cycle analysis of products and manufacturing processes, pollution prevention, energy efficiency, and education of internal staff, vendors, and the public. At the USEPA and Los Alamos National Laboratory, his work resulted in the development of innovative treatment and remediation programs for wastes from various industries. Eric received his Master's degree in environmental engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an Artium Baccalaureus in geochemistry from Occidental College in Los Angeles, California.
Vered Blass, Ph.D.
Dr. Vered Blass has served as an industrial consultant since 1999 in both the United States and Israel, working on various projects including the characterization of information systems, sourcing, and optimization. Over the last eight years, she has developed corporate environmental management strategies, measuring the environmental performance of products and services as well as product end-of-life management strategies. Her academic research focuses on the interface between industrial ecology and management science. Vered holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in environmental science and management from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and management from The Technion — Israel Institute of Technology. She is a lecturer at the Recanati Graduate School of Business Administration in Tel Aviv University, and she is involved in collaborative research with scholars from multiple universities in the United States, Europe, and Brazil. She also serves as the research mentor of the environmental research group at the Koret-Milken Institute Fellows Program in Israel.