August 20, 2013
MADISON - Printers now have a sector specialist to turn to at the Department of Natural Resources for help in navigating and complying with state environmental laws affecting their businesses.
Jessica Lawent, a longtime DNR air management specialist, has been selected to serve as DNR's new printing sector specialist.
Lawent will work in DNR's Office of Business Support and Sustainability, where she will help the industry with regulatory compliance issues along with developing businesses across the sector to be more competitive, profitable and sustainable.
"Jessica brings a rich history of helping small and medium businesses understand and comply with environmental regulations," says OBSS Director Al Shea. "I am confident she will help Wisconsin's vital printing industry succeed in a highly competitive national market."
Lawent has a diverse background in environmental management and currently works as a DNR air management specialist helping fleets reduce vehicle emissions and assisting businesses through the Wisconsin Partners for Clean Air program.
Lawent will continue to work for DNR's Air Program while also working as DNR's printing sector specialist. Before working on air regulatory issues, Lawent served as DNR's community mercury sector development specialist.
"This is a great opportunity for me - I am excited to start working with an industry that is a state leader in sustainable businesses and thrives economically," said Lawent. "The industry is very enthusiastic about its accomplishments and I feel I can help it make even more progress."
As the printing sector development specialist, Lawent plans to enhance business and DNR relations, advise companies on sustainable business practices and creative solutions to environmental issues, and help companies apply for and obtain grants to implement innovative measures.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Al Shea, 608-219-6427