With the importance of a circular economy on the rise, Nova Chemicals Corp. has named Sarah Marshall as its first director of sustainability.
Marshall has been with Calgary, Alberta-based Nova, a major North American polyethylene resin maker, since 1997. In her new role, she's responsible for leading efforts to achieve Nova's vision for sustainability.
Marshall discussed her new role in an interview with Plastics News.
"There's been a lot of focus on plastics in the environment from the public and the media," she said. "Polyethylene brings a significant amount of value through lightweighting and by being cost-effective. That's the message we want to get across."
Nova has been involved in Responsible Care efforts in Canada since 1985. The firm earlier this year became a founding member of the Alliance to End Plastic Waste, a group of almost 40 global firms that have pledged $1.5 billion to help solve the problem of plastic waste on a global scale.
"We're committed to the goal, but we have a long way to go," Marshall said.
In her new role at Nova, Marshall will oversee the firm's corporate investments in supporting collaboration and promoting ocean health. She'll also serve on industry association boards and committees.
Nova officials said that Marshall is well positioned for that role because of her former tenure as chair of the board of directors for the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA).