Protecting the environment is more than just Gracie Nguyen’s job.
“I love the outdoors, and with that being a hobby, I feel like it makes my job that much more important because I have to think about where these materials are going,” said Nguyen, an environmental specialist at INVISTA.
Nguyen monitors two sites across Texas two hours away from her Houston command post — one in Victoria, to the southwest, and one in Orange, to the southeast. But that’s no sweat for Nguyen, who has worked in both places during her career.
Originally a veterinary student at Kansas State University, Nguyen changed tracks after working with a plant ecophysiologist in the tall-grass Konza Prairie. But instead of measuring environmental impact as a researcher, Nguyen has seen more immediate results working in the private sector monitoring production-related waste and managing emissions.
“I really enjoy what I do and the opportunity that I’ve been given here with INVISTA and Koch. I’ve touched a lot,” Nguyen said.
Part of that job means challenging team members to improve their processes and explaining best practices in order to fit them to unique operating environments.
“We work very rigorously to follow all different types of environmental rules and regulations that are out there,” Nguyen said. “My role is to allow Koch to operate and ensure that we do so in a way that’s protective of health, the environment and people’s safety.”
Nguyen acknowledges that prior to working at the facility, she had a low opinion of large chemical manufacturers.
“But having worked here, that perception changed because we do a lot to manage our environmental impacts properly,” Nguyen said. “Because I like to be outside and do those things, being in this job has elevated the importance of managing and reducing emissions and waste generation so that I can ensure for myself, as well as people after me, whether it’s my children or family or friends, that they have the opportunity to enjoy the environment and enjoy the outdoors.”
INVISTA’s ADN technology results in half the greenhouse gas emissions compared to the competing technology.*
*Based on cradle-to-gate comparison by INVISTA using INVISTA internal data on its butadiene-based ADN technology and data from an SRI report for the propylene-based ADN technology. To assure consistent treatment in the analysis, comparisons assume all fuel and electricity supplied to either technology is carbon based (e.g., coal, oil, natural gas).