Joseph T. Ling
Dr. Ling has contributed significantly to intellectual and scientific approaches to environmental concerns by applying the concept of waste minimization to a global industrial organization.
In 1975 he inaugurated the "Pollution Prevention Pays" (3P) programme at the multinational 3M Company, where he served as Vice President of Environmental Engineering and Pollution Control. The 3P programme set an example for governments and industry worldwide. Since then the programme at 3M locations around the world has eliminated 197,000 tons of air pollutants, 17,700 tons of water pollutants, 1,600,000,000 gallons of wastewater and 432,000 tons of solid and hazardous waste. It has also saved the company nearly $573 million.
Dr. Ling has promoted the concept to industry and governments in the US, Europe and Asia, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.