Prof. Michajlow, a parasitologist and zoologist, is President of the Polish Scientific Committee on Man and Environment.
Dr. Zygfryd Nowak
Dr. Zygfryd Nowak stands out as a champion of cleaner production - the preventive environmental strategy aimed at reducing pollution before it generation. His technical knowledge and his political astuteness combined with his energy, foresight and humour have resulted in change.
In 1989, he attended the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) first High Level Seminar on Cleaner Production. Impressed by the cleaner production potential, he started promoting it in Poland.
His achievements include: the completion of the 31st training programme of the Polish Cleaner Production School (each session trains 25-30 companies, for a total of 1,025 cleaner production experts from 512 manufacturing companies and from 240 service sector companies); the application of more than 125 companies for a Cleaner Production Certificate citing that they have introduced an environmental management system on this particular strategy; and the reduction of environmental loads in electricity, heat and water consumption, solid waste, gas and waste water disposal which have led to an estimated annual savings of US$4.5 million.
To catalyze cleaner production in Poland, he established the Policy Cleaner Production Movement, which promotes management systems, which use cleaner production as a tool. He was Chairman of the Economic Council of the Governor of the Katowice Region, Polipotentiary for Clean Production to the Polish Minister of Industry and Trade and President of the Cleaner Production Club.