Lowering carbon emissions and supporting company pledges to improve sustainability are big challenges, and we’ll need cutting-edge, 21st century infrastructure and supporting technologies to achieve these ambitious targets. Fortunately, the world has seen a rapid increase in the development of these technologies over the last decade. While you may not realize it, some important forms of renewable infrastructure, such as solar panels and wind turbines, depend on plastic to produce sustainable energy more efficiently.
On this episode of Sustainably Speaking, host Joshua Baca, American Chemistry Council’s vice president, plastics, speaks with Christine Bryant, Covestro’s senior vice president of polyurethanes, about how manufacturers are innovating and collaborating across industries to invest in the materials needed to modernize our infrastructure while lowering our carbon footprint.
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Christine Bryant is the senior vice president for the Polyurethanes business unit at Covestro LLC. In this role, she is responsible for the performance of the North American polyurethanes business and serves as a member of the U.S. Country Council.
With more than 20 years at Covestro, Christine has spent her career developing strategic external partnerships while expanding the customer portfolio and ensuring increased market penetration. Christine first joined the company (which was then part of Bayer) in 1989 and has held increasing regional and global responsibilities in business management, sales, marketing and technical / applications development.
In fact, she played a key role in restructuring and managing the global technical application development organization for the Coatings, Adhesives & Specialties (CAS) business unit. This included developing and implementing the global application portfolio strategy, aligning global targets and overseeing critical growth projects. Most recently, Christine served as head of the CAS business unit in North America along with the Global Key Account Management Team.
A leader in the chemical industry, Christine served as a board member for the Adhesives & Sealants Council and is currently a member of the Center for the Polyurethanes Industry of the American Chemistry Council (ACC). She will also represent Covestro on the newly developed ACC Sustainability and Market Outreach Committee.
Christine is actively engaged in the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for the Senator John Heinz History Center, co-chair for the United Way Women’s Leadership Council, and the Board of Robert Morris University as well as its School of Engineering, Mathematics and Science. She is a sponsor of the Covestro United Way Campaign and has chaired the company’s premiere United Way holiday fundraiser since 2001.
Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Duquesne University. She also earned her master’s in chemical engineering with an emphasis in colloids, polymers and surfaces from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
She is married and resides in Robinson Township, Pennsylvania.