Jean Waters is a business sustainability consultant working with small to medium-sized businesses on sustainable business processes and strategies to analyze their triple bottom line, balancing impacts on People, Profit, and Planet. Waters focuses on strategic planning, root cause analysis, environmental management, and pollution prevention. Among other projects, Waters is leading a nation-wide effort for the Pacific Northwest Pollution Prevention Resource Center (PPRC) to prevent fats, oils, and greases (FOG) from entering wastewater. This project focuses on rural and tribal communities with stressed water treatment systems.
Waters has more than 25 years of experience assisting businesses in pollution prevention and sustainability, helping them increase energy efficiency and eliminate waste at the source. Waters was Deputy State Director for the Nebraska Business Development Center (NBDC), where she supervised and worked with NBDC consultants in the small business development centers, the Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC), the Pollution Prevention Regional Information Center (P2RIC), the Technology Commercialization Program, and the Export Program. She previously served as program manager for the Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange (P2Rx) national network and was Director of the Pollution Prevention Institute at Kansas State University. Waters has a Masters of Science degree in chemical engineering and is an Economic Development Finance Professional.