Intelligent Global Pooling Systems (iGPS Company LLC), operator of the world's first RFID-tagged, all-plastic pallet pool, announced that Terry Tamminen, former Secretary of the California EPA, has joined the company's Board of Directors.
"Terry enjoys an unmatched commitment to and reputation for sound environmental policy -- and real action -- around the world," said Bob Moore, CEO of iGPS. "His breadth of knowledge, worldwide relationships and current activities in the area of sustainability will be invaluable to us as we continue to grow the supply chain's premier, environmentally friendly pallet pooling system."
Tamminen's environmental activism began in the early 1990's when he founded the Santa Monica BayKeeper organization. His dynamism and thought leadership led Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to appoint Tamminen Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency in November, 2003, and Cabinet Secretary, the chief policy advisor to the Governor, in December 2004. He continues to advise the Governor on energy and environmental policy, and serves as an advisor to several other governors and environmental organizations. Tamminen is the author of several books on environmental policy, is a sought-after international lecturer on climate change and energy issues and has received numerous awards and honors for his achievements. He was just recognized by the UK Guardian, as "One of the 50 People Who Could Save the Planet."
Tamminen is currently the Director of the New America Foundation's Climate Policy Program in Washington, D.C. The program, which was launched in March 2007, focuses on designing and implementing a national response to climate change by aggregating the action of state and local governments around the world.
iGPS's pallets provide users with substantial benefits: a 30 percent weight reduction vs. wood, leading to substantial savings in transport; the end of splinters and protruding nails that lead to worker injuries and damaged equipment; and, thanks to embedded RFID tags, the ability to track and trace shipments across the supply chain.
Additionally, the shift from wood to plastic pallets is environmentally responsible. iGPS plastic pallets are 100 percent recyclable and, because they are 30 percent lighter than pallets made of wood, could remove several billion pounds of non-value freight from the shipping and supply-chain infrastructure, resulting in huge potential fuel savings.
iGPS is the world's first company to provide manufacturers and retailers with an all-plastic pallet pool with embedded RFID-tags. iGPS's state-of-the- art pallets are 30 percent lighter than wood, which saves on transport costs, are easier to handle and eliminate protruding nails and splinters that cause workplace injuries and damaged equipment. In addition, embedded RFID tags enable shippers and receivers to track and trace shipments in real time. Launched in March 2006, the company is led by pallet and supply chain veterans with decades of experience. iGPS (www.igps.net) is headquartered in Orlando, FL., with offices in Dallas, New York and Bentonville, Arkansas.