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Timothy Courtney

Leading the Crowd on Environmental Commitment

Timothy Courtney
10 months
PhD CDP in the Chief Engineer's Office




I strongly value environmental stewardship, so I was concerned about working in the chemicals industry. An unfortunate record stretching from Bhopal to Deepwater Horizon, combined with political lobbying to weaken environmental regulations, made me feel like I was selling my soul. Many big chemical firms visited the University of Delaware, handing out business cards with logos in barely distinguishable shades of red, and talked through barely distinguishable “environmental commitment” slides with a series of platitudes.

Air Products was among the last companies to visit campus, yet it ably stood out from the crowd. The recruiters’ business cards contrasted the pile of red in my drawer with a green logo. It sounds silly now, but I distinctly remember the contrast. More importantly, its presentation didn’t simply promise me that they cared for the environment--it listed the numerous awards the company has won for doing so.

The more I researched and read for myself, the more I saw a company that put real effort into its commitments.

I came to work for Air Products, happy to have a career that is not only challenging and rewarding, but one that I can be proud of. In my first year working here, that expectation has been borne out. I have seen and lived the dedication we have to protect our environment as well as our employees and nearby communities.

I look forward to many more years of meeting these high standards and expanding our company’s reputation as both a leader in the industry and as a concerned corporate citizen.


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