As reported by the Hartford Business Journal, September 16, 2010.

UTC’s Vitello Helping CT Chart “Green” Course

Paul J. Vitello, assigned to eliminate hazardous materials from manufacturing operations at United Technologies Corp., has been tapped to help Connecticut promote widespread use of clean technology to spur job growth and safer workplaces.

Gov. M. Jodi Rell announced Thursday the Tolland resident will serve a two-year term on the board of the Chemical Innovations Institute, a nonprofit arm within the University of Connecticut Health Center in Farmington.

The institute assists businesses, state agencies and nonprofits in finding alternatives to chemicals that are harmful to public health and the environment.

Vitello has been UTC's director of environmental sustainability since 2006. He is responsible for the diversified Hartford conglomerate's environmental programs involving air, water, waste, energy, greenhouse gas, products and suppliers.

UTC is parent to jet-engine builder Pratt & Whitney Co., heating-cooling equipment maker Carrier, and elevator producer Otis, among other divisions with operations in Connecticut.

"For many years, UTC has set aggressive goals toward the elimination of materials of concern," said Vitello. "The challenge for manufacturers and their suppliers is to develop or identify alternatives that perform as well or better than the current materials."

Rell said Vitello will lend that same perspective to the institute's board.

"UTC implements green chemistry into its manufacturing process, and Paul's experience and knowledge in this area will make him an asset to the panel."

Vitello has an engineering degree from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and an MBA from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Lally School of Management in Hartford.