team

team

  • Patrick Newsom
    Patrick Newsom
    Director
  • Jason Youner
    Jason Youner
    Founder & CEO
  • Marcia Guevara Valor
    Marcia Guevara Valor
    M.S. Sustainable Business, Reporting & ESG
  • Jonathan Gonzalez
    Jonathan Gonzalez
    CEO, Top Energy
  • Alok Alamban
    Alok Alamban
    Business Consultant | Project Manager | Sustainability Manager | UN SDGs Expert
  • Marissa Rosen
    Marissa Rosen
    Founder of Climate Social, LLC
  • Sandia Martin
    Sandia Martin
    Consultant, Sustainable Agriculture
  • Harshita Bisht
    Harshita Bisht
    Climate policy | Project management | Business development | International development | Sustainability consulting
  • Asheen Phansey
    Asheen Phansey
    Sustainability Leader
  • Julian (Jay) Arnold
    Julian (Jay) Arnold
    Marketing Manager
  • Jacqueline (Goodno) Drumheller
    Jacqueline (Goodno) Drumheller
    Sustainability and Environmental Leader
  • Swapan Kumar
    Swapan Kumar
    Global Leader, Sustainability Development
  • Satish Kavirajan
    Satish Kavirajan
    Director, Business Development
  • Tony Schifano
    Tony Schifano
    Founder & CEO, Antos Environmental waste mgmt
  • Kaleb Nation
    Kaleb Nation
    Digital Director
  • Jesse Rittenhouse
    Jesse Rittenhouse
    Senior Director, Business Development
  • Shelleyan Lewars, MSL, BA.
    Shelleyan Lewars, MSL, BA.
    MarComm Strategist | Sustainability Communications
  • Dinah Madiadipura
    Dinah Madiadipura
    Labour Law, Industrial Relations, and Social Responsibility Professional
  • Ryan Anderson
    Ryan Anderson
    Communications Consultant
  • Kathy Sue McGuire
    Kathy Sue McGuire
    Sustainable Hospitality, Tourism, Events
  • James Byrne
    James Byrne
    ESG, Responsible Investing and Business Sustainability Content writer
  • Dr. Ghazi Kablouti
    Dr. Ghazi Kablouti
    ESG Programs |Systems Engineer | Energy & Climate Solutions
  • Ryan O’Connell
    Ryan O’Connell
    Marketing Associate
  • Samad Ahmed Bilgrami
    Samad Ahmed Bilgrami
    Ethical Compliance Auditor & Trainer Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner-IEMA-UK Schemes: SA 8000, BSCI, Sedex SMETA ETI Code, C-TPAT, QMS & customer CoC
  • Betsy Reed
    Betsy Reed
    Social & environmental sustainability strategist & leader, International Chair, Speaker, Lecturer, Fellow of the RSA.
  • Keith Walker
    Keith Walker
    Consultant, Stakeholder Engagement
  • Amy Rapp
    Amy Rapp
    Climate Resilience, Sustainability, Business Development, Policy Advisor Career Base in Capital Markets
  • Lonny Knabe
    Lonny Knabe
    Sustainability | Renewable Energy | Energy Efficiency | Supply Chain
  • Luiz Rodrigues
    Luiz Rodrigues
    Urban Sustainability Consultant at Eco-Logical Solutions
  • Priyanka Mandal
    Priyanka Mandal
    Consultant
  • Tad Simmons
    Tad Simmons
    Engineer, Transportation, Renewable Energy, Sustainability Development
  • Elise DuFour
    Elise DuFour
    Ocean Media Industry
  • Ahmad Mardi
    Ahmad Mardi
    Renewable Energy Consultant
  • Alexandra Barrera
    Alexandra Barrera
    Consultant
  • Gabrielle Moser Neira
    Gabrielle Moser Neira
    Sustainability consultant, Data Mgmt
  • Karly Pulido
    Karly Pulido
    LEED GA Sustainability Consultant
  • Sandra Mies
    Sandra Mies
    Consultant
  • Felipe Araya
    Felipe Araya
    Consultant
  • Dr Terence M Lewis
    Dr Terence M Lewis
    Energy Consultant
  • Christian Grieco
    Christian Grieco
    Consultant
  • Chris Parker
    Chris Parker
    Consultant, sustainability, climate action, ESG, conservation, CSR & Renewable Energy
  • Diane Cherry
    Diane Cherry
    Sr. Energy Consultant
  • Barbara Gettes
    Barbara Gettes
    Sustainable Brand/Product Development
  • Bina Indelicato, PE, LEED AP
    Bina Indelicato, PE, LEED AP
    Consultant
  • Greg Hamra
    Greg Hamra
    VP Communications
  • Jeffrey Potent
    Jeffrey Potent
    Corporate Sustainability Consultant and Educator
  • Olivia Sprinkel
    Olivia Sprinkel
    Sustainability strategy and communications advisor, working in Europe and United States
  • Paola DeAngeli 
    Paola DeAngeli 
    Consultant
  • Greg Whiting
    Greg Whiting
    President at Alpine Flamingo LLC - energy and carbon consulting
  • Ann Erhardt 🌿  MM, ISSP-CSP, CC-P
    Ann Erhardt 🌿 MM, ISSP-CSP, CC-P
    Organizational Developer
  • Dieter Kretchy
    Dieter Kretchy
    Consultant, Solid Waste Solutions
  • Lee Ashworth
    Lee Ashworth
    Environmental & Energy Management Consultant
  • Molly Whitaker
    Molly Whitaker
    Policy Associate
  • Avril Saunders
    Avril Saunders
    Sustainability Consultant
  • Jatin Kapoor
    Jatin Kapoor
    Climate & ESG Advisor
  • Clarissa Drysdale-Anderson
    Clarissa Drysdale-Anderson
    Sustainability Consultant
  • Quincy Milton III
    Quincy Milton III
    Environmental Consultant
  • Yashi Dadhich
    Yashi Dadhich
    Sustainability Consultant
  • Bob Bergeron
    Bob Bergeron
    Sr. Packaging Consultant
  • James Rosenstein
    James Rosenstein
    Corporate Sustainability, Communications, Business Development
  • Miguel Angel Cinquantini
    Miguel Angel Cinquantini
    Consultant: Carbon Footprint and Climate Change
  • Dawn Strength
    Dawn Strength
    Sustainability Consultant
  • Dominique D. Dowd
    Dominique D. Dowd
    Sustainability Professional | LEED Green Associate
  • Shakila Rajendra
    Shakila Rajendra
    Sustainability, Communications and Climate Advocacy Consultant
  • Cesar Roncallo
    Cesar Roncallo
    Circular economy | Waste management & Recycling
  • Erin Fisher Leonard
    Erin Fisher Leonard
    Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Professional
  • Brittany Bossel
    Brittany Bossel
    EHS/CSR Consultant
  • Rajratna Sardar
    Rajratna Sardar
    Water, Sanitation & Hygiene | Sustainable Development
  • Mitch Krauss
    Mitch Krauss
    Chemistry, Materials, Manufacturing, Facility Mgmt
  • Janet Nyamusi
    Janet Nyamusi
    Environment compliance, Climate change, Sustainable Consumption/Production, waste management
  • Bella Natale
    Bella Natale
    Sustainability Marketing Manager
Patrick Newsom
Director

Patrick creates positive environmental impacts and influences change through Corporate Responsibility. He led the Corporate Sustainability department of a Fortune 100 Company for several years. He is an authentic and dynamic leader. He has many years of international program and project management experience both internally and as a consultant. He understands how to navigate corporate matrixed organizations to focus on the triple bottom line. He is authentic and enthusiastic and an excellent communicator. Patrick knows how to successfully lead large international teams and will also roll up his sleeves to drive and deliver projects to completion. His experience includes:
• Corporate Sustainability program development
• Climate target setting
• Real Estate Sustainability Development
• Construction Project management
• Design and Space planning
• Energy, Water, and Material Waste Operational Efficiency
• Design and Building sustainability performance standards
• Energy Procurement

Patrick loves getting outdoors; camping, running, and spending time with his family.

Jason Youner
Founder & CEO

Jason is an entrepreneur, business creator and developer, event producer, constant networker and leader in the corporate sustainability space. Prior to launching Companies Vs Climate Change Sustainability Consulting, Jason produced conferences and events for over 20 years. In 2015 he founded Companies Vs Climate Change, a boutique sustainability conference company. The conferences developed a strong following. They were mission based, content driven and provided intimate networking. He has worked in many industries including sustainability, nonprofit, technology, healthcare and life sciences. In 2006 he launched and led the global multi-million dollar event series “Digital Pharma”, which focused on digital pharmaceutical marketing, digital self treatment and patient to patient/patient to provider communications. He has always enjoyed the creative process of putting together an impactful event that leaves participants recharged and inspired..

Jason has a BA in Sociology and an MS in Communications from Clark University in Worcester, MA.  He lives in Englewood, NJ with his fiance. He was thrilled to fulfill his dream of organizing a conference series that explores the massive business and human race saving opportunities that exist in the battle against climate change.  He now has a goal to build a team of experts who will serve their clients to achieve their sustainability strategies.

Marcia Guevara Valor
M.S. Sustainable Business, Reporting & ESG

Business sustainability and ESG specialist. Focused on finding creative solutions for one of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change. Convinced in the power of companies of any size to promote positive and lasting change.
I am moved by curiosity and an innate desire to learn. It is my goal to promote long-term growth and development by working on comprehensive strategies that improve people’s lives. Interested in the sustainable development of society and businesses, innovation, aquaculture, food production, and ESG.

Jonathan Gonzalez
CEO, Top Energy

Jonathan is the CEO at Top Energy, a company with 20 years of experience in renewable energy and energy efficiency for the Commercial and Industrial sectors.
Jonathan’s work at Top Energy centers in advocating for large scale Distributed Renewable Energy Resources for manufacturing, warehousing, multi-family real estate and shopping center operations.
Top Energy has served its clients across LATAM to achieve carbon neutrality as well as dramatically reduce energy consumption expenses through the implementation of on-site Photovoltaic Energy Generation and Distribution. Our capabilities are vast and capable of accommodating the needs of Medium and Large local and multinational corporations with sizable energy needs.
Our work has opened the door to partnerships with European Technology and Artificial Intelligence companies that are currently developing the Smart Clean Energy Grids of the future. Top Energy seeks to continue to be a cutting edge provider of clean and renewable energy solutions.
Top Energy has headquarters in Mexico and regional offices in San Diego, Puerto Rico and Chile allowing us to serve companies across the entire continent.

Alok Alamban
Business Consultant | Project Manager | Sustainability Manager | UN SDGs Expert

8+ years of work experience in business innovation, sustainability, SDGs, banking, finance, audit and project management.

In my most recent assignment, I worked for Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) as Project Manager, India/Sweden responsible for managing their resource efficiency initiative in industry supply chain. The initiative is a global PPP committed towards achieving Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs.

I was also a teacher for one of a kind informal school “Free School Under the Bridge” in New Delhi, India. I spoke about this project as a youth speaker at student conference in Harvard University in Feb 2017.

As a graduate in economics and business administration, I have contributed positively across geographies in diverse projects on business innovation and sustainability. I have lived and worked in India, Switzerland, Norway, Netherlands, and Sweden, Canada PR holder, can join immediately

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

Supply chain sustainability, Sustainability reporting, ESG benchmarking, Project management, Strategy roadmap, Stakeholder relationships, Product management, Product development, Database management, Storytelling, Qualitative & Quantitative analysis, Digital implementation, Design Thinking, Business Innovation, Business Development, Team management, Mentoring, Vendor management

Marissa Rosen
Founder of Climate Social, LLC

As a strategic communications consultant and founder of Climate Social LLC, Marissa designs content and strategies to build compelling brands, promote high profile events, and engage communities that create positive impact. She is a successful entrepreneur who has mastered the art of fluently communicating on today’s platforms on the trends in responsible business. She also teaches these skills to empower her clients to promote their own work on the triple bottom line: people, planet, and prosperity.

Climate Social partners with mission driven for-profit and non-profit organizations across a wide range of industries. A few recent clients include the WBCSD, South Pole, Net Impact, EarthShift Global, Fermata Energy, GreenPoint Innovations, Forest Trends, Destination Better and Walk of Life Coaching. Prior to founding her own company, she worked with renowned online business publications Sustainable Brands and TriplePundit, the latter at which she led a monthly series of corporate-sponsored Twitter Chats which garnered millions of impressions per hour.

Marissa previously directed marketing for the U.S. DoE’s Energy Efficient Buildings Hub’s stakeholder engagement programs and consulted with startups at the Wharton SBDC. She co-founded Penn’s first College House Coordinators Green Team, led her peers through the University’s Green Office Certification, and helped create its first R.A. Sustainability Manual. Her past speaking engagements include the World Water Forum, Net Impact Annual Conference, PA/NJ/DE Tri-State Sustainability Symposiums, Penn Institute for Environmental Studies, and the Penn MES Annual Alumni Panel. She has contributed to national publications including the Huffington Post, Sustainable Brands, TriplePundit, Wharton IGEL, and Corporate Responsibility Magazine.

Event organizers have turned to Marissa has an influencer for targeted promotions and sales such as Sustainable Brands, SB Paris, Companies Vs. Climate Change, and St. Louis Climate Summit. She is honored to have been a guest speaker on several podcasts, been mentioned in Leo Raudys’ book, “Guide to Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility”, quoted in Marc de Sousa-Shields’ book, “Invest Like You Give a Damn”, and recognized as an influencer among ClearBright Consulting’s Top 50 women to follow on Twitter and Onalytica’s Top 100 most influential individuals in the online sustainability conversation.

 

Sandia Martin
Consultant, Sustainable Agriculture

Amata Green’s vision is to promote organic and sustainable food production done in a responsible manner, around the world. Sustainable and, better yet, regenerative farming for all agricultural operations is the goal. We want to secure the health of the planet and the humans and creatures that inhabit it. Sandia Martin is Amata Green’s Founder and CEO and is dedicated to mitigating climate change by promoting organic and sustainable food production in a regenerative and responsible manner, around the world.

 

Our capabilities are:

Organic Certification consulting

Sustainable farming consulting

Regenerative farming consulting

Hydroponics and aquaponics consulting

Vertical farming consulting

Urban farming and urban food gardens

Home food gardens

Health & nutrition of food supply

Food deserts

Biochar purchase and use consulting

Carbon sequestration in farming through biochar use

Carbon markets related to agriculture

Harshita Bisht
Climate policy | Project management | Business development | International development | Sustainability consulting

An environmental sustainability professional with 7+ years of research, project management, business development and consulting experience in climate change, sustainability and social innovation sector.

Extensively involved in analytical research, monitoring and evaluation, knowledge development and technical advisory for integrating climate change and sustainability products/services in government policies, corporate strategies and investments in Canada, UK and South Asia.

Experience in developing risk assessment frameworks and climate resilience strategies, implementing institutional and governance reforms and building partnerships for marketing sustainability services across developing and developed countries.

Managed relationships with government, banks, green funds, universities, private sector, NGOs, networks, multilateral organizations, and think tanks.

Asheen Phansey
Sustainability Leader

I am a global leader who draws on my subject-matter expertise in business-model and technological innovation for a sustainable economy. Using my creative pragmatism and drawing upon my extensive network, I work with others to create shared value across internal groups and external stakeholders.

I work best by setting a clear vision and strategy, and enabling a diverse group to execute its projects. I will always hold the big-picture perspective, but I’m quite comfortable rolling up my sleeves and digging into a spreadsheet, document or deck. I believe in consensus leadership, and in leading with integrity and by example.

Despite tempering with my engineering degree, I’m a classic abstract-thinking extrovert. I love writing and public speaking, and excel at articulating a responsible company’s purpose and values, long-term vision, and successes and challenges, and in inspiring and persuading all manner of audiences.

My objective is to work as an intrapreneur for a large, impactful, purpose-driven organization to move it, and its industry, toward greater sustainability and resilience and long-term financial success.

Julian (Jay) Arnold
Marketing Manager

Julian (Jay) received his Master of Science in Marketing from the University of Alabama (UA) in 2014. Jay’s experience can be summarized along the following three areas: teaching, research, and service.

In terms of teaching, Jay taught a variety of courses at two different institutions — UA and Alabama A&M University (AAMU). While at AAMU, Jay taught classes in strategic management and policy, marketing management, personal selling, consumer behavior, global marketing, public relations, and principles of marketing. Jay averaged a score of 3.8 / 4.0 on his students evaluations at AAMU. While at UA, Jay taught classes in international business, consumer behavior, and marketing research. Jay averaged a score of 4.3 / 5.0 on his student evaluations at UA. Jay was also awarded the American Marketing Association (AMA) Outstanding Graduate Student Educators Award at UA.

In terms of research, Jay has published research in the Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, which assesses consumers’ deal-seeking behaviors across different retail
shopping channels. Furthermore, Jay has research under review at the Journal of Services Marketing, which assesses the impact of customer perceptions of frontline employee authenticity on customer-employee rapport and customer assessments of interactional justice throughout frontline service experiences. This stream of research was awarded the Society of Marketing Advances (SMA) Best Paper in Services Marketing and Steven J. Shaw Best Paper in Conference award at the Society for Marketing Advances.

In terms of service, Jay has operated within various academic and professional capacities. While at AAMU, Jay served on a faculty committee aimed at improving the instructional quality provided by faculty to students. Jay also served as an academic advisor for undergraduate marketing students enrolled at AAMU. While at UA, Jay served as a marketing consultant for Habitat for Humanity. Jay also served as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Services Marketing and the European Journal of Marketing during his time at UA.
Barbara Gettes has over a decade of experience working in sustainable business.
Starting her own business which she grew by herself selling lip balms and other beeswax products in over 300 retail outlets from boutiques to Whole Foods, West Elm and Anthropologie stores. A late come into entrepreneurship she realized that business is an art in its own right especially when we attach business to a greater good.

On the side Barbara has taken pleasure in helping start-ups, makers and business grown and achieve their goals keeping sustainability in mind.
beesconnection.com

Barbara is available for consulting and conducting workshops on sustainable product development, brand development, new media marketing and social entrepreneurship.

Jacqueline (Goodno) Drumheller
Sustainability and Environmental Leader

As the head of sustainability at Alaska Airlines, Jacqueline created and spearheaded the airline’s formal sustainability strategy and program. Under Jackie’s leadership, Alaska earned the reputation as the domestic aviation leader in environmental stewardship and received more than 25 environmental and sustainability awards, including being named the top North American airline on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index two years in a row (2017, 2018). Career highlights include: the launch and leadership of an industry-leading inflight recycling program, the first airline to fly multiple routes using sustainable aviation biofuels, the first airline to remove plastic straws and picks from service (“#StrawlessSkies”), and the publication of six Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reports.

Jacqueline currently advises, teaches, inspires, and mentors others to achieve success in their sustainability and environmental compliance programs.

Specialties: public speaking, GRI sustainability reporting, DJSI, ESG data and reporting, carbon emissions, climate change, aviation environmental issues, waste reduction, environmental compliance auditing, sustainability strategy, training/instruction in a wide-variety of environmental compliance and sustainability topics.

Swapan Kumar
Global Leader, Sustainability Development

Based in Hyderabad, India, Swapan Kumar is an experienced Sustainability & EHS professional with a demonstrated history of working in the manufacturing, management consulting and Audit industry.

Experienced Sustainability & EHS professional with a demonstrated history of working in the manufacturing, management consulting and Audit industry. Skilled in Sustainable Development, TCFD, Integrated Reporting, ESG Reporting, Climate Bonds, Carbon footprint and carbon neutrality, AA 1000AS Assurance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Water footprint and Water Positive, Water Resource Management, Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS), ISO 1400 1Lead auditor , OHSAS 18001Lead auditor, Stake holder engagement, Sustainable Business, IRIS Standard, BCMS Standard. 

 

 

Satish Kavirajan
Director, Business Development

Satish Kavirajan has over 20 years of experience in business development, sales and marketing. He was Managing Director of The Center for Business Innovation (TCBI), a conference company that focused on healthcare, technology and finance, for 19 years. TCBI organized events that attracted thousands of executives from across the U.S. In 2019, Satish started up a new conference company, Actionable Intelligence Network. Prior to his work as a conference organizer, he was a business journalist.

Satish holds BA and MBA degrees from Columbia University.

Tony Schifano
Founder & CEO, Antos Environmental waste mgmt

                     o   Cities Including: New York, Chicago, Baltimore, San Francisco

Kaleb Nation
Digital Director

Hi, my name is Kaleb Nation. I am unique in that I put my clients first. Meeting the needs of my client is my priority. My wide variety of skills and punctual attitude allow me to handle a diverse set of projects. I am distinctly creative producing design outcomes that achieve market success and increase brand visibility. I am focused on helping CvCC go to the next level by reaching new attendees and curating growth with past event attendees.

 

Jesse Rittenhouse
Senior Director, Business Development

Jesse Rittenhouse is a seasoned business development professional, with years of experience in conference and event development. He believes in being socially responsible in business and that means concerning ourselves with the people and the planet, as well as profit, to be truly sustainable. Jesse has joined Companies Vs Climate Change to help businesses come together and share in solutions and adaptations for climate change.

Over the years, Jesse has helped to create the first fully-permitted biodiesel factory in Miami, became a leading recycling and solid waste industry expert, and founded the Recycling Energy Forum in 2015. He has produced, planned, and developed sponsorships for many sustainability-driven conferences, events, and talks over the years and brings this knowledge and experience to CvCC. He currently runs REF, a marketing agency focused on helping sustainable businesses. In addition, he voluntarily leads several environmental nonprofits as a member of the Board of Directors with Dream In Green, Marketing & Promotions Director for USGBC Miami Branch, and South Florida University Ambassador for Net Impact. Through his training as a Climate Reality Leader and through first-hand views of sea level rise in Miami, Jesse knows that climate change is a global issue that we must find solutions to for mitigation and adaptation.

Shelleyan Lewars, MSL, BA.
MarComm Strategist | Sustainability Communications

I am an experienced Marcomm Strategist, with over 10+ years of experience supporting organizations, c-suite executives, government officials and department heads in private and public sectors and nonprofit organizations locally and overseas.

Key areas of responsibility have included: developing and executing mar-comm strategy, Corporate Storytelling, Crisis Communications, public relations, project management, stakeholder relations, C-level Executive Support, and media spokesperson, among others.
I am unafraid of challenges and committed to accomplishing tasks, even when they are detailed and demanding. I adapt relatively easily to new environments and can quickly assess and contribute to finding solutions in difficult situations. I am also a quick learner, has experience working as part of a high impact team and who demonstrates high levels of confidentiality and always takes an ethical and disciplined approach to my work.

Some of my main attributes include being performance-driven, insightful, possessing excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, enhanced organizational and networking abilities and a natural ability to elicit cooperation from varied stakeholders and sources.

Dinah Madiadipura
Labour Law, Industrial Relations, and Social Responsibility Professional

Experienced Labour Law, Industrial Relations, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability professional with a demonstrated history of working in the oil palm, fashion industry, social monitoring company and UN agency. Highly skilled in Indonesia Labour Law, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainability Audit, Project and Operations Management, and Ethical Business with a Master of Labour Law and Relations from University of Sydney obtained through the Australian Award Scholarship scheme.

Ryan Anderson
Communications Consultant
Kathy Sue McGuire
Sustainable Hospitality, Tourism, Events

Award winning Sustainable Development Professional (ISSP-SA) and LEED Green Associate, with 15+ years of progressive experience and a proven track record of implementing sustainability programs for business, hospitality and tourism, golf tournaments and course management, and sporting and entertainment events, that save money and increase brand awareness.

Created the only cloud-based Hotel Sustainability Assessment (powered by CSRware) that provides a customized Sustainability Action Plan with recommendations for improvement and cost-saving measures. Additionally, created a Hotel Sustainability Guide that provides the ‘how-to’ implement strategies, and incorporates the UN SDGs into the action plan. This program integrates sustainability into a hotel’s core business strategy.

Recognized as an industry leader in meeting the highest standards and being among the first in the nation to achieve sustainable certifications for organizations.

A trusted source of knowledge on established practices and cutting-edge trends that benefit organizations and the community.

Clients included The Breakers/Palm Beach, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island, SCP Hotels, Lansdowne Resort, Four Seasons Scottsdale, Salishan Resort, Skamania Lodge, Highpoint Hotel Corporation, Loggerhead MarineLife Center, and others.

James Byrne
ESG, Responsible Investing and Business Sustainability Content writer

Key Skills:-

-Business Development
-Sustainability strategy
-Circular Resource Strategies
-Clean Tech
-ESG trends and wider investment landscape/Integrated Reporting
-Inclusive design/master-planning/disabled friendly buildings
-Sustainable urban design and architecture
-Sustainability content writing/books
-Healthy buildings and places.

About me:-

I have a great deal of experience in helping businesses become more sustainable. I have worked on sustainability strategy for PepsiCo and for the University of Leeds where I helped create a Solar energy plan for the Campus. I have a background in Low Carbon Technology sales where I helped businesses incorporate renewable energy into their operations. I have a particular interest in creating greener cities which I explored in depth at the University of Liverpool School of Architecture.
My final year designs won the departments first ever Sustainability Prize for a ‘Sustainable Urban School’. My views on sustainable development have been featured in the Urban Design Journal and I have written articles on green business and green design for numerous online publications. I have an MSc in Sustainability & Consultancy from the University of Leeds where I found my interest in business sustainability strategy. I have also worked on Sustainability reporting strategies for FTSE 100 clients.

Dr. Ghazi Kablouti
ESG Programs |Systems Engineer | Energy & Climate Solutions

Versatile and resourceful professional with extensive international strategic and operational management responsibilities at industry-leading corporations.

Strong track record of directing cleantech development and commercialization, pioneering and leading company-wide Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) programs and projects, devising functional and regional strategies, introducing quantitative impact and risk management approaches, and organizing audits.

Possess solid management skills and the ability to analyze complex issues, drive continuous process improvements, build high-profile partnerships, and incorporate initiatives to capture growth opportunities, resource advantages, and cost savings. Thought leader, corporate representative, refined communicator, and trusted team mentor with fluency in English, Arabic, French, and German.

You are welcome to contact me at ghazi@kablouti.net

Areas of Expertise:

• Strategic Growth Management
• Product and Portfolio Management
• Sustainability Strategy and Operations
• Certified Knowledge in Responsible and Impact Investing
• Energy Technologies and Economics
• Climate: Accounting (Scope 1, 2 & 3), Policies, Solutions, Strategies & (Science-Based) Goals
• Cross-Functional Teams Leadership
• Advocacy and Stakeholder Engagement
• Auditing and Due-Diligence (Non-Financial KPIs)
• (Guest) Lecturing (Management and Sustainable Development)

Ryan O’Connell
Marketing Associate

Ryan is a recent graduate of Binghamton University, where he achieved his BA in psychology. During his time at BU, he expanded upon his social media skills, while interning with the Athletics Department. He is an environmental advocate and strives to leave the world a better place than he found it. Combining his love for marketing and the environment, he is passionate about discovering and promoting more efficient and sustainable ways for humans to interact with the world surrounding them.

Samad Ahmed Bilgrami
Ethical Compliance Auditor & Trainer Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner-IEMA-UK Schemes: SA 8000, BSCI, Sedex SMETA ETI Code, C-TPAT, QMS & customer CoC

I am a social rights activist, internationally licensed/accredited Auditor for Social Compliance audit schemes like SA 8000, BSCI, Sedex SMETA ETI and ISO series audits. With over 300 social compliance & Quality compliance audits conducted nationally and internationally, i am also a freelance trainer for various international social compliance and ISO series standards/codes.

I have been serving industries since several years through skills of Training, Supplier Development & Auditing against globally recognized Management Systems/Standards & criteria that are necessary for organizations to cope up with needs of global markets of the modern world.

Experience of facilitating a wide & diverse range of clients has provided me insights & an in-depth understanding of key business processes, internal control systems, corporate governance & regulatory framework for a range of industries.

If CSR, ethical trade, worker’s rights and sustainability are words that attract you, I can offer you collaboration for joint efforts for betterment in supply chains and promote ethical sourcing in Pakistan and within region through my expertise :

FACTORY / WORKPLACE SOCIAL AUDITS
ENVIRONMENTAL AUDITS
CSR & SUSTAINABILITY REPORTING (Social, Economical & Environmental) aspects
CSR RESEARCH
SUPPLY CHAIN MAPPING
SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT
CSR ADVISORY
WORKER INTERVIEWS
TRAINING & CAPACITY BUILDING
GRIEVANCE MECHANISM (DIALOGUE WORKERS)
SUPPLIER DEVELOPMENT & REMEDIATION
FEMALE WORKERS EMPOWERMENT & CHILD LABOUR ISSUES

Should you need any further information or you have ideas for working together, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards
Samad Ahmed Bilgrami

Betsy Reed
Social & environmental sustainability strategist & leader, International Chair, Speaker, Lecturer, Fellow of the RSA.

My driving passion is to use my skills, expertise and privilege to empower others to improve their own lives and communities. That’s what gets me out of bed and it’s driven my career and life choices. It’s why I’ve directed advocacy campaigns, NGOs and corporate and government sustainability programmes, worked in most sectors and several countries over the course of my 15+ year career (preceded by 10+ years of community activism, organising and campaigning in my native USA).

I have a diversity of experience that gives me a unique perspective and skillset. I’ve travelled widely, lived in five countries, worked in sustainable development, directed some of the biggest environmental and social justice campaigns in the UK, become a behaviour change expert, advised corporate leaders on climate change policies, briefed Government Ministers on sustainability issues and recently written a book on communicating social and environmental issues (due out in mid-2020).

Whatever I’m doing, I’m focused on informing, inspiring, empowering and sometimes pushing others to connect with their own humanity, understand the connection between themselves and everything and everyone else and create a more sustainable, equitable world. I tend to do it while bringing some natural zest, a sense of humour and a lot of energy. I get shit done. And I help others get shit done.

I’m an experienced chair, facilitator, media commentator and presenter. I find connecting with an audience a joy. Recent speaking engagements include:
– Guest lecturer, CIEE Barcelona sustainability course (March 2020)
– Panelist and host at CHANGE Festival, Warwick Arts Centre UK (October 2019)
– Dinner speaker at Corporate Energy Series, Paris (May 2019)
– Workshop Facilitator, Kering Group internal innovation summit, Paris (October 2018)
– Event Chair at GPEX global energy transition summit, Barcelona (September 2018)
– Keynote Presenter at PR Fest, Edinburgh (June 2018)
– Chair, UK Public Relations Consultant Association’s (PRCA) CSR and Sustainability Group (2015-18)
– Event Chair, ‘Companies Vs Climate Change’ Europe conference (October 2017)
– Workshop Designer & Facilitator at Circular Economy Leaders Summit, Edinburgh (September 2017)
– Keynote Speaker, Communicate, the annual UK conference for sustainability communications professionals (2015)
– Guest lecturer, University of St Gallen, Switzerland MBA in Sustainable Business programme (2015)

Keith Walker
Consultant, Stakeholder Engagement

Experienced business professional with over 30 years of sales and marketing roles in a variety of different B2B industries. Earned a Sustainability Certificate from Baldwin Wallace University in 2013 and a Master’s in Sustainable Management from University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2019. Seeking opportunities to combine business experience and sustainability knowledge to assist organizations in leveraging these concepts to maximize and balance social, environmental, and economic impacts. Excellent written and oral communicator with appropriate knowledge and skill to balance the needs of various stakeholder groups.
• Green Building
• Waste Management
• Renewable Energy
• Environmental Ethics
• Business Development
• Project Management
• Research | Analysis
• Writing
• Team-Oriented
• Interpersonal Communication
• Creative Thinker
• Resilient

Amy Rapp
Climate Resilience, Sustainability, Business Development, Policy Advisor Career Base in Capital Markets

Amy received a BS in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire. For 15 plus years, she carved out a career in corporate financial management, community economic development, marketing and business development. Her primary work was to teach balance sheet, investment management and other regulatory compliant requirements to CEO’s and CFO’s of small to mid-sized credit unions that serve underserved and marginalized communities. Amy built a national brand in the credit union movement by producing and hosting hundreds of regulatory compliant webinars, workshops and virtual conferences.

 

Amy returned to graduate school when her $37 billion corporate credit union succumbed to the financial crisis in 2012. She completed an MS in Environmental Policy Management, Energy and Sustainability from the University of Denver in 2018. A postgraduate legislative fellowship with the NY State Senate followed in 2018-2019, where she delved into learning the legislative process. During that session, she engaged with a wide variety of legislative work including a targeted focus on environmental policy, energy, and sustainability. Shortly thereafter, Amy was contracted by Munich Re, a German Re-insurance company. Her research, policy and business development insights provided the evidence for Munich Re to found their 2020 Climate Resilience and Bionic domains currently under development to include: smart cities, green infrastructure, rainwater harvesting, permeable pavement, vertical farming renewable and distributed energy systems, coastal/inland waterway management and wetlands development, 3D/sensors/real-time weather/other innovative technology and more.

 

Other Key Environmental Research/Writing/Analysis Topics Include:

 

Lonny Knabe
Sustainability | Renewable Energy | Energy Efficiency | Supply Chain

Lonny Knabe is a career energy efficiency, renewable energy, corporate climate change professional. He has 20 years of experience across all facets of energy, including sustainable building, procurement, governmental affairs and policy negotiation, performance management, team management, and external/NGO engagement.

“I believe energy is one of the most interesting, impactful, and important issues faced by organizations around the world. The strategic creation and implementation of a comprehensive energy program will bring benefits to every organization that will be leveraged in innumerable ways.”

PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY
Architect and leader of Nike’s global manufacturing energy efficiency and renewable energy program strategy
Built a 1 GW global renewable energy asset development pipeline, including 200 MW of rooftop solar
Lead governmental policy working groups to create renewable energy policies in Indonesia, China, and Vietnam
Collaborative and results driven approach has produced $150M+ in energy efficiency cost reductions to date
Wide experience across business units including corporate responsibility, procurement, manufacturing, retail, logistics

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
Recognized as a Top 50 energy professional in the U.S. by Energy Manager Today publication (2017)
Achieved #1 global rank for supply chain climate programs by the Institute of Public & Environmental Affairs (IPE, 2018)
Led Nike to the #1 rated corporate climate program in 2007, 2008 (Climate Counts)
Selected to participate in the U.S. EPA Green Power leadership club, 2005

Luiz Rodrigues
Urban Sustainability Consultant at Eco-Logical Solutions

Biological Oceanographer, Tropical Rainforest Ecologist and Urban Sustainability Consultant / Educator with over 30 years of experience in philanthropy, environmental preservation, ocean plastic pollution, conservation of aquatic ecosystems and sea level rise sciences. Experience working, and collaborating, with private sector, non-profit, and government entities.

Priyanka Mandal
Consultant

With five years of experience in Corporate Sustainability and a lifelong commitment to implement sustainable business practices, I bring deep knowledge of sustainability metrics, broad experience in data analysis and communications, and a foundation of ethics and passion to every project. I also hold a certificate in Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI’s) Sustainability reporting standard which demonstrates my knowledge on the use of GRI sustainability standard.
Sustainability Communications and Assessments: I have experience in designing sustainability frameworks, materiality assessment, stakeholder engagements, sustainability strategy development, and implementation. I have created content for sustainability reports following the Global Reporting Initiative’s Sustainability Reporting standard and the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and led internal data verification and validation for GHG and Sustainability report assurance. I have also prepared responses for CDP (Carbon Disclosure Projects), Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), and a few other ESG disclosures and increased company’s transparency with respect to the environment, social and governance performance.
GHG Accounting: I have led the Corporate GHG accounting for Scope 1, Scope 2, and Scope 3 emissions following GHG protocol and ISO 14064 (Part-1 and Part-2).
Project Management: I have devised programs to achieve ‘water neutrality’, identified locations for watershed development and natural resource protection as well as enhanced equitable access to freshwater resources to nearby communities. Apart from this, I have also developed programs to achieve ‘zero hazardous to landfill’.
Supplier Sustainability Assessment: I have developed standards and frameworks for supplier sustainability assessment and ensured responsible sourcing for business by identifying ESG risks in the supply chain through desk reviews and on-site assessments.

Tad Simmons
Engineer, Transportation, Renewable Energy, Sustainability Development

I have been in electrical and computer engineering, technology R&D, and have been an entrepreneur. Working with some key stakeholders I’ve been a CEO and director of 2 public companies, facilitated an annual meeting with conference calls to 1000 shareholders, an acquisition, and reported reviewed and audited financial reports to the SEC. Now, in addition to consulting & business support services, I’m committed to a project to accelerate environmental sustainability, market transparency, and social good. This includes, renewable energy, water resources, sustainable & organic agriculture, green buildings & communities, electric and hybrid-electric transportation technology, regulation, politics, health categories including food.

I am always looking for individuals and institutions with a passion for eco-business or “Eco Tech” and would like to support investment in green-tech and other sustainability companies. One of my pursuits is helping others make exciting and rewarding investments in key technologies, products & services in the green business areas as they pertain to the greater “deep ecology” philosophy of development.

Specialties: Executive management, innovation and product development, group facilitation, project management, electronics design, solar power engineering, engineering design software, environmental business, sustainable development, teambuilding, architectural support for renewable energy, entrepreneurship, trade shows, education (i.e. instruction at high school, college and professional levels), health, environmental health, research and development toward positive societal impacts of sustainability.

Elise DuFour
Ocean Media Industry

Elise has over 24 years experience with many of the most recognizable names in the ocean media industry. Her past clients include Google Earth, WildAid, Mission Blue, the Sylvia Earle Alliance, Ocean Geographic Society, and Jean Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures. Elise brings broad experience crafting international messaging and coordinated outreach to her team.

Elise has chosen to strive, through action to manage the slow change that needs to take place to make a difference in the world. To the best of her abilities she uses all the facilities available to her to create partnerships, awareness, advocacy and education through a variety of applications, introductions, projects, events and programs.

Growing up in a fishing family in a small town north of Seattle, Elise learned how to gut fish before she could tie her own shoes. Life was lived outside climbing trees, catching tadpoles, building forts, exploring the San Juan Islands, working on fishing boats and treasure hunting on the shores of Puget Sound.

Elise knows how to chop wood, build fires, pitch a tent, design and build a home, operate power tools and can repair and troubleshoot most any issue. She has remodelled 4 homes and 4 boats and sold each for double the value. Elise facilitated the purchase, design and remodel of a 12,000 square foot warehouse for a past employer. She lived aboard boats for 10+ years which allowed her to apply her extensive skills continuously. Elise also did a 9 month stint on raw land during the winter of 2017-2018 with no running water, facilities nor electricity which shows she can adapt to most any environment/situation quite successfully.

“Find Your PASSION and FOLLOW IT!” Elise has found hers and you will ALWAYS find her somewhere in, on, over, under or around the ocean working tirelessly to make a difference for mankind and our future on this planet.

Ahmad Mardi
Renewable Energy Consultant

Is the founder of Sustainable Vision for Renewable Energy firm specialized in project development and is specialized in the development of solar, wind, and waste to energy projects to generate electricity and biofuels. He is also experienced in the environmental and recycling sector and has guided and executed projects for large corporations internationally to reduce their waste generation and to recycle existing waste generated. He graduated with an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Surrey in 2011 and with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Athens in 2010. He is currently looking to expand his expertise to the US market and is based in Florida.

Alexandra Barrera
Consultant

Alexandra Barrera is a Corporate Social Responsibility professional with over 15+ years of experience. Alexandra has worked on strategy, research, corporate sustainability and impact measurement of several social impact initiatives and campaigns in various media companies, such as Univision, Warner Bros. International, Hallmark and Viacom Latin America. She is currently the Founder and Principal of BtheImpact, a consulting firm specializing in social impact and corporate responsibility marketing, programs, research and strategies.

Alexandra is a current board member of Dream in Green and holds a B.A. in Psychology from FIU. As well as an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy from University of Pennsylvania and a Corporate Sustainability Graduate Certificate from New York University.

Gabrielle Moser Neira
Sustainability consultant, Data Mgmt

Gabrielle currently co-owns a sustainable consulting firm based in Idaho and she works as a consultant for multiple sustainable businesses in her area and abroad. She also works as a data manager for Automobile Revue AG and has previous experience at the ETH Zurich as a Scientific Advisor to the Forest Management and Development Group. She finished her Master Thesis in spatial statistics applied to forestry data at the Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL in German: Eidgenössische Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft). Her thesis title was “Spatial Aspects of Forest Monitoring Data and Surface Estimation: An Analysis of the Swiss National Forest Inventory”. The goal of this work was to find a statistically justified methodology for detecting locations in a big dataset that may be considered vulnerable or hotspots. She received her Master’s Degree in Biostatistics at the University of Zurich in 2015 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Washington in 2009. She has experience as a Clinical Evidence Analyst at Doctor Evidence and as a Research Assistant to the FORDEV Group ETH. She often works with Excel, Microsoft Word, Access, EndNote, LATeX and the statistical programming language R. Gabrielle has excellent organization, analytical and problem solving skills and is independent and hard-working in the workplace. She has a passion for languages, culture, research and travel.

Karly Pulido
LEED GA Sustainability Consultant

Karly Pulido is a passionate result-driven sustainability professional with experience in consulting complex projects. Karly attended the University of Florida where she pursued a Bachelor of Science in Sustainability and the Built Environment and a minor in innovation. During Karly’s undergraduate career she worked with LEED Lab on certifying a campus building to obtain LEED v4 O+M certification. Through this experience, she gained an admiration for the LEED rating system and became a LEED GA. Before graduating, Karly’s senior capstone analyzed the environmental impact of sustainable building materials of an on-campus building using Life Cycle Analysis.

After graduating with honors from the University of Florida she joined the United States Peace Corps where she served in Uganda as a Community Agribusiness Specialist. During her time in the Peace Corps, she worked with several not for profits including educational systems to help them improve the livelihood of their community. Living in an agricultural economy that depended heavily on predictable weather patterns, Karly saw first-hand the harsh reality of climate change in the developing world. Karly’s primary position was at an all-girls high school in eastern Uganda where she facilitated and taught students about climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Shortly after returning from the Peace Corps, Karly accepted a Sustainability and Social Responsibility Specialist position with Legacy Vacation Resorts. As the first Sustainability professional in the organization, she paved the way in making Legacy Vacation Resorts a more sustainable and resilient company. During her time at Legacy Vacation Resorts, she helped them become the first multi-state hospitality company in the United States to achieve B-Corp certification. During her time with Legacy Vacation Resorts, she managed the entire environmental footprint of the organization and worked closely with the Human Resources department to implement new policies and procedures that promoted social responsibility in surrounding communities. Karly quickly became an expert in the hospitality industry and wished to further her education by receiving a certificate of Hospitality and Tourism Management from Florida Atlantic University.

Karly continues to be driven by education and is currently obtaining her Master of Engineering in Sustainable Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Through this degree, she is focusing on the advancement of renewable energy and energy efficiency in the built environment and in the private sector.

Sandra Mies
Consultant

Expertise: Food PR, ecolabelling and fishery certification, supply chain operations, seafood and dairy production. Sandra is based in Barcelona.

Felipe Araya
Consultant

Based in Chile, Felipe is a versatile, creative and analytical professional with a background in business management and experience in logistics, operations, sustainability strategy international trading of goods and finance.

My goal is making innovative and sustainable ideas scaling up and for a better future, for a better world.

Some of my achievements in work have been: Developing improvements in production and control of self-made kits at DirecTV. Improve the buying calculations at Socofar and Rincón Didáctico. Raising the brands of Triple S, Junior Consultancy in Sustainability, and helping organizations improving their business strategy toward a more sustainable one.

I also like outdoor sports where I have been a volunteer for teaching mountaineering and climbing skills. 

Dr Terence M Lewis
Energy Consultant

I work in energy and sustainability because I am driven by a passion for improving the quality of life for individuals, communities, and organizations, within a sustainable business framework. I try to live a low carbon /minimal polluting lifestyle and believe it is important, to be honest, integral and ethical at all times. It is through listening to my client’s problems understanding their needs and applying my wealth of knowledge, experience and commercial acumen that I am able to deliver sound considered sustainable advice.
In most cases I am able to save my clients a substantial amount of money and reduce polluting emissions, I can obtain subsidies, grants and innovative funding mechanisms to pay for your project, so in effect, it costs nothing to make changes that save money.
The quality of my advice is attributed to 40 years of experience in M&E engineering and building services. Beginning on the tools progressing to multi-million-pound M&E project management roles, lecturing, and academic qualifications. Since 2008 I have specialized in low carbon, energy efficiency, and renewable energy consulting.

Proficient public speaker and motivator and innovator.
I am available for Local, National & International assignments. Including training and public speaking.

Christian Grieco
Consultant

Christian began his career at Environmental Advocates of NY as a community organizing field manager then became director of the community organizing team within his first year. He went on to expand the fundraising arm of the organization co creating a phone canvassing operation. Christian has focused most of his career on technology consulting helping small businesses become more efficient and effective utilizing technology. In a word, Christian focuses on betterment.
A true systems thinker, Christian engages stakeholders at all levels of an organization. It is through stakeholder engagement, coupled with expertise in integrating technology, people and process, that alignment and achievement of the organization’s sustainability strategy can be realized.

Chris Parker
Consultant, sustainability, climate action, ESG, conservation, CSR & Renewable Energy

A native of St. Augustine, Fl. Chris grew up in and around the ocean, which embedded an appreciation for the role of nature and the desire to protect it. After a career on “Wall St.” in global macro trading, he took a hiatus for a variety of roles with conservation NGOs. This led to returning to finance for ESG investment advisory; combining markets with environmental and social issues. Today this eclectic background is used in a consulting practice for Kingfisher Parker – tailored advisory, campaigns and projects for companies and nonprofits. Chris partners with organizations to create impact around sustainability, climate action, ESG, conservation, CSR & renewable energy. Despite loving his work today, his favorite job was being a fly fishing guide in Wyoming and the Caribbean. Chris is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Diane Cherry
Sr. Energy Consultant

Diane has over 25 years of energy and environmental experience at the federal, state, and local level. Most recently, she has consulted for clean energy companies, non-profits, and educational institutions on clean energy related work in North Carolina and the Southeast. Her work spans from business market development, policy white papers, strategic analysis, communications, and facilitation. Current and past projects include development of a South Carolina Continuing Legal Education conference for the South Carolina Clean Energy Business Alliance, work with North Carolina military bases on energy resilience, work with an environmental organization on climate change issues, work with an energy storage developer looking to come into the Southeast market, and facilitation of important and difficult conversations among diverse stakeholders.

Diane graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Economics and a Master’s Degree in Energy & Environmental Policy from Harvard. Learn more about Diane by checking out her website dianecherryconsulting.com

Barbara Gettes
Sustainable Brand/Product Development

Proud and very excited to be joining this boutique firm of sustainability consultants with Companies vs Climate Change.Through over a decade of experience I have developed skills with brand development, product development and management, new media marketing and social entrepreneurship. I am thrilled to use these skills to help other businesses and corporations become more sustainable in their endeavors.Outside of my endeavors with my own business I have taken a great passion for connecting people, consulting, representing artists, and event planning.I am very involved in my community and value an incredibly strong and vibrant network of people across many channels of creative pockets. In short, I see the world as a canvas and business is the medium.

Bina Indelicato, PE, LEED AP
Consultant

I am the founding partner of a sustainability consulting firm based in New Jersey. I specialize in LEED certification, greenhouse gas inventories, and developing sustainability strategies.

I have helped diverse organizations achieve their sustainability goals—from Fortune 500 firms to small shops, from the US Open to an NFL stadium. I have completed over a dozen LEED certification projects, including LEED BD+C, LEED O+M, LEED ID+C, and Arc projects. I’ve developed greenhouse gas inventories for various organizations and developed and implemented the sustainability strategy for the US Open.

Greg Hamra
VP Communications

Climate Solutionist driving the low-carbon economy, bridging the partisan divide for a more stable climate through education and advocacy.

Three decades’ experience educating and empowering leaders to make more informed policy and business decisions aligned with the triple-bottom-line. Leader, Miami Chapter, Citizens Climate Lobby Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Miami School of Architecture

Topics: Speaking & Presentation Skills, Corporate Sustainability, Green Building Principles, LEED (thousands trained on five continents), Climate Literacy, Natural Capital and GHG accounting principles, Building Science, Biophilic Design, Active Design, Sustainable Development, Train-the-Trainer, Voice Talent, Technology Training (past). Guest lecturer at area universities, non-profits, professional organizations, and trade shows on issues at the nexus of business, society, and environment.

Jeffrey Potent
Corporate Sustainability Consultant and Educator

Jeffrey Potent develops and teaches graduate courses in corporate sustainable development, systems theory, natural capital valuation, and sustainable agriculture at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and the Columbia University Earth Institute.  Mr. Potent advises graduate students and student teams on sustainability projects, contributes to the Columbia University Seminar Series on Sustainable Finance, serves on several non-profit and impact investment boards and hosted an annual forum on sustainable agriculture.  He also consults and speaks publicly on corporate and agricultural sustainability and water quality.

Mr. Potent formerly led corporate partnerships for the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Water in Washington DC, advancing sustainable and market-based approaches to environmental protection.  Before this position, he served as EPA/US Department of Agriculture (USDA) liaison, facilitating collaboration among land grant universities, EPA, USDA, industry associations and other governmental agencies and academic institutions.  He established a regional component of the USDA National Integrated Water Quality Program, serving as regional director and member of the program’s national leadership team.  Earlier in his career, Mr. Potent led an energy and environmental engineering consulting practice, managed pollution prevention programs for a large environmental agency, and planned satellite and cable

infrastructure for a global telecommunications corporation.

Olivia Sprinkel
Sustainability strategy and communications advisor, working in Europe and United States

Highly experienced sustainability advisor, working with leading companies on developing their sustainability strategies and communications, in both Europe and New York.

I am highly experienced working with companies on developing strategic frameworks, and have worked with industry leading companies including H&M, L’Oreal, Elior Group, Coca-Cola Enterprises and P&G, to define and articulate vision, goal and targets.

In New York, I headed up the North America office of Salterbaxter for 2.5 years, leading a growing team, and winning a blue-chip roster of clients including FedEx, BNY Mellon, Macy’s and Aramark.

I have a particular specialism and interest in the apparel sector. In addition to my client work with apparel companies in Europe and the US, I spoke at the Sustainable Apparel Coalition conference in Vancouver in 2018 and the WeChangeFashion event in New York. I have also hosted the Companies vs Climate Change conference in Miami for the last two years.

I write on sustainability-related topics (as well as writing poetry and non-fiction). I edited the Salterbaxter annual Directions publication in 2012 on the subject of ‘Profits from Purpose’: http://www.salterbaxter.com/profits-from-purpose-the-big-mindshift-the-needs-to-happen/ My most recent publication in 2018 was about engaging employees in a sustainability experience.

I believe that through purpose, storytelling and creativity, we can engage employees and citizens* in moving towards a more sustainable world. (*Citizens or creativists – I don’t believe that we should be identified as consumers in a sustainable world). I have spent the first half of 2019 to travel to research a book – ‘A History of the Future of the World in 10 Trees’ and to use storytelling in a different way to raise awareness of climate change.

Paola DeAngeli 
Consultant

Paola has worked in various capacities across several industries with diverse stakeholders. These capacities include research and analysis of natural gas activities and strategies of global oil & gas companies, devising and executing successful business development strategies in the global textile industry, as well as analyzing financial institutions’ and multinationals’ reinsurance policies for complex reinsurance claims investigations in the U.S. and Latin America. Paola also led the creation and launch of an online business start-up related to energy management systems and sustainable/environmentally friendly products and services. She is the co-founder of a sustainability consulting company that advises companies in integrating all aspects of sustainability across their business strategies vis-à-vis the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).    Paola holds an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), is a LEED-GA accredited professional, an International Society of Sustainability Professionals – Sustainability Associate (ISSP-SA), and is a board member of the United Nations Association – Miami Chapter.  Paola is fluent in English, Portuguese, Italian and conversant in Spanish and French.

Greg Whiting
President at Alpine Flamingo LLC - energy and carbon consulting

Experienced energy professional. Strong demonstrated history of working in development and deployment of renewable and energy efficiency technologies, at utility, facility and off-grid scales. Skilled in Management, Research and Development (R&D), Renewable Energy, Marketing Strategy, and Energy. Strong operations and product development skills with a track record of successful product launches and product line growth. Certified Energy Manager (CEM), Professional Engineer, BS, MBA, MS.

Ann Erhardt 🌿 MM, ISSP-CSP, CC-P
Organizational Developer

I want to make the world a better place. I want to help vulnerable people in my community. I want my career to be committed to making a difference.

 

With nearly 20 years of professional experience in organizational development, business integration and the climate change advocacy industry, I’ve learned a lot both personally and professionally about how important it is to have a strategic system in place for each organization.

 

For any organization to have a lasting impression, not only with employees and management teams but even more importantly the clients and customers that they will be positively affecting, there has to be a strategy and the right implementation of processes and policies in place.

Dieter Kretchy
Consultant, Solid Waste Solutions

We work with clients on how they may best become more efficient in their solid waste management while reducing their operating costs by up to 30% and their CO2 emissions by up to 40%.

For universities we have done many analysis for showing annual costs savings of up to $ 500,000 per year.

For some schools we have found savings of more than $ 2 million over 20 years. For other schools, some with smaller budgets, we have found up to 40% cost savings. (For schools looking to finance cost reductions, we have access to low cost leasing programs.)

While analyzing waste handling on campuses, we have designed and developed the only waste handling system for universities that is based on waste generation, allowing for any size and type of receptacle, regardless of what type of truck is needed to empty the container. This system includes trash as well as all recycling efforts, from OCC to food waste and organics.

It is our goal to reduce the manual labor efforts of clients so that the staff now required to handle trash can be better utilized to achieve other results in maintaining greener environments.

 

Specialties: More than 15 years of:

Solid Waste Data analysis to determine actual cost of solid waste disposal

Equipment analysis to determine the right equipment to achieve client solution requests

Equipment design and efficiency solutions to reduce CO2 emissions, labor staffing, and operating costs

Writing Solid Waste Master Plans to affect change in real time as well as plan for the future. 

Lee Ashworth
Environmental & Energy Management Consultant

Based in the UK, Lee is an experienced Environmental Specialist with over 11 years in environmental management and sustainability and 20 years in the utility industry. Skilled in ISO 14001, ISO50001, Legal Compliance, Environmental Awareness, Management, Training, Documentation and accredited SKA assessor. 

Molly Whitaker
Policy Associate

I am currently studying at Clark University. I will complete my undergrad degree in May 2021 with plans to participate in the Fifth Year Master’s Program in Environmental Science and Policy. I also attended the School for Field Studies in Panama during my Spring 2020 semester studying Tropical Island Biodiversity Studies. I am currently looking for opportunities for internships and research in the field of Environmental Science, preferably with a policy focus.

 

Experienced Event Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the hospitality industry. Skilled in Customer Service, Teamwork, ArcGIS, R Programming, Microsoft Office, and conversational Spanish. 

Avril Saunders
Sustainability Consultant

Avril’s professional background encompasses agricultural research, water resource management, and environmental consulting.

Avril is skilled in developing geospatial maps and geological/geophysical diagrams using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and subsurface visualization software. Her field experience includes soil and surface water sampling, groundwater monitoring, and subsurface data collection. In 2016, she led the preliminary data discovery for the infrastructure and operational assessment of over 300 Indiana Public Water Systems.

In support of the U.S. Department of Energy’s environmental remediation projects at the Hanford Site, Avril managed groundwater modeling data for the analysis of radionuclide fate and transport. Through partnerships with the National Science Foundation and the Agricultural Department at Iowa State University, Avril conducted several field and laboratory simulations to quantify water and nutrient retention in biochar-applied soils. Working with the Office of Sustainability, she contributed the development of Sustaining Hoosier Communities; an educational initiative that fosters collaborations between Indiana University and local communities.  

Avril received a BS in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies from Iowa State University. She also holds a MS in Environmental Science with a concentration in Water Resources from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Jatin Kapoor
Climate & ESG Advisor

Jatin brings over 15 years of consulting and sales experience, across India and South East Asia. He has spearheaded efforts to help organizations expand into new territories, build partnerships and executed aggressive scale-up plans.

He was till recently leading partnerships and new business development for SecureNow, a technology driven insurance broking and risk management firm. His role included building partnerships, developing product-market mix, enabling digital transition and leading the team to achieve sales targets, specifically for medical negligence and infrastructure sectors.

For over 10 years before this, Jatin was a core member of a start-up climate change and renewable energy consulting firm, Emergent Ventures India (EVI). He has developed and led a team of consultants in India and Southeast Asia with expertise in carbon markets, climate policy, renewable energy, and corporate sustainability. Having spent over 5 years in Southeast Asia, he brings direct experience of setting-up and managing business operations, developing relationships with key partners and leading business development efforts across the region. For banks, private equity funds and other financial institutions, Jatin has conducted investment grade technical, regulatory and ESG due diligence of infrastructure transactions. He had also several carbon financing projects and over 8M credits across South and Southeast Asia.

In addition to his role with EVI, he also served as a Director with Environmental Resources Foundation (ERF), where he led partnerships with funding agencies, implementation experts and large corporate looking for credible CSR partners.

Clarissa Drysdale-Anderson
Sustainability Consultant

Clarissa is an Electrical Engineer with a master’s degree from the LSE (London School of Economics) in Business Strategy and Information Systems. She is an internationally certified ESG practitioner with diplomas from the Harvard Business School in Corporate Social Responsibility, and from INSEAD in Social Entrepreneurship. Fluent in Portuguese, Spanish and English, she has a wide international academic and professional experience in Brazil, Argentina, USA, Mexico, Australia, South Korea, India, Qatar, Poland, Spain and the UK. Clarissa has worked in a variety of sectors such as: Banking, Telecom, Pharmaceuticals, Management Consulting, NGOs and Private Equity Funds, for over 20 years. She has successfully grown a Pharmaceutical Marketing start-up in Latin America and for the last 10 years, has served as a Non-Executive Director of YouCanFreeUs, an international humanitarian organization that combats modern slavery in several parts of the world. In 2017, she launched YouCanFreeUs UK to educate young people in the country about this issue. Clarissa is passionate about helping companies develop a robust ESG strategy to achieve their optimal social and environmental impact, while mitigating potential risks. She is currently based in London working for LIVOGO, a boutique development firm focused on Impact Investment & Sustainability, she co-founded in 2016.

Quincy Milton III
Environmental Consultant

Quincy Milton III is a recent graduate of Clark University and received a bachelor’s degree in biology. This upcoming year Quincy will pursue a master’s degree in biology focused on the biomechanics of fish in predator-prey interactions. Though his studies have primarily focused on marine and fish biology, Quincy has developed a broad range of biological skills. He has been fortunate enough to study abroad in the Caribbean on multiple occasions and is quite interested in the conservation of coral reef ecosystems. As an avid outdoorsman, Quincy has a passion for conservation which has led to his interest in environmental consulting. With CVCC, Quincy hopes to make a tangible impact in advancing the fight against climate change.

Yashi Dadhich
Sustainability Consultant

Yashi is a result-oriented ambitious sustainability professional, her goal is to align creative and innovative sustainable business strategies into organizations by proactive leadership and education of stakeholders. Yashi has worked on sustainability projects in various industries including textiles, apparel, hospitality, academic institutes, sports, commercial printing, transportation, and the oil and gas industry. She has recently advised a Fortune 100 global conglomerate for improving their ESG performance score and in the UN SDG selection process.

​​​Yashi is the founder of a sustainability consulting firm – KAHANI. Its inception is deeply rooted in one of the worst industrial disasters in human history – Bhopal Gas Tragedy. Yashi is one of the fortunate survivors of this horrific industrial accidents, she established KAHANI as her commitment to support organizations to be responsible and purpose-driven. Yashi aims to engage, educate, and encourage organizations to embrace and embed sustainability at their organization via KAHANI. She decodes sustainability and helps companies reduce their operating costs while reducing their environmental impact and increasing their social impact.

​Yashi is working with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies as a sustainability contributor to evaluate the environmental and social benefits of this futuristic transportation technology. She is currently teaching at Miami Fashion Institute, where she is weaving sustainability into the textile industry.

In March 2019, Yashi was invited to a parallel event at the United Nations, New York during the Commission on the Status of Women Conference (CSW 63) to participate as a panelist for discussions on Tourism and Hotels Globally Empowering Women and Sustainable Development. In April 2019, she participated in revising the guidelines for conducting Social Life Cycle Assessment at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Paris.

Yashi is actively involved in leadership roles at the Harvard University Alumni Association. She is the secretary and the programming director of Harvard Alumni for Fashion, Luxury and Retail, a Shared Interest Group of Harvard University Alumni.

Yashi holds a graduate degree focusing on sustainability, and a certificate in Corporate Sustainability and Innovation from Harvard University Extension School. Yashi’s first master’s degree is in Textiles from North Carolina State University. She has a bachelor’s diploma in Fashion Design and Information Technology from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. 

Bob Bergeron
Sr. Packaging Consultant

Bob Bergeron has been the owner of Bergeron Packaging Strategies, LLC for 5 years. Bob started in the Flexible Packaging Area in 1985 at the age of 24, he made VP of Engineering and Technical by the age of 30. He was name CEO by the time he was 40. In his 35 years as President, CEO, Director and VP at multiple converters, he has been managing the technical, engineering and sales in all areas of flexible packaging – coating, laminating, extrusion, printing and converting.

As owner / president of BPS, he brings his technical and hands-on experience into the design, development and manufacturing of packaging. He brings converters and end-users together to bring about innovation, service and quality that meet or exceed all requirements. Bob focuses on sustainable/recyclable packaging and help my customers navigate the sustainable/recyclable packaging landscape

James Rosenstein
Corporate Sustainability, Communications, Business Development

With 25+ years in communications, public and external affairs in global companies, I am at home in an international business environment, with in-depth senior experience including in the automotive and banking sectors. I work with clients to develop and implement successful and creative long-term strategies for: corporate sustainability, corporate philanthropy, corporate communications, image and identity, media relations, marketing, advertising, organizational development and growth, business development, international relations, government affairs, crisis communication and

• Strong management and team-building skills, as well as excellent speaking and writing ability. As a consultant, I can help establish and implement a comprehensive and credible Corporate Sustainability policy and program. It will address and help to overcome inevitable challenges and obstacles that are encountered on the way, such as the role of and priorities for corporate sustainability in the company, the level of integration, and balancing purpose and profit, among others.

• Fluent in English, French, Portuguese, with moderate Spanish and basic knowledge of Chinese and German.

James completed his studies at Harvard and La Sorbonne in Paris. He is a member of Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative and of the ALI Coalition. He also completed a course at the Harvard Business School on Sustainable Business Strategy.

Miguel Angel Cinquantini
Consultant: Carbon Footprint and Climate Change

My experience, of more than 15 years, is focused on Management, Coordination, and Consulting. I have worked in Argentina and abroad, as a dependent employee and freelance, in private companies as well as in the governmental and non-governmental sector.
I have a Master in Life Cycle Analysis, Carbon Footprint, and Water Footprint and a Master in Energies for Sustainable Development. I consider myself a creative, proactive, and sociable person with leadership skills to work alone or in a team, with people of different ages, genres, and cultures.
I am looking for projects that allow me to develop my skills with new experiences and challenges, both personally and professionally.

Dawn Strength
Sustainability Consultant

Dawn’s professional background encompasses LEED® Design & Construction, sustainability consulting, resource management, and environmental education. She has 11 years of sustainability experience in both the non-profit and corporate work environment. Dawn is skilled in working with business leaders and universities; as well as city, county, and state policymakers, on issues related to: LEED® certification, energy-efficient design, circular economy, and green building policies.

Most recently, Dawn assisted a Fortune 500 financial corporation in achieving its desired 2020 environmental commitment goals. She managed the LEED® Design & Construction sustainable development of over 10 properties totaling 800,000+ square feet and achieving average sustainability metrics of 32% water savings, 42% lighting power reduction, and 100% purchase of renewable energy. Additionally, she advised clients on new innovations in sustainability which would result in cost savings and provide the most beneficial impact on local ecology and global; climate change.

Dawn worked at the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) where she served as a technical subject matter expert for all USGBC and GBCI published guidance related to LEED® and WELL® certification. Drawing on cutting-edge knowledge of, and direct experience with, the suite of LEED Rating Systems she assisted teams in the design, construction and real estate industries with technical inquiries on issues such as material and resource selection, resiliency planning, water-efficient design, waste auditing and post-construction air flush out procedures. This role was actively involved in reviewing content and approving educational programs for continuing education for LEED® professionals.

Dawn holds a MS in Sustainable Systems (Resource Management) and a BS in Environmental Studies (GIS minor) both from Slippery Rock University. She is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD + C). Dawn currently serves on the Sustainable Technologies Advisory Committee at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

Dominique D. Dowd
Sustainability Professional | LEED Green Associate

I believe in the relevance of eco-conscious policies and practices in my professional and personal life. For the last five years, I’ve worked in facilities operations with a focus on implementing green building solutions. Additionally, I am experienced in developing and implementing processes that drive efficiency. I’m open to connecting with other sustainability professionals and enthusiasts as well as career opportunities in sustainability management.

Shakila Rajendra
Sustainability, Communications and Climate Advocacy Consultant

Experienced manager and communicator with a demonstrated history of working in industries spanning sustainability, renewables & energy efficiency, media & communications, conservation & climate change policy. Skilled in writing & editing, reporting, sustainability strategy & policy, corporate social responsibility, communications , journalism and media relations.

Cesar Roncallo
Circular economy | Waste management & Recycling

MSc in Sustainable Resources Management, bachelor’s in Industrial Engineering with experience in processes improvement and project management. Interest in Circular Economy, renewable resources projects and waste management and recycling technologies.

Erin Fisher Leonard
Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Professional

Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility professional with 13 years of experience in corporate environmental management at global entertainment and consumer products companies. Areas of expertise include sustainability, supply chain, project management, product and packaging sustainability, social responsibility, and analytics.
SKILLS
• Corporate analytics
• Global business experience
• Strategic thinker
• Budget management and forecasting
• Proven leadership and project management capabilities
• Software and technology development and implementation
Through my educational and work experiences over the past 13 years, I have direct experience with creating corporate strategy, project management, cross-functional team leadership, managing company-wide initiatives with significant budgets, conducting analysis and developing metrics for large data sets, and setting enterprise-wide targets and aspirational goals. I have worked in the areas of employee and stakeholder engagement, volunteer and philanthropy strategy and implementation, transportation and logistics, life cycle analysis, and sustainable procurement.
I have also demonstrated strong skills in collaboration across business areas, communication to various audiences including senior leadership, ability to communicate complex issues in a clear and concise manner, effective presentation and writing abilities, ability to be self-motivated as well as work well within a team, adaptability and flexibility with changing priorities, and maintaining a positive attitude through challenges.
Specialties: Corporate sustainability, Corporate Responsibility, Supply Chain Management

Brittany Bossel
EHS/CSR Consultant

Brittany is a young professional with experience in Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and ESG/CSR. She has previously worked as an EHS consultant, and most recently worked at VIZIO, Inc. as a Social Responsibility Analyst. Brittany received her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Prescott College in 2018, where she studied sustainability practices used within the microbrewing industry.

Rajratna Sardar
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene | Sustainable Development

Experienced with a demonstrated history of working in the think tank industry. I worked on multiple projects in the WASH sector and have a good experience of managerial and technical lead positions in the non-profit and corporate sector. I am particularly well-versed in hands-on field experience. I am an effective communicator and coordinator, with experience building teams and managing both local and remote employees. Additionally, I am skilled in data analytics, technical guidance, strategic planning, grant management, planning and coordination, project management, infrastructure planning, disaster risk reduction and planning, water resource management, community engagement, monitoring and evaluation, corporate social responsibility, content development for knowledge products and training, capacity building, strategy design & implementation, policy and advocacy. I also have well-experienced preparing proposals. I enjoy working across different cultures and backgrounds; I possess a distinctive ability to balance the personal side of the business with technical expertise and high-level management skills. I am adept at maintaining control of high-pressure situations.

Mitch Krauss
Chemistry, Materials, Manufacturing, Facility Mgmt

Highly accomplished and versatile leader in sustainability, chemistry, product, manufacturing, and environmental stewardship. A proven track record managing programs, projects, and inventories in excess of $24M/year. Over 20 years of experience in a blend of industries. Managed teams of 5 – 24 individuals. Intuitive and customer focused with proven ability to translate analytics into executable plans that drive results. A creative and innovative professional with a strong skill set for research, development, implementation of new business processes and programs, and performance enhancements to existing processes and programs. A unifier recognized across industries with the ability to establish trust and credibility at many organizational levels as well as building and leading highly effective teams and external partnerships.

Janet Nyamusi
Environment compliance, Climate change, Sustainable Consumption/Production, waste management

I am based in Kenya and have 9 years as an Environmental compliance, Climate change, Sustainable Consumption, Production and waste management expert after my studies of environmental science and Climate change. My professional experience has been focused on life cycle assessment (LCA), circular economy, Industrial Symbiosis, Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production, WASH, Green Growth, Climate Change, carbon footprint, material flow analysis, social sustainability assessment, life cycle costing, multi-criteria decision analysis, material efficiency, eco-design and global change. I work on different environmental programmes geared towards pollution reduction, sustainability, low carbon and climate resilient, energy management, waste management and compliance to national environmental and health standards, focused on maintaining partnerships with key stakeholders to advocate for various programmes agenda.

I have hands on experience in developing project proposals, implementation and management of grant funded projects, mapping out of project partners and stakeholders, participate and oversee research, learning and knowledge management of various project activities, providing technical support and capacity building to stakeholders for stronger engagement, documenting and disseminating best practices through publications for replication, up-scaling and policy advice, developing of programs’ work plans, budget, M&E plans, framework and track implementation of work plans while identifying best practices, field surveys and generating reports, Monitoring, Evaluation and verification, technical and financial reporting, and preparation and coordination of the media invites and press release and communicating project results through workshops.

Bella Natale
Sustainability Marketing Manager

I am a recent graduate from Bentley University, with a major in Marketing, and have experience within sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and social impact. I am a dynamic critical thinker, with experience in several areas of marketing including purpose-driven, cause, employee-engagement, education, merchandising, and analytics with a focus in sustainability.

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