The International Society of Sustainability Professionals is about taking sustainability to the next level, making it a standard practice in all organizations. And here at ISSP Success Stories is where we share the stories of those individuals, and organization who are doing exactly that, taking sustainability to the next level and helping their companies, and associates grow in new and productive ways.


Every month ISSP Executive Director Maureen Hart will be joined with Peter Arpin the host of ReNewable Now's Business Side of Green, as they interview and profile a standout professional from within the world of sustainability. They'll explore what drives these professionals passion, to what they have learned, and how they have integrated sustainable practices into the companies, organization, and with individuals they work with on a daily basis.  


These shared sustainable success stories will be coming to us from around the globe and will inspire all of us no matter what level we may be within our own world of sustainability to continue to grow, and build a better, and more productive future.


So we look forward to sharing with you these stories as we all work together in becoming more sustainable.




 

 




This Week's Profile:


Julian Crawford is a pioneer in sustainability in Australia, and has led EcoSTEPS since its inception in 1999. Julian has a science and business background. Having originally studied zoology at Oxford University, England, he then worked internationally as a Chartered Accountant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, where he became National Training & Technical Manager. He has also owned and operated an international retail and marketing group and so understands first hand the challenges of managing a business in a complex and competitive environment. Julian has assisted clients across a wide range of sectors in developing sustainability strategies.

He is an accredited consultant and trainer with the global sustainability framework, The Natural Step. He is an experienced facilitator and member of IAP2. He is a director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and has been a director of the not-for-profit Futures Foundation and Environs Australia, the local government environment network. Julian has also chaired the Institute of Chartered Accountants' Broad Based Business Reporting Committee. He speaks and writes widely on sustainability issues.


Website:

ecoSTEPS




This Week's Profile:


Tad Radzinski is co-founder and President of Sustainable Solutions Corporation and Certification Officer for GreenCircle Certified, LLC. He has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University and M.S. in Water Resources and Environmental Engineering from Villanova University. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Certified Sustainability Facility Professional (SFP). Tad also served as the Waste Minimization Program National Expert for the Environmental Protection Agency from 1997 to 2007. With 30 years of practical experience, Tad has been a trusted advisor for Fortune 500 companies across a wide range of industries. He has assisted clients with the development and integration of sustainable product innovation programs, has been instrumental in assisting clients with developing more sustainable products and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs, and has experience with the Health Product Declaration Pilot Program. Tad has also certified close to 30 buildings to various LEED rating systems.  Tad is a recognized industry expert, educator, and speaker. He serves as an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University and assisted with development of the Masters of Sustainable Engineering Degree Program. He teaches graduate classes in Sustainable Manufacturing, and Advanced Life Cycle Assessment/Introduction to Sustainable Product Design, and Sustainable Buildings and Operations.


Website:

Sustainable Solutions

 




This Week's Profile:


Thomas Day has been the United States Postal Service Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) since June 2011. In addition to being the CSO, he also serves as the Chief Environmental Officer for the Postal Service.

 

The USPS sustainability effort is focused upon creating a culture of conservation throughout the organization and leading the adoption of sustainable business practices. The office plans and implements effective environmental compliance programs as the cornerstone of our sustainability efforts.

 

Working closely with a variety of USPS functional groups such as Network Operations, Delivery and Post Office Operations, Facilities, Supply Management, a variety of vendors and the mailing industry, our group sets policies and implements programs in areas of Environmental Compliance, Sustainability and Energy Initiatives.

 

In addition to Thomas's responsibilities at the U.S. Postal Service, he also formerly served (2007-2011) as Chairman of the Standards Board for the Universal Postal Union (UPU). The UPU is the United Nations Agency that coordinates the efforts of the 193 Postal Administrations throughout the world. As part of this role he also co-chaired a collaborative effort between the UPU and the European Commission to ensure the harmonization of mutual standards.

 

Prior to serving in this role as CSO, he was Senior Vice President, Intelligent Mail and Address Quality (2007-2011), Senior Vice President, Government Relations (2005-2007), and Vice President, Engineering (2001-2005). One of his responsibilities as the Vice President Engineering was to also serve as the Chief Environmental Officer.


Website:

USPS SUSTAINABILITY




This Week's Profile:


Dr. Sarah E. Lewis is passionate about identifying and working through challenges at the interface of humans and the environment. A leader in the field of sustainability, Sarah is  on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, an author on articles related to perceptions of ecological integrity and improving supply chain sustainability, and the Managing Director of Research and Integration with The Sustainability Consortium (TSC). In her role at TSC she oversees working group and research integration strategy across consumer goods industry sectors. Her work with TSC focuses on directing research projects, developing implementation programs, and managing member relationships in order to drive the development and use of TSC Product Sustainability Toolkits. Sarah holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Dynamics, a Master of Arts in French, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology and French Secondary Education. An award-winning educator, Sarah is an Adjunct Professor of Environmental Sociology and serves on a number of graduate student committees. She is also an active and recognized sustainability leader in her community, having served as an elected official on the Fayetteville, Arkansas City Council, and currently serves as a board member of the Illinois River Watershed Partnership and the Walton Arts Center Council.



Website:

Dr. Sarah E. Lewis

 




This Week's Profile:


Jeff Yorzyk specializes in strategic environmental management and stewardship, with a focus on risk and opportunity management across the enterprise and into the supply chain. He has over 20 years of experience in sustainability across a broad range of sectors, holding leadership roles in Corporate Sustainability Solutions, Product Sustainability & LCA, Enterprise Asset Management and Strategic Management Systems.

Jeff believes that "pro bono" service is critical to both the profession and his personal mission to fuse sustainability into organizations. Prior to joining ISSP, he served on the Board of CORE Colorado as Vice President, President and Chair of the Board; and with P3 Colorado as Program Chair, Vice President and President of the Board. Currently a Senior Program Manager at Cardno Americas, Jeff works with public and commercial clients on management system approaches and decision support tools that reduce environmental and social risk, increase operational effectiveness and maximize the resilience of enterprise assets.



Website:

Jeff Yorzyk

 




This Week's Profile:


Will Sarni leads the water strategy practice for the Social Impact Consulting Practice, a newly launched commercial consulting business within Deloitte Consulting. The Social Impact Consulting Practice delivers inclusive market solutions to address the greatest societal challenges for clients in the public, private, and social sectors.

 

An internationally recognized thought leader on sustainability and corporate water strategies, Sarni is a frequent speaker for corporations, conferences and universities, as well as a columnist on sustainability and water strategies for GreenBiz. He is the author of "Corporate Water Strategies" (Earthscan 2011, and in Chinese by Shanghai Jiao Tong University Press 2013) and "Water Tech - A Guide to Innovation Investment, and Business Opportunities in the Water Sector" (Routledge 2013). He is currently working on, "21st Century Growth: Beyond the Energy - Water - Food Nexus" (Dō Sustainability 2015).



Website:

Deloitte Consulting

 




This Week's Profile:


Graham Russell is a sustainable business professional and sustainability consultant. He brings 25 years of CEO experience in small to mid-sized companies in the environmental services and transportation industries to the task of helping organizations understand how a strategy based on the principles of sustainability drives innovation, competitive advantage, job creation and improved financial performance.  Through TrupointAdvisors, he provides consulting services to companies wishing to develop and implement a sustainability-based strategy as well as strategic marketing and planning services to companies in the environmental services and cleantech industries with a special focus on waste elimination and water-related services. Russell is presently the Outreach Ambassador for the Managing for Sustainability Program at the University of Colorado Denver Business School, where he also directs sustainability courses in the MBA program and chairs the School’s Managing for Sustainability Advisory Council.  He is also the program coordinator for the Colorado Association for Recycling’s annual conference and a frequent writer and speaker on the subject of the benefits of sustainability-based strategies for companies.  He is co-author of “A Simple Path to Sustainability."


Website:

Graham Russell

 




This Week's Profile:


Dorothy Fisher Atwood. Dorothy is the principal of her own Oregon-based sustainability consultancy.   She has over 30 years of experience in management systems and sustainability consulting.  Her focus is helping organizations integrate sustainability, energy performance improvement or environmental stewardship into their organizational fabric using management system tools (e.g. ISO 50001 or ISO 14001).  Ms. Atwood is co-founder and on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).  She instructs for the on-line ISSP sustainability certificate program and the University of Oregon Sustainability Leadership program.  She also co-manages the Portland-based ResourceFull Use program that explores innovative methods for resource sharing and by-product synergies between organizations.


Website:

Dorothy Fisher Atwood

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This Week's Profile:


Bill Wallace assists public and private sector organizations identify and track emerging trends and issues, assess their impacts and importance, and take the appropriate actions in order to maintain or improve operational performance.

Bill's primary focus is on sustainable development engineering principles and practices, educating clients on how to improve sustainable performance while at the same time, reducing design, construction and operating costs.
   

Bill is recognized internationally as an expert on sustainable engineering.   Founded in 2003, his consultancy has developed a substantial client base of more than 40 U.S. and international organizations in both the public and private sector.  His book, Becoming Part of the Solution:  The Engineer's Guide to Sustainable Development, has been labeled a "best seller" in the consulting engineering community.


Website:

www.wallacefutures.com

 




This Week's Profile:


Andrew Mangan is co-founder and executive director of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development (US BCSD), a non-profit association of businesses launched in 2002 whose purpose is to create and deliver value driven sustainable development projects in the United States. Projects are member-led and designed to create value through economic returns and environmental and social benefits. Mr. Mangan holds a masters degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he attended the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs as an International Fellow. He currently serves on the board of the Foundation for Sustainable Development, is a member of the Education Committee for the International Society of Industrial Ecology, and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Science Institute at the University of Texas at Austin.


Website:

usbcsd.org/

 




This Week's Profile:


Marilyn Johnson, Director, Corporate Sustainability for IHS, is committed to advancing the culture and profession of sustainability, and adoption of sustainable business practices.  Marilyn has nearly 20 years of experience developing and executing strategy to advance Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability in global companies.  Marilyn is an active professional in the Sustainability field, including her role as VP of the ISSP Board; an SASB Advisory Council member and through involvement with the AIHA Stewardship and Sustainability Committee. Johnson is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine, Sustainability Leadership program, Seattle University's Executive Leadership Program; holds a Master's degree in Health Science from the University of Toronto; a Bachelor's degree in Biology; and a Bachelor's degree in Physical and Health Education, both from Queen's University in Canada.


Website:

www.ihs.com/about/corporate-sustainability.html

 




This Week's Profile:


Sarah Beaubien, as Director of Sustainability for Farmer Bros. Co., Sarah develops and implements strategy, process, and systems to support sustainability and corporate responsibility-linking people, planet, and profits. Through an innovative lens, she guides a culture of sustainability, both internally and with all stakeholder relationships. Through impact tracking, waste and water reduction, greenhouse gas emission reduction, renewable energy, sustainable coffee portfolio management, stakeholder engagement, and stewardship projects, Sarah aspires to create transparent and sustainable coffee, tea, and spice supply systems. Prior to her current role, Sarah spent six years as an Account Manager and a Product Manager at Coffee Bean International, a division of Farmer Brothers. Before joining Coffee Bean International, Sarah spent ten years planning and coordinating marketing strategy in various industries. Sarah holds a BA from The Colorado College in Literature and Secondary Education and an MBA from the University of Portland in Marketing and Sustainability


Website:

www.farmerbros.com/our-story/sustainability

 




This Week's Profile:


Marsha Willard, Ph.D. is founder and CEO of AXIS, a consulting firm founded in 1990.  Marsha applies her management consulting, training and facilitation skills to help organizations find responsible solutions that meet all stakeholder needs: owners, customers, employees, the community and the environment.  AXIS is recognized for its expertise in the implementation of sustainability.  Marsha and her partner have co-authored six popular business books, including The Business Guide to Sustainability and A Step by Step Guide to Sustainability Planning.  She is a member of the faculty for the Bainbridge Graduate Institute where she teaches sustainability in business as part of the first year of the MBA program.  Marsha is also co-founder and former Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, a professional association serving the practitioners in the fast-growing sustainability arena


Website:

www.axisperformance.com/

 




This Week's Profile:


Stephan Levitsky is an experienced executive with a unique mixture of water, wastewater, soil, brownfield, site, environmental compliance, and green building sustainability knowledge.  He is a tenacious problem solver using environmental and social knowledge and data to make critical environmental and social sustainability decisions. Special strengths in identifying innovative and simple ways in reducing the use of resources, understanding social and environmental impacts, and working and communicating with companies, organizations, and agencies to implement these ideas, and has foundation skills in marketing, business strategy, P/L management, planning, and project direction.  In his current role, Director, Corporate Sustainability with American Sugar Refining, Inc., he interacts with C-Level management creating sustainability mission, vision, and strategy for the entire organization.  He implements that strategy across 16 facilities in 6 different countries.  He drives energy, water, and waste reduction efforts across all facilities, and works with management staff at the facility level to understand barriers to implementing strategy and completing sustainability related projects, and assists in removing those barriers.


Website:

www.linkedin.com/in/stephanlevitsky

 




This Week's Profile:

Susan Burns


Susan Burns is Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Global Footprint Network. Over the last decade she has built Global Footprint Network into one of the leading and most respected scientific organizations in the world addressing global ecological limits. She  continues to lead the overall strategic direction of Global Footprint Network and now advises governments and financial institutions on incorporating ecological risk into financial risk analysis and government policy.

Prior to launching Global Footprint Network, Susan founded the pioneering sustainability consulting firm Natural Strategies, advising such companies as Mitsubishi Electric, Genencor, and Lowes. She has over 18 years of experience working with more than 50 corporations and other organizations on a variety of sustainability-related issues from forest policy to business strategy. Susan led the development of the screening methodology for Portfolio 21, the US's first mutual fund dedicated to environmental sustainability. She has spoken widely on the subject of sustainability, human development, and corporate responsibility, having delivered keynote and other lectures at over 100 national and international events.


Website:

www.footprintnetwork.org

 




This Week's Profile:

Jefferey Hollander



    • Founder & CEO of Sustain Condoms

    • Co-Founder of American Sustainable Business Council


Awards:


  • 2014 ISSP Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 2004 Terry Ehrich Award
  • Fast Company Fast 50
  • Winning Workplaces' Best Bosses Award 2006
  • 2012 NYU Stern's Citi Leadership & Ethics Program Distinguished Fellow


Guest Bios:


Jeffrey Hollender is a leading authority on corporate responsibility, sustainability and social equity. More than twenty years ago, he co-founded Seventh Generation and went on to build the fledgling company into a leading natural product brand known for its authenticity, transparency, and progressive business practices. Today, as an social entrepreneur, author, speaker, consultant, and activist, Jeffrey’s mission is to inspire and provoke business leaders to think differently about the role they and their companies play in society. Along the way, he’s working to drive systemic change that makes it easier for businesses to become radically more sustainable, transparent and responsible.


Website:

www.jeffreyhollender.com/

 





About:

Maureen Hart is the Executive Director of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). She is also an internationally known expert on sustainability indicators and the author of the Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators on measuring sustainability. Both the guide and the related web site are being used world-wide by organizations and communities working on understanding and measuring progress toward sustainability. She also created the on-line version of S-CORE, the sustainability assessment tool that is part of the suite of sustainability tools that ISSP offers its members, and prior to becoming the ED of ISSP, Maureen was the President and founder of Sustainable Measures,

Website:

www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/

 




About:

For 25 years, Joel Makower has been a well-respected voice on business, sustainability, and innovation. As an award-winning writer, speaker, and strategist on corporate sustainability practices, clean technology, and green marketing, he has helped a wide range of companies align environmental responsibility with business success.

Joel is a talented communicator who can cut through the hype and haze to provide clarity and perspective on a range of issues. He brings a clear understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing mainstream companies as they try to address social and environmental issues in a way that drives bottom-line performance and topline growth. He understands the alignment between sustainability and innovation, and how leadership companies are combining the two.

 

His balanced, realistic, and empowering approach to sustainable business and clean technology has inspired executives in a wide range of companies and sectors to create strategic roadmaps, make the business case, foster innovation, articulate a vision internally, form meaningful partnerships, and communicate more effectively with a broad range of stakeholders.

 

The Associated Press has called him "The guru of green business practices."

 

Joel is chairman and executive editor of GreenBiz Group Inc., creator of GreenBiz.com as well as research reports and events on the corporate sustainability strategy and trends. He hosts the annual GreenBiz Forums and VERGE conferencesaround the world, and is author of the annual State of Green Business report.


Website:

http://www.greenbiz.com/

 




About:

K.J. McCorry is the founder of eco-officiency, offering sustainability consulting services to small and medium-sized businesses. She specializes in sustainability planning, assessments and employee training. She has been an avid environmentalist for over 25 years, cultivating sustainability within her own personal and professional life.

For the past 16 years, K.J. has served as one of the leading efficiency and productivity consultants for companies, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Her work has been committed to streamlining processes to not only to create efficiency, but also sustainability.

K.J. has served on multiple non-profit boards committed to social and environmental responsibility. She is the Director of International Society of Sustainability Professionals, Director of PassageWorks Institute, President of Sundance Homeowners Association, and former co-President of CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy). She has held positions including Director of Businesses for Social Responsibility - Colorado Chapter, former President and founding member of P3: People, Planet Profit, and Treasurer for Extras for Education.  


Website:

www.eco-officiency.com/index.html

 




About:

Bob Willard is a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies and has given hundreds of keynote presentations to corporate, government, university and NGO audiences. He's also a founding member of the ISSP Sustainability Hall of Fame(TM). In this video segment, Bob talks about how to connect the dots between what businesses are trying to do with sustainability, some of the top challenges of sustainability, and how businesses can contribute to sustainability and be profitable.


Website:

http://sustainabilityadvantage.com/


 




About:

More than 200 sustainability professionals gathered for a “who's who” of sustainability at ISSP Conference 2014, held recently in Denver, Colorado. The conference served as a platform for leaders in sustainability from around the world to honor pioneers within the profession, and to network, learn and share best practices. The ISSP Board of Directors also used the forum to announce an acceleration of the work that ISSP has been doing over the past few years in laying the groundwork for certification of the sustainability profession.


Website:

Click here for ISSP Certification Information

www.sustainabilityprofessionals.org/

ISSP & ReNewable Now Join Forces


Peter Arpin of ReNewable Now & Maureen Hart of ISSP


Renewable Now has become the premier media partner of ISSP. Under the terms of the agreement, Renewable Now and ISSP will partner on a variety of joint promotional and marketing efforts to bring sustainability news and information to their respective audiences.

A video crew from Renewable Now attended ISSP Conference 2014 last fall to film a series of interviews with conference attendees.  Entitled ISSP Profiles in Excellence, the video series profiles leaders in sustainability who share their experience and talk about who inspired them, where they think the sustainability field needs to go and what aspiring sustainability professionals should be doing to make sustainability standard practice.


Commenting on the strategic partnership, ISSP Executive Director Maureen Hart says, “We're very excited to have entered into our partnership with the team at Renewable Now. They're a great group of professionals from the business, educational and media communities who have come together to focus on what they believe to be the next economy, the Green Economy."

Peter Arpin, host and Executive Producer of ReNewable Now’s Business Side of Green had this to say about the partnership. “ReNewable Now is honored to be working with our new partners at ISSP, we firmly believe that this organization is going to help to shape the future of the profession through their certification program, and on-going educational outreach initiatives. Rarely do you find organizations with such intellectual depth that are complimented with so many passionate, and committed individuals that are working for a common good."




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About Maureen Hart, ISSP Executive Dir.

With more than 20 years in the field of sustainability, Hart brings a wealth of experience in her position of ISSP's Executive Director . She is an expert in sustainability indicators and author of the Guide to Sustainable Community Indicators. As founder and owner of Sustainable Measures, a private consulting firm based in West Hartford, Connecticut, she has assisted a wide variety of large and small for-profit and not-for-profit organizations understand and develop more sustainable practices.