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  1. 1. Sustainability Careers and Lifestyles 2016 MASSACHUSETTS GREEN CAREERS CONFERENCE September 29, 2016 RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 1
  2. 2. Overview • Introductions • Sustainability 101 • My Career Path • Sustainability At Home RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 2
  3. 3. Presenters • Debra Shepard Principal/Owner, Riverstone Sustainability • Ashley Carter Program Manager, New Lands Farm • Amanda Brown Co-Founder & Manager, Nuestro Huerto RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 3
  4. 4. Sustainability 101 Social EconomicEnvironmental Sustainable development is “Development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” Brundtland Commission, 1987 RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 4
  5. 5. What Inspires Us to Do This Work? “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.” Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 5
  6. 6. My Career Path RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY Marine Biology Environmental Management LEED AP http://socilab.com/ 6
  7. 7. About Riverstone Sustainability We are a consulting firm that helps organizations to: Measure, Manage, and Report Sustainability Impacts RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 7
  8. 8. What Types of Skills Are Needed for Sustainability Management? • Technical - Ability to understand environmental science and policy, data and trends, technologies, etc. • Interpersonal skills - Motivating change, engaging diverse stakeholders • Communications - Presenting the case to senior management, tracking key performance metrics • Prioritizing - Juggling multiple projects, limited budgets, shifting timelines, and diverging perspectives RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 8
  9. 9. Key Stakeholders • Academic Clients:  Facilities Directors  Sustainability Coordinators  Recycling Staff and Service Providers  Faculty  Students  Community Partners • Corporate Clients:  Environmental Compliance Director  Sustainability Manager  Corporate Communications / Investor Relations  Marketing / Sales Team RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 9
  10. 10. A Day in the Life of a Consultant…. RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 0 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 8000 9000 10000 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 GHGEmissions(MTCO2e) Campus GHG Emissions 10
  11. 11. Sustainability at Home RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 11
  12. 12. Wellness and Sustainability Wellness Physical Social EmotionalIntellectual Environmental Work-Life Balance • Setting Boundaries • Finding Time for Connection & Reflection • Honoring Self, Family, Community, Ecosystem • Generating Creative Energy For Career RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 12
  13. 13. Day-to-Day Sustainability • Energy  MassSave - Home Energy Audit  95% efficient furnace; programmable thermostats  LED bulbs  EnergyStar certified appliances • Transportation  Home office – Big reduction in commute miles  Family activities can be a challenge! • Waste  Reduce, Re-use, Recycle  Curbside compost collection  Local “curb alert” Facebook page • Purchasing  Meals - Focus on local, whole-foods  Minimalistic lifestyle  Look for non-toxic, recycled, renewable items RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 13
  14. 14. Teaching the Next Generation RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 14
  15. 15. Thank You! Debra Shepard, LEED AP Principal / Owner Riverstone Sustainability dshepard@riverstonesustainability.com www.riverstonesustainability.com RIVERSTONESUSTAINABILITY 15

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