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NEWS: SSC Launches New Website, Moves Blog to New Home

Posted by Jennifer Woofter on April 29, 2009

We’re delighted to announce that our website facelift is complete! Go to www.sustainabilityconsulting.com to see all the upgrades and new info – it’s been months in the works and we’re really proud of the way it’s turned out. One thing you do need to know: we’ve moved our blog over from WordPress so please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds with this new information:

SSC Blog: http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/blog/
RSS Feed: http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/blog/rss.xml

Other things to note: we’ve launched a podcast service! Every week we’ll be publishing a new interview with a sustainability consultant. This week, we have Dave Nelson of Nelson Sustainability discussing how to talk to executives about sustainability, and next week we’ll feature our interview with Jessica Vreeswijk of GreenITtools.com talking about–what else–Green IT.

SSC Podcast: http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/podcasts/
RSS Feed: http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/podcasts/rss.xml

And now you can also get a feed of SSC events on your RSS reader!

SSC Events: http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/events/
RSS Feed: http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com/events/rss.xml

Finally, did you know that we’re on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter? Come connect with us!

Facebook – we just created a Facebook page in April, and so it’s a little bare. But become a member today and help us create great content! We’ll be adding information on a regular basis – plus, it’s a fun way to see what people at SSC are up to in a less formal atmosphere.

LinkedIn – if you’re a sustainability consultant, join the SSC Consultant Network group on LinkedIn. We’ve currently got more than 100 members, and post upcoming events, projects, and job offers.

Twitter – Jennifer is experimenting with Twitter and enjoying the challenge of communicating in 140 characters or less. Follow her to find out what a “day in the life of a sustainability consultant” looks like!

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PEOPLE: Meet our Spring 2009 Intern Team

Posted by dbuhrau on January 10, 2009

We’re so pleased to have a great team of research and marketing interns this Spring-they are an amazing group of talented students and recent grads that are making a huge contribution to our work. Read on for their details…

Bari Levine is a senior Geography major at the University of Maryland, College Park with a concentration in Global Environmental Change. After conducting research on corporate social responsibility and sustainability in the business sector for a previous internship, Bari became interested in learning as much as she can about how businesses can positively contribute to the United States’ shift towards sustainability. Bari hopes to help the environment and combat climate change through the changing of business practices. Bari is from outside Philadelphia and enjoys spending time with family, friends, her many pets, and traveling.

Matthew Savage has 10 years of diverse experience, working for British Petroleum in both France and the UK before starting his own business. Matthew is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in International Economics. He has a particular interest in water conservation.

Tracy Jarvis, Ph.D. has a professional background in coaching, consulting, training, and academia. She ran a coaching and consulting business specializing in strategic change and alignment, and before that was a professor of American Politics. After a decade of serious interest in sustainability, she now wishes to move into the sustainability sector with a focus on communications and education.

Lucinda Brown has an MBA from Georgetown University and a BFA in Visual Communications from Syracuse University. As a member of an elite commercial real estate brokerage team on Wall Street, she represented two first class office buildings and Dean Witter Reynolds in a major lease transaction. While living in Mexico City, she gained first hand management experience as General Manager of the US’s second largest Embassy Employees Association in the world. Currently residing outside Washington, DC, Ms. Brown has also lived abroad in London, Florence and Rangoon. Her hobbies include paper making, jewelry making and home scale permaculture.

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PEOPLE: Meet the Fall 2008 Intern Team

Posted by dbuhrau on October 27, 2008

We’re so pleased to have a great team of research and marketing interns this fall–they are an amazing group of talented students and recent grads that are making a huge contribution to our work. Read on for their details…

Michelle Lopez has spent the last 10 years working in non-profit human rights and development organizations.  She also has a background in social sustainability issues, and is particularly interested in how organizations and companies can cut their carbon emissions while maintaining a productive and happy workforce.

Lenora Mathis received her undergraduate degree from Austin College, and a Masters from Texas Women’s University. She works in the green and sustainable department at Cedar Valley College where she specializes in educating the public about general sustainable development practices including sustainable development.  She is also currently a law student at Texas Wesyelan University.

Megha Varma has a professional background in labor and social justice organizing. She worked for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) where she specialized in representing healthcare workers. She then went on to earn a MA in Planning and Sustainable Development from University College Cork in Ireland. She has particular interest in sustainable urban design.

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Spring 2009 Internships at SSC

Posted by dbuhrau on October 17, 2008

Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC) is a Washington, DC-based company that provides organizations with the tools and expertise needed to actively manage their social and environmental impacts. We specialize in helping under-resourced organizations implement sustainable solutions usually reserved for large, multinational companies. Please visit our website at http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com for more information about our products and services.

These internships are for 15-25 hours/week for January 19, 2009 – May 08, 2009, and may be conducted remotely (although DC-based interns are preferred). A small stipend may be offered, along with a performance-based bonus. This is a great opportunity for individuals with an interest in getting into the sustainability consulting field, but who can’t make a full-time commitment.

If you believe you might be a good fit with our objectives (see below), please send your CV and a cover letter to denise@sustainabilityconsulting.com, indicating the position for which you’d like to be considered. We will accept inquiries through October 31, 2008, with initial interviews on a rolling basis. Please be prepared to provide two writing samples and a list of references. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Research Interns:
We’re looking for 4-6 research interns to help on a variety of sustainability topics.The SSC Research Interns will work closely with lead consultants to provide background material for ongoing consulting projects. Past assignments have included working on client “Green Office Audit” projects, researching stakeholder engagement in the mining industry, creating case studies on “green” supply chains, and developing surveys for employee satisfaction. If you have strong research and analysis skills, and can quickly gather and summarize data into its salient points, this is a great opportunity to dabble in a variety of sustainability topics.

Marketing/Communications Interns:
We’re looking for a Marketing/Communications intern to help on a variety of sustainability topics. We’re looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and sensible person to assist with a range of communications projects. This is a position ideally suited to a graduate student (or mid-career changer) with a degree in communications, public relations, marketing, or related fields. Advanced undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply. Depending on skills and interests, intern projects may include:

– Assistance with media outreach and press relations
– Supporting the production and dissemination of SSC press materials, company statements and positions, and core messages
– Identification and development of news opportunities for positioning SSC
– Helping to retain business relationships
– Writing and editing reports and white papers

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PEOPLE: SSC Summer Interns

Posted by Jennifer Woofter on May 22, 2008

We’d like to take a minute to welcome our new spring interns. They are an intrepid bunch with a wide-ranging skill set, and we’re looking forward to tapping into their knowledge!

Brittany Durbin is a freshly minted graduate of Bucknell University where she studied management and studio art, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Her immediate career plans include beginning her first full-time job with Lord & Taylor in New York City this September, entering their esteemed executive trainee program in order to earn job status as a buyer and financial planner. Ms. Durbin is passionate about helping companies become more (if not entirely) sustainable and plans to make this a part of her career in the future. She currently resides in her hometown of Ellwood City, PA, and enjoys all things “Pittsburgh,” tennis, music new and old, and art.

Ida Arabshahi is currently a graduate student in a dual MA degree program at American University and the University for Peace in Costa Rica where she is studying natural resources and sustainable development. She has experience working on a wide range of issues in the environmental field including environmental justice, environmental education, and environmental legislation. Ida is interested in sustainable supply chains and transboundary environmental conflict management.

Joe Vandette is currently pursuing undergraduate degrees in Environmental Studies and Marketing at the University of Utah. His interest in sustainability began while studying resource management at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Joe returned to the States and helped conduct carbon emissions inventories as a volunteer at the University of Montana and as an intern at the University of Utah Office of Sustainability. When not involved with sustainability-related initiatives, Joe can be found outdoors, hiking, mountain biking, and snowboarding.

April Hansgate is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology at the University of Maryland. She has a strong background in scientific research, plant conservation, economics, and adaptive management for planning conservation programs.

Claire Miziolek is in her last year as an undergraduate at Cornell University where she has been pursuing a double major in Economics and Psychology. She is interested in combining these skills to assist and promote businesses into more sustainable practices. She was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland where she lived next to a forest, sparking her early interest in the environment. She is an active member of the Sustainable Enterprise Association at Cornell and recently became a Master Composter.

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PEOPLE: SSC Spring 2008 Interns

Posted by Jennifer Woofter on January 18, 2008

We’d like to take a minute to welcome our new spring interns. They are an intrepid bunch with a wide-ranging skill set, and we’re looking forward to tapping into their knowledge!

Geneviève Laquerre is originally from Trois-Rivières (Quebec) but her numerous work and travel experiences in Europe, Hawai´i, Mainland USA and Latin America qualify her best as a citizen of the world. Masters graduate in Sustainable Development Management, Geneviève is dedicated to sharing her passion about conservation and holistic development. She has worked with various international public, private and non-profit organizations as well as with indigenous communities. Her career interests include building sustainable communities and businesses, promoting ecotourism and participating in various education and outreach projects in coastal areas, tropical climates, and developing countries. To achieve a balanced lifestyle, Geneviève believes in surfing, yoga and embracing all that nature has to offer.

Kelly Scanlon is a doctoral student at The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services where she is studying environmental and occupational health with a focus on the science of sustainability and its relationship to public health. In addition to her academic schedule, Ms. Scanlon is a consultant with the Division of Occupational Health and Safety at the National Institutes of Health. As a resident of Washington, DC, Ms. Scanlon regularly enjoys the city’s plentiful museums, parks, and cultural activities.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Jennifer Garner participated in an AmeriCorps program in DC, leading volunteers on service projects across the country. She then moved to San Francisco and worked with KaBOOM!, building playgrounds with community organizations and corporate sponsors. In August 2006, Jennifer returned to DC to pursue her MBA at GWU and plans to work in the corporate social responsibility arena either in marketing and business development or consulting. Between classes, involvement with the GW’s Net Impact chapter, and other fun projects, Jennifer enjoys running, discovering new music and road trips.

Lorre Walker is a proposal coordinator with PBS&J in Austin, Texas. She has an MBA in Business Management from St. Edward’s University and a BA in English from Texas Tech University. Lorre is an experienced researcher in corporate social responsibility, sustainability, and global business. She has taken many global business seminars including Czech Republic and Costa Rica, and has been an Alumni Advisor to MBA global business capstone students, including a project for 3M China. In spring 2007, her paper, “The Current State of Corporate Social Responsibility in the Czech Republic” was published in Arete.

Maria Fyodorova has over 10 years of consulting experience managing economic development projects for a variety of donors including the US Government, the World Bank and various foundations. Ms. Fyodorova has provided strategic management and program development support to interdisciplinary teams in Brazil, Mexico, India, South Africa and the Philippines. Ms. Fyodorova also spent several years working on climate change policy issues with a coalition of businesses though the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and served as the Industry Liaison for the Clean Energy Group at Winrock International. She will graduate in May 2008 with her MBA in Sustainability and Strategic Management from GWU in Washington, DC. Her interests include ethical souring, “greening” the supply chain and change management best practices. In addition, Ms. Fyodorova writes a DC-focused green living blog titled Righteous (re)Style. In her spare time, she participates in efforts to green her community, designs jewelry, practices yoga, rock-climbs and plays with her two dogs.

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PEOPLE: SSC Interns – Where Are They Now?

Posted by Jennifer Woofter on January 7, 2008

Every once in a while we like to check in with our former interns. Read on for updates!

Alicia Godlove was an intern with SSC during the summer of 2007, working on a Green Office Audit and Strategic Action Plan. Since completing her internship, Alicia entered the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara to get her Master of Environmental Science and Management. She is specializing in Corporate Environmental Management and is involved with Engineers Without Borders at UCSB.

Anders Roe Edvardsen was an intern with SSC during the summer of 2007, working on different projects including drafting several research papers on topics such as the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Corporations, the UN Global Compact and Eco-Efficiency Indicators. Since completing his internship, Anders has been focusing on finishing his MBA degree in strategic management at Pace University with excellent results. He has also been traveling the east coast of the United States, doing trips to Europe and recently visitedEthiopia in order to experience different cultures and learn about local sustainable entrepreneurship. Anders is currently preparing for his graduation through job searches in management/strategy/sustainability consulting and the energy sector. He is looking for jobs in both the US and in Europe.

Britt Hinchliff was an intern with SSC during the summer of 2007, working on compiling a database of sustainability tips. Since completing her internship, Britt has been studying business in Barcelona, Spain, while working on her Spanish. She plans to graduate in May 2008 from UC-Berkeley and is currently looking to work in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility.

Christina Benz was an intern with SSC during the summer of 2007, working on sustainability strategy consulting, ecological footprint assessments and business development. Since completing her internship, Christina has written a business plan for the Institute for Sustainable Development in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and conducted a water impact assessment for a publicly-traded mining company. As an independent consultant, Christina is currently researching a leading company in the agricultural industry to write an MBA case study on product stewardship in emerging markets, and is looking for further opportunities in sustainability strategy (i.e. risk mitigation, carbon footprint assessments, stakeholder engagement development and/or assessments, etc.), and/or sustainability-related marketing communications (i.e. transparency and competitive benchmarking, market research, CSR reporting, etc).

Erik Rainey was an intern with SSC during the summer of 2007, working on a Green Office Audit for a key client and the SSC Sustainability Action Plan for small businesses. Since completing his internship, Erik has finished his teaching position in Japan and returned to the United States where he is developing software for a small telecommunications firm. Erik is soon relocating to San Francisco and looking for a position in the sustainability consulting field.

Lori Kitchen was an intern with SSC during the spring of 2007, working on: calculating Eco Footprints and creating recommendations for organizations to reduce their carbon output; assisting with webinar presentations; and researching and writing projects such as reference guides for a CSR workbook. Since completing her internship Lori graduated from American University with a B.A. and accepted a position as a Program Assistant at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). At USAID Lori is working on global health issues especially involving maternal and child health and sustainable programming.

Scott Kleiman was an intern with SSC during the summer of 2007, supporting SSC’s engagement with a large research-based nonprofit and contributing to SSC’s forthcoming book, Sustainability 101: A Toolkit. Since completing his internship, Scott has joined Ceres, a nonprofit organization that partners with investors, environmental groups, and other stakeholders (SSC among them) to encourage companies and capital markets to strategically incorporate and address environmental and social challenges. In his role as Program Fellow, he manages special projects supporting Ceres’ operations, and works with the Communications and Corporate teams on a variety of initiatives.

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PEOPLE: Spring Research Internships at Strategic Sustainability Consulting

Posted by Jennifer Woofter on November 19, 2007

Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC) is a Washington, DC-based company that provides organizations with the tools and expertise needed to actively manage their social and environmental impacts. We specialize in helping under-resourced organizations implement sustainable solutions usually reserved for large, multinational companies. Please visit our website at http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com for more information about our products and services.

We’re looking for 4-6 research interns to help on a variety of sustainability topics. If you believe you might be a good fit with our objectives (see below), please send your CV and a cover letter to denise@sustainabilityconsulting.com, indicating the position for which you’d like to be considered. We will accept inquiries through December 7th, with initial interviews on a rolling basis. Please be prepared to provide two writing samples and a list of references. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

The SSC Research Interns will work closely with lead consultants to provide background material for ongoing consulting projects. Past assignments have included working on client “Green Office Audit” projects, researching stakeholder engagement in the mining industry, creating case studies on “green” supply chains, and developing surveys for employee satisfaction. If you have strong research and analysis skills, and can quickly gather and summarize data into its salient points, this is a great opportunity to dabble in a variety of sustainability topics.

These internships are for 15-25 hours/week for January 14 – May 16, and may be conducted remotely (although DC-based interns are preferred). A small stipend may be offered, along with a performance-based bonus. This is a great opportunity for individuals with an interest in getting into the sustainability consulting field, but who can’t make a full-time commitment.

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PEOPLE: The SSC Fall Interns

Posted by Jennifer Woofter on September 20, 2007

We’d like to take a minute to welcome our new fall interns. They are an intrepid bunch with a wide-ranging skill set, and we’re looking forward to tapping into their knowledge!

Bing Han

Bing Han has recently obtained her Honors Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. She has been involved with many not-for-profit organizations through work and extracurricular activities. Although she has always aspired to live a sustainable lifestyle, it was a recent backpacking trip to Europe that inspired her to pursue a career in sustainability. She is also a self-acclaimed movie and concert buff.

Davida Steinberg

Davida Steinberg is a recent MBA grad from Emory University in Atlanta, where she concentrated her studies on Sustainable Business Strategy. Davida’s experience includes consulting for local government and national nonprofit clients on sustainability-related issues and managing projects at Benevolink, an Atlanta-based company facilitating corporate philanthropy through consumer-directed giving to nonprofit organizations. During her undergraduate time at Mount Holyoke College, Davida spent a year studying in Egypt. When not knitting or traveling, Davida continues to be an active leader through her volunteer positions with DC’s professional NetIMPACT chapter and the DC Jewish Community Center.

Heather Shand

Living in and loving Portland, Maine, Heather Shand has spent a number of years working in the marketing and advertising world. A couple of years ago she changed direction and became a freelancer working in the production realm of photo shoots and local television commercials. Ready once again to learn something new, she is following her desire to make a difference in the way we live and work by gaining professional experience in the sustainability industry. She is also an outdoor enthusiast, loving time spent on a bike, on a hike or skiing in the winter.

John Nangle

John Nangle is currently a Masters student at George Washington’s school of International Affairs in Washington DC. Before that John spent three years in Panama as a Peace Corps volunteer, working with rural communities to improve water sanitation and promote conservation of local resources. His interest in sustainability and environmental awareness are what lead to John pursuing a career in sustainable consulting. He also enjoys sports and traveling.

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PEOPLE: Fall Internships at Strategic Sustainability Consulting

Posted by Jennifer Woofter on August 8, 2007

Strategic Sustainability Consulting (SSC) is a Washington, DC-based company that provides organizations with the tools and expertise needed to actively manage their social and environmental impacts. We specialize in helping under-resourced organizations implement sustainable solutions usually reserved for large, multinational companies. Please visit our website at http://www.sustainabilityconsulting.com for more information about our products and services.

We’re looking for 4-5 fall interns to help on a variety of sustainability topics. If you believe you might be a good fit with our objectives (see below), please send your CV and a cover letter to info@sustainabilityconsulting.com, indicating the position for which you’d like to be considered. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

We will accept inquiries through August 24th, with initial interviews on a rolling basis. Please be prepared to provide two writing samples and a list of references.

These internships are for 15-25 hours/week for September 15 – December 15, and may be conducted remotely (although DC-based interns are preferred). A small stipend will be offered, along with a performance-based bonus. This is a great opportunity for individuals with an interest in getting into the sustainability consulting field, but who can’t make a full-time commitment.

Marketing Intern

How do you market a small consultancy to worldwide clients? How do you take advantage of e-based “webinars” to reach clients who wouldn’t normally be able to benefit from expert sustainability advice? We’re looking for an enthusiastic, creative, and sensible Marketing Intern to review our marketing strategy so far, and to design a plan going forward. This is a position ideally suited to a graduate student (or mid-career changer) with previous marketing experience. It will be a largely self-directed project, so applicants should be self-motivated and be capable of exploring options with minimal hand-holding.

Research Interns (3-4)

The SSC Research Interns will work closely with lead consultants to provide background material for ongoing consulting projects. Past assignments have included working on client “Green Office Audit” projects, researching stakeholder engagement in the mining industry, creating case studies on “green” supply chains, and developing surveys for employee satisfaction. If you have strong research and analysis skills, and can quickly gather and summarize data into its salient points, this is a great opportunity to dabble in a variety of sustainability topics.

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Jennifer K. Woofter, President
Strategic Sustainability Consulting

202-470-3248 (office)
202-380-7544 (mobile)
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