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About Me in 140 Characters (or more):
I distinctly remember the moment I became an environmentalist—it was during second grade when my school librarian taught us about recycling. Music (Pink Floyd is my favorite band for Dark Side alone!), my two sweet babies, my loving husband, being in nature, and coffee (I prefer French press) keep me sane.
Favorite Thing about Being an Environmental Remediation and Sustainability Practitioner:
Every project is different with new challenges and new goals—I am never bored! The best part is when we receive great feedback from our clients that we are making a positive impact on their business, their employees, and their communities.
What is the most interesting project you’ve ever worked on?
Last year I had the pleasure of supporting a global technology company on CSR goal setting. Working with their executive team to set meaningful goals that impact their employees and the communities in which they operate and source from had a huge impact on me. It was very rewarding to see the goals we helped them develop published on their website and in their 2017 CSR report.
What are some of your favorite tools/resources for professional development in this practice area?
Over the past 8 years I have been rebranding myself from being a 100% environmental remediation and compliance practitioner to also working in sustainability. I tapped into my mentors Tod Christenson, Nick Martin, and Pamela Gordon for guidance and coaching on this new journey. I have taken the initiative to educate myself in sustainability consulting concepts, methodologies, and strategies through online courses (e.g. Coursera and ISSP) and by reading online articles and blogs (on LinkedIn, Greenbiz, Triple Pundit, the Antea Group blog, etc.). Basically, my philosophy is to never stop learning. The sustainability field is constantly evolving and I must evolve with it or get left behind.
What area(s) of sustainability are you most interested in? Why?
Water. As we face a global water crisis, I want to help my clients make a difference in the communities that they operate in or are planning to operate in.
What was your first job?
When I was growing up, my dad owned a ski and snowboard shop (for 25 years, in fact!). I started “working” there when I was ten years old. I would help him on the weekends and greet customers, organize the store, and update our displays. I have three sisters and we all took turns helping out. I learned a lot by watching my dad—work ethic, accountability, how to treat people, what makes a good customer experience... At the time, I did not always like being there, but now I look back on those memories very fondly.
If you had one month off, where would you go or what would you do?
I recently went to Italy, and while I was only there for 12 days, I fell in love with the people, food, and wine. I would love to go back there and really explore the country. I want to make friends, learn the language, and learn more about their culture.
Is there something unique that people might not know about you?
I grew up in a water skiing family. We spent the summers on Bantam Lake in Connecticut, probably my favorite place in the world. My dad taught my sisters and I to water ski (and drive the boat) at young ages. When I was in the 8th grade, we joined the Bantam Lake Ski Club—the longest running, continuously operated water ski club in the United States. My three sisters and I performed in many annual summer ski shows doing pyramids, jumps, and barefoot waterskiing. I was also the first female boat driver to pull the show stopping 12-person pyramid. Being in the water ski club was a wonderful experience and I am grateful for the close relationships we built within our lake community.
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