DESIGN & SYSTEMS Thinking
Pathways towards sustainable development requires business, cultural, and design transformation, utilizing the arts and sciences. Technology is not a blanket one-fix solution. This is part of the reason why I founded By Mnemosyne in 2013 and Verte in 2005.
Healthier Materials & Sustainable Buildings Certificate
Health Materials Lab at Parsons School of Design
The four-course, online and self-paced, certificate program integrates wellness into all aspects of design and building practice. Familiarizing participants with the chemical makeup of basic construction and design materials, plus their impact upon human/occupant health, the program helps participants to specify better building and design materials, develop their knowledge of certification criteria for sustainable and healthy buildings, expand awareness of professional resources in a rapidly changing landscape, and form a more nuanced approach to design and construction.
Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Standard Course
Greenhouse Gas Protocol
This online course is offered by the GHG Protocol, a joint effort from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the World Resources Institute. As the GHG Protocol sets the global standards for emissions measurement and management, it is a premiere source for learning how to account for emissions throughout value chains (Scope 3 Emissions). It is estimated that more than 80% of companies’s GHG emissions come for their value chains. So, understanding, accounting, and innovating one’s value chain is essential for climate action and net-zero transition planning.
Green Business Certification, Inc. and The US Green Building Council
TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) is a zero waste certification program that is used by facilities to define, pursue and achieve their zero waste goals, cutting their carbon footprint and supporting public health. The program strives to change the way materials flow through society, and within facilities, so that all products are eventually reused and diverted from landfill, incineration (waste-to-energy) and the environment. A TRUE-certified space achieves a minimum of 90 percent waste diversion. Companies with TRUE-certified facilities include Microsoft, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Tesla and more. A TRUE Advisor credential recognizes individuals who are experts on zero waste policies and programs. To earn the credential, candidates must participate in online training and pass a final assessment.
Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA)
Green Business Certification, Inc. and The International Society of Sustainability Professionals
The Sustainability Excellence Associate (SEA) credential is a perquisite for the Sustainability Excellence Professional (SEP). The goal of both is to serve as an international benchmark for sustainability professionals, offering industry-recognized credentials that can be carried across national borders. The credential provides by credibility for employers and assurance of a standard level of competency of a sustainability professional. Though I collectively have more than 3-5 years experience as a sustainability professional, in order to be eligible for the exam, 3 years experience must have been within 6 years of the examination date. Between mid-2018 through February 2022, my full-time and freelance work was not explicitly as a sustainability professional, although I designed some sustainability communications within the timeframe.
FOUNDATIONS IN SUSTAINABILTY