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GreenBiz 30 under 30 test

We're getting started with a filler intro here at 125 or so words. Corporate sustainability professionals take many paths to the job, and their jobs take many forms. Not all are on the CSO track. Not all are even on the CEO’s radar. These emerging leaders are tackling some of the toughest challenges in business. Whether they're already seasoned and celebrated, or just seeding a standout career, watch them grow from here.

Those selected for “30 Under 30” represent individuals who are making a difference in the world of sustainable business, whether inside a company or outside. They have demonstrated leadership qualities in their organizations, sectors or in the wider world of business, including in nonprofit, academic and government organizations that impact companies. They come from both large organizations and small ones, including startups. In general, they represent the full potential of sustainable business to transform companies, consumers, value chains and systems of commerce.

Nearly all of the candidates expressed a vision for the future in which sustainability is woven into bottom-line business operations.

    Chris Castro, City of Miami

    1. Chris Castro, 27, community energy manager and IMT city advisor, City of Orlando

    "75 words here. Through my years as an undergrad in 2008, I co-founded IDEAS For Us, an international 501c3 nonprofit and UN-accredited NGO, building a movement of youth leaders and green professionals around the World to advance positive environmental change and sustainability. In 2012, I also partnered with professionals to create a clean energy consulting firm - Citizen Energy - that is implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in commercial buildings now operating in Washington DC."

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    Chris Castro, 27

    Community energy manager and IMT city advisor, City of Orlando

    Chris Castro

    "75 words here. Through my years as an undergrad in 2008, I co-founded IDEAS For Us, an international 501c3 nonprofit and UN-accredited NGO, building a movement of youth leaders and green professionals around the World to advance positive environmental change and sustainability. In 2012, I also partnered with professionals to create a clean energy consulting firm - Citizen Energy - that is implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in commercial buildings now operating in Washington DC."

    @CastroIdeas | LinkedIn

    Divya Natarajan, 27

    Senior project manager, Paladino and Company; Washington, D.C.

    Divya Natarajan

    @NatDivya | LinkedIn

    "Here are 156 words. She's an internationally recognized green building and sustainability consulting firm. Divya’s combined background in architecture, sustainability and business gives her a holistic perspective on green building issues that she uses to help clients create green building strategies that benefit occupants, save resources and reduce operating costs. Since joining Paladino, Divya has worked on over 1.5 million square feet of LEED certified projects.

    "In just the last three months, Divya has achieved her WELL AP certification, one of the first in the world to do so, as well as becoming a successful candidate of the GRI g4 exam, adding to her LEED AP, ID+C accreditation. She uses her credentials to help educate peers and the greater community in matters of sustainability as it relates to health and wellness, green codes, and reporting...Her Master’s thesis studied the factors that affect peoples’ attitudes and relationship with the environment and how to promote sustainability through design."

    @CastroIdeas | LinkedIn

    Liz Lowe, Adobe

    Liz Lowe,  29

    Innovation Lead, Sustainability & Corporate Responsibility; Adobe; San Francisco

    The software maker’s sustainability heritage has focused on greening its data centers and buildings, as well as a tradition of Green Teams. Lately it has sought to make a difference in its workers’ daily lives. You can thank Liz in part for offering the kind of sustainability perks -- such as employee discounts on solar panels and eco-friendly furniture -- that further the progressive cred among tech brands like Adobe. The solar savings extend beyond California to workers in Canada, Australia and India. Next? Liz wants Adobe “to take on sustainability investments that make sense because of the risk associated with inaction.”

    @LizLowe_CR | LinkedIn

     

    Emily Grady, WBCSD

    Emily Grady, 29

    Manager, North America; World Business Council for Sustainable Development; New York City

    At the CEO-led WBSCD, Emily essentially sits in 200 sustainability offices. The Yale graduate and Fulbright scholar sees translation as one of the core elements of her work. It's about translating the agendas of corporations, NGOs and governments to one another. It's also about translating U.N. priorities into business opportunities.  "It’s thrilling to work with people who see massive, wicked problems as bright, transformative opportunities and are willing to make the heavy lift together," says Grady.

    @grady_emily | LinkedIn

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