Jim Hanna is director of Environmental Impact and global head of sustainability for Starbucks. Since joining the company in November 2005, he has led Starbucks efforts to drive the company’s global environmental strategy and industry-leading practices. He contributes to enterprise-wide initiatives that support green building, energy conservation, international procurement, climate policy, recycling and waste reduction efforts. He also serves as Starbucks lead external spokesperson in collaboration with partner corporations, policymakers and nongovernmental organizations to tackle the planet’s greatest environmental challenges at scale.
Prior to Starbucks, Hanna served as Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone National Park. In the position, he oversaw Xanterra’s many progressive environmental initiatives in its operations as the primary concessionaire in the park, including an ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System. Before escaping to Yellowstone, he worked as Director of Operations for Teris Environmental in Los Angeles, managing operations at the company’s seven regional offices in North America.
A native of Olympia, Washington, Hanna earned a BS in Environmental Sciences from Washington State University and is a U.S. Green Building Council LEED-accredited professional. He serves on the board of directors for the Washington Environmental Council and Yellowstone Park Foundation.