Elizabeth Sturcken leads the work of our Supply Chain EDF + Business team. She works to leverage the power of the marketplace to make every product safer, healthier and better for the environment. She has been at EDF for over 20 years and has led our team of people working with retail and consumer product companies to create broad environmental change in areas including climate change, agriculture, green freight, toxics in products, waste and renewable energy. She leads our work with Walmart and has done so for the past ten years.
She led corporate partnerships with other major companies such as FedEx, to develop the next generation delivery vehicle and UPS, to create more sustainable overnight shipping packaging. Elizabeth’s team includes three people based in Bentonville, AR, three in Washington, DC, two in San Francisco, and one in Raleigh, NC, and one in New York.
Background Environmental Consultant for the EPA, through Harvard University, on global climate change (1996); Systems Consultant, Bank of Boston (1993-1994); Policy Analyst, Office of Management and Budget (1995); Computer Consultant, Alliance Computer Group (1989-1992). Board of Directors, The Sustainability Consortium (2014 to present); Surfrider Foundation Board of Directors (1998-2001), President (2000); Founder and former Chair, Surfrider Foundation Massachusetts' chapter; Board of Directors, Environmental League of Massachusetts (1999-2002). Degrees Masters in Public Policy, Environment and Natural Resources Policy, Harvard Kennedy School (1996). Bachelor’s in Political Science and Communication, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Minnesota.
In the first of an ongoing series of articles, we give voice to EDF's sustainability work with Walmart, and offer inside perspectives on what it's like to work with the world's largest retailer on its environmental impacts.
Walmart released a guidance document this week that details how it will count the emissions reductions toward the retailers goal of squeezing 20 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from its supply chain by 2015.
This is EDF's fifth year working with Walmart, and throughout we’ve pushed the company hard to take aggressive goals and be transparent about its results. With the company's third sustainability report, it is evident that the message is starting to sink in.
Walmart's new commitment to cut 20 million metric tons of CO2 emissions from its supply chain is big news in and of itself, but it's the way the company will leverage its suppliers to make cuts that will make the biggest impacts.