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Posted: 2:36PM March 23rd, 2015 | Comments

Stacie Reece, Director of Sustainable Business Initiative

My journey to Sustain Dane has been a windy-curvy road, but one that I am grateful to have traveled. 

I started out in the private sector doing out what I enjoyed - which was working with numbers.  Having been in banking, legal billing and bookkeeping, I had gained a wealth of knowledge and experience.  Add in my penchant for armchair economics and it seemed I was bound for the gray cubicle of my choice.  However, being a free and colorful spirit kept me looking for something more.

While working on a project to convert a firm wide process into a paperless system (yey!)  I was approached by a co-worker.  She asked if I had seen An Inconvenient Truth and if climate change was a ‘real’ concern.  This gave me pause as I tried to pare down one of the largest issues of our time into a water cooler conversation. 

She asked aloud if she should change out her light bulbs (from incandescent to CFL’s) to help in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  I replied that yes, she can take actions such as that to mitigate energy use.  But then I pointed to the hallways of lights, to the several offices connected to the hallways and to the multiple floors the law office filled and asked:  “How many light bulbs do you think this office has?  And not only in this office, how many do large manufacturers have?” 

This ‘aha’ moment made me realize I wanted to be part of the movement to help businesses become more sustainable.   I decided to go back to school for Sustainable Management, and this year became the Director of Business Initiatives at Sustain Dane. 

As I said, the path might not have been straight forward, but the outcome of working with our MPower Business Champions means that I get to help answer the question of how many light bulbs - and future outcomes - can we change together. 

If you want to learn more about my journey through sustainability or the MPower Business Champions program feel free to reach out at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  

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