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Rainforest Alliance accountability-framework.org

The Rainforest Alliance is creating a more sustainable world by using social and market forces to protect nature and improve the lives of farmers and forest communities. To achieve our mission, we partner with diverse allies around the world to drive positive change across global supply chains and in many of our most critically important natural landscapes. Our alliance spans 70 countries and includes farmers and forest communities, companies, governments, civil society, and millions of individuals. Together we work to protect forests and biodiversity, take action on climate, and promote the rights and improve the livelihoods of rural people. As an international nonprofit organization with more than 30 years of experience in sustainability transformation, we understand that the social and economic well-being of rural communities is tightly connected to ecosystem health. This knowledge has shaped our rigorous programs to advance sustainable land-use and commodity production. At the Rainforest Alliance we combat climate change, protect forests and biodiversity, promote human rights, and improve livelihoods. The enormity of the social and environmental challenges we are facing requires working together in a broad alliance. This is why we bring farmers, forest communities, companies, and consumers together to change the way the world produces, sources, and consumes.Why To protect nature and improve lives it’s becoming increasingly urgent that we approach the way we use our land and produce food and other products in more sustainable ways. For this to succeed we need to fundamentally change the way that businesses operate and source, and the choices we all make as consumers. How Our growing global alliance aims to transform our relationship with our natural resources and each other, to create a better future for people and nature together.The Rainforest Alliance encourages diversity and inclusion across the global organization. With this commitment to diversity, we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, ages, disability and any other protected group.

Green Building Initiative
Green Building Initiative thegbi.org

Organization The Green Building Initiative (GBI) is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to reduce climate impacts by improving the built environment. We deliver education, standards, assessments, and certifications developed by an inclusive and collaborative global network. GBI makes aspirational goals achievable through user-friendly tools built upon comprehensive standards and supported by outstanding staff and expert assessors. As a nonprofit community, we are educators and coaches first, supporting performance improvement of all buildings. 

City of Elgin
City of Elgin www.cityofelgin.org
Biomimicry Institute biomimicry.org

About:The Biomimicry Institute (“the Institute” or “TBI”) aspires to build a world in which human design creates conditions that are conducive for all life. Since 2006, the Institute has advanced this vision by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology into the design process via its education, inspiration, innovation, and systems change initiatives. Building on a growing national and global recognition of the practice of biomimicry, and its potential for impact (particularly in response to climate change), as well as a strong organizational foundation and reputation, TBI is well-positioned to scale and grow its impact in this next chapter. Given the current momentum for the movement of nature-based solutions, the Institute has the opportunity to play a pivotal role in addressing widespread social and environmental issues at a unique tipping point for society and the globe. Given the ambitious mission of the Institute and the urgency of the moment, the organization’s work will have impact across countries and industries. The Opportunity:In 2023, TBI will welcome its next leader as part of a planned succession for current Executive Director Beth Rattner, who has led the Institute for 11 years. As it enters its next period of evolution, the Institute is seeking a strategic and dynamic leader to serve as its Executive Director and lead the organization as it scales and strengthens its impact.  Read more and express interest here.

Pepper Construction
Pepper Construction www.pepperconstruction.com

With offices in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Ohio, Pepper Construction is a national general contracting and construction management firm that primarily serves the private sector. Pepper Construction provides clients the experience and resources of a national company, combined with the hands-on approach of a local company.

Shift Project
Shift Project shiftproject.org

About ShiftShift is the leading center of expertise on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Shift’s global team of experts works across all continents and sectors to challenge assumptions, push boundaries and redefine corporate practice in order to build a world where business gets done with respect for people’s dignity. Shift is a non-profit, mission-driven organization headquartered in New York City. Visit shiftproject.org and follow us at @shiftproject to learn more about our work.

Job Board Fire jobboardfire.com
City of Bainbridge Island
City of Bainbridge Island www.bainbridgewa.gov

Are you a sustainable transportation professional looking for an exciting opportunity to bring a community vision to life? Do you have experience working on bicycling, walking, public transit, electric vehicle, mobility hub, and mode-shift programs? Are you a self-starter with a successful track record developing projects from conception through implementation? The City of Bainbridge Island seeks candidates for a new position to support implementation of the City’s Sustainable Transportation Plan and transportation-related elements of the Climate Action Plan. The Sustainable Transportation Coordinator will develop and implement multi-modal transportation programs and partner with a diverse group of stakeholders in a small, highly-engaged community.The Sustainable Transportation Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of various programs and policies related to implementing the City’s Sustainable Transportation Plan (STP) and other forms of sustainable transportation. The Sustainable Transportation Coordinator is expected to understand the relationship between the STP and the City’s Climate Action Plan (CAP) and will seek to implement programs or projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance environmental sustainability. A key measurement will be the reduction of vehicle miles travelled by fossil fuel powered vehicles and promotion of alternative and active modes of transportation.

San Mateo County Transit District tinyurl.com
Rowan University, School of Earth & Environment
Rowan University, School of Earth & Environment earth.rowan.edu

A top 100 national public research institution, Rowan University offers bachelor’s through doctoral and professional programs in person and online to 23,000 students through its main campus in Glassboro, N.J., its medical school campuses in Camden and Stratford, and five others. The University has earned national recognition for innovation; commitment to high-quality, affordable education; and developing public-private partnerships. A Carnegie-classified (R2/high research activity) institution, Rowan has been recognized as the fourth fastest-growing public research university for three consecutive years as reported by The Chronicle of Higher Education. 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council
Metropolitan Area Planning Council www.mapc.org

MAPC is the Regional Planning Agency (RPA) serving the people who live and work in metropolitan Boston. Our strategic priorities are sustainable development, regional collaboration, advancing equity, and fostering a climate resilient region.   We are guided by our regional plan, MetroCommon2050: Shaping the Region Together. MAPC’s staff includes about 100 full-time employees in downtown Boston in a transit-accessible and bike-friendly office. MAPC has a hybrid schedule, combining time in the office with remote work. Employees must reside within a commutable distance from MAPC’s Boston office.MAPC strongly supports the professional development of each staff person, believing their growth to be consistent with the best interests of MAPC and the region. We encourage all our staff to develop new ideas to make MAPC’s planning and policy work more relevant and impactful, and to adapt to changing times.This is an opportunity to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and innovative environment with professionals who are committed to building a more sustainable and equitable future for everyone who lives and works in Greater Boston. For more information about MAPC or MetroCommon2050, please visit www.mapc.org. 

MAA www.maa.com
RMI www.rmi.org

RMI is an independent, non-partisan, nonprofit organization of experts across disciplines working to accelerate the clean energy transition and improve lives. Since our founding in 1982, and with over 700 employees, we continue to grow and have a global reach and reputation.  RMI decarbonizes energy systems through rapid, market-based change in the world’s most critical geographies to align with a 1.5°C future and address the climate crisis. We work with businesses, policymakers, communities and other organizations to identify and scale energy system interventions that will cut greenhouse gas emissions at least 50% by 2030. For 40 years, RMI has utilized our unique techno-economic expertise and whole-systems thinking to publish groundbreaking research and analysis. We bring together collaborations of rare reach, range and expertise—creating unconventional partnerships and mobilizing action to drive change on the massive scale needed to combat the climate crisis. 

Technimark LLC www.technimark.com

Technimark is a global leader and manufacturer of high-value injection-molded packaging solutions for the world’s most respected companies and admired brands in the healthcare, consumer packaging, and specialty industrial markets.  

Merck msd.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com

Job Description:The role of Associate Director, ESG Strategic Reporting & Impact is an unique opportunity to join our company as a key contributor to the company’s sustainability reporting efforts, helping to achieve greater environmental, social, and governance (ESG) transparency and disclosure.The candidate selected for this role will work under the guidance of the Director, ESG Strategic Reporting in a fast-paced and changing environment. The ESG Strategy & Engagement team is part of our Company’s Social Business Innovation (SBI) department within Corporate Affairs. In addition to ESG, SBI includes teams focused on health equity, global impact giving, and community engagement. The ESG team works closely with these groups as well as with senior leaders and partners in the business, including Finance, Risk Management, Corporate Strategy, Legal, Treasury, Investor Relations, and others on a day-to-day basis.The role will serve as a key member of a high-performing ESG team, focusing on the company’s commitment to operating responsibly to enable a safe, sustainable and healthy future for people and communities everywhere.Primary Responsibilities:Manage the ESG report and disclosure processes end-to-end, orchestrating efforts across a cross-functional team of subject matter experts to collect and share data about the Company’s ESG actions; verifying report metrics; collecting, editing and summarizing content; and driving report promotion and distribution.Drive the internal collection of accurate ESG-related data including data validation and assurance processes within critical timelines; manage the ESG reporting platform and metrics database.Partner with the ESG Controller and Audit/Assurance and other functional areas to regularly review and strengthen internal controls for ESG reporting.Effectively develop teams of internal stakeholders, outside partners, consultants and vendors toward outcomes and results as well as train on ESG data reporting requirements and standard operating procedures.Develop and maintain performance dashboards, tools, databases, and other tracking mechanisms to evaluate, track, and report implementation and progress against the company’s ESG goals and key stakeholder requirements and relationships.Coordinate the company's financial planning for ESG, sustainability, and related projects.Respond to external sustainability requests and surveys, track company performance, and help to identify opportunities to enhance scores by developing expertise in ratings methodologies.Support initiatives and workstreams to improve ESG-related reporting processes and tools.Ensure full alignment to established ESG reporting frameworks, including GRI, SASB, UNGC, UN SDGs.Lead and manage responses to key ESG surveys (e.g., MSCI, Sustainalytics, FTSE4Good), understand the ratings drivers, and maintain industry peer comparisons.Manage for the ongoing development, maintenance, and leveraging of the company’s ESG website content to ensure the best user experience.Support ongoing ESG investor engagement by preparing materials for calls/events and maintaining an engagement tracking system.Bring company recognition and drive reputation by identifying, participating in, and applying for awards, surveys and rankings that focus on the company’s ESG initiatives; leverage award and recognition opportunities to internally advocate for business change that will enhance the impact of the company’s commitments.Communicate the organization's ESG performance to internal and external stakeholders through presentations, reports, and other communication materials.Minimum required education:High school diploma or equivalent; BA/BS degree preferred.Required Experience and Skills:Minimum of 3-5 years of relevant experience in Corporate ESG (Sustainability) preferably with a range of experience across different functions and/or businesses.Strong understanding of ESG reporting, sustainability practices, and the relevant regulations and standards.Proficiency with ESG reporting frameworks such as GRI, SASB, UNGC, UN SDGs.Ability to effectively manage responses to key ESG surveys (e.g., MSCI, Sustainalytics, FTSE4Good), understand the ratings drivers, and maintain industry peer comparisons etc.Superior Research & Analytical skills.Excellent writing and verbal presentation skills, with the ability to distill and communicate complex details and data into consumable insights.Proven project management skills and the ability to juggle multiple tasks & competing priorities while working effectively with cross-functional teams.Ability to operate in a high volume, time pressured environment while maintaining a positive focus.Preferred Experience and Skills:Experience working in the pharmaceutical industry or a related industry (hospital, public health, etc.)Agency management experience in marketing, communications, public relations, or corporate responsibilityBudget and KPI managementPosition Location: Rahway, New Jersey (Hybrid model with balance of remote and in-person working days)Our Support Functions deliver services and make recommendations about ways to enhance our workplace and the culture of our organization. Our Support Functions include HR, Finance, Information Technology, Legal, Procurement, Administration, Facilities and Security.Who we are … We are known as Merck & Co., Inc., Rahway, New Jersey, USA in the United States and Canada and MSD everywhere else. For more than a century, we have been inventing for life, bringing forward medicines and vaccines for many of the world's most challenging diseases. Today, our company continues to be at the forefront of research to deliver innovative health solutions and advance the prevention and treatment of diseases that threaten people and animals around the world.What we look for … Imagine getting up in the morning for a job as important as helping to save and improve lives around the world. Here, you have that opportunity. You can put your empathy, creativity, digital mastery, or scientific genius to work in collaboration with a diverse group of colleagues who pursue and bring hope to countless people who are battling some of the most challenging diseases of our time. Our team is constantly evolving, so if you are among the intellectually curious, join us—and start making your impact today.

Spark Climate Solutions www.sparkclimate.org

Spark Climate Solutions is accelerating progress in emerging climate fields, towards repairing the climate. Spark focuses on high-leverage, under-resourced solution areas and takes a systems approach, collaboratively working with experts and other stakeholders, to accelerate these fields by building strategic roadmaps, providing research funding, seeding new organizations, and communicating with the public. Spark’s first focus area is accelerating solutions for near-term warming management, starting with enteric fermentation mitigation and methane removal. Our team has deep expertise in science, engineering, and climate-focused philanthropy. Spark’s funders include the Grantham Foundation, Quadrature Climate Foundation, Astera Institute, Climate Pathfinders Foundation, and Additional Ventures.

Institute for Sustainable Communities (ISC) sustain.org
Kittleman and Associates www.kittlemansearch.com
Golisano Institute for Sustainability www.rit.edu
Mission Blue missionblue.org

Mission Blue is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt global organization dedicated to exploring and caring for the ocean, our planet's blue heart. Led by renowned ocean explorer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, we are committed to inspiring a sea change in public awareness, access and support for a global network of Marine Protected Areas - hope spots - stretching from the deepest ocean canyons to the tallest underwater mountain peaks and from the most remote tropical reefs to the most lush coastal seagrass meadows.

NorthPoint Development
NorthPoint Development www.beyondthecontract.com

*The candidate for this position will reside in Kanas City.Curious about a career with NorthPoint?NorthPoint Development is seeking a Clean Energy Development Engineer to drive clean energy project development across the US with the goal of increasing our portfolio of commercial, industrial and distributed clean energy assets. The Development Engineer will work with a team to analyze, qualify, and quantify new project opportunities from our existing portfolio of over 300 large, grade-A industrial buildings. The candidate will perform technical due diligence on project feasibility and sales develop with customers and their technical staff for project approvals and signatures. This includes gathering project data to create proposals and options, issue RFPs to project developers, EPCs and O&M partners. Project work will be focused on front-end design evaluation, project modeling, detailed system design and documentation, submittal review and commissioning in close coordination with the VP of Energy and Sustainability and Director of Clean Energy Development. The ideal candidate will have a depth of experience in the design, engineering and analysis of photovoltaic systems and battery storage systems, ranging in capacity from 0.5 MW to 5 MW (both community solar and behind-the-meter tenant solar). Experience in proposal generation and financial metrics for PV systems and Power Purchase Agreements is preferred.NorthPoint is on a mission to make our buildings and tenants the most sustainable and energy resilient in the country.“We truly believe, and I’m convinced, we have some pretty incredible assets. But those assets have all come from our people.” - Nathaniel Hagedorn | CEO.How We Put You First:At NorthPoint Development we ask a lot of our employees, which is why we give so much in return. In addition to your competitive salary, we offer market-leading benefits and perks:A selection of comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans401k with 100% match up to 6%, immediately vested upon enrollmentPotential opportunity to participate in NPE Employee Ownership ProgramScholarships and paid professional developmentRobust Reimbursement Programs: Dependent Care, Tuition, Wellness Spending Account, CellphoneMental Health Reimbursement Childcare Reimbursement $2000 annual HRA and HSA contributionParental Paid LeaveFlexible Spending Account Living Generously program with 100% charitable contribution matchWhat You’ll DoKey Responsibilities related to Growth, Leadership, and DevelopmentEnergy production modeling for projects in development (PVSYST, Helioscope, Plant Predict)Battery dispatch modeling for projects in development (Excel, Matlab)Site evaluation (remote and in-person) for project suitability and feasibilityProject pricing and value engineering exercises with an EstimatorCreate preliminary and detailed engineering design of projectsRecommend and create primary project equipment BOQs (inverters, PV modules, batteries, etc.)Technical diligence for new project opportunities, assessing accuracy of production estimates, site plans, product documentation and meteorological dataSupport for RFPs, Development, and Acquisition conceptual design studiesDevelopment of technical deliverables for RFP responses and proposals, both by self-performing, and coordinating external consultantsAre you passionate about pushing the limits? Are you looking for the freedom to forge your future? If so, we want to talk to you!Who You ArePrimary QualificationsUndergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering required.5+ years of experience in renewable energy project development, design, analysis and constructionProficiency with common renewable energy system modeling tools and packages, such as PVSYST, HOMER, Helioscope and Plant PredictExpert with common CAD tools such as AutoCADProficiency with MS Office applications, advanced Excel skillsPreferred QualificationsProficiency with utility power systems and interconnectionBuild energy modelingLEED and sustainable building certificationNABCEP PV Installation Professional or PV Design Specialist certificationOSHA 10hr or comparable job-site safety certification*The position may include 25% travel (or more) to project locations and partner offices. We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Assocation for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
Assocation for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education www.aashe.org

AASHE is the leading association for the advancement of sustainability in higher education. We serve a full range of higher education faculty, administrators, staff and students who are change agents and drivers of sustainability innovation. Established in 2005, AASHE is comprised of over 900 members across 48 U.S. states, 1 U.S. Territory, 9 Canadian provinces and 20 countries.

Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) cnt.org

Founded in 1978, CNT works to create neighborhoods that are equitable, sustainable, and resilient through innovative analysis and solutions that support community-based organizations and local governments. Its work shapes policy and development practice across the country. Current CNT programs and projects address environmental justice, climate resilience, transportation equity, and housing affordability. CNT’s $6.2 million 2023 operating budget derives from government grants and contracts, earned income from corporate contracts, and philanthropy. CNT is governed by a diverse 21-member board of directors.  There is a staff of 22. Over the past five years the most recent CEO stabilized finances, enhanced operations, strengthened relationships with community-based organizations, and developed the Board and staff of CNT.  He has chosen to step away from the leadership role to focus on programmatic work; with Board support, he will remain as the Chief Strategy and Program Officer.  The new CEO will be a dynamic and charismatic leader with the skills necessary to promote CNT’s brand externally and also motivate and inspire CNT’s passionate, smart, and hard-working staff. The new CEO will capitalize on their strengths and support staff growth and development in an existing culture of collaboration, transparency, and respect. Demonstrating the highest integrity and employing best management practices, the new leader will ensure that effective systems are in place to support all areas of operations. The successful candidate will deeply understand the social, political, and economic root causes of environmental injustice and bring expertise in how to embed racial equity in housing, transportation, community development, and climate policy. This new leader also will be committed to the importance of raising community voices in the process of building neighborhoods that are equitable, sustainable, and resilient. This includes advancing policies, practices, and cultural norms that allow communities of color to be self-determined.  The CEO will raise its profile nationally and locally, and attract support for its initiatives through relationship building, writing, and speaking. A track record of successful staff, program, fundraising, and financial management is required. The successful candidate will have strong communication skills, great leadership acumen, demonstrated success growing earned revenue and philanthropic support as well as unrivaled passion for the organization and its valued team.  Advanced degree or equivalent experience in such fields as urban and regional planning, public policy, public health, urban design, environmental or energy/climate policy is preferred. Active participation in civic and community organizations is a plus. Spanish language facility is also a plus. Please submit applications and nominations to Noetic Search; click here to submit a current resume and letter of introduction. For more information, please visit CNT’s website. SALARY AND BENEFITS Starting salary range is $180,000 to $200,000 depending on experience and qualifications. A comprehensive benefits package and hybrid work model are provided. Occasional travel is required.  Center for Neighborhood Technology is an equal opportunity employer. No person shall be discriminated against in employment because of such individual’s race, religion, color, creed, sex, age, sexual orientation, ancestry, marital or parental status, military status, national origin, citizenship, veteran’s status, physical or mental handicap unrelated to ability, or any other legally protected status.

Re:Co
Re:Co www.re.co.com

Re:Co’s market-leading SaaS platform, combined with the expertise of its trusted advisors, enables private market investors and their portfolio companies to accelerate Environmental, Social, & Governance (ESG) results. We make ESG implementation easy by helping you build ESG capacity on your team, collecting the data you need, and using insights from our platform to drive improvement across your firm and portfolio. Re:Co’s solution offers you the flexibility and scalability to build an ESG program that matches your priorities and optimizes outcomes over time.