Who We Are
Andrew Savitz is a creative advisor, author and speaker, with over 25 years of hands-on experience assisting corporations to become leaders in sustainability, environmental performance, measurement and reporting. Andy is the author of The Triple Bottom Line: How the Best Run Companies are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success and How You Can Too (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2006) and is a frequent keynote speaker. He was a lead partner in PricewaterhouseCooper's global Sustainability Business Services practice and was PwC's liaison delegate to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development.
Andy served as General Counsel in the Massachusetts Office of Environmental Affairs, where he conceived and organized the Commonwealth’s Environmental Crime Strike Force, and the first-in-the-nation workshop on environmental law for state court judges. He has taught courses at the Environmental Law Institute, in Washington, DC on environmental law and regulations, compliance and enforcement, environment and the media and environmental ethics. Andy serves on the Board of the Environment and Natural Resources Department at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He founded, and currently chairs the Board of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters.
Andy holds a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center, earned a post-graduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics while a Rhodes Scholar at New College Oxford, and has his BA from The Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife and three children and is an avid, life-long Boston Red Sox fan.
Devon Long-Lytle has been a consultant with Sustainable Business Strategies since 2010. She assists companies in building their sustainability programs. Prior to joining SBS, Devon accumulated ten years of business experience in several different industries, most recently as a Senior Financial Analyst for two small Boston-based companies. Devon has also worked for the Center for Student Business at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with eight student-run cooperatives, Framework:CR on training content creation, and at Accenture in Client Financial Management for six years. Devon holds a B.S. from the State University of New York at Albany in Finance and Management and an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She also served as the 2010 President of the Net Impact Boston Professional chapter.
Melissa Paschall joined Sustainable Business Strategies as a Consultant in February 2007, and has worked on a variety of projects in the healthcare, packaging, and professional services industries. She has also worked with the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College to identify key sustainability developments and trends. Formerly, Melissa was a Research Associate at Harvard Business School, engaged in case-writing and curriculum development related to corporate social responsibility. She has twice consulted for the World Bank Institute's Corporate Governance and Corporate Social Responsibility Team, most recently focusing on private-sector efforts to address worldwide malnutrition. She holds a Master's in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts, and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton. Melissa has lived in China and Singapore, and is working toward a PhD in Management at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Karl Weber is a writer and editor of nonfiction books, specializing in topics from business to current affairs. He collaborated with Andy on The Triple Bottom Line and is currently working with him on Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line (projected publication date: January 2013). Karl has also collaborated with noted consultant Adrian Slywotzky on several books, most recently The Upside: The 7 Strategies for Turning Big Threats Into Growth Breakthroughs (Crown, 2007). Chocolates on the Pillow Aren't Enough (Wiley, 2007), one of two books that Karl co-authored with Jonathan Tisch, CEO of Loews Hotels, was a 2007 nominee in the business book category of the prestigious Quill Awards. Non-business authors whose work Karl has helped to develop include former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, Grameen Bank founder and Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus, Representative Richard Gephardt, and UN Ambassador Richard Butler. He edited The Best of I.F. Stone, a collection of essays by the famed independent journalist, which was published by Public Affairs in 2006. Karl lives in Irvington, New York, with his wife, Mary-Jo Weber. He writes about social and political topics on his family blog, World Wide Webers.
Christi has more than 15 years of experience advising corporate and nonprofit clients on a range of strategic issues affecting the "triple bottom line." Currently, she advises corporate and national nonprofit clients as the Principal of Brand Potential, a firm she founded in 2006. Christi has served as a lead strategist, consultant, writer and editor for numerous CR reports and strategy projects in the manufacturing, financial services, food, beverage, pharmaceutical, waste management and apparel industries. She has counseled companies on sustainability, strategic philanthropy and community relations, and developed strategic CR communications and programming for some of the world's best-known brands, including: Walmart, Procter & Gamble, Morgan Stanley, Capital One, CVS, SBC and Adobe Systems. Christi earned her B.A. in English with a minor in Russian language and literature from Tufts University. She is an enthusiastic world traveler, avid cook and amateur photographer. Christi resides in Newburyport, MA with her husband.
Elaine Palmer is a sustainability and communications professional with more than 40 years of experience. As Director of External Affairs for PepsiCo, Inc. until her retirement in 2008, she championed sustainability efforts, including creating the corporation’s first environmental and sustainability governance groups. Working with Andy, in his role as consultant, Elaine played an integral role in advancing PepsiCo to its current position as a pacesetter in sustainability. Under Elaine's leadership, PepsiCo was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America and World Indexes and was invited to join the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, where she served as representative. Elaine researched and wrote PepsiCo’s sustainability reports, using the GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) guidelines. She produced videos, presentations, and served as spokesperson. She regularly met with investors and special interest groups concerned with sustainability. Elaine’s responsibilities included PepsiCo’s award-winning annual reports, the corporation’s website and a wide variety of other communications. Throughout her 28 year career with PepsiCo, Elaine was on-point to help write and update the company’s Code of Conduct and other key policy documents. Prior to joining PepsiCo, Elaine worked as an Associate Editor for Reader’s Digest for 13 years. She has an MBA from Pace University and a BA from Douglass College, Rutgers University.
Bob Pojasek is a thought leader in the quest to make sustainability operational at the facility and community levels. Bob has been involved in environmental and process improvement consulting for over 40 years. He has pioneered the concept of building sustainability management systems using known tools that he calls the “Five Basics.” He has won numerous awards in the field of pollution prevention and for his writing. Bob holds an Adjunct Professor position at Harvard University and won the Petra T. Shattuck Award for Excellence in Teaching. Bob is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Corporate Responsibility Officers’ Association. He serves on numerous other boards for companies, agencies, not-for-profits and governments. Bob’s Ph.D. was earned mucking around the Quabbin Reservoir watershed while studying at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. He also holds a BA/BS from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he graduated with high distinction in the field of chemistry.
Dr. White is a Senior Fellow at the Tellus Institute and the Director of Corporation 20/20. He has 30 years of experience in the area of corporate responsibility, advising multilaterals, foundations, corporations, and NGOs on strategies and policies for elevating the contribution of corporations to sustainable development. He co-founded the Global Reporting Initiative and served as its Director from 1999-2002. In 2004, he co-founded Corporation 2020, an initiative focused on designing future corporations to sustain social purpose. Dr. White has served on advisory boards and committees of ISO, Civic Capital, a social investment fund, the Institute of Responsible Investment at Boston College, and Instituto Ethos (Brazil). He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of GAN-NET, a non-profit dedicated to capacity building and movement building of global action networks that address critical issues of health, education, environment, trade and transparency. Dr. White has published and spoken widely on corporate responsibility, sustainability, and accountability. Earlier in his career, Dr. White held faculty and research positions at the University of Connecticut, Clark University and Battelle Laboratories, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru and Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. Dr. White received a Ph.D. in geography from Ohio State University in 1976.