Who We Are

Andrew W. Savitz
Principal

Andy is the lead consultant at Sustainable Business Strategies, an independent consultancy located in Boston, Massachusetts. He was formerly a Partner in charge of the Environmental and Sustainability Services group at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC). Savitz is an expert on strategy development, risk evaluation, the design and implementation of sustainability programs, and on measurement and reporting. Over the past 25 years he has advised over one hundred organizations on how to move forward. He is author of two widely acclaimed books on sustainability. The first, The Triple Bottom Line: How the Best-Run Companies Are Achieving Economic, Social and Environmental Success - and How You Can Too (Wiley, August 2006) is a primer on sustainability. The second, Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom (Wiley, September 2013), describes the role of human resources, employee engagement and organizational culture in the development of sustainability programs.

Andy has extensive experience in the restaurant, agriculture, food service and related industries. He has worked with PepsiCo, Panera Bread, Ball and Darex (food packaging) as well as with Oxfam America on issues related to farms, farmer and farmworkers. He has been a keynote speaker for the National Grocers Association and for Compass Foods Inc. He also has extensive experience with climate change, energy, energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Andy is a frequent key note speaker and guest lecturer on sustainability. He has served on numerous Boards and Commissions related to environment and sustainability. He is the founding Chair of the Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the Johns Hopkins University, attended New College, Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center where he served as an editor of the Law Review. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts and is an avid, life-long supporter of the Boston Red Sox.

 

PaschallMelissa Paschall
Senior Consultant

Melissa Paschall has provided sustainability advice to numerous corporate and non-profit clients, with a focus on sustainability strategy development, GRI reporting, and stakeholder engagement. She has worked with PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Nestle Waters, Ball Corporation, The World Bank Institute, Net Impact, the MIT Sloan Sustainability Initiative, and the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, among other organizations. She has taught ecological economics at Presidio Graduate School, and has been a guest lecturer in sustainable management for the Tufts Gordon Institute.

Melissa holds a PhD in Management from the University of St. Gallen, where she was part of the Institute for Economy and the Environment. Her dissertation, supported by the Sustainable Food Lab and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, examined the role of voluntary fair trade certifications in improving smallholder livelihoods. She also developed a multi-day negotiation exercise focused on climate change for use at European business schools. She has also co-authored a number of sustainability-related case studies at Harvard Business School and elsewhere.

From 2012-2015, Melissa led the Business and Environment Initiative at Harvard Business School as its Director. In this role she worked with students, faculty, alumni, administrators and external networks to embed sustainability in management education, to foster faculty research on related topics, and to convene conversations around business solutions to environmental challenges. In addition to her doctorate, Melissa holds a Master’s in International Affairs from the Fletcher School at Tufts and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Princeton University.

 

 

PereiraAdrienne Pereira
Consultant

Adrienne is a sustainability professional with a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Sustainability and Environmental Management from the Harvard University Extension School. While there, she worked in the areas of sustainability strategy and management, with an emphasis on the food industry. Her “capstone project” was a sustainability assessment and management plan for Blount Fine Foods, a prepared foods manufacturer located in Fall River, MA, with facilities in Warren, RI and McKinney TX.

Adrienne currently works as a consultant for the Green Restaurant Association, in Boston, MA, assisting clients in the food service industry to improve their environmental and sustainability performance. She has worked with restaurants, caterers, and corporate, airport, and campus dining facilities to obtain various certifications. She also works with vendors to identify the best green supply, waste management, renewable energy credits, and direct install options. She has experience with reporting standards and industry sustainability guidelines.

 


Affiliates

Karl WeberKarl Weber

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 on Talent, Transformation and the Triple Bottom Line (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 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.

 

"Andy has been adding valuable guidance to PepsiCo's sustainability efforts from the time we first embarked on our journey. He masterfully bridges the gap between business and society, and helps companies identify the true 'sweet spot' that is a win for both."

Dan Bena

Director of Sustainable Development,
PepsiCo International
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