Sustainable Design & Systems Thinking
Experience transforming organizations and creating a sustainable and resilient economy.
Business Development // Policy // Urbantech // Energy Management // Ecosystem Services // Life-cycle Assessment
 
Market Strategy for New Technology

Description: Dow Chemical’s growth and venture capital group requested a market foresight analysis on a particular energy storage technology they were developing.


Role: Spearheaded due diligence and market entry assessment for emerging energy storage product using system dynamics and financial modeling. Developed recommendations for product syneries, collaborations, and entry points over a 5 year horizon.


Creative Process: An algorithmic ranking of optimized emerging technologies that fit the need technologically and competitively with the given energy storage tech


Objectives: Due diligence / market entry assessment / foresight


Outcome: Targeting consumer drones market presented an optimal untapped opportunity for this tech

 
OneNYC

OneNYC 2016 Progress Report — April 2016 

Publisher: City of New York

Role: Authored policies to support innovation in NYC

Description: Pages 17–18 -  Maintain New York as the global capital for innovation by supporting high-growth, high- value industries → Ensure that businesses in emerging sectors are able to find and fit out the space they need to start, grow, and scale their companies

One City, Built to Last: Transforming New York City’s Buildings for a Low-Carbon Future — September 21, 2014

Publisher: City of New York

Role: Authored policies to support innovation in NYC

Description: Page 88: Become a global hub for clean energy technology and innovation
 

One City, Built to Last: Transforming New York City’s Buildings for a Low-Carbon Future — a sweeping plan to retrofit public and private buildings to dramatically reduce the city’s contributions to climate change, while spurring major cost savings and creating thousands of new jobs for New Yorkers who most need them. This makes New York the largest city to commit to the 80 percent reduction by 2050, and charts a long-term path for investment in renewable sources of energy and a total transition from fossil fuels.

 
Understanding Urban Food Systems

Description: Researching the complexity within the urban food system and why we need to rethink it.

Creative Process: Sustainability, Human-centered Design, Systems Thinking, Technology
Objective: Breaking down the state of urban food system, its risks, and opportunities for its transformation through technology and innovation.
 
Environmental Defense Fund | Sealed Air - Climate Corps Program

 

Description: Project to build a strategic plan to implement significant energy, water, and waste reduction measures across their global manufacturing facilities.

Role: Led strategy behind energy, water and waste efficiency projects that could save $200,000+ per plant and reduce energy needs by 40%+ despite a 50% increase in production.

Creative Process: Adapting energy efficiency audit process to waste and water efficiency. Implementing new technologies in non traditional aspects of the production supply chain. Implementing innovative financing models.

Objectives: Reduce manufacturing facility energy consumption by 30% despite 50% increase in production. Create plan to replicate assessment across all manufacturing facilities.

Outcome: Save $200,000+ per plant and reduce energy needs by 40%+ despite a 50% increase in production.

 
Water Risk in the Beverage Industry

Description: Assessment of water risks associated with the process of creating soft drinks in the United States.


Role: Co-authored a research report detailing the risks throughout the life-cycle of creating soft drinks: from practices in creating corn syrup to inefficiencies in the bottling process


Creative Process: Life-cycle assessment, sustainable design


Objectives: Create a comprehensive water risk assessment for a private-sector corporate entity. Deliver recommendations to reduce risks towards sustainable design.


Outcome: Agriculture presents the greatest water risk in the United States for the beverage industry; Growing corn for making corn syrup has the biggest impact on water needed to create a can of soda.