Dear Forum readers,
Please welcome Lisa Stevens, regional bank executive for the Pacific Midwest Region and head of Small Business and Regional Sales and Marketing, and a member of the Global Institute of Sustainability board at Arizona State University. She shares with the Environmental Forum why she’s passionate about leading positive environmental change at Wells Fargo and in her community. (MW)
With three kids and a community I love, there are a few things in life that I feel destined to accomplish. One of them is being able to leave the world a better place where people can breathe, enjoy nature and drink clean water for generations to come.
A couple of years ago, I joined the Arizona State University’s (ASU) Global Institute of Sustainability – And, no, I didn’t graduate from ASU. I graduated from Santa Clara University with a major in political science and minored in economics, philosophy and communications. Studying relationships among people and the world around us has long intrigued me, which is one of the reasons why I love my job.
What excites me about the School of Sustainability is it’s leading the effort to teach sustainability across all University disciplines – which means whether a Marketing or Chemistry major – all students learn about the importance of playing a role in taking care of our earth.
The University also is tackling real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges. This month, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity travel to the Netherlands with other board members to spend two days learning how one of the world’s oldest cities, Amsterdam, is working toward being almost completely sustainable. Since the early 1600s, Amsterdam planted trees along the entire length of its canal banks to today when it’s known for having more bikes than cars on its roads; it has become one of the ten most sustainable cities in the world. I couldn’t be more excited to bring back what I learn to my home, the office and to our community.
Leave a comment and share how you are getting involved and lead positive environmental change throughout the year by participating in local environmental issues near your home or workplace.