2022 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 List of Sustainability Leaders
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Transforming CO2 into concrete and plastics. Designing cutting-edge green university campuses. Sourcing circular materials for consumer electronics, cleaning products and fashion. Expanding diverse talent in sustainability professions.
Those are just a few of the ambitious efforts led by the 2022 members of the GreenBiz 30 Under 30.
This seventh year of celebrating 30 young outstanding leaders in sustainability represents four continents and major cities including Amsterdam, Brussels, Hong Kong, London, Nairobi, Paris and Toronto. In the United States, they hail from Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco and Seattle. True to the times, several among this cohort work at home in relatively small towns for big-city offices hundreds or thousands of miles away.
They are inside corporations as varied as Bath & Body Works, Converse, Danone, Dell, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Lineage Logistics, Primark, Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Weyerhauser and Whole Foods. Their employers make goods as varied as cars, consumer electronics, soap, yogurt and refrigeration systems. Some offer services from banking to consulting to investments in clean tech. Other honorees are influencing the business world through startups and nonprofits they have founded or through roles at the United Nations and the European Commission.
What they have in common is setting their minds to making a sustainable impact on fields as diverse as banking, fashion, food, transportation, venture capital and waste management.
We’re thrilled to present the 2022 GreenBiz 30 Under 30 below, in alphabetical order by surname. Thank you to Net Impact, the World Council for Sustainable Development and the World Economic Forum for helping spread the word and drum up more nominations than we have ever received. We’re excited to see what these individuals do next.
The 2022 30 Under 30 Honorees List:
Michelle Aboodi, 28, Global Sustainability Analytics Product Manager, Converse; Boston
Silvia Ainio, 28, Policy Expert, Sustainable Finance, European Commission; Brussels, Belgium
Vaughan Andrews, 28, Senior Sustainability Analyst, Climate & Carbon, Weyerhaeuser; Seattle
Mel Bandler, 29, Sustainable Sourcing Manager, Bath & Body Works; Bloomfield, New Jersey
Sophia Borroni-Bird, 29, Global ESG Engagement Lead, General Motors; Detroit
Miles Q. Braxton, 25, Incoming Director, Risk Management, Summit Ridge Energy; Co-founder and Director of Strategic Partnerships, BlackOak Collective; Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Shaandiin Cedar, 29, Associate, Powerhouse Ventures; Oakland, California
Roxane Clement, 29, Global Senior Sustainability Manager, Dairy Category, Danone; Paris
Sydney Covey, 27, Senior Manager of Sustainability, STRUCTR Advisors; Chesapeake, Virginia
Ashley Fill, 28, Director, Sustainability and Whitespace; Procter and Gamble Home Care Canada; Toronto, Canada
Jacob Gisler, 29, Senior Program Manager of Compliance, Whole Foods Market; San Clemente, California
Jeanette Mwendwa Gitobu, 27, Director, Women in Wind Global Leadership Program, Global Wind Energy Council; Nairobi, Kenya
Sandra Gonza, 29, Impact Program Manager, Global Fashion Agenda; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Eva Grundon, 26, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator, Primark; London
Chante Harris, 28, Director of Climate Investment and Partnerships, Venture For ClimateTech; SecondMuse; New York City
Joshua M. Hellman, 24, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, Green Bank of Colorado; Castle Rock, Colorado
Claudia Herbert Colfer, 27, Program Manager, United Nations Global Compact Network USA; New York City
Raven Hernandez, 26, Co-founder and CEO, Earth Rides; Nashville, Tennessee
Sabeeha Islam, 27, Senior Manager, Portfolio Development for Climate and Transportation; Munich Re Ventures, San Francisco
Alex Laplaza, 27, Partner, Lowercarbon Capital; Palo Alto, California
Justin Chongyi Lee, 29, Associate Director, TRIREC; Singapore
Cosmo Lo, 27, Circular Economy Senior Manager, Sustainable Office Solutions Limited; Hong Kong
Hardik Miyani, 27, Senior Energy and Commissioning Engineer, Baumann Consulting; Chicago
Adam Mohabbat, 28, Senior Manager, Market Development and Public Policy, EVgo; Los Angeles
Holly Moynahan, 28, Sustainability and ESG Manager, Hubbell Incorporated; Boston
Kyle Ritchie, 29, Education Market Sustainable Design Lead, CannonDesign; St. Joseph, Michigan
Brennan Spellacy, 27, Co-founder and CEO, Patch; San Francisco
Jash Vora, 23, Technical Project Manager, Lineage Logistics, San Francisco
Allison Ward, 26, Senior Sustainable Materials Engineer, Dell Technologies; Northville, Michigan
Peter Zhou, 29, Product Development Lead of Composites, Carbon Upcycling Technologies; Calgary, Canada