Their dreams are bright: Walkable, equitable cities. Clean energy for Native American communities. Planet-healing fast food. Circular outdoor gear. Decarbonized buildings. Electrified mobility. That’s only a sampling of the ambitions of the sixth class of the GreenBiz 30 Under 30.
Our honorees for 2021 are intrepid startup founders, tenacious corporate innovators and determined public servants. The corporations among them include Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Foodstuffs, Gensler, Google, Ignitis Group, National Grid, Starbucks, Unilever and UPS. Other professionals in this group work at values-driven brands, such as Amy’s Kitchen, East West Tea Company, REI and Timberland. Still others are driving sustainability at nonprofit organizations and consultancies.
All combined, this year’s cohort reports to offices in 12 nations across six continents, including Brazil, Canada, China, India, Lithuania, New Zealand and Rwanda. In the United States, they hail from 15 cities, from Albuquerque, New Mexico to New York City — and several emigrated to the U.S. in childhood.
In addition, most of the honorees find the time to exercise global citizenship beyond their day jobs, mentoring youth, hosting a podcast and launching peer networking groups. Some have helped with disaster relief. Others have lost their own homes to natural disasters.
The GreenBiz 30 Under 30 candidates for 2021 were nominated by GreenBiz readers and community members around the world and selected by the GreenBiz editorial team. We’d like to express our appreciation to the World Business Council for Sustainable Business and Net Impact for helping to cast a global net for this year’s nominees.
Our 30 Under 30 Honorees list follows (in alphabetical order) Read about each of these innovators here.
Zack Angelini, 29, Senior Environmental Stewardship Manager, Timberland; Malden, Massachusetts
Vartan Badalian, 28, EV100 Program Manager for North America, The Climate Group; New York City
Mayane Barudin, 27, Regional Director and Tribal Liaison, Vote Solar; Albuquerque, New Mexico
Brock Battochio, 28, Co-Founder & Lead Engineer, Planetary Hydrogen; Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Stacia Betley, 29, Sustainability Integration Manager, Amy’s Kitchen; Petaluma, California
Briana Buckles, 29, Sustainability Manager, East West Tea Company; Eugene, Oregon
Maria Eduarda Camargo, 24, Founder, Pantys; São Paulo, Brazil
Haseena Charania, 29, ESG Communications Strategy Supervisor, UPS; Atlanta
Morgan Collins, 28, Head of Sustainable Finance, Starbucks; Seattle
Chris Dowd, 26, Strategic Partnerships, Social Impact, Google; San Francisco
Francesca Goodman-Smith, 27, Transform Program Leader, Fight Food Waste Co-op Research Center; Brisbane, Australia
Ghislain Irakoze, 21, CEO and Founder, Wastezon; Kigali, Rwanda
Adrienne Johnson, 29, Associate Engineer, Point Energy Innovations, San Francisco
Jamario Jackson, 29, Senior Community Planner, TransForm; Oakland, California
Lina Khan, 29, Senior Sustainability Specialist and Global Design Resilience Practice Area Leader — Government + Defense, Gensler; San Francisco
Erik Landry, 29, Climate Change Specialist, GRESB; Amsterdam, Netherlands
Bonia Leung, 28, Sustainability Consultant, Environmental Resources Management (ERM); London
Laurence Lloyd Lumagbas, 29, Sustainability and Strategic Risk Advisory Services Manager, Deloitte Southeast Asia; Taguig City, Manila, Philippines
Akshay Makar, 27, Founder and CEO, Climatenza Solar; Delhi, India
Marta Misiulaityt, 29, Sustainability Manager, Ignitis Group; Vilnius, Lithuania
Alex Mitoma, 28, Environmental Specialist Associate, Port of Long Beach; Long Beach, California
Sripriya Navalpakam, 27, Sustainability Manager for North America, Unilever; New York City
Taylor Price, 29, Manager of Global Sustainability, AptarGroup; Charlotte, North Carolina
Yangshengjing “UB” Qiu, 27, Partnership Development Executive, Green Monday; Shanghai
Brittany Regner, 28, Assistant Vice President, Environmental and Social Risk, Credit Suisse; New York City
Elisabeth Anna Resch, 28, Advisor, Global Impact Initiatives, United Nations Global Compact; Santiago, Chile
Harold Rickenbacker, 29, Manager, Clean Air and Innovation, EDF; Washington, D.C.
Yashi Shrestha, 28, Director, Science and Research, Novi; Los Angeles
Dawnielle Tellez, 29, Senior Sustainability Analyst, REI, Seattle
Cassandra Vickers, 27, Clean Transportation Product Developer, National Grid; Boston