Deborah Fleischer is founder and president of Green Impact, a strategic sustainability consulting practice that helps companies walk the green talk. She helps companies design and launch new green strategies and programs, as well as communicate about successes. She is a GRI-certified sustainability reporter and LEED AP with a Master in Environmental Studies from Yale University and over 20-years of direct experience working on sustainability-related challenges in both the public and private sectors. She brings deep expertise in sustainability strategy, stakeholder engagement, program development and written communications.Deborah has helped to design and implement numerous successful cross-sector partnerships and new green initiatives, including the California Environmental Dialogue, Curb Your Carbon and the Institute at the Golden Gate.She has helped create lasting alliances among such organizations as Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy with companies such as Disney, Arco, Bank of America and Passport Resorts.You can follow her occasional tweet @GreenImpact or contact her directly at

10 Best Practices for Supporting Green Teams

By Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact There seems to be a growing buzz about green teams these days as companies struggle to find the best way to engage their employees in sustainability. and Green Impact recently released a new report Green Teams: Engaging Employees in Sustainability–a great resource for companies and organizations just beginning to … Continued

Deloitte to Offer Training on Sustainability Measurement and Reporting

Deloitte, the firm originally known for its accounting and audit services, has begun to integrate sustainability into its core business functions, including strategy, consulting and tax services. It also recently launched the Center for Sustainability Performance (CSP) to provide on-site client training, research and development, with a focus on corporate sustainability measurement and reporting. The … Continued

Sustainability Change Agent: Three Tips for Changing the World

I had the pleasure of attending Sustainable Silicon Valley‘s (SSV) two-day Sustainability Change Agent Training with Alan AtKisson, November 16th and 17th. It was a packed workshop full of information and interactive exercises.  Parts of it fully engaged me and parts of it left me feeling frustrated, so I decided to wait a few weeks … Continued

Business NGO Working Group: Building the Market for Safer Products

I have been a big proponent of cross-sector dialogue for years and believe that when businesses, NGOs and governmental agencies can work together, more innovative and creative solutions can emerge.  My pet peeve with such dialogues is that they often are all talk and no action. Tuesday, at meeting at Kaiser Permanente’s Oakland office, I … Continued

Hewlett Packard: What Does it Take to Be #1?

I was recently asked to highlight some of Hewlett-Packard’s environmental printing programs, but after reviewing the materials the PR folks sent, I decided the more interesting story was to reflect on how HP got listed #1 in Newsweek’s recent rankings of green companies, as well as ranked highest in the category of electronics by Climate … Continued

Hara and Sustainable Silicon Valley Announce a New Partnership

Sustainable Silicon Valley (SSV), a cross-sector collaboration of more than 100 leading businesses, governmental agencies and NGOs working to improve Silicon Valley’s environmental quality, and Hara, the providers of a comprehensive carbon and water footprint tool (click here to read an earlier 3P post on Hara), today announced a new partnership at SSV’s Water Summit. … Continued

The Eight Biggest Myths About Sustainability in Business

Vijay Kanal of Kanal Consulting just posted a piece on titled The Eight Biggest Myths about Sustainability in Business. He kicks the piece off by saying, “Sustainability should be considered not just because it is the right thing to do, but also because it makes business sense. If an initiative cannot be justified from … Continued

Speed Dating Meets Green Business at Green America’s Conference

By Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact Green America’s Green Business Conference was the yenta of the green business world yesterday when it hosted its Product Expo:  Marketplace and Community Connections.  Participants were invited to set up a business display at this product expo that was modeled after the ever so popular speed dating concept. The idea … Continued

Transit and Trails: Connecting People to Nature on Public Transit

Don’t own a car, but want to get out to one of the Bay Area’s hundreds of parks and trails? Or perhaps, you are trying to reduce your carbon footprint and wondering how to get to your favorite hike without using your car? Transit and Trails is a new resource for outdoor enthusiasts who want … Continued

Employee Engagement: AngelPoints and Saatchi S Launch New PSP Tool

As part of a corporate sustainability strategy, there is a growing trend to engage employees on multiple levels, both at work and at home. More and more companies are providing their employees advice and tips on how to green their personal lives. But a key challenge is how to measure and track the benefits of … Continued

BSR 2009: Top Strategies for Getting Employees Behind Sustainability

At BSR 2009 last week, a missing piece on the agenda was employee engagement. Yet, at the session on Internal Communications:  Making the Case for CSR’s Value, all of the speakers acknowledged the challenge of getting both employees and senior management behind sustainability. The panel included Christopher Corpuel, Vice President, Sustainability at Hilton Hotels, Silvia … Continued

Day 1 at the BSR Conference: Reset Economy. Reset World.

By Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact After a weekend at Bioneers, with luminaries such as Michael Pollan and Joanna Macy,  yesterday I headed to the Hyatt in San Francisco for BSR’s conference:  Reset Economy. Reset World:  Delivering Business Value by Thinking Big and Embracing Long-Term Sustainability Trends. BSR works with a global network of more than … Continued

Bioneers: Morph or Die–The Transformation of Journalism and Media

By Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact I have to say I’m chuckling at myself this morning. I was a bit of a Bioneers consumer yesterday. As I ponder what highlights from Bioneers would be of most interest to Triple Pundit readers, I am listening to the new world beat CD I purchased from Sound Spaces, after … Continued

Michael Pollan at Bioneers: How Much Oil Are We Eating?

By Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact The 20th Bioneers, a three day conference celebrating breakthrough sustainability solutions, kicked off on Friday in Marin. The agenda is chock full of speakers on a wide range of topics, from the arts, indigenous knowledge and restoring our ecosystems to youth and women’s leadership. I was excited to hear Michael … Continued

How A Sustainability “Change Agent” Workshop Works

By Deborah Fleischer, Green Impact Ever since I studied adaptive leadership with Ronald Heifetz at Harvard, I have been interested in the intersection between organizational change, systems theory and sustainability issues.  Many sustainability professionals seem to lack an understanding of what it takes to create enduring, lasting change within an organization or system. As illustrated … Continued