New Directions: Institute Spins Off, Assembles New Board to Support Sustainability in North America


Originally incubated as a program of the Chapel Hill -based Foundation for a Sustainable Community, the Institute for Sustainable Development has been spun off as a distinct non-profit organization with its own board and staff and a new vision and mission.  Tony Waldrop, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development at UNC Chapel Hill, will serve as the Institute’s first Chair. In addition to Waldrop, the new Institute Board comprises

“The Institute’s will continue to be Triangle-led, but its programs are national in scope,” said Chris Carmody, Institute Executive Director. “We believe it’s critical to have a place at the table for stakeholders from around the country if we are to serve smaller employers, students and their surrounding communities effectively,” Carmody concluded. The Institute is partners with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, a professional organization of 1,300 U.S. and Canadian chambers of commerce, to connect smaller employers with affordable, triple bottom line expertise. In addition, the Institute is partnered with 17 regional chambers of commerce in 11 states to offer special sustainability programming.

The Institute’s core staff comprises

  • Chris Carmody, Executive Director
  • Sarah Kate Fishback, Director of Operations
  • Kirsten Hausman, Director of Client Relations & Communications
  • Anne McKune, Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships
  • Shana Starobin, Senior Fellow

(Please click here for Staff and Fellow bios)

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