ADVANCING SUSTAINABILITY SINCE 2013

GreenLight Solutions Foundation is a 501(c)3 educational nonprofit that connects our team of professionals and university students with local businesses to collaborate on sustainability initiatives. Through our professional education programs and student-led projects, we empower students, professionals, and community members to catalyze sustainable business evolution.

Utilizing our GreenLight GuideLines project process, student members of GreenLight Solutions chapters (known as Solutioneers) get hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. Business leaders gain a passionate, innovative team to help meet their sustainability goals and create a culture of sustainability.

Student Solutioneers graduate with real-world experience, ready to take on sustainability challenges and make a measurable impact throughout their careers. The businesses GreenLight partners with (known as Project Partners) learn how to improve the sustainable operations of their business and are empowered to ensure the change is long-term. More effective sustainability leaders create a ripple effect in our society, fulfilling GreenLight’s vision of a world where purpose-driven leaders create a resilient, equitable, and prosperous future for people and planet.

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Our Core Values

GreenLight’s core values represent the ethos of our work and provide the ‘why’ to our existence. Each value touches on a different facet of what we do, and each relates to the 3 pillars of sustainability (people, planet, prosperity).

Sustainability Stewardship

Planet

To us, Sustainability Stewardship means being good stewards of Mother Earth and acting in the best interest of our natural environment.

Collaborative Community Leadership

Prosperity

To us, Collaborative Community Leadership means creating mutually beneficial relationships with all members of our community.

Professional Development

People

To us, Professional Development means providing experiential opportunities for students and professionals to learn, grow, and thrive together.

How do we define “sustainability”?

Our organization views sustainability from the perspective of the triple bottom line: people, planet, and prosperity. Sustainability can mean many different things, to many different people, in many different contexts, at many different times. In short – it’s complex. To simplify this complexity, our founders collaborated to come up with a few statements to guide our own understanding of sustainability…

  • Sustainability is contextual and must be considered by each person or organization within the context of purpose.

  • Sustainability is broadly about promoting the healthy coexistence of all species on Earth, managing our utilization of natural resources, and mitigating potential detriments to current and future generations.

  • Sustainability is individually about becoming aware of how people economically exchange value, interact with the environment and resources, and respect and appreciate one another.

U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals (officially known as the Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs). These goals have the power to create a better world by 2030, by ending poverty, fighting inequality and addressing the urgency of climate change.

Every GreenLight project and workshop aligns their metrics, KPIs, and overall impact with these Global Goals.

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