The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022: #RedefiningPower - Alyssa Rade, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sustain.Life, United States
"Today’s global crises of climate, conflict and pandemics threaten the stability, security, and access to crucial resources- both physical and societal- fundamental to an equitable world. As the central pillars supporting our communities are threatened, it is crucial that women maintain a central role reinforcing and re-building the infrastructure underpinning our society to ensure we design and equitable world." - Alyssa Rade, Chief Sustainability Officer, Sustain.Life
Alyssa Rade is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Sustain.Life where she leads the company’s strategy for product content. Her 10+ years of corporate sustainability and ESG experience guides the climate action recommendations, carbon management, and ESG disclosures featured in Sustain.Life’s software. Prior to joining Sustain.Life, Alyssa directed the ESG program at Vornado Realty Trust, where she managed sustainable operations and development for over 30 million sf of class A commercial space. Alyssa is accredited as a LEED and WELL AP and holds a MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Environmental Studies from Washington University in St. Louis.
Q: What is the importance of women's leadership in today's society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, Climate, and Conflict, and their deadly consequences?
Today’s global crises of climate, conflict and pandemics threaten the stability, security, and access to crucial resources- both physical and societal- fundamental to an equitable world. As the central pillars supporting our communities are threatened, it is crucial that women maintain a central role reinforcing and re-building the infrastructure underpinning our society to ensure we design and equitable world.
Q: What role do you believe women in leadership positions have to play in helping companies and brands transition towards sustainability and circularity, and why is this important?
As a newer industry, sustainability has the fortune of a diverse workforce compared to more established counterparts. Across sectors, we are seeing female leaders transition the world’s economy to a circular and sustainable model. As one of the few industries with female-dominated leadership teams, it’s critical for young female professionals and girls to see female leaders as a norm.
Q: What can be done to improve women’s participation in corporate and leadership positions? How do we achieve this?
What began as a few female leaders breaking the glass ceiling and challenging gender norms in boardrooms and C-suites, has permeated an entire multi-generational workforce. But our work isn’t done. Collectively, we must continue to inspire and support each other. The myth that there is finite space at the top is dwindling, and we must continue to believe not only in our place at the table, but in the size of the dining room.
Q: What does this award mean to you and what significance does it hold to you personally and/or professionally, and your company?
I am honored to be recognized alongside such impressive and inspiring women driving meaningful impact on sustainability across the globe. Throughout my career, I have witnessed sustainability transform from a niche interest widely viewed as natural resource conservation, to a complex, robust practice integrated into the core fabric of business operations, from the world’s largest corporations to local, small businesses. This award represents to me the power of perseverance and passion for sustainable values and systems thinking. I am both personally honored to receive this recognition, and professionally proud to be part of this collective transformation.
The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022
The SustainabilityX® Magazine proudly announced the release of The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s inaugural Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ 2022 on Oct 4th, 2022, an inaugural annual list celebrating the powerful work of women in sustainability leadership around the world.
The non-profit digital magazine’s Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards™ high-level, invite-only program graciously sponsored by the award-winning Canadian construction and engineering firm Belnor Engineering Inc., recognizes achievements of the world’s powerful, groundbreaking female sustainability leaders who’re bridging the gender gap by breaking barriers, shattering traditional stereotypes, and taking the world of sustainability by storm. This campaign is in line with the magazine’s third pillar of sustainability upon which SustainabilityX® is based: social inclusion, which involves marginalized populations and vulnerable communities such as women, persons with disabilities, unemployed youth, LGBTQ+, the elderly, and BIPOC minorities.
“As both a female and one of Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 In Sustainability Leadership myself, I know how important this is,” says Supriya Verma, founder of The SustainabilityX® Magazine. “The number of women in positions of leadership – from business to politics – are relatively few. With society plagued by the triple crises of COVID, climate, conflict, and their deadly consequences, how can the world advance and achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals without having women in decision-making positions at major organizations, political parties, and academic institutions?”
In The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s quest to ‘redefine power’, this is the first international power-list bringing together women around the world involved in sustainability celebrating the power of their work – not their position. This list brings together a diverse group of accomplished women across business, entertainment, academia, law, politics, and beyond ranging from some of the world's leading companies, to independent unsung heroes with one thing in common: using their power with purpose –the power to create change and influence lives to make the world a better place. After all, that's what sustainability is all about. The meaning, or ‘the power’ of one’s work matters, not one’s position in a corporate hierarchy, particularly during this crucial era.
View the full list: The SustainabilityX® Magazine Global 50 Women In Sustainability Awards 2022
About The SustainabilityX® Magazine
The SustainabilityX® Magazine is an award-winning, digital, female-founded, and female-led non-profit initiative bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue. Founded on May 8, 2016 and inspired by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals by Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability Leadership awardee, Supriya Verma, the digital media initiative focuses on approaching the world’s most pressing challenges with a holistic, integrated, systems-based perspective as opposed to the traditional and ineffective siloed approach with a single lens on interdisciplinary topics like climate and energy. This initiative ultimately seeks to explore how to effectively bring the environment and economy together through intellectual, insightful dialogue and thought-provoking discussion amongst individuals across sectors taking an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to untangling the intricate web of sustainability.
The SustainabilityX® Magazine is based upon the four pillars of sustainability: Environmental Stewardship which emphasizes improved environmental health, Economic Prosperity which emphasizes economic growth without the element of capitalism, Social Inclusion which emphasizes EDI for BIPOC and LGBTQ communities and marginalized, vulnerable populations, and Just Governance which emphasizes the equal rule of law via responsible political leadership to create fair systems for all. Identifying the diverse factors involved in sustainability, how they interact and how the disciplines are interconnected will help accelerate local, national, and international sustainability goals – in simpler words, aligning with The SustainabilityX® Magazine’s mission of bringing the environment and economy together for a sustainable future through dialogue for a sustainable future. Whether you have a background in science, engineering, business, law, politics, media and entertainment, or beyond, your voice matters.
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