Arizona Forward is just months away from its 50th Anniversary. Over the decades, our members have had a profound and positive influence on the state’s built and natural environment. Many of our current members – especially those serving on the Board of Directors, regional councils and issue committees – have been with us for years. Now, they’re equipping a new generation of advocates to integrate practical sustainability knowledge into the organizations and communities they serve.
Earlier this month, we launched the pilot class of its Emerging Sustainability Leaders program, which consists of 14 participants. The Emerging Sustainability Leaders program is the state’s first sustainability-focused business leadership program of its type; it will guide participants in developing tools to usher in a more sustainable, resilient future.
The program is geared toward early to mid-career professionals who have been identified for their leadership potential. Participants in the pilot class were selected for: their commitment to sustainability; capacity to integrate sustainability into their organization; interest in being a long-term influencer in Arizona’s sustainability initiatives; and the capacity to take on a new challenge. The selection process resulted in a balance of participants from government, nonprofit and business organizations.
Over the past year, Arizona Forward has pursued a focused agenda aimed at influencing long-term transformation in areas such as: urban waterways, including the Rio Reimagined and Santa Cruz River Heritage projects; forest health; clean transportation; and canal redevelopment. The Emerging Sustainability Leaders participants will learn more about these and other efforts essential to the long term economic and environmental future of Arizona. Arizona Forward plans to offer the Emerging Sustainability Leaders program every year.
Congratulations to the pilot class participants, and thank you to those who nominated them! Here is a short bio of each participant; as you can see, they span a variety of disciplines.
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