Emma Stewart | U.S. Green Building Council
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Emma Stewart

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Emma Stewart, Ph.D., leads business and market development at Impact Infrastructure, the first organization ever to automate triple-bottom-line cost-benefit analysis for buildings and infrastructure. She previously founded and directed the Sustainability Solutions department at Autodesk where her team built and brought-to-market 7 new sustainable design and operations tools over the course of 7 years.

Emma is a member of the professional faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business where she teaches a self-created course on “Intrapreneurship for Sustainability”. She serves on the Board of Directors of SPUR and Impact Infrastructure, and the Advisory Boards of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board and the World Resources Institute’s “Science-Based Targets” Initiative.

In 2009, Emma founded Autodesk’s Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings. In 2008, she founded its Sustainable Operations program, which was named best-in-class by the Carbon Disclosure Project. She co-authored Autodesk’s C-FACT methodology (a Corporate Finance Approach to Climate-stabilizing Targets), an open-source, science-driven, business-friendly approach to greenhouse gas target-setting, which was named #1 of public company targets by Climate Counts.

Prior to Autodesk, she founded and directed the Environmental R&D Division at Business for Social Responsibility, where her team designed corporate initiatives to analyze and adapt to horizon issues such as payments for ecosystem services, water footprinting, carbon offsets and trading, voluntary supply chain standards, and sustainable product design.

Emma has been named an “urban pioneer” by FORTUNE Magazine and “sustainability insurgent” by MIT Sloan Management Review. Her work has been featured in The Economist Insights, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, The Guardian, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, Environmental Finance, Environmental Law Journal, Quartz, and GreenBiz, among others. She is a contributing author to Corporate Responses to Climate Change and The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Business, and her work is featured in Frugal Innovation and The Big Pivot.

Emma has been named a Next Generation Fellow by Columbia University (2007), a Cabinet Member of the World Economic Forum’s Low Carbon Taskforce (2008), a Judge for the Clean Tech Open (2009), and a First Mover Fellow by The Aspen Institute (2010). She has lectured at dozens of universities and Fortune1000 companies, and has been an invited speaker at the National Press Club in DC, the UN Conference of the Parties, the World Conservation Congress, Greenbuild, Ecobuild, CityAge and The Economist.

She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Stanford University and a B.A. Honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University.