Melanie Colburn | U.S. Green Building Council
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Melanie Colburn

San Francisco, CA

Melanie Colburn joined USGBC as a Project Manager focusing on Education in the Northern California community. Her expertise includes a wide range of skills including: developing educational content and communications on sustainability topics, audience growth and development, engagement with target audiences, and enhancing strategic partnerships. As a communications professional, she has directed the creation of award-winning web content, facilitated stakeholder engagement, and helped to advance awareness of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs. She also has direct experience collaborating with real estate and facilities teams to extend corporate investment and progress on sustainable building and operations goals.

Prior to joining USGBC, Melanie was a corporate responsibility and sustainability professional specializing in strategy and management consulting. She supported companies in developing triple bottom line value, which embeds social and environmental sustainability into core business activities. Within various positions, she has advised Fortune 500 companies in Consumer Goods & Retail, Information and Communication Technology, Energy & Transportation, and Healthcare. Through this, she brings familiarity with a variety of social and environmental sustainability issues relevant to USGBC member companies and stakeholders, including topics such as circular economy, carbon accounting, sustainability reporting, and business model innovation.

Previously, she supported the sustainability program at Autodesk, served as public relations director for a San Francisco-based agency, and contributed to the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s ‘Vision 2050’ project. Melanie holds an MBA with honors in Sustainable Business from San Francisco State University and graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley.

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