SS FORUM: My Journey as a Sustainability Consultant -- Learnings and Competencies

Event Type: 
Guest Lecture
Vee Subramanian
Friday, April 5, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Room 1040 Dana Building
Event Sponsor: 
Center for Sustainable Systems
School of Natural Resources and Environment

The field of sustainability consulting continues to grow due in part to the increasing interest in quantifying and improving the sustainability impacts of products, technologies, organizations and sectors. Sustainability consulting uses a variety of tools and methods to address micro and macro issues for one-of-a-kind clients. This presentation provides a candid summary of my day-to-day experiences working for a sustainability consultancy. It covers the following:

     Why join a consultancy?
     Transition from academia
     Everyday challenges & solutions
     Growth opportunities

The goal of this presentation is to provide an insight into consulting for students who are interested in pursuing it as a career trajectory. Attendees of this presentation will get a good idea of what skills are necessary to be a successful consultant and how these skills will also ready you for working in related professional tracks.


Vee Subramanian is a Senior Consultant at PRé North America, Inc. where he works towards product and supply chain sustainability using tools and approaches that include life cycle thinking, innovative and standardized metrics, visioning exercises, scenario analyses, stakeholder governance and collaborative strategy development. Vee holds a PhD in Sustainability and a MSE in Industrial Engineering from Arizona State University. Prior to joining PRé, Vee worked as a doctoral researcher for the Sustainability Consortium, which funded his thesis to improve the effective comparison of LCA based impacts of products. The cradle for his interest in Industrial Ecology was a “drinking straw” and the performance of life cycle and systems modeling for Henkel Consumer Goods, Inc. Vee is responsible for co-leading the PCR Guidance Development Project, representing the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) in the United States Technical Advisory Group to ISO/TC 207, and chairing the ACLCA PCR Committee.