BiographyMarilyn Waite’s vision is a world where sustainability values of social cohesion, environmental consciousness, intergenerational equity, and economic health drive decision-making and business practices. A multi-lingual engineer, project manager, and author, she has experience across four continents in investment (Lincoln International in China), renewable and nuclear energy (AREVA in France), education (Kaplan and Shanghai Normal University), economic development (United Nations in Madagascar), tourism and Internet start-ups (SustainableVisit), and public policy (National Academy of Sciences in the United States). A speaker and author, she has addressed audiences in Africa, Europe, and North and Central America on sustainability in careers, education, textiles, climate change, water, and energy.
Marilyn holds a Master’s Degree with distinction in Engineering for Sustainable Development from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (magna cum laude) from Princeton University. Marilyn currently leads the energy practice at Village Capital, serves on the Board of Directors for Engineers for a Sustainable World and is a Senior Drawdown Fellow.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Published: Nov 15, 2013 by Journal of Management and Sustainability
Authors: Marilyn Waite
Subjects: Business, Management and Accounting
This article presents a practical framework for approaching sustainable development and the green economy. The SURF framework: supply chain, user, relations, and future, enables a systems-level approach, and subsequently a systems-level impact, for decisions made even on a very microscopic level. Start-ups and large companies, public organizations and private ones alike will benefit from adopting this framework and adapting it to their unique needs.
Published: Sep 18, 2016
Why should companies transform for sustainability and how can they do so? This 1-hour seminar is interactive and geared towards business students (start 8 minutes 22 seconds for English).