Jennifer Schwab, CSO, SCGH
As Chief Sustainability Officer, Jennifer is responsible for all environmental information, education, and other initiatives at SCGH.com (previously Sierra Club Green Home). She developed the SCGH “GreenCheck” validation program and green directory for green suppliers.
After graduating from the University of Arkansas with an accounting degree and as Kappa Kappa Gamma Alumna, Jennifer worked in the Chicago office of Ernst and Young. She then found her life’s calling in the green world and moved west to study environmental design and sustainability at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. She then earned a Masters in Urban Planning and Sustainable Design at the University of California, Irvine. Jennifer is a LEED Accredited Practitioner and served on the USGBC Education Committee in Orange County. Jennifer has won a multitude of awards for her work in sustainability, including “Best Green Entrepreneur” by World CSR Congress and the 2012 Piece by Piece gala honoree. Most recently, she served as a delegate to The Economist Arctic Summit and has been accepted as a Fulbright Specialist Grantee for 2013-14.
Jennifer consults on energy efficiency and sustainability for various corporate clients. She is a sustainability consultant to Eye-R Systems, a technology company originated at MIT which uses high- throughput infrared imaging, geo-spatial data integration, and highly scalable predictive analytics to identify energy leaks in commercial and residential structures. She is a member of the Board of Advisors for Source 44, a carbon footprint assessment company based in San Diego. Jennifer also serves on the Board of Advisors for BlogWorld Expo, America’s largest social media conference and tradeshow.
Jennifer is a frequent speaker at a wide variety of environmental conferences and forums. She served as co-host at Opportunity Green, among seven other major podiums in 2011 alone. She is a widely quoted media analyst that has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Dwell, Fortune, Forbes, and Consumer Reports, among others. She has also appeared on NBC-U, CBS, CNBC, and Fox News. Jennifer has appeared numerous times as a green expert on ABC’s Good Morning America.
Away from work, Jennifer follows art and design avidly and is also a trained Cessna pilot. She serves on the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Photography acquisitions committee in Los Angeles. In her spare time, you can find Jennifer in the Bikram yoga studio or running trails around her house. You can read her innermost green thoughts as a weekly contributor to the Huffington Post, LOHAS, BlogHer, Healthy House Institute, Intent.com, as well as on the home page of SCGH.com.