Steven is an experienced educator, executive and thought leader in the field of sustainability particularly Climate Change with a focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice. He has over 10 years in the field of sustainability; developing educational programs, youth development and pathways for leadership. He is a leading consultant in the areas of K-12 school design, management, board development, strategic planning and systems thinking.
Steven is the Founder and Principal of Global Sustainable Solutions (GSS). GSS is a global consulting firm founded on the principles of using a systems thinking approach to develop practical application of sustainability. GSS provides sustainable-based educational programs, projects, strategic planning and operational support to educational institutions, non-profit organizations, private businesses and leaders in developing diverse, inclusive and sustainable social justice focused solutions. Steven is currently developing a “Sustainability Scholars” program that connect students of color globally to work on sustainability projects in the African Diaspora and to connect sustainability entrepreneurs for global projects.
Steven served as a Visiting Scholar at The Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School University which fosters the integration of bold design, policy and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities.
Steven is a founding member, former CEO, and School leader of the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, New Jersey’s first charter high school focused on sustainability. The school’s mission is to develop independent critical thinkers and leaders in the area of sustainable development. Utilizing a Project Based-Service Learning approach, students worked with professionals on reimagining and designing a more sustainable school and city. Students also worked on environmental issues with high school students from China and on watershed projects in Japan. He established coalitions with several organizations including Duke Farm’s Teen Action and Leadership Opportunities for Nature, Kean University, Outward Bound, and The Nature Conservancy’s: Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program to provide environmental learning opportunities for students. These partnerships allowed for student engagement on issues such as environmental justice, climate change and access to clean and affordable drinking water which led to an increase in attrition, graduation rates, student activism and college acceptance.
Steven’s past experience includes serving as a facilitator at the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations (ILR). His research on Green Jobs and the development of a Low Carbon Green Economy led him to work closely with national and international labor leaders strategizing emerging changes in the global workforce and economy in the use of sustainable practices. He also served as a co-program designer and facilitator for the Black Trade Union Leadership Program which concentrated on developing the leadership skill of local union leaders.
Steven holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pace University in Anthropology and a Masters of Arts from The New School University in International Affairs. As a student in the International Affairs program Steven was an integral member of the founding graduate research team of the India China Institute. He interned for the Hong Kong Transport Department on sustainable transport practices and participated in a think-tank project looking at increased commercial use of the Pearl River Delta. He has a certificate from the Green Schools Leadership Institute and has presented at several conferences including the 2017 New Jersey Charter School Association. He serves as a mentor in the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative and a Fellow in the the Environmental Leadership Program.