Rory Bakke, sustainability and change management leader, joins Haley & Aldrich
Published on: January 31, 2019
Burlington, Mass., January 31, 2019 – Haley & Aldrich, an engineering and environmental consulting company, today announced that Rory Bakke has joined the firm in their Walnut Creek, California office as a Senior Sustainability Associate. Bakke brings 25 years of experience working across the full sustainability spectrum, from corporate sustainability strategy and policy development, to climate action planning, national and international sustainability impact reporting, and executive coaching and employee engagement on waste prevention and recycling. She has worked with public agencies, manufacturers, airports, stadiums, communications companies, and institutions to develop programs that empower leaders to assess environmental and social value opportunities, and to improve their company’s performance and its impact on the world.
“Rory’s decades of sustainability and waste prevention expertise combined with her ability to bring many stakeholders together to a find a common purpose is rare and incredibly valuable for Haley & Aldrich’s clients,” said Melissa McEwen, Management Consulting Service Lead at Haley & Aldrich. “Transformative change comes at the intersection of those two qualities and we’re really looking forward to our clients benefiting from Rory’s unique knowledge and approach.”
Prior to Haley & Aldrich, Bakke held various senior sustainability, training, and change management roles. Most recently she was the VP of Product Development and Chief Sustainability Officer at REV Sustainability (REV), a consulting company that provides education and tools to integrate sustainability with behavior change. While with REV, Bakke worked with senior leaders and across divisions at the San Francisco International Airport to develop their first-ever Sustainability Strategic Plan.
Bakke has led and co-founded innovative sustainability programs throughout her career such as the first county-wide toxics reduction program in Santa Clara (Silicon Valley), and the Alameda County “Stop Waste” program. Under her leadership, the “Stop Waste” program diverted one million tons of solid waste from landfill disposal by working with companies to reduce waste at the source and reuse materials using new best practices.
Bakke has received a variety of awards and recognition for her leading-edge work, including a commendation from the California State Legislature for co-founding the San Francisco Bay Area Green Business Program. The program recognizes businesses, non-profit organizations, and municipal offices in the San Francisco Bay Area that meet high environmental standards and has been replicated in many regions throughout the U.S.
Since 2014, Bakke has lectured at the prestigious Presidio Graduate School, a pioneering school in the field of sustainability education. She has a B.A. degree in Sociology with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an M.A. degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Environmental Policy from Claremont Graduate University. She also received an Executive Certification in Sustainable Business Management from the Presidio Graduate School, and was selected for the highly competitive CORO Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs.
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