Tuesday, May 31, 2016

GreenBiz: The 2016 GreenBiz 30 under 30

TransportiCA Note: This article has been shortened, and highlights one of those named below - Joel Espino of the Greenlining Institute.  TransportiCA has worked with Mr. Espino, and knows he of all people is fitting to be recognized as such.  The complete article can be found below.

Corporate sustainability professionals take many paths to the job, and their jobs take many forms. Most aren't on the C-suite track; some aren't even on the CEO’s radar. But that doesn't mean they aren't making a difference.
These emerging leaders, all of them twentysomethings, are tackling some of the toughest challenges in business, from inside big companies, at the helm of startups or in the nonprofit sector. Whether they're already seasoned and celebrated, or just seeding a standout career, watch them grow from here. A desire many of our honorees expressed: for sustainability to be part and parcel of how every business operates.
Here, in alphabetical order, are 30 of today's — and tomorrow's — best and brightest.

Joel Espino, 28

Environmental Equity Legal Counsel, Greenlining Institute; Berkeley, California

Joel Espino, Greenlining Institute

Sustainability wasn't always Joel Espino's be-all, end-all career goal. Rather, the clean transportation-focused attorney with the California-based Greenlining Institute was inspired to help bridge environmental action with social equity after growing up the son of Mexican immigrants.
"Like most immigrant stories, things like poverty, discrimination, hard work and exploitation were constant themes for me growing up," Espino said. "This story is not unique. And that's what motivated me to do something about it."
His first career path was on racial justice-oriented public policy. But he credits a fellowship with his current employer for driving home an understanding of disproportionate environmental impacts. His focus now is ensuring that low-income communities and communities of color aren't left out of the shift to electric vehicles, working to ensure inclusion of equity requirements in state- and utility-driven EV charging pilots.
Ultimately, Espino hopes to see 1 million EVs on the road in California by 2023, with access reaching broadly across demographics, embracing the increasing diversity of the state's population, rather than shying away from it.
As for why the University of California Hastings College alum has chosen the legal route to effect that change?
"Legal rules have always been used to change or influence people's behavior," he said. "The thinking is that if you have a legal rule in place long enough, the resulting behavior change becomes the norm and changes collective values." 

(Source: https://www.greenbiz.com/article/2016-greenbiz-30-under-30)

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