Susan Hunt Stevens
Susan Hunt Stevens is the Founder/CEO of Practically Green, the leading technology provider of sustainability engagement programs to global companies. She is a recognized expert in the use of social and game mechanics to drive positive behavior change, with speaking engagements at Fortune Brainstorm GREEN, SXSW Eco, the Corporate Eco-Forum, Sustainable Brands and is a featured expert in Wharton Professor Kevin Werbach's popular Gamification course.
Prior to starting Practically Green, Susan spent nine years at The New York Times Company, most recently as senior vice president/GM of Boston.com, one of the largest news and information sites on the web. She was also a co-founder of a venture-backed start-up, Abridge, Inc., and spent the early part of her career as a management consultant.
Susan received her MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, a BA from Wesleyan University, and a graduate certificate in sustainable design from the Boston Architectural College. She currently sits on the boards of Xconomy.com, an online news organization covering the innovation economy, and the New England Clean Energy Council, as well as the emeritus board of The Center for Women & Enterprise.
Susan came to the BAC after working on a home renovation. Wanting to expand her knowledge of green energy, she enrolled in Sustainable Design as a Way of Thinking at the BAC. The course was a success and she decided to pursue a certificate from the Sustainable Design Institute. She graduated in 2010.
"I often tell the story about how the idea for Practically Green came to me while taking the High Performance Design course with Professor Ashley Muse," said Susan. "Given my interest in residential design, I did an in-depth review for one class of the LEED for Homes checklist. Given my background in consumer marketing and interest in sustainability, I thought, ‘"This system is great! Why isn't there something like LEED, but focused on all my activities of daily life?'" It took several years, but in 2009 I stepped down from running Boston.com to start working full-time on the idea. But back then, if you had told me then that our technology platform and sustainability behavior change programs would be used in companies as far-ranging as Unilever, MGM Resorts, Caesar's Entertainment and NBCUniversal for employee engagement, I would have been shocked."
Susan was recently interviewed about Practically Green and her career in Fortune Magazine. Read the full article here.