Former California Center for Sustainability Executive Director, Irene Stillings, Named U.S. Green Chamber President
San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
Today, the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce (USGCC) announced the appointment of Irene M. Stillings as its president. Stillings has over 35 years of energy industry experience and is the former executive director of the non-profit California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE), an organization devoted to creating a sustainable energy future, and through her leadership the CCSE became a statewide resource, growing from 7 to 90 employees providing educational, technical, financial services and energy programs to residents, businesses and municipalities in California.
“Irene brings a tremendous level of expertise to USGCC that will help further the Chamber’s mission and strengthen our core services, and as a team we can better serve our members’ interests,” said David Steel, CEO of the U.S. Green Chamber of Commerce. “Our focus has always been to empower businesses and communities to create environmentally friendly and sustainable business practices, and Irene’s leadership will be instrumental to our success as we continue to grow and evolve.”
As president, Stillings’ responsibilities will include formalizing the USGCC’s vision on energy initiatives, interfacing with key influencers, stakeholders and policymakers, as well as leading the business community toward full participation in the green revolution.
“Working with the USGCC is a continuation of my life long passion for protecting the environment,” said Stillings. ”I have always believed that doing positive work in the community is good for business. I am pleased to join the team that works with small and large companies, helping them design more sustainable practices.”
In recognition of her many accomplishments and strong leadership role, she was installed on the Wall of Fame in the National Women’s Hall of Fame located in New York. In California, she was honored as a Climate Champion by the American Lung Association, a 2012 Key San Diego Influential by the Daily Transcript and received proclamations honoring her service to the community from the Mayor of San Diego, the California State Senate and San Diego County Board of Supervisors.
Prior to working as the executive director of CCSE, she held various positions at New York State Electric & Gas Corporation, including vice president of marketing, customer service and communications; vice president of business development at ConneXt, Inc. a software company providing premier products and services to the energy industry; and director of customer care at Navigate Consulting, Inc., a multi-nation firm.
Stillings is currently a board member of the national Marketing Executives Conference and Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), and represented CCSE on the Energy Working Group of SANDAG, City of San Diego Sustainable Energy Advisory Board, San Diego Regional Sustainable Partnership and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee.
Stillings received her bachelor’s degree, Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Rochester and has her master’s degree from Syracuse University.
About the U.S. Green Chamber — The U.S. Green Chamber is a nonprofit organization that empowers businesses to grow through environmentally friendly, sustainable practices that positively impact our economy and ecology. It helps both established and emerging companies improve operational efficiencies, tap into unexplored markets and explore new opportunities in the green sector. By providing visibility, advocacy, networking opportunities and educational tools, the U.S. Green Chamber brings businesses, government, nonprofits and individuals together to strengthen their success and work towards environmental sustainability and economic prosperity. For more information visit http://usgreenchamber.com.