We believe sustainability is taking from the earth only what the earth can replenish, preserving our natural resources for future generations of all living beings.
Our defined core values are central to our growing operations and serve as a guide for our actions.
- Collaboration: shared, collective, objective, consensus, communication, recognition, problem solving, improving
- Respect: positive, tolerance, discipline, patriotic, future generations
- Stewardship: responsibility, leader, innovator, cooperative, communities, sustainable, effective
- Transparency: openness, freedom, accountable, information, accessible, participation, ethical, disclose
KRISTEN VICTOR, FOUNDER
LEED AP, 2008
- Environmental designer with 20+ years experience
- Creates innovative sustainable products and business models
- BS in Biology from Whittier College
“I appreciate life and the newness each day brings…more so, when my eyes and mind are wide open”. Kristen Victor, September 30, 2010
More than 20 years ago, Kristen began her career designing unique spaces for clients with style, taste and needs that differed. After receiving her B.S. in Biology from Whittier College, post-graduate studies including The Art Institute of Chicago, these studies combined with hands on experience have enhanced her knowledge and experience, which have contributed to the foundation in which she collaborates with others in today’s sustainable world.
In 2008, after receiving her LEED Accredited Professional certification from the USGBC (United States Green Building Council) she chose to work solely within the sustainable building industry. This work included LEED certified buildings, sustainable material projects and innovation of two sustainable products, both taken to market.
Kristen, enjoys her active role in the community, dedicating time to the following organizations: Women’s Business Enterprise-WBENC, Green Chamber San Diego, USGBC-National/Local Chapters, Opportunity Green and the Green Building Institute. She currently is on the USGBC/San Diego local chapter marketing committee and Vice President of Regional Development with the Alumni Board Of Directors for Whittier College.
Kristen is passionate about her family and friends, animals, sustainable gardening, preservation of our outdoors, forward movement of womens’ rights and bettering our world for future generations.
LICIA J. ANGINO, COMPLIANCE & LOGISTICS EXPERT
- BS in Kinesiology from UCLA
- Customs Broker – CTPT – Security –Risk Assessment – Change Management
- Develops integrated solutions through education, innovation and automation
- Accomplished project manager and implementation expert, with more than 20 years of experience providing comprehensive leadership for companies operating in the logistics and luxury goods industries.
“I always ask why and encourage those around me to do the same”
With over 20 years experience in business development the key to identifying what is needed to make things work is to understand why things are run in a certain manner. As CEO of a successful armored international courier company, focused on procurement and logistic applications, Licia encouraged her team to think freely, to rework a problem, and to find the most comprehensive solution possible. This approach was applied in all of her collaborative endeavors as she guided companies to encompass growth and change through education, innovation and automation. Most recently she partnered with Malca Amit to launch their presence in Italy.
Today, Licia is founder of the nascent Y-ideas whose focus is to guide companies to Rethink, Renew and Refocus in order to meet the challenge of the future: to become sustainable in all aspects, commercially and ecologically.
As early as 2001, Licia began analyzing challenges faced by the Logistics Industry. Only after her return to the United States in 2011, after two years abroad, did the need to meet these challenges come to the forefront. In collaboration with Sustainability Matters, Licia’s goal is to teach our Supply Chain providers to Go Green. It is a daunting task, but one that needs attention and implementation. With her experience in compliance, risk assessment, employee training, IT deployment and integration of the same, as well as the expertise that Sustainability Matters and Kristen Victor bring to the table, the project is poised for success.
“I value my family, friends, and most importantly, the children of the world whose future we need to preserve.”
JOHN RISSER, WEB TECHNOLOGIES CONSULTANT
- 15 years experience in advertising and branding
- Created campaigns for national and international brands
- Innovator and entrepreneur at heart
John’s professional life over the last decade and a half has included the titles of web developer, writer, branding consultant and entrepreneur.
His list of credits is long and includes a diverse set of clients with everything from local to international brands. ASICS shoes, Land Rover USA, TaylorMade Golf, WD-40, Omni Hotels, Warner Bros., In-N-Out Burger, and NFL Network, to name just a few.
Along the way, he has also taken on projects of a more philanthropic nature – developing campaigns and web presences for grassroots organizations promoting music and the arts, and fighting breast cancer.
His interest and excitement over sustainability is fueled by both a love of innovation and his deep appreciation for the natural world.
Sustainability Matters® is committed to the responsibility of supporting the local community through educational and social outreach. We are currently in the process of relationship development with our community partners. Stay tuned for some exciting happenings!
Sustainability Matters® views future generations as the critical component to successfully sustaining our world. As part of our commitment to the sustainable movement, we have created programs to engage our youth and share with them our community at Sustainability Matters®. For growth and maximum impact, we share and encourage our business relationships to engage as well.
Our mentoring program focuses on local high school students, designed to provide “at risk” youth exposure to sustainability and an avenue through which they can develop business skills. Currently this program is supporting our Social Media weekly updates.
Our internship program reaches out to local college students who are interested in sustainability as a career. We provide an opportunity to gain a perspective and understanding of the opportunities within the sustainable business world by exposing them to such areas involving research, information storage systems and client development.