- Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is looking for the next wave of innovative cleantech entrepreneurs.
- The Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute has completed a report for that examines the impact climate change is likely to have on Alberta's ecosystems. Alberta's boreal forest may transition to aspen forest and grasslands as a result of changing climate conditions.
- The Climate Bonds Initiative has issued proposed eligibility criteria for solar assets under the Climate Bond Standard and Certification Scheme.
- Climate change combined with rapid population increases, economic growth and land subsidence could lead to a more than 9-fold increase in the global risk of floods in large port cities between now and 2050
- The sun is finally rising on the global solar business, with growing demand in developing regions helping to ignite the first increase in industry wide capital spending in three years in 2014
Vice President for Corporate Responsibility, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, USA
Brigitta Witt serves as vice president, corporate responsibility for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts.
Witt is responsible for developing and implementing Hyatt's environmental stewardship, community engagement and disaster relief programs enterprise-wide; developing Hyatt's global corporate responsibility programs and policies; managing associate engagement and philanthropic programs; and reporting Hyatt's corporate responsibility results.
Witt joined Hyatt in November 2007 as vice president, environmental affairs, where she was responsible for developing and implementing Hyatt's corporate sustainability programs worldwide. Prior to joining the company, Witt served as senior director of business development and general manager for GreenDimes, an organization dedicated to reducing the production and environmental impact associated with junk mail.
Witt brings to Hyatt more than a decade of experience in marketing, change management and strategy consulting and has spent the greater part of her professional career developing and implementing large-scale programs and initiatives at a variety of organizations, ranging from global corporations and state governments to Silicon Valley start-ups. At Wayport, Inc. she managed the deployment of company technology and WiFi connectivity to over 8,000 restaurants for their largest client, McDonald's Corporation. For Epylon Corporation she implemented a strategic sourcing program for the New York City Board of Education, and in the early stages of her career, she developed global marketing programs for Hyatt's international properties.
Witt holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of California, San Diego, and a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing from Northwestern University. She currently resides with her husband in Chicago, Ill.