With prior experience in both the nonprofit and public sector as it relates to sustainability, Kate notes that part of the excitement of working in the field is how it constantly evolves to develop better answers for problems affecting the planet.
“It’s a field that changes quickly. Sustainability requires constant learning because best practices are always changing, and there are always new solutions. As companies and organizations move along their sustainability journey, the kinds of skills and tools that you need to influence others and drive chance are always developing.”
The constantly evolving field of sustainability has required Kate to develop a variety of competencies over the course of her career, from understanding the science itself to communicating findings to different stakeholders and motivating groups at large.
“At Aramark, one aspect of my work that I have genuinely enjoyed is getting to wear many different hats and work with various functional units, lines of business, and different colleagues.”
As Director of Global Climate Strategy at Aramark, Kate oversees the organization’s science-based targets and climate goals across international operations. She helps ensure that Aramark sets a coordinated climate strategy not only in the U.S. but in all the countries and regions in which Aramark operates.
“I focus on our big goals but also the roadmaps and initiatives that we’re working on to achieve these goals over the next several years and long-term.”
Businesses around the world have increased focus on environmental, social, and governance commitments, and Aramark’s Be Well. Do Well. plan marked a milestone in clarifying the company’s corporate sustainability strategy. Kate is motivated by seeing the work she has dedicated her career to finally coming to the global stage. Not only are Aramark’s climate goals and commitments helping the company do good things for the environment, but they’re also supporting the work Aramark’s partners and clients around the world are doing in order to slow the effects of climate change.
“We’ve crossed a threshold where sustainability has become a business imperative. That gives me a lot of hope that this won’t subside and will continue to be important to organizations. It’s exciting to me that the time has come, not just at Aramark but at all companies. It makes me very optimistic for those of us whose roles touch on sustainability. My day-to-day motivation comes from having a team of people at Aramark that I enjoy working with, can brainstorm and collaborate with, and make progress with to positively impact our world.”
Kate looks forward to helping Aramark meet its climate goals and continuing to develop strategies and solutions to address the most important problems affecting the environment, and she knows that the Aramark community is one that will support her in her journey.
“I live and breathe climate. I can talk about it all day, but when I hear colleagues talking about their work and how it contributes to our climate strategy, that feels so rewarding because it shows me that this work and our goals are embedded into the organization. Everyone is taking ownership of how their work contributes to making our planet a better place.”
To learn about Kate’s advice for a career in sustainability, check out the Q&A!