On December 2, GeSI Chairman Luis Neves announced the establishment of GeSI’s first office in the Americas. The new Washington Office will advance GeSI’s mission to become the recognized thought leader, partner of choice, and proactive driver of the information and communications technology (ICT) sustainability agenda.
“With the Obama Administration declaring that climate change is a top priority, it is appropriate for GeSI to have a more active presence in the U.S.” said Luis Neves, GeSI chairman and Group Sustainability and Climate Change Officer for Deutsche Telekom. “This new office demonstrates our commitment to supporting our members, and assures that innovation and ICT solutions are well-represented in the public policy dialogue around sustainability issues.”
For 2015, GeSI will focus on climate change policy, human rights and human empowerment, industry responsibility issues, and cross-sector engagement. The organization believes that innovation and ICT can offer many solutions that promote productivity, growth and job creation while simultaneously advancing carbon emission reduction, energy and resource efficiency, improving people’s lives while ensuring sustainable living, and other sustainability goals.
Based in Washington, DC, the GeSI office will be run by Stephen Jordan and Steve Rochlin, the co-founders of the research and advisory firm, IO Sustainability.
“GeSI represents many of the leading ICT providers on the planet, and it is important that American-based audiences become more aware of the thought leadership they are exercising in the sustainability field.” Jordan and Rochlin said in a joint statement. “We look forward to making sure that the potential for ICT to contribute to sustainability is well recognized in the public policy conversation here in the Americas.”
The Washington office will focus on building relationships with officials in the Executive and Legislative Branches, developing partnerships with other industries and sectors, engaging in research and thought leadership, supporting member services, and serving as an information hub.
The Global e-Sustainability Initiative was founded by major global information and communications technology companies to tackle major sustainability challenges and develop recommendations for how the ICT sector might be able to address them. GeSI is well-known for its SMART 2020 and SMARTer 2020 series of reports, and is committed to thought leadership, cross-sector engagement, information sharing, and project development.
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