The Center for Sustainability Solutions sets up collaborative Innovation Networks to address sustainability problems in supply chains and complex systems. Our programs focus on advancing sustainability in four fundamental sectors of the economy:

Clean Energy | Sustainable Agriculture | Fair Labor | Responsible Finance

From a sustainability impact perspective, major shifts in these areas affect every sector of the economy and society. We also consider complex issues in other emerging high impact sustainability areas that we call Emerging Opportunities.


GOAL: Support a robust non-GMO sector as a pathway to a more diverse, resilient and sustainable food system that creates better long-term outcomes for farmers, consumers, and the environment.


GOAL: Move towards zero exposure of workers to toxic chemicals in the electronics manufacturing process.

  • Status: Active
  • Focus Area: Fair Labor
  • Start Date: Summer 2015
  • Contact: Sarah O'Brien,, (802) 233-1478

Carbon Farming

Goal: To drive carbon farming into mainstream agriculture as part of a global climate change solution.

  • Status: Active
  • Focus Areas: Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture
  • Start Date: Fall 2016
  • Contact: Mary Johnson,, 202-872-5338


GOAL: Grow solar industry to produce 50% of all energy by 2050.

Community Capital

GOAL: Move $1 billion in net new capital to community development banks, loan funds and credit unions serving low-income communities.

  • Status: Completed
  • Focus Area: Responsible Finance
  • Start Date: 1999
  • Contact: Fran Teplitz,, 202-872-5326