2017 NAEM EHS and Sustainability Management Forum

Kevin Eckerle, Director of Corporate Research and Engagement; Stern Business School - New York University


Kevin Eckerle, Director of Corporate Research and Engagement; Stern Business School - New York University

Kevin Eckerle is a Senior Research Scholar and Director of Corporate Research and Engagement at the Center for Sustainable Business in New York University's (NYU) Stern School of Business. Kevin has more than 12 years experience leading private and public organizations in developing and implementing transformational strategies that leverage sustainability as a driver of value creation. Among his recent projects, Kevin partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to produce the CEO Guide to the Circular Economy, and he collaborated with the World Economic Forum and nine of the world's largest consumer brands (i.e., Coca-Cola, Unilever, Marks and Spencer) to build strategies that better engage the consumer and enable more sustainable lifestyles choices. This collaboration led to the launch of Collectively.org and the Positive Change Effie Award, each of which is focused on establishing the sustainable lifestyle as the norm.


Kevin is a frequent speaker on sustainability and the circular economy, having spoken for the Sustainability Leadership Forum, the Conference Board, and at the Sustainable Cosmetics Summit, among others. He is also the author or co-author of 10+ publications on the circular economy, engaging consumers to promote sustainable decision-making and grow business value, the economics of coal-generated electricity, the impacts of climate change on global biodiversity, and the ecology of birds.


Prior to NYU, Kevin was a sustainability consultant with Accenture Strategy and Esty Environmental Partners (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), where he worked with leading global companies to embed sustainability across the organization. Prior to his consulting career, Kevin was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and served as a Legislative Fellow in the U.S. Senate, where he oversaw several of the nation's largest scientific agencies, including NASA, NOAA and the National Science Foundation. He began his career as a biologist, studying the unending variety of ornaments, dances and songs that birds use to dazzle their mates.


Kevin earned his Ph.D. from Illinois State University and his MBA from The George Washington University.

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