HEATHER BURNS
Founder, CEO

Heather is responsible for the overall strategic direction of the Connecticut Sustainable Business Council.

Prior to CTSBC, Heather spent ten years as a CSR consultant to business leaders across sectors, and the world. She is former Vice Chair of NSF 391.1, the first ANSI Sustainability Standard for Professional Services, and has been an advisor to USEPA and GSA in the development of a methodology to identify sustainability standards and eco-labels to be utilized in US government procurement decisions. Heather has contributed to the development of several sustainability standards and certifications including USGBC Green Garage Certification and Sustainable CT.

In 2008 she founded Fairfield County GreenDrinks, business networking events for professionals in Fairfield County. Over the course of five years, thousands of people connected to advance sustainable business practices, and several events were covered by television and in The New York Times

Heather first became interested in sustainability in business in 1999 while living in Koh Tao, Thailand and working as a Dive Master. Diving every day in the same waters, she became aware that the two interconnected economies of fishing and tourism could benefit from understanding sustainable business practices. In 2000, she co-founded Save the Reef foundation, a non-profit organization educating local fishermen on environmental impacts.

MIGUEL CRUZ
Communications Associate

In his role as Communications Associate, Miguel is responsible for the creation and distribution of CTSBC’s external communications. Prior to CTSBC, Miguel worked at Naugatuck Valley Community College where he helped to develop and launch a new state-funded program to aid and mentor students of color who are on academic probation. Miguel’s contributions helped to secure funding beyond the pilot. He particularly enjoyed helping students develop confidence and study skills that improved academic performance and enabled them to fulfill their aspirations. 

Miguel’s interest in sustainability has long been supported by his general enthusiasm for science but took a more impassioned turn in 2015 after seeing a National Geographic map of what the world would look like if the worst effects of climate change are realized. Seeing the damage that sea level rise would do to islands like Puerto Rico and Cuba, and realizing the cultural history it would erase, created a new sense of urgency for him to participate in advancing solutions to the problem. 

Miguel has written a number of articles for various publications on a range of subjects from sustainability to student hunger and issues faced by minority populations. He lives in Thomaston, Connecticut. 

MADDIE MARLIN
Social Media Maven

Maddie contributes to creating a vibrant social media and online presence for CTSBC through its Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube accounts.  

Maddie has been interested in corporate social responsibility since her father committed to sustainability in business more than a decade ago. She is happy to have found a way to combine her personal and professional interests. Working with CTSBC allows her to hone her social media and marketing skills while expanding her knowledge in sustainability and corporate social responsibility. 

Maddie is currently studying Music, with a concentration in clarinet, at Western Connecticut State University. She has experience maintaining local business’ social media accounts and growing their presence through content creation. She lives in Newtown, Connecticut. 

KRISTIA JANOWSKI
Event Coordination, Volunteer

Kristia assists with event coordination and member engagement. As an environmental educator, she spent twenty years teaching a generation about sustainability. During that time, she helped launch and scale a wildlife education company, that to this day educates and connects people across the tri-state area with the natural world. After watching the students she taught enter the workforce and start driving change towards sustainability, Kristia was inspired to shift her focus to the corporate side of sustainability. As the Co-Chair for the New York Chapter of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, she works to move the sustainability conversation forward working towards the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. She holds a BA, English, Environmental Studies, Marine Science from Fairfield University.