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.