Kristen Rowe, MEM

Kristen Rowe, MEM, Senior Sustainability Consultant


Kristen Rowe has bachelor’s degrees in both environmental engineering and international affairs from Lafayette College, and completed the Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) program at Duke University. Kristen has seven years of experience as an environmental consultant, focused on sustainability and air compliance. Her air environmental experience includes CEMS data analysis in support of consent decree enforcement and work on a refinery TRI report.  She has developed GHG reporting strategies for various industry sectors, and has led life cycle assessments and carbon footprints for a wide assortment of clients.  The listing below captures some key aspects of those showcase projects where the results of Kristen’s work were the most valuable.

Air Emissions – Consent Decree Enforcement (refinery) – Project manager and key resource for detailed data re-evaluation process for a refinery to define proper data exclusion, averaging and substitution by overlapping regulation and CD requirements.  The resulting adjustments lowered the emissions estimate and associated penalties by 50%.

Carbon Footprint – Business Unit (manufacturing company) – Project manager leading a facility-level carbon footprint that was aggregated to business sector level.  This unique approach used SAP data for supply chain and various other sources to develop estimates for 11 of the 15 WRI carbon footprint impact categories.  The results were presented at the Carbon Disclosure Project Spring 2013 workshop and to WRI and Energy Star audiences by the client.  The project led to a deep dive into alternatives for the three major raw material contributors to the carbon footprint.

Carbon Footprint – Well to Wheel (upstream oil and gas) – Led a well-to-wheel carbon intensity analysis for a global integrated oil and gas company, focused on upstream oil and gas operations. Study included significant work in Argonne National Laboratory’s GREET Transportation Fuel Model. The assessment resulted in determination of requirements in both California and Europe to qualify a low-carbon fuel, as well as quantification of carbon intensity across the life cycle of the proposed fuel, according to the requirements within these markets.

Carbon Footprint – Dairy Operations (manufacturing company) – Served as the project manager to develop carbon footprint baselines for over ten dairy farms throughout the United States, as well as a milk processing plant. Project activities included onsite data collection and complex life cycle assessment modeling.

Carbon Footprint Calculator (health care) – Served as the project manager to develop a carbon footprint calculator tool to compare the ‘cradle to grave’ carbon footprints of competing healthcare industry products. The tool was used to inform sustainability strategy decisions related to product design and performance.

Carbon Footprint Methodology Guidance (airline company) – Led a review of best practices for air travel carbon footprint calculations. As a result of the review, best practices recommendations were developed that addressed ground operations, mobile ground equipment and airplane operations.

Carbon Footprint – Proposed Plant (upstream) – Perform detailed analysis using the GREET fuel cycle model to determine how various process aspects, feedstocks and changes to the proposed process would impact predicted GHG impacts.  The work involved detailed de-construction of GREET model equations using a unique Excel template to understand how various aspects were actually modeled.

Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mandatory Reporting (petrochemical, oil and gas and manufacturing) – Led efforts for numerous EPA MRR related projects including conducting applicability and gap assessments, writing monitoring plans, and developing data collection, calculation and reporting templates in the petrochemical, oil and gas, and manufacturing sectors.

Life Cycle Assessment – Beverage Products (manufacturing company) – Project Manager for the carbon footprint of 14 beverage products by characterizing the supply chain including detailed data on the operations of key suppliers in various sectors.  Results were exported into an Excel model that could perform what-if calculations for carbon footprint that served as the basis for third-party verification of the detailed calculations by the Carbon Trust.  Sensitivity analysis focused on fertilizer options and impacts of geographic location of growers and bottling plants.  The client used the results from this work to form a baseline and plan their reduction strategy and messaging approach.

Life Cycle Assessment – Intermediate Chemicals (chemical manufacturer) – Project manager for an LCA of two industrial intermediate chemicals including comparison to various products made by other processes and companies.  As part of this process, demonstrated the specific impact of avoidance of emissions as a result of use of the product by consumers as compared to the burden to produce the product (and that of their competitors). Key aspects of the project involved biogenic sources and recycling of various materials and co-products.

Materiality Assessment (beverage company) – Served as a key consultant for conducting a materiality assessment a global beverage company’s juice business including analysis of economic, governance, social and environmental issues. Used results to inform development of recommended sustainability strategies for top four material issues.

Sustainability Plan (financial company) – Project manager responsible for collecting, organizing and interpreting data for the development of a qualitatively ranked inventory of present and potential work practices that had sustainability implications (waste generation, energy usage, raw materials sourcing, employee travel, advertising print practices, use of digital versus paper copies, etc.).  The results of this effort were used to establish and benchmark annual carbon footprint reduction programs.  Designed and executed a benchmarking study comparing the client to competitors.

Sustainable Waste Management (healthcare products) – Served as a key consultant for the development of a waste disposal and recycling program for a healthcare product manufacturing facility in the capital project stage.  Assisted in waste stream classification, and locating local resources capable of recycling and/or disposing of planned wastes from the future facility. Led research efforts to identify sustainable, cutting-edge options for a “waste paste” stream.

Sustainable Waste Management (waste-to-fuel start-up company) – Assisted in developing a carbon strategy for a waste-to-fuel start-up company. Project activates included identifying and defining boundaries of carbon reduction certification projects; and identifying applicability methodologies within the voluntary carbon market.

Sustainable Waste Management (pharmaceutical company) – Performed environmental and economic evaluation of solid waste management alternatives for a global pharmaceuticals company in order to support client’s zero landfill waste management targets. Established a baseline across multiple environmental impacts for current waste management strategy, identified options for alternative waste management strategies, and estimated potential environmental impacts for alternative strategies. As part of this project, developed an interactive tool that estimated the environmental and financial costs for a given waste management scenario.

Sustainability Plan (manufacturing company) – Led the carbon footprint evaluation of 50 proposed projects that sought to lower the overall carbon footprint of a manufacturing plant.  The results of this evaluation were used to prioritize capital projects for budget consideration.

Wastewater Engineering and Energy Efficiency Study (dairy) – Assisted with a project to provide wastewater engineering and energy efficiency services for a yogurt manufacturer. Project tasks included performing an energy balance the wastewater treatment system; conducting an anaerobic digester performance evaluation; developing an energy management target; identifying technically feasible alternatives and quantifying associated carbon footprints.

Key Publications
Sustainability –

“A Business-Friendly Hybrid Approach to Corporate Value Chain (Scope 3) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Accounting,” Air and Waste Management Association Annual Meeting, June 2013, Kristen Rowe, John M. Beath, Nuno da Silva.