Rebecca LeBlanc, Senior Environmental Consultant
Rebecca holds degrees in Business from Endicott College and Technical Management from Wentworth Institute of Technology. She has completed coursework in Sustainable Operations and Principles & Strategies for Sustainability at the Institute for Global Sustainability at the University of Vermont, Industrial Ecology at Harvard University, LCA training through ISSP, iFu (Umberto NXT), and Regression Analytics from MIT.
For the past 7 years, she has worked with a client-base who has just started their sustainability journey. These engagements have included working with the executive teams on the initial materiality assessments and developing the metrics to support the integration of sustainability into their annual reporting. Many of these contracts included conducting the companies first corporate carbon footprint which are aligned with the GHG Protocol, and, some have also required additional product life-cycle assessments to comply with requests from their customers.
Most recently, her focus has been on agriculture, chemical recycling, transportation, manufacturing and online content providers who utilize large data centers (“the cloud”).
Samples of current engagements:
Carbon footprint (agriculture) – Largest supplier and grower-cooperative of sugar in the United States. For the past 4 years, on an annual basis, comprehensive reporting to the CDP adhering to the CDP’s Agricultural Commodities Sector guidelines recently introduced in 2018. The full-value chain is included the scope of work. Data is collected from agriculturists, agronomists, process engineers, manufacturing, facilities management, EHS, H/R and logistics. Data sources include all internal agricultural tracking systems, annual GHG, DOE and TRI reporting, AP, QA and logistics data covering the plain states and Florida. Rebecca is responsible for all data collection, consistency checks, data modeling and QA (prior to submission) and project management.
Carbon footprint (food processing) – Annual reporting to the CDP for bird food supplier to satisfy Walmart’s CDP reporting requirement. The scope includes gate-to-gate processing operations, and, has been expanded to include corn, millet, vegetable oils and other grains as well as packaging.
Carbon footprint (content provider – technology) – Establish baseline corporate carbon footprint for a non-profit whose primary business is online education and content delivery. Comprehensive analysis of their data centers to support decisions for co-location based upon their overall PUE and carbon footprint.
Carbon footprint (manufacturing) – Working with the corporate internal “Green Team” – initially establish the baseline corporate carbon footprint to identify “hot-spots” for improvement. In the second year, began implementing more rigorous inventory control measures as well. The results have led to the executive teams realizing cost savings by incorporating some common sense waste-tracking measures.
Scope 3 – Product Carbon Footprint: Life-cycle assessment (transportation) – Working with the largest transportation provided in North America to develop the product carbon footprint for transporting a petroleum product in 2 different states: solid and liquid. As the solidified version is still in development, required detailed process analysis and transportation and refinery impacts at the destination. The results will be utilized by the report commissioner to help them obtain the necessary documentation to begin full-scale production.
With over 30 years’ experience working in manufacturing, software development and project management, her innovative approach to systems design led to the development and integration of new tools and technologies. She is experienced in modeling product systems for Life Cycle Analysis and working with various LCA tools.