Steven is an educator and consultant in the areas of K-12 school design and management, as well as an experienced thought leader in sustainability and social justice, with over 10 years in the field of sustainability, youth development, and educational program development. Steven is the Founder and Principal of Global Sustainable Solutions (GSS), a global consulting firm founded on the principles of using a systems thinking approach to the practical application of sustainability. GSS also provides strategic planning and operational support to educational institutions, nonprofits, and private businesses in developing diverse, inclusive, and sustainable social justice focused solutions. Steven is currently developing a “Sustainability Scholars” program that connects students of color to sustainability projects in the African Diaspora and sustainability entrepreneurs to global projects.
Steven is currently a Visiting Scholar at the Tishman Environment and Design Center, which fosters the integration of bold design, policy, and social justice approaches to environmental issues to advance just and sustainable outcomes in collaboration with communities. He is a founding member, former CEO, and school leader of the Barack Obama Green Charter High School, New Jersey’s first charter high school focused on sustainability. The school’s mission is to develop independent critical thinkers and leaders in the area of sustainable development utilizing a project-based, service learning approach to re-imagine and design a more sustainable school and city.
Steven’s past experience includes serving as a facilitator at the Global Labor Institute at Cornell University’s School of Industrial Labor Relations (ILR). His research on green jobs and the development of a low carbon green economy led him to work with national and international labor leaders strategizing emerging changes in the global workforce and economy in the use of sustainable practices. He also served as a co-program designer and facilitator for the Black Trade Union Leadership Program, which concentrated on developing the leadership skill of local union leaders. Steven holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Pace University and a M.A. in International Affairs from The New School.