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What It's Like: Value Sustainability

In What it's Like we ask people working in a variety of roles across the range of sustainability sectors to tell us about their organization, their work and their career path. In this edition of What it's Like, we hear from Salem Afeworki, Founder and Program Director at Value Sustainability. Salem is also an Emerging Leader in E2's Emerging Leaders' program.

Value Sustainability

What is Value Sustainability's Mission and Core Strategy?

Our Mission is to create an enduring legacy by building a resilient infrastructure and communities. Our Vision is to become a regionally recognized brand name by capitalizing on human innovation and resourcefulness. We plan on being an agent for change by integrating sustainability, systems thinking and responsible leadership into daily business practices.

Our Goals:

1. Provide holistic and lasting solutions in line with latest policy and technological advancements.

2. Build a network of national and global partnerships to promote knowledge exchange.

3. Motivate and encourage our clients to implement and follow sustainable practices.

4. Develop and scale green businesses and public-private partnerships.

Tell us about your role

I am the Founder of Value Sustainability, a consulting firm that provides sustainability and climate change services. I am an E2 1 Hotels Fellow, and also serve at Los Angeles County Sustainability Council and City of Irvine’s Green Ribbon Committee. In this capacity, I advise cities and counties on how to best address their environmental and social challenges. As a small business owner, I wear multiple hats. Most of the time, I’m working on a project that we have already won or putting together a proposal to win a new project. I also attend conferences to promote our services and learn about latest trends and best practices in my industry.

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How did you get the job- what has been your career path?

I did my Bachelors degree in Journalism, and l