hopeful, sustainable

Suzanne Whitby. Communication specialist, sustainability catalyst, ESG & CSR, hopeful futures.

Hello, I’m Suzanne and I believe that we are the first generation who can (and will) make the mass shift towards sustainable living, and that together, we can co-create hopeful, sustainable futures.

Professionally, I am a sustainability & climate educator and facilitator, a communication specialist, and a scicomm trainer.

I moonlight as a traditional, oral storyteller; am interested in creating multi-sensory experiences that bring people together; and I am currently doing a PhD in my spare time, focusing on what I call “senstoryscapes.”

I write, talk, record podcasts, offer events, and develop projects relating to all the above, and whatever else ignites my curiousity.

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Suzanne Whitby. Communication specialist, sustainability catalyst, ESG & CSR, hopeful futures.

recent thoughts

An archive of all my writing, from various sources.

Let’s have faith in reality and humanity, not the tired hopes of modernity

“With the environmental crisis, it’s too late for humanity to get an A-grade. It might even be too late to pass. However, to try to do as best we can, while not ruining our lives in the process, makes sense to many of us. We don’t give up because we won’t get an A-grade or because we might not even pass. We keep trying because it feels right to do so. But the way we will keep trying doesn’t mean ruining our life, or that of others, in the meantime.” – Professor Jem Bendell

Sustainability meets heritage: powering heritage buildings with solar electricity is a no-brainer

On an extended trip to Italy, hotel and business owners told me time and again of the dramatically increasing electricity costs and their struggle to survive and thrive in challenging times. Italy is a country of glorious sunshine, so why isn’t the country embracing solar electricity and installing solar panels on every available roof? The “protected status” of heritage buildings means that getting permission to install PV panels is a challenge, but does this make sense—in Italy and elsewhere—when generating clean energy and getting rid of “dirty” energy is so important for people and the planet?

Aligning values with your recruitment process

If your corporate or brand values involve anything to do with “caring about your people”, then you should care enough to tell potential employees when a job has been awarded to someone other than them. If you can’t be bothered to do this, then I question how much you really DO care about people and whether your brand values are nothing more than “blah, blah, blah” for your website and corporate image.