Sheila Walsh Reddy

Sheila_Walsh ReddySheila Walsh Reddy, Ph.D., Senior Scientist for Sustainability, The Nature Conservancy and Third Pilot Lead for the TNC-Dow Collaboration   Sheila is tackling global sustainability challenges by improving decision making related to nature for corporations, communities, governments, and individuals. Through TNC’s collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company, Sheila’s team is redefining how the largest corporations in the world value and engage with nature. Specifically, this work has led to a corporate-wide approach that is enabling Dow to systematically and explicitly value nature in decisions on site infrastructure, natural resource management, process improvement, and commercial opportunities. The ground-breaking nature of this work has been highlighted in The New Yorker, The Economist, Environmental Leader, Time, and A Better World, Inc. The TNC-Dow Collaboration received the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnerships from Harvard University in 2013 and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the Association of Strategic Alliance Professionals in 2015. Beyond the Dow collaboration, Sheila has also advanced strategies, science, and practices related to freshwater, climate risk reduction, fisheries, natural infrastructure, and social-ecological systems. Sheila has over 20 publications in ecology, economics, and policy. She was named as a 2014 New Horizons in Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences.


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Is Nature Ready to Transform Big Business?

Can nature play a leading role in how corporations do business? Sheila Reddy presents three examples of corporations valuing nature — and how their cutting-edge research could go mainstream.

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A Voice for Sustainability: The People Behind Your T-Shirt

That cheap t-shirt you buy carries with it heavy costs for people and the environment. Can the factory workers and farmers behind that t-shirt have a voice in creating a more sustainable industry?

Posted In: Human Well-Being
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Re-Branding Nature: From Dismal Swamp to Constructed Wetland

Swamps were once considered disease-ridden, alligator-infested places. Now they’re hailed for the ecosystem services they provide–but for that image to stick, constructed wetlands have to be based on the best-available science.

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A Green Contagion: What Could Make Investing in Nature Catch On?

New information and data is never enough to make ideas contagious, says new research. We need to add behavioral economics, social psychology and a healthy dash of emotion, too.

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