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Adam Hammes

  • Adam HammesAdam was raised on a farm in southeast Iowa.  He holds a BA in Human Services with minors in Environmental Studies and Business from the University of Northern Iowa.  He earned his MBA with a focus on social and environmental performance from Maharishi University of Management. He has launched dozens of community initiatives, including: a Sustainable Spring Break, a Transforming Business speaker series, the annual Hope for the Hungry local foods conference, a local ZipCar car-sharing program, Solidarity Microfinance for women in poverty, and more. He led Kum & Go to become the only convenience-store certified in the LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Volume Program and organized a new committee to create the first Energy Star category for convenience-stores.  Adam created new recycling programs at-the-pump for customers, managed energy– and water-efficiency retrofits, piloted alternative fueling stations, designed marketing and communications programs, developed strategic plans and metrics for reporting, and championed social and philanthropic initiatives to build the company’s brand.  He has taught as an adjunct business faculty member for William Penn University – College for Working Adults (leadership courses in AA, BA and MLA programs), and the University of Iowa – Tippie College of Business (the “Sustainability in Business” course for the MBA).

    Adam holds professional certifications, including: LEED AP (BD+C), Energy Star Portfolio Manager, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Manager Certificate, Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) 4.0 Bridge Training, Training for Transition, The Natural Step: 1 & 2, and more.

    Today, he is an author, speaker, and consultant who helps companies define sustainability and identify their relevant issues, meaningful metrics, actionable data reporting, and project priorities. He led the creation of the Iowa Sustainable Business Forum and directs its state-wide efforts. In his free time, he works on large community initiatives, like “A Garden for Every School,” and enjoys traveling and being outdoors.