Josephine Fleming, Environmental Scientist and Owner of Environmental Innovations
Environmental Innovations provides environmental consulting services to businesses, non-profits and local governments in the areas of Green Business, environmental awareness public outreach, Environmental Compliance/Wastewater Pretreatment, and Sustainability Management.
Jo has 20 years experience in the environmental industry in a wide breadth of scientific research, environmental remediation, commercial/industrial pollution prevention, and community-based programs. She has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and a Minor in Spanish Literature. She has worked to establish numerous Green Business Programs and is currently the Executive Director of the California Green Business Network.
Ms. Fleming began her career in research on constructed wetlands, compost, and field application of biosolids, and then moved into environmental site assessment and environmental remediation. From there, she began assisting individual companies with environmental compliance and policy, such as Seagate Technologies and other large biotechnology and microelectronic companies. She soon wanted to help more than one company at a time and therefore took a public position with the County of Santa Cruz. There she started the Monterey Bay Area Green Business Program as well as a substantive pollution prevention outreach program. Soon, several Cities were requesting her services to coordinate the Green Business Programs in their jurisdiction. As a result, she started Environmental Innovations to be able to serve more of the community. As of 2015, Ms. Fleming and her team have assisted over 300 businesses to become certified Green Businesses and held over 20 industry-specific pollution prevention workshops, and have sparked over 10 new Green Business Programs across the state. She currently is the Executive Director of the California Green Business Network, coordinating a web-based database that tracks businesses through the program and measures outcomes throughout the State of California. Other ground-breaking programs that have been coordinated by Environmental Innovations and Ms. Fleming include the Fryer to Fuel Program and the Sharp Solutions for Home Medicines Program. Ms. Fleming has won several awards including the Western Regional Pollution Prevention Network Pollution Prevention Champion 2003 and 2012, the County of Santa Cruz “Gold” Employee of the Year Award 2004, California Water Environment Association Pretreatment, Pollution Prevention and Stormwater Person of the Year 2003, Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Pollution Prevention Recognition for exemplary work in promoting Pollution Prevention 2003 and 2006.