Steven Greenleaf is the Founder and Director of Greenleaf Education Costa Rica. He believes that Greenleaf Education Costa Rica can best be a part of building a better future is by helping others to become more effective and successful in their commitments to creating a sustainable, prosperous, and just future.
Originally from Berkeley, California, Steven has worked as an educator, natural resource management consultant, environmental policy adviser and consultant, builder, rancher, and firefighter. Interdisciplinary approaches to environmental and sustainable development problem solving is his specialty.
“I believe that the world faces serious challenges which endanger ecosystems and particularly put at-risk populations under critical pressures. We need serious people generating effective solutions and we need them now, the global clock is ticking.Climate change, resource consumption, declining biodiversity, pollution and more must urgently be tackled while creating prosperity, building sustainable economies and communities, and growing social justice. I believe the role of Greenleaf Education Costa Rica is to be a catalyst for positive change through supporting and cultivating the skills of the people who join us.”
Mr. Greenleaf was the Technical Advisor to the Minister of Legal Affairs of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where his duties included policy development and analysis, project planning and management, speechwriting and public speaking. Mr. Greenleaf conceived, planned and implemented the “ONE T&T” National Consumer Environmental Education Campaign.
Steven was the Chairman of the Congress of the People (a national political party and partner in the former coalition government of Trinidad and Tobago) Green Policy Committee for three years, developing policy recommendations for the Party’s National agenda and advising Ministers and Members of the Parliament of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago on environmental and development strategies, practices, and legislation.
“We have the opportunity now to remake the ways we live together, live in the world, make things, and build things – while helping the most vulnerable – those who cannot fight for themselves. Win – win opportunities are everywhere.”
Steven has presented at many different international, regional and national forums related to environment, energy, green building and sustainable development including:
- National Forum on Alternative Energy 2014 at the Universidad Tecnica Nacional, Costa Rica (in Spanish)
- Board Members, Executives and Technical Staff of ARESEP – La Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos
- Caribbean Trade and Investment Conference, Trinidad (twice)
- Revenue Management in Hydrocarbon Economies Conference, Trinidad
- Caribbean Youth Climate Change Forum
- University of the West Indies “Trinidad and Tobago at 50,” Conference
- Trinidad and Tobago / University of the West Indies National Conference on Environmental Management 2011
- Numerous media appearances including on national television in Trinidad, and hosted “the Green Hour,” an educational and call-in radio show on environmental topics on MORE FM Radio, Trinidad
- Scores of presentations at universities, schools, churches, Rotary clubs, community organizations and environmental forums
Steven has taught Sustainability in Civil Engineering for Herriot Watt University / School of Higher Education – Trinidad, a Masters Degree level course for professional engineers.
Steven Greenleaf is also the President of the Caribbean Institute of Sustainability, a non profit organization dedicated to the sustainable development and protection of the environment of Trinidad and Tobago and the Caribbean region.
Mr. Greenleaf was Managing Director of Trinity EcoDevelopment Ltd., a construction services and environmental consulting firm in Trinidad and Tobago.
He has provided professional consulting services to the Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the Tourism Development Company of Trinidad and Tobago, the Caribbean Development Bank, and to private sector clients.
Steven is a member of the Green Building Council Costa Rica and formerly was the Vice-President for Public Relations of the Trinidad and Tobago Green Building Council.
Mr. Greenleaf studied Conservation of Natural Resources at the University of California – Berkeley, and Natural Resource Planning and Interpretation at Humboldt State University.