Who We Are
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John Finisdore, Founding Partner
Washington, DC +1 (202) 640 5436
John is a Founding Partner at Sustainable Flows and is focused on improving organizational performance through strategic action around biodiversity & ecosystem services, water, adaptation to climate change, and economic growth. He serves as a strategic adviser to the IUCN’s Green Development Initiative.
John led the World Resources Institute’s Business & Ecosystem Services Project, helping its corporate partners develop strategies, policies and new markets for ecosystem services. In this role he was coauthor of the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review and contributed to The Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation and TEEB for Business and Enterprise. He conducted ecosystem based risk assessments with over 50 Fortune 500 caliber firms.
Dr. Anthony Dvarskas, Senior Consultant, Natural Capital Accounts, Economics of Ecosystem Services
Great Neck, New York +1 (917) 378-4201
Anthony leads our natural capital accounting work. Anthony is an assistant professor in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University where he is researching a range of approaches related to the valuation and systematic characterization of ecosystem services. This includes the development of natural capital accounts for pilot locations on Long Island, New York and evaluation of impacts of Superstorm Sandy and similar weather events on natural capital, ecosystem service flows, and community resilience. Prior to joining Stony Brook University, he held posts at the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United Nations Statistics Division’s Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Unit, and the World Resources Institute (WRI). His work focuses on developing approaches for linking biophysical functions to human behavior and integrating the value of nature into national accounts and environmental decision making.
Anthony developed economic approaches for valuing natural resource impacts from contamination and oil spill events, which supported successful settlement of Natural Resource Damage Assessment cases. He also developed models relating tourism to water quality impacts that have informed those involved in water management decisions in Croatia. Anthony has been closely involved in policy discussions related to the integration of ecosystem services into decision making through development of an accounting framework and the establishment of approaches for more fully assessing the benefits of coastal restoration activities.
Dr. Chris Kennedy, Affiliate, Natural Resource Economics
Chris serves as Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy and Faculty Researcher in the Center for Climate Change Communication, both at George Mason University. He has extensive experience in the valuation of coastal ecosystem services and the modeling of coupled natural-human systems, primarily coastal and estuarine fisheries. Chris is currently working on a number of projects, including a NOAA-funded study examining how temperature-driven shifts to fluke populations in the mid-Atlantic are affecting fisheries and a multi-disciplinary examination of how climate change is affecting the relationship between herding and fishing economies in Hovsgol, Mongolia. Additionally, Chris is serving on a synthesis team funded by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and tasked with evaluating the current state of submerged aquatic vegetation (seagrass) in the Chesapeake Bay, and he has participated in a number of other studies with relevance to the Bay, including an examination of how water diversion affects estuarine productivity, and an investigation of the potential for nutrient credit trading to reduce the cost of urban stormwater management under the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay TMDL.
Chris teaches graduate and undergraduate courses focused on introducing economic concepts of sustainability, cost-benefit analysis, and market-based mechanisms for managing environmental externalities. He received a PhD in economics from the University of Wyoming and a BS in chemical engineering from Clarkson University.
Dr. Jeffrey Wielgus, Affiliate
Tampa, FL +1 (813) 340-1247
Jeffrey is a natural resource economist, with 16 years of experience in the economic valuation of natural resources. He has conducted extensive work on the ecological and economic impacts and dependencies of human activities on marine ecosystems. He has also helped develop protocols for the economic valuation of environmental assets managed by private companies, and he contributed to The Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation and TEEB for National and International Policy Making.
Jeffrey worked for the United Nations (UNOPS) and was a research fellow at Arizona State University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Cambridge. He is originally from Colombia, and he has lived in Israel, Australia, Germany, Canada, England, and the United States. He has developed numerous international and interdisciplinary research collaborations and he has a broad publication record in conservation ecology and economics.
Dr. Steven Saul, Director of Ecology
Miami, FL +1 (786) 423-7625
Steve is a seasoned ecologist, natural resource modeler, and remote sensing expert. Using ecosystem services frameworks and agent based modeling, Steve has developed fisheries management models and strategies for commercial and subsistence fisheries throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and South Pacific that are both economically and environmentally sustainable. To accomplish this, Steve has worked with both not-for-profit and government agencies including the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration in the United States, where he developed population dynamics models to assess and provide management advice to regional management bodies.
Steve has also worked closely with industry representatives in both developed and developing countries to ensure that their input, data, and concerns are represented throughout the process of developing scientific assessments and resource management policies. He has published a number of papers and reports in both peer review journals and for government agencies detailing his findings.
Dr. Barbara G. McCutchan, Director of Value Chains
The Alleghany Highlands of Virginia +1 (203) 912-1976
Barbara leads our value chain work, is a Fellow at VT’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, a Senior Associate with Packaging & Technology Integrated Solutions (PTIS) and President of Sustainable & Responsible Solutions LLC. She has a strong record as a catalyst for change in corporate responsibility and global sustainability, including responsible sourcing with attention to both environmental and social issues. Barbara is active with the recently formed Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council (SPLC) where she represents Sustainable Flows. She is an instructor for the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s Business Ecosystem Training (BET). Barbara’s interests include embedding sustainability into organizations. Previously she was Director, Enterprise Stewardship & Sustainability for MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), notably responsible for MWV being included in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) initially and for five consecutive years.
Sustainable Flows has cooperative relationships with organizations around the globe including:
Ecometrix Solutions Group (US)
Sustainable Flows LLC is a Limited Liability Company registered in Delaware.