Hi, I'm Lea Elliott, Principal at Naturehood,
I love to visit west coast islands, indulge in fresh-picked farm fruits and veggies, and help others experience the satisfaction of making a difference.
MAKE SENSE OF SUSTAINABILITY
I've repeatedly witnessed the despair experienced by others when they are aware of environmental degradation but feel helpless to fix it. One conversation catalyzed me to help others weave sustainability into their current job.
At a workshop twenty of us sat in a tight circle. A woman's voice shook and she was close to tears. She expressed her frustration with the impact humans are causing to the environment and the slow adoption of sustainable practices. Across the circle, another woman rose and said: “Just tell me what to do. I don’t know what to do.”
WEAVE SUSTAINABILITY INTO YOUR JOB
This image of a person standing up to ask for help stuck with me. You too are likely well aware of the vulnerability of the natural environment and want to contribute to a more sustainable world. But you might be struggling to figure out how to do this within the work you are trained in and love to do.
With support and encouragement you can make your unique contribution to a more sustainable world. You don’t need to work in sustainability to be a sustainability leader in your field.
I believe that true sustainability happens, not by isolating our action into financial, social and environmental silos or by limiting our action to lightbulbs and recycling, but when we weave systems change into our job descriptions.
WORK LIKE NATURE
My career began as a field biologist in the forest, on the riverbanks and in the ocean. I saw the negative effects forestry, tourism, agriculture, fisheries, industry and urban development can have on natural ecosystems and wildlife. But I also witnessed what nature can teach us about how to effectively work more sustainably.
I wrote Work Like Nature: Sustainability lessons from ecosystems for your job or business to celebrate Vancouver’s green innovators and to show how nature practices sustainability everyday, not by reducing its impact but by harnessing interconnection, seeing wastes as resources and using diversity to strengthen resilience.
LAUNCH AN INITIATIVE YOU'RE PROUD OF
At Naturehood, I apply my knowledge of nature and its systems, my BSc and MSc in biology, resource management, environmental studies and sustainability, and my two decades of work experience in the environmental field to help managers and directors integrate sustainability into their work in a way that’s good for their job, team, organization and the planet.
Starting with your style, interests and goals I'll use my keen listening and observation skills, optimistic outlook and holistic approach to help you successfully launch a sustainability initiative that you and your team are proud of.