I recently interviewed Dustin Kloempken who is a Sustainable Operations Officer who discussed his views on Green Supply Chains, particulaly dealing with the small business market. Much of Dustin Kloempken’s work regarding the supply chain centers around helping clients to begin their path towards a greener supply chain by suggesting that they develop policies and codes of conducts for their co-workers to follow. His goals are to ask insightful questions that will spur the client to think about their business in a different way.
Dustin Kloempken got into the energy efficiency realm after spending some time at a school based in the Bahamas which is totally off the grid, with solar, wind, rain water catch systems, aquaponics and other renewable energy concepts. He learned that you can live with a very minimal impact without having to suffer.
Dustin went to school at University of Colorado at Boulder where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies and with Business & Math minors. During that time he started working with a startup business doing sustainability consulting for small businesses. They help small businesses improve their sustainability in a number of different areas such as purchasing, supply chain, water, electricity, HVAC and more. Dustin also facilitated the project of installing a 1 Kilowatt array of solar panels on his previous high school based in Minnesota, which was completed roughly 2 months ago.
Dustin is now is the process of transitioning into working with bigger businesses doing energy efficiency or carbon offsets, ideally working with the supply chain because that is where he is seeing the biggest improvement opportunities.