Ives appointed director of Catawba Environment Center – Salisbury Post

Ives named director of the Catawba Center for the Environment

Posted at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2022

SALISBURY — The Center for the Environment at Catawba College will have a new director beginning Sept. 15 in Brad Ives, a seasoned environmental champion known for his innovative leadership and integrity. He will oversee the Centre’s activities and talented staff.

“Brad Ives is a highly valued leader whose experience, creativity and wisdom make him an ideal candidate as the next leader of the Catawba Center for the Environment,” said Catawba College President David P. Nelson. “As Brad joins our already exceptional faculty, Catawba College aims to be a national center of distinction for sustainability.”

Ives is currently the Chairman and CEO of Credo ESG Solutions Inc., a company he co-founded that provides consulting, management, reporting and innovation services on environmental, social and governance issues to corporate governance. investment and operating companies. He was previously Director of Policy at Strata Solar and served as Director of the North Carolina Task Force
Force for Emergency Repurposing of Manufacturing in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

From 2015 to 2019, Ives served as Director of Sustainability and Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, he partnered with Google, Apple, and Walmart to improve state renewable energy laws while leading numerous operational and sustainability innovations. Prior to joining UNC, he served as North Carolina Assistant Secretary for Natural Resources. In this role, Ives led new policy resulting in the state’s first wind farm and became a respected environmental leader while leading state parks, the natural science museum, marine fisheries, aquariums and zoo. . He is a proven leader with experience in building and managing complex organizations in renewable energy, financial, legal, state
government and academic sector.

“Brad comes to us with a wealth of experience in environmental and sustainability efforts,” said Dr. Constance Rogers-Lowery, president of Catawba College. “I am confident that he will advance the goals of our campus, and those of the greater Salisbury/Rowan County community, to increase community sustainability and effectiveness.”

Ives has served on numerous industry, educational and non-profit boards where he provided leadership on environmental, social and governance issues. He holds the Global Association of Risk Professionals Sustainability and Climate Risk Certificate, is a GRI Certified Sustainability Professional, and is the recipient of the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association’s Individual Energy Leader Award. He currently sits on the
Durham Advisory Board for M&F Bank (America’s Second Oldest Minority)
owned bank) and the Board of Trustees of the Clemson University Parks Institute.
Ives is a graduate of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
and earned her Bachelor of Arts and Law degrees from the University of
North Carolina where he was a Morehead-Cain Fellow.
“I am thrilled to join Catawba College at such an exciting time in its
history,” Ives says. "We have a unique opportunity to leverage the experience of the College
historic commitment to environmental education and sustainable operations
becoming one of the nation’s leading environmental liberal arts
establishments”.

The mission of the Catawba Center for the Environment is to provide education and awareness focused on common environmental challenges and to foster community-driven, sustainable solutions that can serve as a model for programs across the country.

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College has been involved with environmental issues in North Carolina since its inception in 1996.

Ives and his wife, Debra, moved to Salisbury. They are the proud parents of a daughter, Emily, who is completing her master’s degree at Kings College London, and a son, Lawton, who works in management consulting in Denver, Colorado.

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