Nick Deffley

Nick is passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability and works at the intersection of those two movements to propel both forward, shifting human behavior in everyday life towards a more sustainable way of living. He uses a systems approach to sustainability challenges, incorporating life-cycle analysis and cradle-to-cradle thinking to achieve solutions that balance social, environmental and economic interests.  Nick worked at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities for 9 years where he developed sustainable building policies, managed the University’s first sustainable building program and improved collaboration with women and minority-owned businesses on sustainable building projects.  He also focused on enterprise-level strategic sustainability planning, covering all aspects of campus life and facility operations. Locally, Nick has worked with a variety of organizations including Armstrong Atlantic State University, Emergent Structures, Step Up Savannah and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network on strategic planning, organizational development and environmental sustainability efforts.  Nick has a multidisciplinary degree in Environmental Studies, Political Science & Communications and a Masters in Environmental Policy & Organizational Effectiveness.  He is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the USGBC-GA Savannah Branch.