Salem Afeworki

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Name: Salem Afeworki

Country: Chile

Organization: PacRim Engineering

Title: Sustainability Manager

Specialty: Sustainable Engineering and Design, Climate change mitigation and adaptation, Resiliency, Renewable Energy, stakeholder/community engagement

 

Biography:

Salem Afeworki, LEED Green Associate, ENV SP has 11 years of experience providing sustainability, climate change and community engagement services for infrastructure, transportation, mining and energy clients. She is an effective communicator and team leader skilled at ensuring that compliance, adherence to standards and impact targets are integrated as a fundamental part of successful projects. She possesses outstanding technical writing and interpersonal skills, and her strength is in thinking outside the box and suggesting holistic approach to problem solving in planning, designing, construction, commissioning and operational phases of projects.

Salem started her career working for the United Nations Mission in Ethiopia and Eritrea (UNMEE) as communication officer, and has worked as climate change campaign manager for 350.org and as a sustainability professional for various fortune 500 companies such as KPMG and Jacobs Engineering Group. She has been awarded 2016 Urban Land Institute Orange County/Inland Empire Emergent Leadership Award in the category of Engineering and has also been given Certificate of Recognition by County of Orange Third District Supervisor Todd Spitzer. She has completed various professional and leadership programs with Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California at Berkeley. She is a member of various industry groups in the United States including American Society for Civil Engineers (ASCE), Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Women in Transportation Seminar (WTS).

She is currently developing a sustainability management plan for the Port of Long Beach, Terminal Island Wye Track Realignment Project. She also has led the development of a concept paper for United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Peru Promoting Sustainable Low Carbon Climate Adaptation through Case Study Evaluation of the Rio Santa and Rio Inambari Watersheds, which identified synergies between climate resilience and mitigation actions that promote both adaptation and a low carbon economy. She brought together climate change experts, glaciologist, social scientists and vulnerability experts from 5 countries in 3 continents. Salem also successfully developed a sustainability strategy for Metro Santiago, South America’s most extensive metro system that consists of environmental, community engagement, resource efficiency policies and guidelines. She evaluated the company’s operational systems, revised existing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), conducted site audits and inspections, and developed a roadmap on how to meet and exceed impact reduction targets on all projects.

She is passionate about sustainability and working towards a better future and resilient communities!

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Organization: PacRim Engineering
Profile last updated on: August 8th, 2016

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