ChangeNOW 2021


Emma Stewart


Sustainability Officer


Emma Stewart, Ph.D., is the Netflix Sustainability Officer where she is responsible for the company’s climate and environmental strategy and execution. She joined Netflix officially in late 2020, having helped design the program while a consultant at ENGIE. She oversees all company-wide work to decarbonize Netflix corporate and production operations, to further raise environmental awareness through TV and film titles, to engage the 200+ million Netflix households on sustainability, and to partner with key influencers including researchers, investors, employees, NGOs, and the media. She previously led World Resources Institute’s global work on urban efficiency, climate, and finance, including the Institute’s research and technical assistance to cities and companies worldwide on climate planning, urban financing, zero carbon buildings, and electric mobility. She oversaw a portfolio of 20+ major projects and attracted $4M in new government or corporate funding each year. She and her team produced 3 seminal global reports on e-mobility and buildings, attracted media coverage by the New York Times and Reuters, and were selected by the UN Secretary General to be featured at the UN General Assembly in 2019. Prior to joining WRI, she spent a decade leading software and sales teams creating and delivering sustainable design software for cities, architects, engineers, and contractors. In that capacity, she founded and directed design software giant Autodesk’s Sustainability Solutions department, where she led a product and go-to-market team to make sustainable design a “no-brainer” for millions of engineering and design customers. She led the equity investment in, and eventually business development for, start-up firm Impact Infrastructure, which automates triple-bottom-line cost-benefit analyses in order to cost-justify greener infrastructure. In 2009, she founded Autodesk’s Sustainable Design Living Lab program, which uses Autodesk facilities as a testing ground for new software to rapidly green existing buildings. In 2008, she founded its Sustainable Operations program, which was named best-in-class by the Carbon Disclosure Project. She is an architect of the now mainstream Science-Based Targets movement (now 800+ companies strong), having created the first open-source methodology (“C-FACT”) back in 2009, a methodology which was ultimately named #1 of 100 public company targets by Climate Counts. In 2005, Emma founded and directed the Environmental R&D Division at Business for Social Responsibility, where her team designed corporate initiatives to analyze and adapt to horizon issues such as payments for ecosystem services and water footprinting. She is a Board member for Ecomedes, the world’s leading green procurement database for real estate, and served on the Board of the U.S. Green Building Council, the group behind LEED ratings for buildings. She has served as a member of the professional faculty at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Stanford Graduate School of Business where she taught “Intrapreneurship for Sustainability”. Emma was rated a "top 3 speaker" by The Economist Summits in 2015, and has been named a “one of the most powerful women under 45” and an “urban pioneer” by FORTUNE Magazine, a “sustainability insurgent” by MIT Sloan Management Review, and one of the “Top 10 Women in Sustainability” by American Builders. Her work has been featured in The Economist, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Financial Times, Reuters, The Guardian, Fortune, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, Chicago Tribune, The International Herald Tribune, The Huffington Post, Environmental Finance, Environmental Law Journal, among others. She is a contributing author to Corporate Responses to Climate Change and The Encyclopedia of Sustainable Business, and her work is featured in books Frugal Innovation and The Big Pivot. Emma was named a Next Generation Fellow by Columbia University (2007), a Cabinet Member of the World Economic Forum’s Low Carbon Taskforce (2008), and a First Mover Fellow by The Aspen Institute (2010). She has lectured at dozens of universities and Fortune1000 companies, and was an invited speaker at the United Nations Secretary General’s Climate Summit, the National Press Club in Washington DC, the UN Conference of the Parties, Greenbuild, Ecobuild, CityAge and The Economist Summit. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Management from Stanford University and a B.A. Honours degree in Human Sciences from Oxford University.

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