Sustainability Consultant, Speaker & Author
Adam Hammes is a sustainability consultant in Iowa who helps businesses tackle environmental and social performance. In 2010, he was the first corporate manager of sustainability for Kum & Go. They became the only convenience store chain in the world certified in the LEED Volume Program for green building (over 80 stores) and rolled out at-the-pump recycling for customers in multiple cities (over 100 stores). Adam received his Lean-Six Sigma Green Belt training and helped Kum & Go significantly reduce energy, waste, and water costs through tracking, retrofits, and continuous improvement programs.
Adam left Kum & Go in 2014 to consult and launch the Iowa Sustainable Business Forum (ISBF). Today, he is the Executive Director of ISBF, helping connect Iowa businesses to continuously improve practices that positively impact people, planet, and profits. He authored the book Stress-Free Sustainability, teaches an MBA course on CSR & Sustainability for the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business, and speaks at conferences to empower sustainable advocates.
Adam grew up in southeast Iowa on a farm near Richland. In high school, he was an All-Conference basketball player and All-State football player and high jumper. In college, he earned his BA in Human Services with an emphasis in outdoor education, minors in business and environmental studies, and certificates in leadership and global health. He led outdoor adventure trips and taught rock climbing until graduation, then traveled the world as an environmental educator and leadership trainer living and working in seven countries on four continents. He returned to Iowa and earned his Green MBA along with many professional trainings and certifications, including: LEED-AP, LCA Manager Certificate, Global Reporting Initiative 4.0, The Natural Step USA: Level 1 & 2, and Wilderness Steward.