How Peninsula Scouts’ New Sustainability Programs Are Minimize Our Environmental Community Footprint
Jun 21, 2019
Scott Harmon
How Peninsula Scouts’ New Sustainability Programs Are Minimize Our Environmental Community Footprint

Please join us Friday as we welcome Scott Harmon as our speaker. How do we minimize our environmental community footprint?  Our Peninsula Scouts’ new sustainability programs are leading the way. Scott is the Sustainability Program Founder for the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He worked with a team of Eagle Scouts to develop a series of programs BSA could embrace to integrate sustainability into the national program.  Scott collaborated with the BSA President to determine the right starting point and was then chartered with developing the Sustainability Merit Badge to create a common language and understanding of sustainability within scouting. In coming up with the new Merit Badge he recruited nine authors to help write the merit badge book. 26,000 have earned the award since 2013.

  As the Sustainability Advisor for the Boy Scouts of America, Scott is developing a sustainability strategy and executing projects within that strategy. He brings to this position his experience as a Silicon Valley Sustainability and Business Development executive. In 2008 Scott’s's son Jon, an Eagle Scout, opened his father's eyes to the urgent environmental problems facing the world. The following year Scott formed a consulting firm called Terra Villicus (Earth Steward) and began helping first the Boy Scouts and later, private companies with high leverage strategies to move the needle on sustainability. That change in worldview ignited Scott's passion to make a difference by pulling together teams of stakeholders to first create and then launch the sustainability merit badge at the 2013 National Scout Jamboree.

  Scott is also a Silicon Valley business development executive. Early in his career, he worked for TRW, Intel and Fairchild and since has focused on venture-backed start-ups in the semiconductor, systems and energy efficiency markets. He is a charter member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Peninsula Clean Energy, the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Company providing renewable energy to half of the cities in Silicon Valley. Scott holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Pepperdine University, has participated in the Harvard Sustainability Leadership Program and is an Eagle Scout.