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Integrating Risk Management with Global Stewardship for a World of Possibilities

About Jill Sughrue and Sustain-NW

The mission of Sustain NW, LLC is to promote and advance sustainable practices in the Pacific Northwest through education, leadership and connection.

As a consultant and carbon coach, Jill Sughrue brings 27 years of casualty risk management experience to the corporate sustainability arena, assisting both public and private entities.  Among other projects in 2007, she worked with Clark County and their partnering organizations on the 2007 Southwest Washington Sustainability Conference and Trade Show, and with Earth Advantage, Inc. on the development and delivery of their S.T.A.R. certification program (Sustainability Training for Accredited Real Estate Professionals) for identifying, understanding and marketing 'green home' features.  In 2008, she continues to facilitate the EA S.T.A.R. workshops, and work with the City of Vancouver on development of the City's sustainability policy and metrics and on the 2008 SW Washington Sustainability Conference and Trade Show, which was held in July.  

Jill conducts workshops on sustainability as it relates to risk management, purchasing, education, and climate change and The Natural Step (see below).  She is an adjunct instructor at Clark College in Vancouver and a member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP). One of 2,000 international presenters with The Climate Project trained by Nobel-laureate and former Vice President Al Gore, she has given a customized version of The Inconvenient Truth slideshow to more than 25 audiences since January 2007 from fifth-graders to senior citizens. An involved participant in the community, in April 2007, she co-hosted the STEP IT UP Global Warming rally at Esther Short Park in Vancouver as part of the National Day of Climate Action.  That same spring she founded a monthly networking forum for local businesses, educators, individuals and government representatives to celebrate and accelerate sustainable practices in Clark County.  

As the insurance director for Portland General Electric Company (PGE) from 1990 to 2005, Jill was responsible for the management of property and casualty risk associated with the operation of the investor owned utility with over 2,800 employees. Prior to joining PGE, she was an account executive for six years with Alexander & Alexander, Inc., international insurance broker, with clients ranging from the City of Portland to NERCO, Inc., PacifiCorp’s mining subsidiary.

In the course of her career in risk management, which started in 1978 at the corporate headquarters of Evans Products Company in Portland, Jill has managed numerous projects, including:

  • Successful negotiation of multi-million dollar property insurance claim settlements.
  • Preparation and reconciliation of annual operating budgets over $10 million.
  • Analysis of the corporate cost allocation mechanism leading to new procedures.
  • Orchestration of high-profile industry forums between insurers and clients.
  • Chair of an industry conference, which netted record proceeds for the professional association.

Professionally and in the community, Jill has demonstrated her leadership and communication abilities as:

  • Facilitator of experiential leadership workshops at PGE.
  • Certified trainer of personal safety and self-defense skills with the WomenStrength program.
  • President, Oregon Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).
  • Mentor to high school students at St. Mary’s Academy and RIMS national chapters.
  • Speaker at risk management venues, including RIMS, Edison Electric Institute, U.S. Council on Energy Awareness and the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Jill earned her Associate in Risk Management (ARM) from the American Institute of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters and was an ARM 54 instructor. Her philosophy of life-long learning commenced at Oregon State University in 1973 and continues to this day via workshops and coursework at local and regional universities and numerous professional venues.

An active volunteer, mentor and presenter with the Northwest Earth Institute, she also assisted in development of NWEI's discussion guide on Global Warming: Changing CO2urse and revision of their Voluntary Simplicity course guide.  As a member of and coach with The Natural Step Network, Jill is passionate about sustainability, which she considers the only long-term, viable solution to the increasing risk and associated hazards of global warming.  An endorser of The Earth Charter, she encourages everyone to become familiar with this inspiring global initiative to create a peaceful, just and sustainable global society.

For more information or a formal resume, please contact Jill directly.

Jill Sughrue with Dr. David Suzuki at The Climate Project's North American Summit in Nashville in May 2009


Member - The Natural Step Network

“Life is a …splendid torch which I’ve got to hold up for the moment and  … make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.”

~ George Bernard Shaw

Photo of Jill talking with Al Gore

The "torch butterfly", Dryas Julia
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Jill journeyed to Nashville, TN, in January 2007 where she completed training under former Vice President Al Gore as part of
The Climate Project
See Press Release (67 KB, PDF).


Sughrue presents information on sustainability to a high school class in Portland