Principal and Co-Founder, iSpring - Sustainability Consulting Firm
- Greater Philadelphia Area
- Renewables & Environment
Samantha Wittchen's Overview
- Principal and Co-Founder at iSpring Associates
- Writer at GRID Magazine
- Designer and Chief Creator at Manfa Design
- Professional Associate (Harp Teacher) at University of Pennsylvania
- Freelance Musician (Harpist) at Philadelphia Area
- University of Virginia
- Eastman School of Music
Samantha Wittchen's Projects
- July 2013 to Present
Working with the City of Philadelphia's Recycling Office and LevLane, the team created a how-to recycling guide for the city's businesses, institutions, and large residential buildings. Designed for building managers and business owners, the guide lays out the step-by-step process of creating an effective recycling program and making it work, from complying with city regulations to achieving employee buy-in. The toolkit also provides real-life case studies developed from interviews and site-visits with 6 different businesses and organizations that are making recycling work in Philadelphia.
- June 2012 to Present
Since the summer of 2012, we've been working on a standards-based sustainability measurement, visualization and communication solution to bridge the gap between the plant floor and the C-suite, the company and the customer, the boardroom and the investor. The Green Performance Strategies offering defines metrics, measures execution and communicates the value of sustainable projects both internally for effective strategic growth and externally to stakeholders. Current work centers around developing better tools and technologies for sustainability performance measurement, as well as deploying those tools and technologies in the industrial, commercial, service and health sectors.
- April 2011 to May 2012
This project, completed in collaboration with the Enterprise Systems Center at Lehigh University, expanded Bimbo Bakeries USA (BBU) carbon footprint reporting abilities from Scope 1 to Scope 3, as defined by the GHG Protocol. In order to identify the appropriate components of the distribution system to be included in Scope 3, the team mapped the company’s distribution network to determine which elements were under BBU control for inclusion in the new Scope 3 boundaries.
iSpring also investigated the components of carbon footprint calculations relative to truck fleets and distribution networks and identified several possible types of carbon footprint equations that could be applied to the project. In addition, source data and collection methods were investigated to determine the cost involved in collection versus the value to the reporting. This information formed the basis for BBU decisions on which metrics best served their reporting goals. iSpring completed a final review of the factors to be used in the CO2 calculations for the Scope 3 expansion into distribution and logistics and a review of the conversion factors for indirect emissions generated based on the sources of purchased electricity for Scope 2 inclusion.
The project team achieved the following results:
*System map for BBU distribution and logistics function
*Choice of appropriate metric for reporting of GHG from company vehicles
*Identification of sources of data for Scope 3 GHG computation
*Effective collaboration with BBU and software development partner company in expansion of environmental management tool for GRI-defined Scope 2 and 3 reporting and addition of international data to U.S.-based tool
- May 2010 to August 2010
This in-depth project, completed in conjunction with Lehigh University's Enterprise Systems Center (ESC), identified opportunities for implementing sustainable manufacturing practices at Kraft Foods' Lehigh Valley plant that would result in cost savings. The 13-week project used a holistic, systems-based approach to examine energy (including electricity and process energy), water, solid waste, the built environment, and transportation and logistics. The iSpring/ESC team created process maps of all the major systems, identifying usage and flow or resources through the facility, performed Pareto analyses to identify areas of greatest potential savings, and undertook both a cost-benefit analysis and sustainability analysis of each opportunity to determine if the cost of the project was adequately offset by financial benefit or a significant decrease in energy usage, water usage, or carbon dioxide creation. Annual savings of $2.6 million were identified, representing a 16% reduction in energy use, a 20% reduction in water use and a carbon footprint reduction of 12,000 metric tons. Kraft has implemented a number of these recommendations, and the plant has been designated Kraft's pilot facility for sustainable manufacturing.
Samantha Wittchen's Experience
Principal and Co-Founder
Partnership; 1-10 employees; Environmental Services industry
May 2008 – Present (6 years 5 months)
iSpring helps industrial and commercial clients cut costs through the adoption of environmentally sound business strategies and the implementation of sustainable systems and operations. We work closely with companies that are trying to be more efficient with their energy use, water consumption, land use and waste production. We help companies achieve competitive advantage through sustainability. Our work relative to an enterprise’s sustainability includes energy audits, cost/benefit analysis, alternative energy system evaluation, business and manufacturing process analysis, system mapping, process mapping, management consulting in sustainability, and strategic planning. iSpring also assists firms in identifying and applying for funding opportunities for sustainability improvements. In addition to working with clients in the Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley regions, I work with iSpring's other partner to develop overall direction for the company, engage in business development and seek out strategic partnerships and alliances.
March 2009 – Present (5 years 7 months)
GRID Magazine is a free monthly magazine about sustainability in the greater Philadelphia region. I am a contributing writer for GRID's print edition and blog, and I write about energy, technology, green building and recycling issues. Features include pieces on electric cars (February 2014, cover story), materials reuse organizations in Philly (October 2011) and Pennsylvania's electricity rate caps (August 2010, cover story).
Designer and Chief Creator
June 2007 – Present (7 years 4 months) Philadelphia, PA
As owner of Manfa Design, I provide creative direction, concept development, photography, illustration and design services for web- and print-based projects, as well as create a variety of handmade products, often using reclaimed materials. Print projects included brand identity, communications materials and advertisements. Web projects span concept to completion, including front-end design, website architecture, interactive site development and back-end programming and Wordpress development.
Professional Associate (Harp Teacher)
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
September 2005 – Present (9 years 1 month)
I teach harp to all levels of undergraduate students at the collegiate level. I work with them on technique and repertoire development and provide performance opportunities by organizing recitals and studio classes.
Freelance Musician (Harpist)
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry
June 2001 – Present (13 years 4 months)
I have been a freelance harpist and teacher in Philadelphia since 2001. Classically trained at hte Eastman School of Music, I have performed with numerous regional orchestras, as well as studio orchestras for such recording artists as McCoy Tyner, Olivia Newton-John and Connie Francis and popular touring shows like Video Games Live and A Salute to Vienna.
In May 2008, I filled the role of parlor harpist at the historic Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan, and I have also appeared playing my harp in the 2009 movie, Law Abiding Citizen. Along with my mother, sister and tuba player Dan Nosheny, I make up one-quarter of The Wittchen Initiative, a two harp, tuba and voice group that performs an eclectic mix of music adapted for this unique instrumentation that runs the gamut from jazz standards to modern radio pop selections to original tunes.
Samantha Wittchen's Publications
- Grid Magazine
- February 2014
Cover story for Grid Magazine, a monthly magazine devoted to sustainability in the Philadelphia region, about the rise of electric cars and their future. The article gives an overview of the current state of the technology and investigates the infrastructure challenges, environmental considerations and incentives available to electric car purchasers.
- Grid Magazine
- October 2011
Featured article in Grid Magazine, a monthly publication devoted to sustainability in Philadelphia, about the burgeoning salvage industry in the Kensington/Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. The article profiles three different materials reuse organization and the impact they're having on homeowners, craftspeople, artists and the neighborhood.
- Grid Magazine
- August 2010
Cover story for Grid Magazine, a monthly publication devoted to sustainability in the Philadelphia region, about the expiration of the electricity rate caps in Pennsylvania and what it means for Philadelphia residents. The article discusses the history of electricity regulation, state and local energy efficiency programs and organizations leading the charge in energy efficiency in the Philadelphia region.
Samantha Wittchen's Volunteer Experience & Causes
Chair, Board of Directors
Flashpoint Theatre Company
2008 – present (6 years)
- Arts and Culture
I serve as Chair of the Board of Directors of Flashpoint Theatre Company, a Philadelphia-based theatre company committed to producing socially provocative and emotionally resonant works of new and contemporary theatre in the Philadelphia area, while giving voice to a diverse group of emerging artists.
Host Committee Member, Community Engagement & Outreach Committee, Greenbuild 2013
Delaware Valley Green Building Council
November 2012 – November 2013 (1 year 1 month)
Member of the Host Committee for Greenbuild 2013, the U.S. Green Building Council's annual green building conference, which will be held in Philadelphia. I work on the Community Engagement & Outreach Committee on social media engagement.
Technology and Social Media Manager
The Resource Exchange
2012 – present (2 years)
I help to manage the blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed for The Resource Exchange, a Philadelphia-based creative reuse center dedicated to salvaging functional materials from the landfill and making them available to designers, artists, builders, craftspeople and individuals.
2006 – present (8 years)
I designed and currently maintain the website for RecycleNOW Philadelphia, an advocacy organization devoted to improving recycling in the city.
Causes I care about:
- Arts and Culture
Organizations I support:
- Flashpoint Theatre Company
- RecycleNOW Philadelphia
- The Resource Exchange
Samantha Wittchen's Skills & Expertise
- Graphic Design
- Website Development
- Process Improvement
- Project Management
- Green Building
- Environmental Awareness
- Renewable Energy
- Sustainable Development
- Environmental Policy
- Sustainability Metrics
- Performance Metrics
- Data Visualization
- Problem solving
- Energy Systems
- Music Performance
- Business Strategy
- Energy Efficiency
- Strategic Planning
- Business Development
- Management Consulting
- Sustainable Business
- Strategic Partnerships
Samantha Wittchen's Certifications
LEED Green Associate
- USGBC / GBCI
- License 10679880
- June 2013 to June 2015
Samantha Wittchen's Education
B.S., Mechanical Engineering
1998 – 2001
Activities and Societies: UVA Women's Ultimate Frisbee Team, First Year Players, Pi Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Honor Society)
Eastman School of Music
N/A, Applied Music (Harp)
1996 – 1998
Activities and Societies: Mu Phi Epsilon
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