About SHC

The Sustainable Haiti Coalition is a vehicle for promoting a suite of multi-sector and multi-disciplinary sustainable solutions for the long term, resilient future of Haiti. The domains of attention for the Coalition include:

  1. Building a network of Sustainable Business Incubators to support the following sectors: housing, agriculture, industry and tourism, higher education;
  2. Capacity Building and Leadership Effectiveness on behalf of the professionalizing of the business, health care, public service and social services sectors;
  3. Cross-sector Communication and Coordination and mapping of real time intelligence to support private investment and public-private partnerships to streamline project implementation in crucial services and infra-structure.

The Coalition has a participatory design that will provide resources through public-private partnerships and structural mechanisms needed to engage Haiti’s challenges and opportunities, and address these in sustainable ways. By inviting individuals and organizations to join our Founders’ Circle, our Leadership Council, populate committees or serve on one of our advisory groups, we are creating opportunities for members to make meaningful investments in Haiti’s long term future. (For more information on these opportunities, see SHC-FoundersBenefits.)

The Sustainable Haiti Coalition is in part an outgrowth of the Working Group for a Sustainable Future for Haiti convened at Fairleigh Dickinson University in February 2010. We believe the work of this group remains valid; here are two of the key documents:

Haiti-AWayForward-Feb2010
FDUHaitiProposal15Apr2010

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Sustainable Haiti Coalition is to act as a clearinghouse for information, an advocate for sustainable development initiatives, a resource to civil society organizations, NGOs, businesses, and communities “on the ground,” and a public voice for keeping attention focused on the need to base recovery and reconstruction efforts on sustainability principles from the outset.

For more information, see Mission and Vision

Organization

  • Founders’ Circle
    • $6,000 – $15,000/year. No more than 3 entities per sector.
  • Leadership Council
    • $2,500 – $5,000/year. Open to 25 organizations.
  • Ambassadors
    • $300 – $500/year
  • Advisory Board & General Membership
    • Free
  • Coordinating Committee

For more information, see Membership

History and Founding Members

The Sustainable Haiti Coalition emerged spontaneously from the Sustainable Haiti Conference held in Miami, March 17-19, 2010.

First suggested by Doug Cohen as a way to invite input to an ongoing planning and proposal process, the Coalition immediately attracted the following initial members:

  • École Superieure d’Infotronique, Haiti (Patrick Attié, Vice-Rector)
  • Jacinthe Armand, Miami
  • Hart Lyman Companies (Guy W. Hart, Jr.)
  • Harbor Homes, LLC (Lucas Stewart)
  • Project Gaia (Brady Luceno)
  • Shelter Homes (James W. Frasché)
  • Virginia Tech (Patrick Guilbaud)
  • Kleiwerks International (Janell Kapoor)
  • Nouvelle Vie, IAHV (Uma Viswanathan, Johann Berlin)
  • Profound Sustainability (Madeleine Lansky)
  • University of Miami School of Communication (Tod Landess)
  • Development Research Center (Carmen Algeciras)
  • Transition Youth International (Dr. Blossom Burton)
  • Greater Caribbean Environment & Energy Coalition (Andrew Oerke)

The Coalition is supported by the Working Group for a Sustainable Future for Haiti, which was first convened at Fairleigh Dickinson University in February 2010 in response to a request by Mitch Erickson, Northeast Regional Coordination for Science and Technology for the Department of Homeland Security. The original members included:

  • Jeana Wirtenberg, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise; Jeana Wirtenberg Associates; Transitioning to Green™
  • Brad Neilly, Green Planet Group
  • Joel Harmon, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Matt Polsky, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise; Passaic River Coalition; Cranford Environmental Commission
  • Kent Fairfield, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Jonathan Cloud, Institute for Sustainable Enterprise;  Sustainable Leadership Forum; Sustainable Business Incubator
  • Gerard Farias, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Mitch Erickson, Department of Homeland Security

and

  • Doug Cohen, National Youth Initiatives, US Partnership, Education for Sustainable Development; The Leadership Center

The Sustainable Leadership Forum maintains a site for the Working Group at http://ASustainableHaiti.org.

Others we are in dialogue with regarding the Sustainable Haiti Coalition:

  • Haitian American Chamber of Commerce (Francois Guillaume, Jr.)

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