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OIA’s Beth Jensen Wins Environmental Leader Award

May 17, 2018

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Cody Wertz
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BOULDER, Colo. – May 15, 2018 – Outdoor Industry Association’s own Beth Jensen, senior director of sustainable business innovation, has been selected to receive an Environmental Leader 75 award from Business Sector Media. Each year the company’s editorial and management team honors 75 executives for their work in the environmental and energy sectors.

A leader in OIA’s sustainability efforts for more than seven years, Jensen has helped forge the path to sustainable business for OIA members by facilitating multiple topic-specific working groups as well as the overarching Sustainability Working Group (SWG).In partnership with the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC), OIA’s SWG has been instrumental in developing the Higg Index, an auditing tool that has become an industry standard for measuring and evaluating sustainability impacts across the supply chain and is being adopted by outdoor industry brands and suppliers.

“I’m honored to receive this award. I hope it brings broader awareness to the outdoor industry’s collaborative efforts to improve global manufacturing and sourcing practices. The OIA SWG.  has pioneered the concept of pre-competitive collaboration for the benefit of the whole and is proving on a daily basis that businesses can be a force for good.”

Jensen and the other honorees will be recognized during the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference (ELEMCON) May 15–17, 2018, in Denver, Colorado. Now in its second year, the program grew from 50 top executives in 2017 to 75 in 2018.

OIA encourages outdoor brands to join the Sustainability Working Group. These must-have tools for sustainability teams provide an overview of how to get started, or visit the Sustainability section on


 About Outdoor Industry Association

Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. Outdoor Industry Association unites close to 1,300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit

 About Business Sector Media

Business Sector Media (BSM) LLC  is a rapidly-growing conference, thought leadership institute and high-growth digital media platform business focusing on energy and environmental management. Through a multifaceted portfolio of news and information platforms, the BSM comprehensively serves decision-makers in the commercial and industrial environmental and energy management industries. Their portfolio of actionable-information products include Environmental Leader, Energy Manager Today, The Environmental Leader and Energy Manage Institute, and ELEMCON – the Environmental Leader & Energy Manager Conference. BSM uses a market-surround strategy including websites, newsletters, webcasts, face-to-face meetings, Awards programs, white papers and best practices, special reports, videos, buyers guides and other vehicles. For more information contact Tim Hermes, VP & Group Publisher, at or by phone at 703-200-1474