ABOUT

Making change happen doing work that matters for people who care

3 Pillar Solutions, LLC is a sustainability consulting  firm offering the hospitality, tourism, meetings/events and small/medium sized business community an affordable service to improve efficiencies and maximize profit. 

KathySue McGuire, ISSP-SA
LEED Green Associate
GEO Certified Golf Verifier
Climate Reality Leader

Together with our partner organizations, we offer strategies for developing sustainable operations. Businesses of all kinds benefit when sustainability action plans are put into place, along with stakeholder engagement strategies that inspire participation. Combined this is always at the heart of success.

Tell us what you want to achieve and we'll assess your current operations, benchmark your property, and provide recommendations for improvement. We also provide policies, procedures and training programs. We will design a program that will align your core business goals with sustainable practices operating as one cohesive unit. Monitoring and applying solid metrics to measure outcomes will drive continuous performance improvement.

The United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030  offers a path for all business types to participate in achieving these critical environmental and social goals. We can help you get there.

KathySue is an award-winning Sustainable Development Professional (ISSP-SA), LEED Green Associate, and Climate Reality Leader with 15 years of progressive experience and a proven track record of implementing sustainability projects. Recognized as an industry leader in meeting the highest standards and being among the first in the nation to achieve sustainable business certifications for her clients, she is a trusted source of knowledge on established practices and cutting-edge trends that benefit organizations, the community and the planet. 

 

KathySue obtained her sustainability professional’s credential from the International Society of Sustainability Professionals. She is a LEED® Green Associate (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – US Green Building Council), Harvard educated in Corporate Sustainability Strategies, Columbia University’s Age of Sustainable Development, and is a trained Climate Reality Leader with the Climate Reality Project.

KathySue started her sustainability consulting firm in 2007. With her expertise in international environmental standards, a famed golf resort became the first hotel property in the U.S. to be certified to the ANSI accredited APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meetings and Events standard – Venue & Accommodations category in 2015. This was third-party verified by iComply, a sustainability auditing firm.

 

In that same year their golf course was GEO Certified®, golf’s internationally accredited and widely supported eco-label from the Golf Environment Organization, Scotland, also third-party verified. Subsequently, it was awarded the “Sustainable Golf Course of the Year Award” for the Americas region, by the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO).   These initiatives resulted in an organization wide savings of nearly $1.4 million, and the reduced impact on the environment.

 

KathySue has expertise in the following standards and frameworks:

  • U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals

  • Trip Advisor Green Leaders

  • Green Seal

  • Green Key

  • Audubon International Green Lodging

  • USGBC LEED for Existing Buildings

  • APEX/ASTM Environmentally Sustainable Meeting

  • ISO 20121 – Event Sustainability Management System

  • Energy Star Portfolio Manager

  • ISO14001 – Environmental Management Systems

  • ISO26000 – Social Responsibility

  • ISO 9001 – Quality Management

  • Conscious Capitalism Framework

  • Baldridge Performance Framework

  • AS8000 – Good Governance Principles

  • The Natural Step®

  • Global Reporting Initiative™

  • Japanese 5S

  • Future-Fit Business Benchmark

  • Plan for a Better Environment (Plan BE)

KathySue is on the board of directors of Plan for a Better Environment (Plan BE), and the Working Group to re-write the APEX Environmentally Sustainable Meetings and Events, Accommodations standard. Kathy was recently invited to participate in the 2018 CHR Sustainability Roundtable.

 

Membership organizations include the International Society of Sustainability Professionals, Climate Reality Project, the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Sustainable Event Alliance.