Updated: Nov 11, 2020
The Industrial Forest has announced the addition of Kendall Dehaan to their team of Forest Builders as a State Sustainability Supervisor. Kendall will oversee Minnesota and assist with the four other Year One states.
The State Sustainability Supervisor will oversee a designated state’s forest sustainability. This includes gathering sustainability plans from companies, educating on Transformative Action, awareness of sustainability plans and offering companies a carbon-based solution to their branding efforts with Rooted Marketing options and ESG Certification assistance.
Kendall spent most of her teenage years in Indiana prior to relocating to Thief River Falls in 2015. She has also lived in Kansas, North Carolina, and Ohio. Kendall’s family hails from the North and South: Minnesota and Texas. Kendall graduated from Lincoln High School and is currently pursuing a business administration major through Northland while working full time in account management. She hopes to continue her studies with a focus on international business and project management.
She is passionate about leadership and has been involved in Women In Electronics as well as local volunteering opportunities.
Some of her hobbies have included classical ballet, traveling, reading, practicing Mandarin, and spending time with her pug Ripley. Kendall is focused on advocating to protect wildlife in Minnesota and devoted time with a program called Beaver Backers. She currently serves as social media manager for TREK, an independent organization focused on defending small business and encouraging entrepreneurship in NW MN.
Kendall is eager to meet those interested in supporting energy (natural gas and oil) industries throughout the Midwest. The Industrial Forest will bring a vibrant prospective bridging industry and the environment, making our local communities a special place to call home.
Kendall will be offering companies the opportunity to take a step towards Transformative Action. For some companies, they have been demonstrating Environmental Action for years, however, for others, they have yet to for a variety of reasons ranging from education to financial to political.
“I’ve heard many reasons why and why not, and I say the past is the past,” Kendall said. “There is a real opportunity here today for companies to become part of a movement that is uniting environmental action and transformative growth into Transformative Action.”
Rooted Marketing offers an ESG approach to energy engagement. The Industrial Forest is designed to create seeds of positive intentions for marketing and public relation departments to grow roots. Rooted Marketing is built to be sustainable, in that it continues to offer branding opportunities for years, if not decades into the future.
Another sustainable aspect of The Industrial Forest is the use of rocks, artists and industry. Every tree planted in The Industrial Forest will need to be marked before planted. Rather than using paint or a ‘X’ marks the spot, The Industrial Forest is hiring industrial mixed media artists to engrave rocks and stones.
There are two art choices for the Official Tree Marker. One marker will showcase The Industrial Forest logo, whereas the other the company’s logo. The complexity of the sponsor’s logo may have final say, but the intention is that every company will be able to choose which Official Tree Marker best aligns with their branding strategy.
Part of the The Industrial Forest mission is awareness. Awareness of industry, inclusion and diversity. In this example, a Wyoming-based company has their logo on a piece of Pennsylvania Blue Stone hand engraved by an industrial mixed media artist in New York which will be placed as a marker in The Texas State Industrial Forest.
And that is only part of the supply chain and economic engine powering The Industrial Forest.
The use of rocks as markers demonstrates how to recycle the natural resources from Mother Earth by creating a carbon-based solution to marketing. The Industrial Forest also offers further ESG development in pockets of industry by using small local businesses who are environmentally conscious about the community as well as the economy.
Energy Ethics, Industrial Integrity and Total Transparency are driving behaviors and motivators for The Industrial Forest and its development of biodiversity.
Millions of trees have been planted over the past 30 years and nearly half die within the first year. From non profit tree planting events to municipal tree planting programs, it’s a real life problem and a serious eco-issue.
Lack of watering, transplant shock, special interests and poor growing conditions are a few reasons why trees are having a difficult time surviving. These are some of the reasons The Industrial Forest created the phrase – It Takes An Industry To Build A Forest.
In order to ensure the trees survive for decades, The Industrial Forest will implement a Sustainability Shed and a Critical Pipeline System.
According to The Industrial Forest’s mission, the project does more than build sustainable forests, it also creates jobs and economic opportunity.
The Industrial Forest will hold public meetings in each of the states leading up to the Planting Party and community BBQ. These public meetings are designed to provide engagement, communication, awareness, inclusion, transparency and flora direction from county extension officials.
The plan is to build a network of industrial forests across the United States by planting 1000 trees in 50 states over the next 5 years. The construction of The Industrial Forests will start in 2021 with 5 states. First year states are North Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. In 2022, 15 states are scheduled.
The ESG-themed goal is for a minimum of 50,000 trees and 10 million pounds of carbon consumed by Mother Earth. The word “minimum” is used because several cities are exploring the idea of a Micro-Industrial Forest walking and awareness park within the city limits to compliment the 5-acre forest outside city limits.
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