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Stephan (Steve) Levitsky is the Vice President of Sustainability for Perdue Farms, Inc. Steve is responsible for advancing Perdue’s progress in achieving sustainable growth, fostering working relationships with a broad-spectrum of stakeholders at the federal, state and local level, and serving as the company’s spokesperson on sustainability and environmental matters.
Prior to joining Perdue, he was Director of Corporate Sustainability since 2012 for American Sugar Refining Inc. in Baltimore, where he helped create and implement a global sustainability program. He also served as Manager of Environmental and Sustainability Services for Sustainable Resources Group in State College, Pa., and Vice President of Chambers Environmental Group in Bellefonte, Pa.
Steve has served on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals since 2012. He serves on the Maryland State Commission on Environmental Justice and Sustainable Communities by appointment of the governor. He is also a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional.
Steve holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental resource management, a master’s degree in business administration and completed graduate degree soil science classes to obtain soil scientist certification. All of his degrees are from Pennsylvania State University.
Steve grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania where he enjoyed hunting and fishing along the Susquehanna and other tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay. His time outdoors reinforced a desire to protect and revitalize the environment. His brother John and a high school teacher were influential in creating a deeper love and understanding of the environment, ecology, and nature and its importance to all and reinforced this knowledge through trips to Hawk Mountain, construction of wood duck boxes and camping and fishing trips on Mehoopany Creek. This background drove Steve to obtain his resource management degree and build a career in the environmental/sustainability industry. He has been humbled to work with some great scientists, leaders, and mentors over the years that have made positive impacts in the Chesapeake Bay and beyond and he looks forward to continuing those efforts at Perdue Farms and through work with the Alliance for Chesapeake Bay.