About

Bright Beat

Bright Beat is a project management & sustainability consultancy that provides businesses with leadership in the development and management of sustainability initiatives. We build partnerships and programs that educate + engage. Expanding consciousness and conservation practices, we cultivate positive social and environmental change.

Leadership in Sustainability
Through Bright Beat’s solutions-based consulting practice, we identify opportunities, set goals, measure and manage strategic success. Our multi-level approach to sustainability helps foster and promote change in consciousness and behavior, while reducing costs and conserving natural resources. Bright Beat has built customized solutions for municipalities, corporations, stadiums, special events, food purveyors, beer makers, charities, conferences, and more. Our advocacy work on a city and state level focuses on public-private sector collaboration and building stronger communities.

Helping Clients
~ Improve operational & environmental efficiency
~ Inspire and strengthen communication, promotion & recognition
~ Advance resource recovery outreach through Eco Education
~ Expand social impact through collaboration & project leadership

Stephanie Katsaros

A social entrepreneur, thought leader and business strategist, Stephanie founded Bright Beat in 2010 with a focus on environmental stewardship and social responsibility. She leads the development, assessment and promotion of multi-faceted sustainability programs for an array of businesses, municipalities, facilities and events, raising the bar for responsible operations and public engagement.

An active voice in the community, Stephanie leads the  Chicago Sustainability Task Force, serves on the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition Board of Directors, and the iHeartMedia Chicago Advisory Board. Developing engaging and industry leading Eco Education, Stephanie has shared her strategies at conferences from Tennessee to California, and was awarded the Illinois Recycling Association Educator of the Year in 2014.

As a respected media and marketing executive representing Chicago radio properties, websites and events, she enjoyed over fifteen years of building strategic partnerships, creating innovative sponsorships, and promoting quality music, artists, events and causes.  She continues to create content and event coverage, and has been featured on radio, TV and digital outlets around the world.

Stephanie spent fourteen months volunteering, working and exploring throughout twenty-eight countries, bringing back a refined knowledge of worldwide cultures, trends, opportunities, and needs. Always on the lookout for inspiration, she can usually be spotted bouncing around Chicago and beyond, at concerts, festivals, conferences and events. She is (as are her clients) grateful for her invaluable international network of friends and mentors.

Recognition

Green Music Fest + Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce earned a 2017 Illinois Sustainability Award. Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainability Award has recognized private and public Illinois organizations who have implemented outstanding and innovative sustainable techniques or technologies, demonstrating a commitment to sustaining our environmental, social and economic health. Award winners will be announced in late October.

Green Music Fest took on the challenge of applying for the A Greener Festival Award, delving into all aspects of event operations and critically thinking about environmental impacts. On-site festival production and sustainability programming was evaluated by a well-traveled, eco-expert, and an extensive, nearly 200-line item self-assessment, was submitted for verification. Green Music Fest’s Highly Commended Award is a result of A Greener Festival’s comprehensive sustainability framework, the unyielding support of Festival Founder, Robert Gomez, and leadership of Sustainability Program partner, Bright Beat.

Raising the bar for sustainable event production… Bright Beat’s work on Green Music Fest won the FestForums’ 2016 Best of the Fests: Music Festival Sustainability award for engaging fest-goers and vendors in the successful Zero Waste resource recovery program, the fun people-powered bike stage and so much more. CLICK HERE to HEAR how (and why) Green Music Fest prioritizes these progressive and interactive efforts.

Bright Beat’s policies and structure implemented at MB Financial Park won the US EPA Food Recovery Challenge 2015 Narrative Award for Leadership. Refining practices since 2012, MB Park’s 2015 sustainability strategy helped 1,000 employees and 1.6 million visitors keep food recovery and waste diversion top of mind and properly executed, resulting in the recovery of more than 150 tons of organics.


MB Financial Park at Rosemont’s “Green For A Reason” Program has earned both State and Federal awards! They received the 2014 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award Honorable Mention, along with a 2014 U.S. EPA Food Recovery Challenge Award for food waste reduction.


The “Green For A Reason” sustainability program originated at Allstate Arena, which was awarded the 2011 U.S. EPA WasteWise Gold Achievement Award for Public Venue Recycling. In addition, Bright Beat earned Allstate Arena energy efficiency and recycling grants from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

Speaking Engagements

Education and awareness is an important component of Bright Beat’s mission. Stephanie has shared her expertise in numerous speaking engagements including the following:

FestForums – New York City, NY – May 4, 2018
Panelist: Get On Your Soapbox: Exploring 5 hot topics and 5 points of view on Sponsorship, Safety, Sustainability, Social Responsibility & Social Media

Frederick Law Olmsted Society – Riverside, IL – March 29, 2018
Lecture: How Zero Waste Can Become A Reality: It is possible to combine the excitement of music, sports, and cultural events with public enthusiasm for sustainability.

Good Food Expo – Chicago, IL – March 23-24, 2018
Moderator: Food: Too Good to Waste: How chefs, food pantries, and other community groups are using innovative methods to reduce food waste and make better use of food scrap compost.

Moderator: Food Justice: Students Step Up to the Plate: How colleges and universities are shifting food budgets away from industrial farms and junk food toward local and community-based, fair, environmentally sound and humane food sources.

Illinois Soil, Water, Food and Composting Summit - Chicago, IL – November 3, 2017
Moderator of Idea Challenge: A series of 2-minute snapshots pitching a cross-silo collaborative policy, project or program to meet complementary objectives

Midwest Food Recovery Summit – Des Moines, IA – September 6-8, 2017
Panel: Food by the Numbers – Measurement, Tracking, and Data

Good Food Festival & Conference – Chicago, IL – March 16-18, 2017
Panel: Closing the Loop: Effective Recycling and Recovery of Good Food: Discover how the composting and donating of good food can strengthen local soil and the community.

Tennessee Recycling Coalition 27th Annual Conference – Oak Ridge, TN - October 16-17, 2016
Panel: Recycling By Design Plenary Session and Visions & Aspirations – Food Recovery Programs: Partnerships and Progress in Resource Recovery

The Consortia Collaborative for Sustainability in Higher Education – Chicago, IL – July, 2016
Panel: Best Practices in Sustainability: To Reduce Waste, Recover Resources and Inspire Change

US EPA Region 5 - Green Talks – Chicago, IL – June 15, 2016
Panel: Sustainable Food Management

Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce – June Networking Event – June 6, 2016
Greening your business and Green Music Festival sustainability initiatives

BioCycle WestCoast 2016 – Advancing Food Recovery And Organics Recycling – April 5-6, 2016
Panel: Food Scrap Management: On-Site To Statewide – Making Strides with Illinois Food Scrap Coalition

Photo credit: Good Food Fest Conference & Festival


E-Newsletter

Stay updated with Bright Beat through the e-newsletter.

A little love from Bright Beat – November 2017
GOOD MEMORIES & BIG THANKS!!
– November 2016
The Summer Drummer
– May 2016
Sending THANKS! – November 2015
Green & Groovy – August 2015
Bright Beat Update – March 2015


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