Sandy Nessing, Managing Director, Sustainability & EHS Strategy & Design; American Electric Power Co. Inc.


Sandy Nessing

Sandy Nessing is Manager Director of Sustainability and ESH Strategy & Design for American Electric Power Co. Inc. In this role, she has responsibility for managing sustainability strategy, corporate stakeholder engagement and for the annual production of AEP’s Corporate Accountability Report, an integrated report that combines financial with nonfinancial performance.


She facilitates cross-functional collaboration on sustainability issues across AEP to raise awareness of the interdependencies of functions, resources and issues while providing guidance on externalities that could affect business results or operations. She also develops and manages advocacy opportunities and relationships that support AEP’s business strategy. She is a master culture champion for AEP, working with senior management and others to advance a culture shift within AEP that aligns business strategies with employee engagement and performance management.


Prior to joining AEP in February 2006, she was manager of Corporate Communications for Yankee Gas Services Company, part of the Northeast Utilities System and Connecticut’s largest natural gas distribution company, for nine years.


She holds a leadership role in the Electric Power Research Institute’s Energy Sustainability Interest Group, serving as chair of the group in 2013. She also is a member of the Utility Environmental Benchmarking Forum’s steering committee, and serves on the Grange Insurance Audubon Center Stewardship Board in Columbus, Ohio.


She serves on the Board of Directors and the Board of Regents for NAEM and is a member of SustainAbility’s Engaging Stakeholders. She led AEP’s participation in the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) Electric Utility Sector Supplement Pilot Program, an international project to develop electric utility-specific sustainability performance indicators.

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