Howard J. Brown is an upbeat, inspiring speaker who delivers a much-needed perspective on thriving in a world with growing resource demands.

His proven speaking and facilitation skills are backed by more than 30 years of experience in business and environmental management. He combines this experience with fresh ideas and examples of cutting-edge innovations.


Howard J. Brown is a leading thinker, educator, and visionary at the nexus of business, environment, design, and social responsibility. Co-author of Naked Value: Six Things Every Business Leader Needs to Know About Resources, Innovation & Competition, Mr. Brown is an expert in guiding organizations to align business and environmental practices and deliver more value while using resources most strategically. Throughout his career as an educator at Yale and Wesleyan Universities, a colleague of renowned systems thinker R. Buckminster Fuller, and a successful entrepreneur, Howard has applied his bold ideas and solutions related to environmental, economic, and social sustainability to advance a better, more prosperous world.

For more than 20 years as CEO of Resource Planning & Management Systems Inc. (RPM), Howard’s pioneering techniques launched RPM as a world leader in providing strategic management and information technology services to Fortune 500 and multi-national corporations. Howard led clients to integrate environmental and social responsibility into their business practices and reap cost savings and competitive advantage. His work with governments and industry associations informed cutting-edge energy conservation and waste reduction policies and helped define best-practice industry standards. His continuously evolving techniques for systems thinking, acting beyond compliance and utilizing information management systems to integrate environmental metrics into overall business practice, remain state-of-the-art around the globe.

Most recently Howard co-founded dMASS Inc. to accelerate innovations that deliver more benefits using resources more strategically. In a world of increasing resource constraints, cutting-edge business and technology strategies have the potential to sustainably expand economic prosperity. dMASS connects industry leaders and innovators in order to realize the opportunity of innovative, anticipatory design to increase resource performance, improve competitive advantage, and manage resource-related risks.

A partial list of clients Howard has advised on environmental management and strategy:

  • Duracell
  • Perkin-Elmer
  • Bristol-Myer Squibb
  • General Electric
  • Rhone-Poulenc
  • Wm. Wrigley Jr.Company
  • Novartis
  • Bethlehem Steel
  • John Deere
  • Maytag
  • Hershey
  • BASF
  • Whirlpool
  • Polaroid
  • Warner-Lambert
  • Stanley Works
  • General Signal
  • Mobil Oil
  • Unilever
  • Avery Dennison
  • Owens-lllinois
  • Chesebrough-Pond’s
  • Nestle
  • SaraLee
  • Champion
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Multiple state & local governments and utilities


In his talks, which are tailored with examples and insights for a given audience, Howard:

  • Uses examples to demonstrate how companies are leveraging knowledge to do much better with much less and transforming everything from consumer products to infrastructure
  • Shows why intensifying global demand for constrained resources is the most important issue for business today
  • Introduces audiences to new ways of thinking about value, competition, and measurement
  • Explains how environmental and business management can be profitably aligned

Recent talks include:

  • A keynote at the NAEM Annual Forum, “EHS & Sustainability Success in the New Economic Era”
  • A panel discussion at the 5th Mediterranean Green Economy Forum in Barcelona
  • A design workshop to kick off the Design for Social Innovation MFA program at the School of Visual Arts
  • A keynote presentation at a private business conference


As the conference keynote, Howard Brown captivated our audience. Howard offered a new kind of thinking that’s both pragmatic and positive by showcasing revolutionary technologies and business opportunities that offer hope for solving seemingly intractable challenges in business, sustainability, and manufacturing. His presentation at our conference resonated with the audience of 600 seasoned business and environmental professionals. It stimulated thinking that continued throughout our three-day conference. I feel that Howard is doing nothing less than helping redefine the way we think about progress, sustainability, and business success and I’m confident that he would provide a major contribution to any size group of business leaders or design professionals interested in shaping the next generation of business. It is an optimistic viewpoint of how revolutionary technologies and new ways of thinking about how to use them can  offer hope of solving so many of the seemingly intractable challenges for business, manufacturing and sustainability. Howard offers a new intellectual framework and real solutions that can be adopted to solve real business problems. He showcases new business and technological opportunities, and he shows how to apply new technologies. I’m confident that his presentation would be a major contribution to any size group of business leaders or design professionals interested in shaping the next generation of business.  
Carol Singer Neuvelt, Executive Director, National Association of (corporate) Environmental Managers

As our keynote speaker at a recent conference, Howard energized and enlightened our audience by sharing an exciting and practical vision for the future of sustainable business. He inspired us with examples of companies that are paving the way in strategic resource use – companies that are delivering light without light bulbs or well-manicured lawns without lawnmowers. In conference feedback, attendees described the talk as eye-opening, entertaining, and excellent. I highly recommend Howard to any conference organizer seeking a speaker who will inspire and introduce new ideas that audience members can use long after the conference ends. 
Laura Murphy, Vice President of Customer Experience, KMI.

Howard and I shared a panel at the Eco Meda Green Forum on waste in Barcelona. His talk left a lasting impression on me. As I listened I realized that, finally, someone is thinking about waste reduction at the initial design stage. It’s rare to see such foresight in manufacturing. It was extremely valuable to see actual, tangible examples of the principles he was talking about, and to see that others are doing something about waste reduction instead of just philosophizing. I hope our paths will cross again soon.  
Ziad Abichaker, CEO and Founder, Cedar Environmental.

Centerbrook welcomes more than 50 speakers each year to keep up with latest developments and to further our continuing professional education. Howard Brown spoke to our architectural staff recently, presenting a truly fresh and innovative approach to sustainable design that has had a lasting influence on the discourse in our firm. His talk was at once educational, inspiring, and entertaining. It proved to be the most popular of the year by far among our team of architects and designers. 
Mark Simon, Principal, Centerbrook Architects and Planners.