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Sponsor Spotlight: Kristi Overgaard of Switch

Above: Kristi Overgaard, Chief Brand Officer of Switch, America’s most sustainable technology infrastructure ecosystem corporation. 

Gracing December’s Sponsor Spotlight is Kristi Overgaard, Chief Brand Officer for Switch, the nation’s most sustainable technology infrastructure ecosystem corporation. Switch was founded and operates under core principles of client collaboration, resource sustainability and karma. “These pillars allow us to win for our company, our stakeholders and our planet,” says Overgaard who has been instrumental in making Switch a leader in collaborative philanthropy. These values can be seen in Switch’s Platinum sponsorship of Green Our Planet and in the company’s direct sponsorship of Robert E. Lake Elementary’s School Garden Program.

Aside from her central role at Switch, Overgaard makes a tangible difference in Nevada communities as a Trustee for the Nevada Museum of Art, as a Foundation Board Member and Vice Chair for Nevada State College and as a Board Member for America’s Largest School Garden Program—whose focus on STEAM education and sustainability overlap with her areas of focus at Switch.  

Switch volunteers at Lake Elementary's school garden
Above: Switch volunteers hang a banner at a school garden and outdoor classroom build at Robert E. Lake Elementary in spring 2015. Switch is a Platinum Sponsor for Green Our Planet and continues to sponsor Lake ES school garden.

“Switch’s direct sponsorship of Robert E. Lake Elementary School’s garden supports a future workforce rooted in sustainability, responsibility and creativity,” says Overgaard, an alumnus of Lake Elementary. “This collaboration also makes a positive impact on current Switch employees, who are proud to be part of an effective and community-centered initiative.”

Green Our Planet is very fortunate to have Overgaard and Switch as key players in Nevada’s school garden movement. Thanks to their support as our Platinum sponsor, Green Our Planet’s program has made its way into nearly 160 schools, including Lake Elementary, and improved education, nutrition and access to nature for over 100,000 students.

Above: A student helps a Green Our Planet Farmer with pest control in Robert E. Lake’s outdoor garden classroom.

Shannon Miller

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