Standards Steering Committee

The Standards Steering Committee (SSC) is charged with providing oversight of the Cradle to Cradle Certified® Product Standard and is the main governance body for the standard. At its discretion and subject to approval of the C2CPII’s Board of Directors, the SSC maintains and further develops the standard’s requirements as it deems appropriate and necessary to preserve the integrity and viability of the standard and evolve the standard in accordance with C2CPII’s Mission and Strategic Plan.

The SSC is composed of technical and subject matter experts from a variety of stakeholder groups. These stakeholders may include qualified representatives of product manufacturers and suppliers; government or multilateral agencies; nonprofit, environmental or social compliance organizations; standards development bodies, academia and research institutions; service provider organizations, independent consultancies or other related entities. SSC members are appointed by the C2CPII Board of Directors.

Dr. Susan Klosterhaus

Vice President, Science and Certification

Dr. Susan Klosterhaus is Vice President, Science and Certification at the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute. In this role Susan leads the Cradle to Cradle Certified Products Program and oversees development of the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.

Prior to joining the Institute in 2012, Susan conducted research on the fate and toxicity of chemical contaminants in the environment for more than 15 years. She was the lead organic contaminant chemist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, where she conducted water quality monitoring projects to support environmental management and policy development for San Francisco Bay. At SFEI she led research on contaminants of emerging concern in aquatic environments and developed an expertise in the identification and analysis of flame retardant chemicals used in consumer products. Prior to working at SFEI, Susan was a research scientist in laboratories at the University of Maryland and the University of South Carolina. Susan earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry from the University of Maryland and her M. S. in Public Health and B. S. in Marine Science from the University of South Carolina.