WBC Offers Broad, Practical Experience to Global Clients


From board rooms to class rooms, NGOs to governments, trade groups to businesses – leaders rely upon William Blackburn Consulting for assistance with sustainability, EHS, and crisis management, including:

  • Advice on strategies, frameworks, planning, measurement, reporting, management systems, standards, auditing, and engagement
  • Assessing and improving performance
  • Keynote presentations
  • Strengthening reputations and stakeholder relationships
  • Developing emergency response/crisis management plans
  • Advocacy with policy-makers and standards groups
  • Preparing research and policy papers


Authored by William R. Blackburn, “The Sustainability Handbook” is a hallmark publication marrying management experience with academic research, translating sustainability principles into practical approaches for corporate, academic, government and non-profit organizations of all sizes. It’s available in English and Mandarin Chinese.   A model course syllabus for collegiate instructors is available on-line at no charge.

Social and Environmental Responsibility

Until 2020, all net revenues of WBC were used for environmental and social causes—primarily to establish and maintain Blackburn’s Green Hollow Center, a 160-acre nature preserve and sustainability learning center in the Loess Hills of Southwest Iowa. In 2019,the preserve was donated to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to form Blackburn State Park and Wildlife Management Area.  The complex of preserved public lands near the park now approaches 1000 acres.  See Blackburn State Park.

WBC uses recycled paper; recycles paper, bottles and cans; and uses compact fluorescent light bulbs.  Its company vehicle is a fuel-efficient hybrid.  All correspondence and billings are done by email where possible.  It has a policy of using women or minority-owned or managed businesses for at least half of its office support and subcontracted services.