Kelly Vierling, Consultant
With a degree in environmental sciences from the University of Notre Dame, Kelly’s field research brought her to the grasslands of Montana, the forests of the Upper Peninsula, the estuaries of Long Island, and even the outback of western Australia. Some of Kelly’s research included forest ecology, biodiversity monitoring, and climate change mitigation practices.
After settling into the corporate world, Kelly worked as an environmental coordinator and a regulatory compliance specialist, where she became well versed in U.S. environmental laws and regulations. She has reviewed products for compliance with various air quality, lead, and hazardous or regulated component laws as well as transportation laws, and she has also worked with large governmental organizations on their sustainable product purchasing.
Kelly eventually moved to the nonprofit sector and officially began her FSC journey with Rainforest Alliance, where she became a certified Rainforest Alliance FSC Lead Auditor and managed a portfolio of FSC-certified clients. She has earned several other auditor certifications such as Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), but her primary focus continues to be on FSC.
Kelly currently works as an independent consultant and auditor setting up organization systems, procedures, and documents for FSC certification, training employees on how to meet the FSC standards, and working with certification bodies and group certificates to conduct FSC audits.