Margriet Geesink Sustainability Consultant

About Me

meMy mission: Support businesses and organisations to reduce their environmental impact and improve wellbeing. This by using my knowledge of and passion for sustainability and engineering combined with my organisational and strategic skills. I have an energetic, opportunity seeking, action driven attitude.

After receiving my Masters of Science in Industrial Design Engineering where I graduated Summa Cum Laude I worked for seven years in the Netherlands and the USA in the aerospace industry as a structural design engineer and manager. In 2008 I decided to follow my life-long passion for sustainability and renewables and have ever since been involved in this industry. At first working as a developer on renewable energy systems like tidal turbines, small windmills and fish-friendly hydropower.

Between 2009 and 2015 I worked for Rijkswaterstaat, the Executive body of the Ministry of the Environment and Infrastructure in the Netherlands. This as a consultant in energy reduction, green procurement for large infrastructural projects, change management and setting up strategic plans and liaisons for carbon emission reduction.

My family and I emigrated the end of 2015 to Whangarei, New Zealand. Currently I work for the Northland District Health Board as Sustainability Development Manager. Here I created the sustainability strategy, action plan, calculated the carbon footprint and work on measures to reduce the environmental impact of the four hospitals in Northland.

On our section in the Kaipara Harbour we are in the process of designing and building a small sustainable home. On the website I blog about decisions, trade-offs, dilemmas and challenges we face during the process of the build of our sustainable home.

Work Examples


Sustainability Development Manager

Created the sustainability strategy, policy and action plan for the Northland District Health Board. Calculation of the carbon footprint. Implementation of sustainability initiatives and greenhouse gas emission reduction for the …

Energy Efficiency

  Energy efficiency program Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands  Goal: an energy reduction of 20% in 2020 compared to 2009 Usage and trend analyses of all the infrastructural and building assets of …

Green Procurement

Green Procurement Program Rijkswaterstaat, the Netherlands Incorporation of energy reduction, zero energy, low material impact and other sustainability incentives in different chapters of the procurement contracts of infrastructal or building …

Fish friendly pump & hydropower expert

Created a strategic plan and overview to enlarge the amount of fish friendly hydropower and reduce the tension field between ecology and renewable energy policies in the waterways and watersystems …

Developer of a tidal and wave turbine

     As developer and design manager of a wave and tidal turbine responsible for the final design, outsourcing, build and installation of the turbine rotor in the Westerschelde, the Netherlands. Responsible …

Developer of urban turbine

    Responsible for the measurement and monitoring system of the turbine, acoustic measurements and wind tunnel set-up of a small urban windturbine. Involved in the design of blades, drive …

Thesis, Tata Steel

Thesis at Tata Steel Subject: Weight saving in cars by means of function integration Graduated Summa Cum Laude