Environs has been serving a diverse and growing clientele since 2008. Scott Sacco, the firm’s founder, combines core expertise as a marketer and communications strategist with extensive experience in business operations and strategic planning. Scott has spent most of his career working in the financial services and investment management sectors with organizations that have had high environmental, social and governance (ESG) profiles.
Prior to launching Environs, Scott was a vice president and founding principal of Forest Systems, LLC, a sustainable investment firm that managed forests and other natural resource assets for institutional investment clients and private equity firms. Over a ten-year period the company acquired more than 2.2 million acres in 12 states and directly managed more than 500,000 acres in nine states. Scott served in a hybrid senior leadership role, overseeing the firm’s business operations, marketing, communications and strategic planning functions. He also directed its conservation asset monetization program, which permanently protected tens of thousands of acres of sensitive lands through the sale of fee simple ownership rights and conservation easements to environmental groups and public agencies. These efforts generated more than $24 million in unanticipated profit for clients. Forest Systems was acquired by a competitor in late 2007. During its existence, the firm produced top-tier investment performance and was recognized as a thought-leader in its sector.
Before joining Forest Systems, Scott oversaw marketing, communications and strategic planning for the Hancock Timber Resource Group, the world’s largest institutional forest investment firm. In that capacity, he led an 11-person team that supported the firm’s branding, capital raising and land acquisition efforts and that managed its external affairs apparatus, including news media, government and community relations. His work also entailed collaborating with more than 50 field foresters who were responsible for the sustainable management of nearly 3.0 million acres in the United States and Canada. Scott helped the firm design and complete some of the earliest, large-scale forest conservation easements ever established on privately-owned lands. He also supported the execution of numerous habitat protection and restoration projects, which were credited with enhancing populations of threatened bird species in the Eastern United States and endangered salmon species in some of the major river systems of the Pacific Northwest.
Earlier in his career, Scott was involved in the establishment of the Hancock Agricultural Investment Group, which went on to become the largest manager of institutional farmland investments in the world. He also helped market and brand Energy Investors Funds, Inc., which introduced some of the first alternative energy investment vehicles ever brought to the institutional market. In addition, Scott served as Director of Institutional Investment Communications for John Hancock and worked as a senior consultant with Schofield and Company, a boutique, global public relations firm that provided news media and executive communications counsel to institutional banking and investment management firm clients like State Street Corporation, State Street Global Advisors, Alliance Capital Management and New York Life.
Scott was raised in Hanson, Massachusetts, a rural, agricultural community in the southeastern part of the state that was the birthplace of Ocean Spray Cranberries. He graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in journalism and political science. He also holds a master’s degree in history extension studies from Harvard University, where his academic work focused primarily on executive leadership and international relations.