JetBlue didn't have a sustainability department until Sophia Mendelsohn came along in 2013. Since then, she's revolutionized the airline's green practices and helped reduce its carbon footprint.The company has offset around 2 billion pounds of greenhouse emissions since 2008 by planting trees in California and capturing methane in Utah among other measures.
Before landing at Jet Blue, Mendelsohn worked in China, helping a furniture manufacturer go green. She is also accredited in fields like green energy and ecology.
Mendelsohn's entrepreneurial spirit drives her success at Jet Blue. Her passion for the environment is matched only by her commitment to protecting it. She is convinced that economic growth and environmental protection can co-exist.
— By CNBC's Josh Weiss
Posted 21 April 2016