“I really enjoyed getting to meet and hang-out with my co-workers. I found it really invigorating and gave me a better glimpse into what Encamp is like for others outside of my department.”

Steve Cadwallader, Engineering

With everybody working remotely, it took a year to finally get all of us Encampers together around the Encamp-fire. But that’s what we did at Summer Camp 2021, when Encamp folks from around the country trekked to our home base of Indianapolis. And yes, the Summer Camp event really was invigorating. 

(Shout out to all the Encamp volunteers who pulled the Summer Camp together! Also thanks to our friends at High Alpha Innovation for the campsite space for the day.)

The goal of Summer Camp 2021 was to spend time together face to face and welcome all the new team members who’ve come on board this year. But the bigger mission was to get everyone on the Encamp trail and excited for the future of where our platform is going.

Mission accomplished.

Summer Camp 2021 was a day to hear how our co-founders — Luke Jacobs (CEO), Sam Jacobs (Operations Manager) and Dan Smedema (Senior Software Engineer) — started the company, and to learn more about Encamp’s innovative solutions and the markets that need them.

To kick things off, Luke told the story of how Encamp was created, which did in fact start on a camping trip. As he explained, the idea was to create modern technology to replace all the manual tasks that took time away from the real work of environmental compliance and stewardship. “I started in EHS as a consultant” Luke said, “and couldn’t believe all the time it took just to prepare Tier II reports.”

The solution he envisioned would instead automate and streamline compliance and reporting from end to end to make the process faster, easier, and more accurate — which our platform has done since it launched in 2018.

“Where do we go from here?” The answer was, as far as we want. Luke outlined Encamp’s next steps to continue executing its product roadmap, launch new platform modules and functions as planned, and capitalize on the tremendous opportunities in other compliance disciplines. 

It all adds up to a promising future.

“What an experience! It was truly inspiring learning about where
we started and where we’re going. The energy was electric,
and it helped set the stage for us newcomers.”

Hallie Knudsen, Compliance-COE

After Luke kicked things off for Summer Camp 2021, the Sales and Marketing team got together to delve into Encamp’s new value framework and ideas for how to keep spreading the Encamp message. Watch for more content, campaigns and events to come.

Our COE (“Center of Excellence”) team then showed why our customers love us, and how we’ll continue to delight as new ones come into the Encamp fold. The COE team is all about customer success and support, and they’ve added several skilled professionals in those areas to make sure Encamp keeps getting positive reviews from our customers

Lastly, the Engineering team wowed everyone at Summer Camp with a few new innovations. Among them: A new digital “Forest Report” for all the trees Encamp has had planted on behalf of our customers, which tells what those trees do for the environment. A dashboard for the Sales team that overviews the regulatory programs of prospective customers, based on government data. And another dashboard to share the progress of key Engineering activities with all Encampers, plus visual workflows to better illustrate the underlying Encamp software. 

Mostly, Summer Camp 2021 was a day to experience Encamp’s culture first-hand and share the company’s vision.

Luke’s closing message for Summer Camp 2021 was to “Get excited for what’s to come! We’re gaining recognition and market share in the EHS space, and will continue to. We’re making our solutions more functional by the day. And we’re scaling our team pretty significantly, adding new Encampers from all over the country since they can work from anywhere.”

“But here’s my final takeaway to all of you,” Luke said. “Be sure to take care of yourselves… mentally, physically, and emotionally. Life is about staying balanced. It’s about exploring new places and trying new things and enjoying everything you do, not just working all the time.”     

If Encampers (old and new) didn’t quite get our company’s culture and Core Values before, they were on full display throughout Summer Camp 2021 — including recognizing the latest Core Values award winners. As Luke said, it’s up to him and Encamp’s leaders to keep our culture intact as the Encampment grows, but it’s up to all of us to sustain it and keep making Encamp the special place it is.

“It was awesome to get to meet so many of you
personally. Encamp has built such a strong culture
already and I can’t wait to help continue fostering it.”

Samantha Strube, People Team

Final thought. Top Golf was the perfect venue to wrap up Summer Camp 2021. Comradery, great food, cold drinks, tons of laughs and even lots of hugs and handshakes when everyone had to leave. But man, there were some lousy golf swings, too.

We’ll do this all again soon!

Join us!

Are you ready to join us at the next Encamp event? We’re still growing, and we welcome new folks who share our passion for the environment and believe in Encamp’s mission to reimagine how environmental compliance works. 

Visit our careers page to see the positions we have open. And while you’re there, download and browse our Culture Handbook to learn what Encamp is really all about.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

‍Julie Mouton is a dedicated environmental engineer and sustainability practitioner with more than 15 years of experience. So when she agreed to join Encamp’s Women of EHS initiative and discuss her career in an interview, we didn’t hesitate.

More on Julie’s EHS career and its aspects: At Antea Group, she currently supports clients in the food & beverage, technology, oil & gas, retail, and mining industries. She specializes in water stewardship, corporate ESG strategy, operational risk assessment, environmental liability management, and environmental compliance. And outside of work, she enjoys hiking, camping, gardening, water and snow skiing.

But that’s not to say her career hasn’t come without hurdles.

How have you gotten to where you want to be on your EHS career path? “I listened to my inner voice and intuition, and just kept going on the path I knew was right for me.”

Julie has more to say about her rise in the EHS ranks. Watch her video to hear how she’s done it.

Join us!

If you’d like to be part of our Women of EHS initiative, or even to nominate someone you know, see our Women of EHS page.

And if you’d like to work at an exciting company like Encamp, see our Culture & Careers page for open positions. We’re growing!

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

In 2020, Encamp launched an initiative we call Women of EHS, and I’m honored to say I was one of its original contributors. Ongoing, the initiative’s aim is to highlight women in our industry who’ve accomplished amazing things in their EHS careers — and who continue to do so.

As we say on our Women of EHS web page: “Women from all corners or our industry have great stories to tell. Candid, compelling, illuminating – inspirational. This is their forum to tell them.” That’s why we’re constantly introducing our initiative to other women in the EHS sector, and welcome them to join us and even nominate other women.

Are we “trailblazers” on the EHS careers path? Perhaps, although most women in this industry don’t view themselves that way. For other women like me, we simply believe in protecting the environment, and that what we’re doing is important.

That’s why I made environmental science my career and ultimately came to Encamp. It’s also why I appreciate the Women of EHS “voice” we’ve created.

When it comes to EHS careers for women, Encamp has put women in some of our company’s most strategic roles. VP of compliance and customer success. Director of customer success. Senior environmental scientists. In the small yet growing organization that Encamp is, we might not be trailblazers, but we’re certainly cornerstones.

And within the EHS industry, we’re not the only ones. More and more, women are choosing EHS careers and reaching new heights in our industry. And for our Women of EHS effort, several have already shared their stories. Here’s mine.

My own Women of EHS story

How did you get into the environmental space? A passion / fell into it?

Like many people who’ve pursued EHS careers, I’ve always had a passion for the environment and a love of animals. I began my journey in college at Texas A&M (whoop!) wanting to become a veterinarian, but after two years, I realized that career path wasn’t my true calling. I shifted my focus to studying Environmental Science and haven’t looked back since. I knew immediately I had found my niche. I started my career at an environmental consulting company shortly after graduating.

Did you have any mentors along the way? Anyone you looked up to? Other women in your field or at the company you work for?

I’ve had the honor of working with some incredible, smart, inspiring women over the years, and now I get to work with quite a few of them at Encamp!

As for finding the right mentor, I agree with this approach and have followed it myself.

Source: npr.com, The Right Mentor Can Change Your Career

If you have one trait that makes you excel in your position, what is it?

I’ve found that being a good multitasker and being careful with details has helped me the most. In EHS, it’s a battle to stay on top of everything, with the constantly changing daily scope of tasks. So being able to switch gears on a dime and re-focus my attention has been very helpful for me.

Any challenges you’ve faced? How did you overcome them … or are they still a challenge?

I’ve faced many challenges throughout my career; starting in this industry as a young woman proved to be very difficult. My opinions and thoughts were often overlooked and undervalued. But by working hard, learning to speak up and educating myself on the regulations, I found my own sense of value and self-worth, which inspired me to be an advocate not for only women in EHS but for everyone who deserves to be heard.

Remember, women have a voice, too

Organizations led by male-dominated management teams often lack the fresh perspective needed to tackle certain projects. (This definitely applies in EHS circles.) A mix of different genders and backgrounds leads to greater diversity and overall “better decision-making.” Most companies further admit that women offer more “creativity, innovation, and openness.” So, yes, make your voice heard.

Source: Inc. Magazine, The Hidden Advantage of Women in Leadership‍

What are your thoughts on the future of EHS? Technology or tools … challenges?

The future of EHS is technology and that’s why I’m so excited to be a part of Encamp. I’ve seen so many people in EHS struggle with tracking and organizing information on spreadsheets or using archaic programs that aren’t efficient and prove to be a struggle for team collaboration. Being at Encamp I can see how technology will be an extremely powerful tool to help EHS managers be more efficient and break away from a lot of the struggles they face today.

How can the EHS space improve for women?

We need more women and diversity in the industry and in executive roles. Women need to feel like they can speak up and should be a part of decision making. We have to give women a seat at the table and space to thrive and excel in this industry.

Women boost business outcomes

In a 2019 International Labor Organization survey, nearly 60% of businesses said involving women in decision making “improves business outcomes,” including profit gains of 5% to 20% when more women are in management positions. EHS isn’t necessarily about profits, but making better decisions could sure help avoid a lot of fines for non-compliance violations.

Source: ilo.org, Women in Business and Management: The Business Case for Change

If you could give another woman advice on how to get where you are today, what would it be?

Don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself and your opinions. Set boundaries and learn to say no if you have too much on your plate, your time is valuable. Work hard, learn the regulations and know your value.

If you could give your “past self” advice, what would it be?

Stick up for yourself and speak up. Trust your intuition.

Join us!

We’d love to share your Women in EHS story.

Transforming the way enterprises stay in compliance 

Encamp is on a mission to create a world where good for business can equal good for the environment. We help enterprises transform compliance programs and human processes into a technology-driven system that lays the foundation for accurate and ongoing environmental compliance through a blended method of intelligent high-tech solutions and high-touch expert support.

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