Jesse Daystar is new vice president and chief sustainability officer of Cotton Incorporated. Before joining Cotton Incorporated, he was director at the Duke Center for Sustainability and Commerce at Duke University, where he also taught. He earned a doctorate in forest biomaterials from North Carolina State University.
His experience includes sustainable chemical process development and efficiency management program development with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement.
Daystar is well-versed in the complexities of sustainability research, particularly as it relates to cellulosic fibers, including cotton. His research has appeared in scholarly journals and his consulting work has led to the development of sustainability and chemical engineering tools and certifications for clients including the United States Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy, Eastman Chemical, and Piedmont Biofuels.
Cotton Incorporated is the research and promotion company of US cotton producers and importers. Cotton Incorporated, funded by US cotton producers and importers of cotton and cotton textile products, conducts worldwide research and promotion activities to increase demand for and profitability of cotton. It has a commitment to sustainability of cotton across the supply chain.
Daystar brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this newly created role, which will oversee and coordinate Cotton Incorporated’s internal and external sustainability efforts.