Caitlyn Dudas


Executive Director & Co-founder


Pet Sustainability Coalition

Presentation description:

Optimizing proteins to achieve holistic sustainability in the pet food industry — Dudas shares new data from collaborative research efforts between the Pet Food Industry Working Group, under the administration of the Pet Food Institute, and Iowa State University. A holistic, four-part model for sustainable pet food ingredient selection, developed by the Pet Sustainability Coalition, suggests that proteins be evaluated by their ability to maximize their value related to their impact on the environment, animal welfare, social impact and nutrition.


Dudas is the executive director and co-founder of the Pet Sustainability Coalition, a nonprofit that advances business through environmental and social business practices. Dudas is a 2019 Woman of Influence recipient, winner of the 2019 Vanguard award and a 2017 40 Under 40 award recipient in honor of her innovative approach to bring together industry leaders to strengthen their businesses while also leading the industry toward a future where  pets, people and planet prosper. She has grown the Coalition from eight founding companies to a thriving community of 100+ engaged companies. Dudas leads the Coalition from Boulder, Colorado, where she completed her bachelor’s degree environmental studies and economics and then went on to complete a master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability from Harvard University.