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Mourning the Loss of Sustainable Environmental Consultants President John Harsch

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa (January 18, 2022) – The Wright Service Corp. Board of Directors and executive leadership announce the unexpected loss of Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC) President John Harsch as a result of a vehicle accident. 

Chairman and CEO Scott Packard said, “With a profound sense of loss and sadness, we mourn the passing of a remarkable leader and advocate for sustainable practices and regenerative agriculture. His work transcended many fields, most notably through EcoPractices®, in environmental practices, natural resources and conservation.”  

Under John’s leadership, SEC became a leader in providing innovative solutions to better the planet through sustainability risk management, agriculture compliance and engineering, and erosion control. SEC provides a range of environmental services needed by food companies and their agriculture supply systems.  

John had over 25 years of experience in environmental practices, natural resources, and conservation. He was instrumental in SEC’s growth since starting the company in 2008 with three other investors, where its first line of business was agricultural engineering. He helped move the company into erosion control, supporting agriculture through engineering and compliance services, and created the EcoPractices® platform to support food and agriculture companies with sustainability risk management. He also played an integral role in putting together the agreement to join Wright Service Corp. and become part of an employee-owned family of companies in 2012.

John was a founding board member and director of the Wright Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation that fosters innovative sustainability initiatives that make a positive impact on our planet.    

Packard stated, “Our deepest condolences extend to the Harsch family and all who had the privilege to work with John as he truly believed and I quote, ‘Sustainable practices and regenerative agriculture are the future’.” 


 About Wright Service Corp. 

Wright Service Corp. is a prominent leader in several environmental services industries, as the parent company to Wright Tree Service, Wright Outdoor Solutions, CNUC, Terra Spectrum Technologies, Sustainable Environmental Consultants, Wright Tree Service of the West, Spectrum Resource Group, ArborCare, Verdure Elements Wright Foundation for Sustainability and Innovation, and Transcon Environmental. Together as a family of companies, Wright Service Corp. provides integrated vegetation management, forest management and reforestation, technology solutions, consulting and operations, commercial environmental products, and residential and commercial landscaping, tree care, interior plantscaping and other outdoor and indoor services. 


About Sustainable Environmental Consultants

Sustainable Environmental Consultants, powered by EcoPractices®, helps the Food, Beverage and Ingredient industries benchmark and track internal and external sustainability metrics. Their EcoPractices platform delivers independent field-level quantification and practice verification services for a complete spectrum of environmental impacts including soil health, water quality, carbon sequestration, energy use, and greenhouse gas emissions. Their team of Ph.D.s, agronomists, environmental scientists, and agriculture engineers are committed to collectively working with producers and industry leaders to better the planet. 

EcoPractices is a Registered Trademark of Sustainable Environmental Consultants. Sustainable Continuous Improvement Plan™ SCIP and its accompanying logo, and R3™ ROI Tool and its accompanying logo are Trademarks of Sustainable Environmental Consultants.