Rubicon, Sustainable Brands, Wharton Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) and Goodr teamed up to recognize waste diversion dynamos, sustainability superstars and zero waste warriors who are driving change in their business or city to reduce waste and expense.

We call them Waste Fit Champions: the unsung sustainability heroes shaping up their organization by slimming down on waste.

Check out the full list of 2018 Waste Fit Champions and the innovative environmental programs they are championing.

Anne Gonzalez

01 Anne Gonzalez

AmerisourceBergen - Sustainability Coordinator

Anne Gonzalez, Sustainability Coordinator for AmerisourceBergen, is working hard to drive Read More sustainability throughout the organization. Anne has worked closely with each facility to understand their differences and learn where each shows an opportunity for the implementation of sustainable measures, such as opportunities for waste diversion. In the past, each facility managed their own waste efforts, but through Anne and the Corporate Citizenship team, AmerisourceBergen launched a national waste optimization program. With an enterprise-wide approach and increased insight into the waste streams, the Company will be able to capture enterprise-wide data and metrics on waste and recycling and can put programs into place to reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Anne has also developed multiple waste optimization pilot programs across the organization and established innovative partnerships with nonprofits and other organizations for material reuse. CLOSE

Erin Hatcher

02 Erin Hatcher

AMLI Residential - Vice President - Sustainability

As the Vice President of Sustainability at AMLI Erin Hatcher Read More has led the way to waste reduction and better recycling. She has done this by targeting a recycling rate of 75% or higher for construction waste at every property, expanding the types of materials that residents can divert from the landfill, and rolling out green cleaning dilution stations to all AMLI communities. She has also made great strides in office waste reduction. In Atlanta and Chicago, she and the Sustainability Team led the charge against disposables. This eliminates roughly 15,000 cups, 10,000 paper plates, and 6,000 plastic utensils annually. Erin is a champion of waste reduction. CLOSE

William Schubert

03 William Schubert

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, LLC - Corporate Manager, Environmental and Sustainability

In an effort to be zero waste by 2020 William Schubert, Read More Corporate Environmental and Sustainability Manager for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, began implementing disposal options for industrial waste, recycling programs, spent material audits, and a “Green Team” led pilot program that partnered with an area landscaper to address organic waste. After this pilot program proved successful, it launched site wide with the addition of centralized waste collection areas. Bendix headquarters in Elyria, OH now has central waste stations strategically located throughout the building with recycling/composting/landfill options which has nearly eliminated all deskside waste/recycling bins and reduced overall landfill waste by 54%.” This achievement would not have been possible without the tremendous support and efforts of the local HSE team, the Bendix Green Team and the Facilities Department. CLOSE

Veejay Patell

04 Veejay Patell

bioDOGradable - Director of Operations

Veejay Patell is a Southern California based Outsourcing Specialist Read More with more than 25 years of experience in the field of compostable plastics who specializes in bioplastic & plastic injection molding and bio-packaging. Pair this with bioDOGradable and Veejay provides a highly used plastic pet item with a biodegradable option that not only eliminates plastic waste but also composts poop into fertilizer that can be utilized to support plant growth. bioDOGradable pet bags are the product of a passion for sustainability, care for human health, pets, and the environment overall. CLOSE

Dave Stangis

05 Dave Stangis

Campbell Soup Company - Chief Sustainability Officer - Vice President, Corporate Responsibility

Campbell Soup Chief Sustainability Officer, Dave Stangis, identifies Read More their responsibility as a steward of key natural resources and has set goals as such. To achieve 25% greenhouse gas reduction, 20% water use reduction, and 50% less food waste by 2030, he leads Campbell’s Sustainability Steering Committee to improve energy and water use, packaging, agriculture, and procurement strategies. In his time with Campbell Soup, the Company has reduced GHG emissions by 20%, cut water use by 17%, and eliminated more than 100 million pounds of packaging cumulatively since 2010, (translating to $100 million in savings). CLOSE

Caitlin Leibert

06 Caitlin Leibert

Chipotle - Sustainability Director

As Director of Sustainability for Chipotle Mexican Grill, Caitlin Leibert Read More creates and implements the sustainability vision and strategy in more than 2,500 restaurants worldwide through environmental and social sustainability initiatives. In 2015, Chipotle set an aggressive 50% diversion rate goal by 2020. Since then, with the help of a Diversion Coordinator from RiverRoad Waste Solutions, Chipotle has increased their overall diversion to 42%, 86% of their locations recycle, and 17% compost. They have donated over 200,000 pounds of food to local charities in 2017 alone. Chipotle is excited to pilot a closed loop recycle program to further decrease their landfill waste. CLOSE

Michelle Wiseman

07 Michelle Wiseman

City of Atlanta - Director of Waste Diversion and Outreach

Michelle Wiseman is the Director of Waste Diversion and Outreach Read More at the City of Atlanta. She has been dedicated to reducing waste from landfills for over 10 years. Her many accomplishments include reduced contamination in residential recycling in four Atlanta communities through the "Feet on the Street" program (an 8 week outreach program in partnership with The Recycling Partnership) and increased multi-family recycling reporting by 200% in six months through her work with the Atlanta Apartment Association, haulers, building owners, and apartment managers. These efforts successfully enforced a ten-year-old ordinance requiring multi-family buildings to offer recycling to their residents. The city has also expanded their partnership with the American Kidney Fund, offering textile recycling at 19 City of Atlanta Fire Stations resulting in over 1 million pounds of clothing, being diverted for re-use. CLOSE

Caitlin May

08 Caitlin May

City of Fort Collins - Streets Department

Caitlin May focuses on making communities more sustainable. Read More She works with the City of Fort Collins as an Environmental Project Developer specialized in advancing sustainability initiatives on a local and regional scale. She has a diversified skill set with extensive experience in sustainability consulting, waste diversion, renewable energy, project management, and animal husbandry. Caitlin received her MBA in Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise from Colorado State University where she focused on advancing environmental sustainability and waste diversion in the Caribbean. Caitlin’s passions are creating more resilient communities and finding ways to improve our indoor and outdoor environments to allow people to live happier and healthier lives CLOSE

Annette Synowiec

09 Annette Synowiec

City of Toronto - Manager of Unit for Research, Innovation & Circular Economy

While leading the Unit for Research, Innovation & a Circular Economy Read More within the Solid Waste Management Services Division at the City of Toronto, Annette Synowiec and her team have achieved a great deal. Under her leadership, together the team has created a Circular Economy Procurement Framework outlining how Circular Economy principles applied within city purchasing can drive waste reduction, economic growth and social prosperity, while also formalizing an Extended Producer Responsibility policy for the Addition of New Materials to the City’s Waste Diversion Programs. She is also overseeing the coordination of the planning for a new City-led Public Circular Economy Advisory Group and actively participates in the National Zero Waste Council (NZWC) Circular Economy Working Group. CLOSE

Dave McLaughlin

10 Dave McLaughlin

Clean Ocean Access - Executive Director and Co-Founder of COA

Under Executive Director, Dave McLaughlin, Clean Ocean Access Read More has championed causes such as cigarette litter and plastic bags. In 2014 the organization collected 46,000 debris items (a staggering 13,000 were cigarette butts). With the mantra of “passion doesn’t influence policy, but data does,” the group embarked on a successful campaign to prohibit smoking in beaches, parks, and recreation areas of all three communities of Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island. When a bag ban was introduced, Clean Ocean Access had already removed over 15,000 plastic bags from the local coastline - proving that this wasn’t just a global theoretical issue. CLOSE

Emily Bishop

11 Emily Bishop

Cushman & Wakefield/Mastercard - St. Louis - Global Sustainability Supply Chain Specialist Global Occupier Services

Emily Bishop is the new Global Sustainability Supply Chain Specialist Read More managing Mastercard’s Scope 3 emissions, especially in supply chain and waste. In an effort to reduce emissions created by waste, she manages Mastercard’s Global Waste Diversion program. For the first time, Mastercard is on track to meet its annual goal to divert at least 70% of waste from landfills. This achievement is made possible because of Emily’s direction to focus on people first and waste streams second. By constantly engaging with the entire Mastercard community with a large focus on operations and facilities, Emily has implemented successful composting programs at most owned sites and updated their recycling programs. She designed new signage to inform employees of what can and cannot be recycled and composted. She also updates the Mastercard community on their progress each month through various forms of communications like articles, graphics, and more. Through these efforts, Emily has increased Mastercard’s waste diversion rate significantly while also increasing employee engagement. CLOSE

Alison Mountford

12 Alison Mountford

Ends and Stems - Founder, Chef and CEO

Alison Mountford is the Founder, Chef and CEO at Ends+Stems. In 2004, Read More she founded her first company, Square Meals, which delivered ready to eat meals to the Bay Area. Mountford grew this business into thousands of high-end meals weekly and stood at the forefront of the meal delivery trend. After Square Meals was sold in 2015 Alison’s time leading procurement for a large food tech company inspired her to found Ends+Stems with the mission to be better for the planet and help customers reduce household food waste. Ends+Stems utilizes her knowledge of consumer food habits and allows her to forecast Food Waste trends developing today. CLOSE

Nick McCulloch

13 Nicholas McCulloch

Farmer Brothers Coffee - Manager of Sustainable Programs

When Farmer Brothers Coffee decided to be zero waste in 2014, change Read More was needed to accomplish this goal. After Nicholas McCulloch, Manager of Sustainable Systems, reevaluated the management of their waste and recycling services they partnered with a new provider and a dozen employees to conduct waste audits across the organization, identify opportunities for diversion, and work toward being zero waste. As of February 2018, Farmer Brothers has reduced landfill volumes companywide by 25%, their largest manufacturing facility by 70%, and their waste expenses by nearly 30%. Currently manufacturing facilities have a 90%+ diversion rate – their goal for all locations. CLOSE

14 Marilyn Perez

Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown - Houskeeping Member

Housekeeping employee, Marilyn Perez leads the way to reduce energy, Read More water use, and waste at the Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown. She is committed to helping all team members embrace recycling programs and personally assists all employees to use proper procedures when recycling trash from the guest rooms as well as used bars of soap and unused or slightly used amenities. She trains all laundry personnel on how to dispose of daily waste properly. Thanks in large part to Marilyn's efforts an average waste diversion rate of 63% has been maintained every quarter for the past 3 years. CLOSE

Ross Bergman

15 Ross Bergman

Humanscale - Sustainability Engineer

Humanscale Corporation is a manufacturer of ergonomic office furniture Read More with their primary manufacturing facility in New Jersey. Sustainability Engineer and TRUE Zero Waste Advisor, Ross Bergman, began a waste diversion, separation, and recycling program at Humanscale's allowing the company to go from 40% diversion to consistently above 80%. The company hit 87% diversion last month, bringing them closer to their long-term goal of 100% diversion. Humanscale is iterative in nature, and is constantly finding new opportunities to reduce waste, the company is working to have their manufacturing locations certified as TRUE Zero Waste Facilities CLOSE

16 Mike Marotto

Keurig Dr Pepper - Environment Health and Safety Engineer

As an Environment Health and Safety Engineer at Keurig Dr Pepper, Read More Mike Marotto diverts solid waste from the landfill, works cross-functionally in the organization to ensure effective solid waste management, and partners externally with traditional and innovative waste vendors alike. In 2014, he was tasked to make manufacturing operations zero waste by 2020. By the end of 2017, the diversion rate had reached nearly 98%. Mike helped form site waste teams, called and visited numerous recyclers, and introduced improvements internally such as dismantler machines to separate scrap product coffee for composting from other single serve pod materials. CLOSE

17 Jennifer Shaffer

Kimberly-Clark Professional - Channel and Segment Marketing Leader

Jennifer Shaffer, Channel and Segment Marketing Leader for Kimberly-Clark Read More Professional, leads The RightCycle Program®. This groundbreaking program is designed to help customers divert used personal protective equipment (PPE) like nitrile gloves, disposable apparel, and safety glasses from the landfill. Since its inception, The RightCycle Program has diverted over 800 metric tons of PPE waste, converting it new consumer goods like flower pots and patio furniture. Jennifer drives the success of this program by going beyond the call of duty on a daily basis to address customer needs and ensure the long-term viability of the program. CLOSE

18 Theresa Millard

Kohler Co., Kohler, Wisconsin - Project Manager – Sustainability & Stewardship

The Kohler WasteLAB was born because Theresa Millard, Project Read More Manager – Sustainability & Stewardship, asked the question, “What if we looked at waste differently?” To deal with the solid waste byproduct of the factory and service processes Theresa recognized each “waste” as the input or raw material for another process or product, just like in nature. The group started technical trials with a small variety of waste materials including foundry dust and sand, waste enamel powder, pottery sludge and pottery floor sweepings. Today, the lab is turning industrial waste into high-end tiles for Ann Sacks, some made from 100% waste materials. CLOSE

James Korman

19 James Korman

Korman Residential Properties - President

James Korman is tackling energy inefficiency and waste in residential Read More real-estate by designing and providing “Modernista” eco-friendly apartments aimed at improving residential living waste. Korman’s Modernista apartments include energy efficient toilets, low-flow showerheads, Energy-Star rated appliances, and renewable, sustainable, and recycled materials (Green Label Plus carpets, flooring containing 74% pre-consumer recycled wood from renewable, fast-growing U.S. based southern pine, Zero VOC paint, locally-sourced FSC Certified 100% recycled material cabinets, and more); the Modernista apartments save over 4,000 gallons of water annually. CLOSE

Andrew Shakman

20 Andrew Shakman

LeanPath, Portland, Oregon - Co-founder & CEO

Andrew Shakman, CEO of LeanPath, is recognized as a global catalyst in the Read More fight against food waste. In 2004, LeanPath invented the world’s first automated food waste tracking technology and today provides a complete food waste prevention platform including data collection hardware tools, cloud-based waste analytics and on-site coaching. The company’s mission is to make food waste prevention and measurement daily practice in the world’s kitchens, and today, operating in over 30 countries, LeanPath prevents 1 pound of food waste every three seconds; over 26 million pounds since 2014 alone. LeanPath and Shakman are trusted by brands like IKEA, Aramark, Sodexo and Google to help them achieve bold food waste prevention goals. CLOSE

Emma Riley

21 Emma Riley

Lonely Whale - Director of Strategic Partnerships

Emma Riley, the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Lonely Whale, Read More brings her unique talents and passion for building innovative initiatives, programming, and partnerships across media, philanthropy, and celebrity to sustainable campaigns. Under Emma’s leadership, Lonely Whale spearheads radically collaborative efforts, including the flagship campaign, Strawless in Seattle – a citywide takeover leading Seattle businesses and cultural icons to incorporate marine degradable alternatives to single-use plastic straws resulting in the radical reduction of plastic straw consumption in Seattle. Strawless In Seattle was the first campaign of its kind and resulted in the permanent removal of more than 2.5M single-use plastic straws. CLOSE

22 Lisa Manley

Mars, Inc., Sustainability Strategy Communications & Engagement - Senior Director of Sustainability Engagement and Partnerships

Mars, Inc. Senior Director of Sustainability Engagement and Partnerships, Read More Lisa Manley, addresses negative social and environmental impacts in agriculture supply chains and manufacturing by focusing on positive climate action, water stewardship, and responsible land use through the Sustainable in a Generation Plan, a $1 billion science-driven effort to reduce environmental impacts and improve the lives of people throughout Mars’ value chain. Mars committed to 100% renewable electricity in direct operations and science-based targets to reduce GHGe in their value chain. They sent nearly zero waste to landfill from direct operations over the past three years and are working toward a goal of 100% recyclable packaging by 2025. CLOSE

Steven Korner

23 Steven Korner

Method - Co Founder

Steven and India Korner re-imagined something they felt could make a Read More difference in the world for their children. Three years of research, design, and development led to one award-winning recycling bin. Method’s 60L office recycling bins create interlocking color-coded recycling stations made to complement open plan environments. By the end of 2017, 13,000 design-led bins had been sold, servicing over 130,000 office workers. On average each office worker will produce 2 kilograms of waste per day. By placing Method bins out in the open, workers are empowered to change their behaviour and separate waste and recycling at source, diverting more from landfill. They hope to help even more global businesses reach their sustainability goals. CLOSE

Sam Chereskin

24 Sam Chereskin

Misadventure & Co. - Co-Founder, President, CEO

At San Diego’s Misadventure distillery, Sam Chereskin and his partners have Read More an intoxicating solution to food waste. Instead of asking a farmer for wheat, corn or potatoes, Misadventure sources ingredients from food banks. Every week Misadventure & Co. picks up 2000 pounds of surplus baked goods from the San Diego Food Bank to create award-winning vodka. At the current rate Misadventure will divert 78,000 pounds of food from going to a landfill (the equivalent of 140,000 pounds of Co2 or removing 29,979 cars from the road). It would take 164,900 acres of U.S. forest to sequester that much carbon. CLOSE

Tobin Moore

25 Tobin Moore

Optoro, Inc. - Co- Founder and CEO

Tobin Moore and Adam Vitarello are co-founders of Optoro, a software company that delivers Read More technology to eliminate waste in the inefficient system of returns. They started Optoro in 2010 after discovering the little-known world of reverse logistics. Rather than dismissing this issue as a black hole of resources or even a liability, they had a mission to efficiently connect the excess inventory of retailers and distributors with the millions of online discount shoppers regularly looking for such items worldwide. Optoroenables retailers and manufacturers to leverage data and analytics to promote greener business practices. CLOSE

Kelsey Morgan

26 Kelsey Morgan

Oracle, Redwood City - Assistant Facilities Manager

Oracle in Redwood Shores Assistant Facilities Manager, Kelsey Morgan, revamped Read More a waste management program when Recology cited high contamination rates. She has implemented changes on the Redwood Shores campus to impact contamination, diversion from landfill, and overall waste reduction. Kelsey conducted waste audits and addressed serious issues with changes focusing on employee education and communication. In addition to new signage clearly showing recycling and compostable materials she pioneered an interactive waste bin called the EvoEco Smart Bin. Preliminary audits have shown that the multi-faceted approach including updated signage, a waste diversion ambassador, Evo bins and more has improved contamination from 75% to 50%. Under Kelsey, Oracle’s landfill diversion rate is 96%. CLOSE

Scott Lutocka

27 Scott Lutocka

Piazza Produce, LLC - Facilities and Sustainability Manager

In 2005, Piazza Produce realized the amount of waste they consistently generated Read More wasn’t ethical, economical, or efficient. Most of the 2,174.77 tons of waste generated from operations was being shipped to landfills. By involving every department in the company and the guidance and ever-persistent drive of Facilities & Sustainability Manager, Scott Lutocka, in 2012 Piazza Produce achieved zero waste and became a U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Gold Level Certified Zero Waste Business. With Scotts leadership Piazza has maintained zero waste status while continuing to evolve and improve sustainability practices. CLOSE

Maen Mahfoud

28 Maen Mahfoud

Replate in Berkley, CA - Founder & CEO

Founder of Replate, Maen Mahfoud, saw the problem of food waste and hungry Read More communities clearly during his studies at UC Berkley so he decided to do something about it. He began Replate in 2016, a nonprofit using technology to efficiently redistribute surplus food from businesses and events to communities in need. Replate started in the Bay area but quickly expanded to New York and cities across the U.S. In the 2.5 years since it began, Replate has recovered 1.7 million pounds of food, saved 471,000 gallons of water, and has diverted 23 million pounds of CO2 from the environment. CLOSE

Megan Jorgensen

29 Megan Jorgenson

Snooze - Director of Sustainability

Megan Jorgensen, Director of Sustainability for Snooze an A.M. Eatery, is sustainably focused Read More regarding waste, recycling and composting, source reduction and the circular economy. Snooze believes in doing the responsible thing for people and the planet. Each month their "Snoozers" learn about a different aspect of being Green. From composting and recycling about 90% of their waste to focusing on resource conservation and using responsible materials, they work to help create a better world for future generations. These efforts have been recognized by multiple awards and green business programs nationwide. CLOSE

Pamela Henman

30 Pamela Henman

Southface - Content Strategist

When Southface Content Strategist, Pamela Henman saw a lack of understanding Read More as to the personal impact waste has on the environment she created Talk Trash. This campaign ensures awareness, provides education and trustworthy resources, and reduces marketplace confusion through the Southface platform for thought-leadership. Ultimately, a total of 317,604 people connected with the campaign from audiences in Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee. They have pledged to reduce their waste, watch videos, download resources to conduct their own waste audit, and connect with partner organizations like Rubicon, CompostNow and CHaRM to further their dedication to "talking trash." CLOSE

Greg Woodworth

31 Gregory Woodworth

Stony Brook Whole Hearted Foods - Co-Founder and President

Stony Brook Wholehearted Foods owner Gregory Woodworth is transforming seed waste Read More from farm, fresh-cut processing plants into liquid gold. What used to be 20-50 tons of seed waste has been turned into nutritional, tasty and upcycled food products - culinary oils and seed snacks (Pepitas) are tasty alternatives to waste. Each Stony Brook oil has only one ingredient: locally-grown seed that is freshly milled each week in their Geneva New York production kitchen. The oils are unrefined, lightly filtered and expeller-pressed without added heat or chemical solvents. CLOSE

Amy Ross

32 Amy Ross

SunTrust Bank - Vice President of Environmental Risk and Sustainability

Amy Ross, SunTrust’s Vice President of Environmental Risk and Sustainability, is committed to enhancing their Read More recycling program. The Sustainability team has worked to transition hundreds of desk side bins to a centralized locations in each work area. The centralized waste program is increasing diversion of recyclables and helps associates take ownership in making SunTrust more sustainable. Teammate engagement events have been provided to encourage participation in the new program. The most recent SunTrust implementation of centralized waste stations launched at the Orlando, Florida campus and a portion of their Atlanta headquarters offices. Another is slated for early 2019 at two buildings in the Richmond, Virginia campus. CLOSE


33 Phil Metro

Superior Essex International LP - Manager, Distribution

In 2008 Phil Metro and his team first decided that they wanted to go zero waste at Read More Superior Essex's Hoisington Kansas Communication Cable facility. Rural Kansas was not a hot bed for recycling, so this was quite a challenge. Despite all odds, Phil and his team found outlets for every piece of waste leaving the facility. It has been 4 years since their first successful Zero Waste to Landfill certification. Phil and his team continue working to be a Zero Waste to Landfill certified facility and have successfully diverted over 40 million pounds of waste from the landfill. CLOSE

34 Jennifer Ballen

Drinkworks - Sustainability and Packaging Quality

Jennifer Ballen leads sustainability and packaging quality for Drinkworks, a joint venture Read More between Keurig Dr Pepper and Anheuser-Busch InBev. Jennifer brings new initiatives and sustainable practices to Drinkworks with experience through pedigree education and a professional reputation in sustainability management. At Drinkworks she has employed her expertise in circular economy best practices as well as influencing packaging recycling in the beverage industry. CLOSE

35 Kevin Quandt

Sweetgreen - Vice President of Supply Chain & Sustainability

Founded by Nicolas Jammet, Jonathan Neman and Nathaniel Ru in 2007, Sweetgreen Read More is on a mission to build healthier communities by connecting people to real food. They passionately believe that real food should be convenient and accessible to everyone. Every day in each Sweetgreen, 3,500 team members make food from scratch, using fresh ingredients and produce delivered that morning. Their strong food ethos and investment in local communities has enabled them to grow into a national brand with 89 locations. Sweetgreen integrates a strategic approach to managing waste through procurement strategies as
well as diversion infrastructure and capabilities. Today their leadership and team members continue striving to be true “waste-fit champions."


36 Eunice Heath

Dow Company - Global Director of Environment Health Safety & Sustainability

Eunice Heath, Global Director of Environment Health Safety and Sustainability Read More for the Dow Chemical Company, led the charge on one of Dow’s forward-looking 2025 Sustainability Goals, Advancing a Circular Economy. This goal focuses on leading the transition from a linear economy where goods are used then discarded as waste to one that redesigns, recycles, reuses, and remanufactures to keep materials at their highest value use for as long as possible, a circular economy. Today, she drives product safety, stewardship and sustainability leadership for Dow’s Consumer Solutions business which includes implementing circular economy solutions across the value chain. Additionally, Heath is responsible for defining and implementing the environment, health, safety and sustainability strategy for the business and leading the sustainable products marketing strategy to ensure innovation investments meet customers' current and emerging sustainability needs. Dow’s sustainability initiatives also include varied examples such as the Hefty® EnergyBag® Pilot Program which converts hard-to-recycle plastic wastes into fuel and reuse of municipal wastewater at the Netherlands Dow Terneuzen industrial facility. CLOSE

Christina Brooks

37 Christina Brooks

UBM - Operations Coordinator

With the large scope of UBM’s 300+ B2B events comes the responsibility of limiting Read More environmental footprint and harm of the communities served. As the lead sustainability contact for UBM Fashion's Women's February Marketplace and key member of the Events Operations team, Christina Brooks was tasked with ensuring the team meet their carbon reduction targets for this show. Though the 2018 show was slightly bigger than the 2017 show in square footage and attendance, Christina got the team to reduce overall waste generation (trash, recycling, C&D, compost) by 16 tons and reduce the waste to landfill by 7 tons. CLOSE


38 Kelly Offner

United By Blue - Head of Clean-ups

Kelly Offner is United By Blue's Head of Clean-ups. She leads a team that Read More spearheads domestic and international cleanup operations for the organization and her efforts have a big impact on plastic pollution. Annually, Kelly works with thousands of volunteers, hundreds of retailers, and conservation and municipal partners to raise awareness for plastics pollutions and its negative impact on our world's oceans and waterways. She and her team strive to provide actionable ways to live more sustainably. CLOSE

Matt Hawks

39 Matthew Hawks

Vericool, Inc. - Director, Global Logistics and Sustainability

Matthew Hawks, Director Global Logistics and Sustainability, champions the waste separation Read More program for Vericool, a startup sustainable packaging company focused on eradicating styrofoam from the packaging supply chain. His “WasteZero” approach centers on separated recyclables and organics and has inspired his team to carry these efforts forward in their homes. In addition Vericool has partnered with local agencies and organizations to support the clean-up of waterways near their facility. This direct imact keeps them accountable to responsible waste management while keeping litter out of the local waterways and ultimately the Pacific Ocean. CLOSE


40 Damian Foxall

Vestas 11th Hour Racing - Professional Sports Team - Sailor & Sustainability manager

Vestas 11th Hour Racing entered the 2017-18 Volvo Ocean Race, the longest and toughest Read More professional sporting event in the world, and one of sailing’s Big Three events, alongside the Olympics and the America’s Cup, with dual goals of achieving exemplary results on the water, while also integrating sustainability into the heart of the team's operations. Damian Foxall, the team's Sustainability Manager,
built their sustainability program around Positive Outreach, Sustainable Operations, and tracking their Environmental Footprint. These efforts included eliminating single-use plastics, incorporating reusable water bottles, coffee cups, and cutlery, and supporting the UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign.

Chris Foote

41 Chris Foote

Wegmans Food Markets - Sustainability Coordinator

With the help of Sustainability Coordinator, Chris Foote, Wegmans donated a total of Read More 14.5 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food in 2017. Currently 12 Wegmans locations are working with local farmers and organizations like zoos and animal rescues to provide animal feed. Last year, 70 Wegmans stores diverted more than 32.5 million pounds of food waste through these diversion programs. The average recycling rate at Wegmans is 66.9% and at the company’s Zero Waste pilot store in Canandaigua, New York, the recycling rate is up to 82.6%. The newest stores to the program are currently averaging 75.5% collectively. CLOSE

Shea Jameel

42 Shea Jameel

Welltower - Sustainability Manager

Welltower's sustainability team, led by Sustainability Manager Shea Jameel, engages Read More employees, contractors and tenants to take waste reduction seriously. Because of her efforts, over 70% of Welltower properties have implemented cardboard, paper, plastic, metal and glass recycling programs since 2015, and all US corporate offices have recycling bins for employee use. Overall in 2017, Welltower diverted 7,362 tons of waste from landfill, avoided 20,966 tons of greenhouse gas emissions, recycled 9,923 pounds of e-waste, generated 2.5 tons of compost and recycled 1,340 pounds of grease. As of August 2018, properties have already diverted 5,940 tons of waste. CLOSE