TriplePundit readers have long heard of the concept of "zero waste," but what does this term actually mean? It turns out there are a variety of ways the term "zero waste" is defined with the strictest being zero waste to landfill. On June 24th we hosted an online conversation with leaders in the field of zero waste. We discussed why zero waste is such an important concept and got into the details of UL Environment's validation process.
Scot Case – Director of Markets Development, UL Environment
A sustainability consultant since 1993, Scot Case is an internationally recognized expert in sustainable business strategy development, responsible purchasing, green supply chains, and environmental marketing. As Director of Markets Development for UL Environment, Scot helps connect retailers and consumers seeking environmentally and socially responsible products with the manufacturers supplying them.
Diane Scher -- Environmental Manager at Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations
Diane Scher specializes in waste management activities. A 17 year veteran of the company, Diane leads environmental compliance, performance and reputational programs at all Bridgestone Americas tire plants and distribution centers. Under Diane’s leadership, the Bridgestone passenger tire plant in Wilson, NC, achieved Zero Waste to Landfill status, and went on to be the first manufacturing facility of any kind to receive UL’s claim validation for Zero Waste to Landfill.
Raymond Randall -- Waste Management
Raymond oversees WM Sustainability Services' consulting engagements. With over twenty years of solid waste and energy consulting experience, he has provided a wide range of management consulting and project management services to a diverse set of clients ranging from Fortune 100, non-governmental organizations, non-profits, trade associations, and city, county and state government agencies. Projects include strategic planning, zero waste, competitive benchmarking, management efficiency studies, risk analyses, rate and financial analyses, and scenario modeling.
Martin Grohman -- GAF
Martin Grohman is GAF's Executive Director of Sustainability where he is responsible for communicating and developing sustainability for the entire $3B company. He joined GAF with the purchase of Correct Building Products which he co-founded and grew to $30M in sales. CorrectDeck was the first to produce polypropylene-based composite decking, and was often recognized for their environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and programs. The company twice won the Governor’s Waste Reduction Award, and piloted innovative jobsite scrap recycling programs.
Nick Aster is the founder of TriplePundit.
TriplePundit.com has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place. It was acquired in 2017 by 3BLMedia, the leading news distribution and content marketing company focused on niche topics including sustainability, health, energy, education, philanthropy, community and other social and environmental topics.
Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for TreeHugger.com, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He also worked for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.
Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.