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 Save the Date!  

 November 15:

Zero Waste Awards & film screening. 
Info & RSVP here

November 17:
Fix-It Clinic at the Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City
11 AM - 2 PM
More details soon!

 

ICYMI:  

Thanks to all who have joined us at our  Fix-It Clinics! Check out the press coverage! 

The Salt Lake Tribune
KSL
Deseret News
ABC 4 Utah

From our June Newsletter:

Sustainable Event Planning...

 Learn more about our 2017 Zero Waste Award winners:

Utah Pride Festival

Clever Octopus

Blended Table

Harmon's Emigration Market 

Film:
Minimalism

 

Board Members

Sarah Bateman, President

Community Activist
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org 

Sarah BatemanSarah BatemanSarah is a long-time advocate for environmental stewardship. She has worked with the City of Orem to establish the Natural Resources Stewardship Committee, which was voted into City code on 21 June 2016. It is the first city-sponsored committee of its kind in Utah County.

She is the founder of Free SWAP—Sharing We All Prosper, a pop-up event for freely exchanging goods that emphasizes sharing abundance, uniting communities, and minimizing waste.

In one local school, Sarah initiated a Green Week, a student-participation garbage audit, and a food waste audit. At another, in her role as Sustainability Committee Chair, she supports existing recycling programs and the expansion of The Edible Schoolyard Project.

Recently she has begun collaborating with public and non-profit organizations, farmers markets, and other food advocates on behalf of the EAT Coalition of Utah County, which works to improve food systems, identify food deserts and better serve the food needs of at-risk populations in the county.


Morgan Olsen Bowerman, Past President

Wasatch Resource Recovery

Email: boardchair@utahrecyclingalliance.org

 

Morgan Olsen Bowerman works for Wasatch Resource Recovery, Utah's first and only anaerobic digester dedicated to food waste diversion. She is in daily contact with food manufacturers, distributors and end-users along the Wasatch Front, helping them find a solution for their organic-based waste. Previously, Morgan was the Resource Recovery Specialist for Momentum Recycling where she managed their food waste effort. Prior to that, she led the recycling education and outreach program for Salt Lake County and worked as the Zero Waste Event Coordinator for Eco-Cycle in Boulder, CO. 

She got her start in the recycling industry during her time in Sub-Saharan Africa where she founded Recycling for Hope – the first recycling initiative in Northern Uganda. Morgan lives in Salt Lake City with her husband and rescue dog. 

 


Jennifer Farrell, Vice President

Salt Lake City
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

Jennifer Farrell grew up moving around many parts of Utah but has called Salt Lake City her home since 2011.  After earning a degree in Sociology in 2010 from Weber State University she completed an internship with the Tracy Aviary's education department before starting her career with Salt Lake City Municipal Corporation. Jen now leads the Waste and Recycling Division's Education and Outreach team that strives to work with and educate Salt Lake City residents on recycling and waste diversion practices. As part of this role she also directs and helps teach the SLC Master Recycler program, providing in-depth training for those looking to make sustainable changes in their communities.

 
Jen owns a home near downtown and enjoys the proximity to great music, food and events. She lives with her dog Zora, who is also her paddle-boarding buddy. 

 


Greta Belanger deJong, Secretary

Catalyst Magazine
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

Greta Belanger deJong is the founder, editor and publisher of CATALYST, a 35-year-old free-circulation nonprofit magazine, website and weekly e-newsletter, with award-winning coverage of environmental issues, wellness, holistic living and the arts. Previously, she was a staff writer at Countryside, a national organic farming magazine. deJong is a recipient of University of Utah’s Service to Journalism award (youngest and first female awardee), KRCL’s Stephen Holbrook Visionary Award and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Josephine Zimmerman Pioneer in Journalism award. She has a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 


Andree' Walker Bravo, Treasurer

Utah State University Extension
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

Andree' Walker BravoAndree' Walker Bravo

 

Andree' Walker Bravo is originally from California where she was lucky enough to grow up with an amazing community recycling program! This early experience helped influence her decision to enter the world of environmental outreach and education as she earned a degree in Environmental Studies and a Masters in Watershed Science from Utah State University. Andree' worked in the Environmental Education field for over 15 years, first with USU Water Quality Extension and then with the Utah Society for Environmental Education. She is currently the Urban Director for USU Extension in Salt Lake County. Andree' enjoys spending time with her fantastic husband (also a recycling advocate and employee of Momentum Recycling), their four kids, and their mini "farm" in Tooele. 


Ayrel Clark-Proffitt

University of Utah
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

Ayrel Clark-ProffittAyrel Clark-Proffitt

Ayrel Clark-Proffitt joined the University of Utah's Sustainability Office in 2012. She manages programs that aim to create a culture of sustainability on campus, including multiple waste-diversion initiatives. She is the manager for the annual U Recycle Day, where the university collects electronics and personal documents for proper recycling, as well as food donations to give to the on-campus food pantry. She is also in charge of the residence hall move out donation drive and the volunteer RecycBike Brigade, which uses cargo bikes to collect cans and bottles from tailgaters before football games.
 
Ayrel transplanted her Midwest roots to the West in 2005 when she joined The Arizona Republic newspaper in Phoenix. The year before moving to Utah, Ayrel spent a year in India working on a waste-management project that incorporated waste pickers into door-to-door collection services. Ayrel completed a B.A. in journalism and political science from Iowa State University and a Master in Public Administration from Arizona State University. When she’s not at work, she and her husband enjoy getting outdoors and showing their toddler the wonders of the Wasatch.


Brooke Finlinson

Community Activist
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

 

Brooke has long been passionate about living sustainably. She has worked with local area schools to start or improve recycling programs and to implement 'Idle Free' campaigns. She became a certified Master Recycler, and has since spent her time volunteering and working to educate the community on better recycling and waste reduction practices. Brooke lives in Murray, with her husband and two children, who share her passion for a healthier environment. Together, they strive toward a zero waste and more environmentally friendly life.

 

 


Jett Fesler

Auric Solar
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

 

Jett's passion for ensuring a clean environment for not only his peers, but for future generations, can be seen in the tireless work he has done in the last several years. He was a member of RECAB (Renewable Energy Conservation Advisory Board) for Logan City, Utah, where he helped advise the city on which path they should take to Renewable Energy. He founded the Facebook group, Great Barrier Green Energy, in which he and the community there can post simple, daily tips to help break their consumption habits and push their energy usage down. He works at Auric Solar, helping people switch their energy from utility companies like Rocky Mountain Power over to clean, solar energy. You can find him hiking, camping, or hanging out with his wife and two dogs.


Frances Bernards

Community Activist
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

Frances Bernards has worked as an Environmental Scientist for over 25 years. She has been active in promoting pollution prevention technologies and practices, sustainability resources, and regulatory compliance to Utah businesses as an environmental consultant and as an employee of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality. Frances earned a degree in Forest Management from Oregon State University and worked as a forester in Oregon and Washington for 10 years before moving to Utah.

Frances loves biking (mountain and road), kayaking/rafting rivers, skiing, hiking, reading, and playing the ukulele. Frances and her husband strive for a more sustainable lifestyle and love to chat about the new(ish) addition to their home in Millcreek: solar panels!


Chance Thompson

SMG
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

Chance Thompson is the Senior Manager, Sustainability and Public Relations for SMG at the Salt Palace Convention Center and Mountain Exposition Center. He is the Chairperson of a 35-member Green Team Committee consisting of representatives from those two organizations and their three hospitality partners at Visit Salt Lake, Utah Food Services, and PSAV. Under Chance’s leadership, they’ve pursued five APEX/ASTM Level 1 certifications concurrently. After joint certifications were received in June 2017, word spread throughout the sustainable meetings industry and he has since led webinars, training, and speaking engagements on how to replicate this strategy. He is also serving a two-year term on the Event Industry Council’s Sustainability Committee. In May of 2018 the Salt Palace and Mountain America Expo were the recipients of the globally recognized IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award, given to them for their APEX/ASTM certification strategy and their creative and impactful community donation efforts.

Originally from Potomac, MT, Chance now lives in Park City, UT, with his fiancé (Ryan), dog (Lucy), and cat (Teddy). He is a self-proclaimed outdoor fanatic, enjoying backpacking, skiing and mountain biking in his spare time.

 


 David Johnston

Salt Lake City
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

 

Since graduating from Davidson College in 2014 with a degree in Environmental Studies, with an emphasis on environmental policy, justice, sociology, and geography, David Johnston has been working hard to share his passion for recycling, sustainability, and environmental protection. David has applied his passion and education in a variety of positions, including his work for North Carolina-based solar farm developer O2 Energies, Inc., congressional offices in Washington, D.C., in the wilderness as a naturalist in Ohio, Wisconsin and Minnesota, and finally, in October 2017, in a Recycling Outreach Specialist position with Salt Lake County Recycling.

David now serves as Salt Lake City's Permits Coordinator for the city's Waste and Recycling Division, aiming to divert recyclable waste from landfills by working cooperatively with businesses, apartment managers, construction teams, and special event planners.

A resident of Sugarhouse, David enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, live music, free billiards, and jamming on the ukulele in his free time.

 


Andre Finlinson

Community Activist
Email: recycle@utahrecyclingalliance.org

Andre has always been interested in how things work and why.  One of the questions becoming more poignant lately is "Where does the recycling go?"  His wife Brooke recommended he take the Master Recycler course.  After completing Salt Lake City's Master Recycler Program in 2017 he began volunteering for the Utah Recycling Alliance.  Making a difference and helping people understand their personal environmental impact are things he values in his work with the URA.  Andre is also passionate about clean energy, pollution prevention, electric cars, and music.