5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference
Engaging Employees to Change Behavior
Friday, June 3rd, 2016
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm
Panel Description: Getting employee participation is always the hardest part of a successful Zero Waste program (and often, the most overlooked). This session will discuss strategies, methods, case studies, and tools for engaging employees in a way that leads to behavioral changes for a sustained Zero Waste program. It will also present best practices and creative ideas from a variety of businesses.
- Engaging Employees: Angela Vincent, Inspector, CalRecycle (Moderator)
- Talkin’ Trash – Etsy’s Adventures in Waste Reduction: James Ossman, Senior Manager Global Operations, Etsy
- WeSpire: Nish Murthy, Director of Customer Success & Sales, WeSpire
Angela Vincent is a Recycling Specialist for the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle). She serves in the Enforcement Branch of the Beverage Container Recycling Program and is a member of the Zero Waste team within the agency. She received a B.A. in Communication and Fine Arts from Loyola Marymount University with an emphasis in performance theatre and music and a minor in political science. She is the voice of the children’s character, Queen Green, a depiction of Mother Nature who teaches environmental lessons through rhyme and song, and is a published children’s author of the book and album of the same name, “Save Queen Green! Mother Nature’s Eco-Rhymes.” She holds a certificate in Recycling & Resource Management from Golden West College and is a certified Zero Waste Business Associate through the USZWBC. She is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University Los Angeles.
James Ossman is the Global Operations Manager at Etsy, a marketplace where people around the world connect, both online and offline, to make, sell and buy unique goods. In this role, James works to physically manifest Etsy’s values through beautiful work spaces that: ensure employee safety, productivity and well-being; facilitate meaningful connection with local communities; and promote regenerative ecological impact. He’s responsible for internal operations at the company’s nine global offices, overseeing the strategy for facilities management, health, safety, and security. He is also the co-leader of Etsy’s Zero Waste Taskforce, and a member of Etsy’s sustainability commission. Prior to Etsy, James was the Senior Operations Manager at The Earth Institute, Columbia University. He has spent time living and working in India and throughout sub-saharran Africa. James holds an MS in Sustainability Management from Columbia University and a BA from George Washington University.
Nish Murthy is the Director of Customer Success & Sales at WeSpire. Nish’s focus at WeSpire is helping companies engage and motivate their employees in positive actions that achieve business impact (i.e. connect with employees around their interests and passions in sustainability, social purpose, philanthropy etc.). Nish has worked in the technology and startup space in Boston over the last 13 years and has held leadership roles at EMC, Flashnotes.com and Intrepid Pursuits. When not at WeSpire, Nish and his wife are trying to effectively engage their two young children in non-destructive activities.