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Erika Guevara Blackwell joins ZWH as Program Manager!

Zero Waste Humboldt, Inc. is pleased to announce its contract with Erika Guevara Blackwell for program management and organization development services.  As part of the Zero Waste Humboldt (ZWH) team, Guevara Blackwell will carry out the organization’s services, including public education, policy development and advocacy, and technical assistance and training.  The 2016 focus for her work will be promoting the ZWH online decision making guide developed by Dr. Julie Layshock for purchasing agents of food and beverage packaging and service supplies, recruiting 15-20 local professionals for a Zero Waste certification training course this fall, and work with local governments to reduce the amount of single use plastic water bottles through the “Refill Not Landfill” campaign and increasing installation of more water refill stations.

Guevara Blackwell said, “I was attracted by the organization’s waste reduction mission, its focus on working locally on climate change, and bringing the  Zero Waste philosophy, standards, and workforce training to Humboldt County.  I like that ZWH is a grassroots organization that works cooperatively with local governments and businesses for waste reduction solutions.  ZWH’s enthusiasm for the international Zero Waste Business Principles is infectious and I’m looking forward to introducing Zero Waste benefits to the community.”

Guevara Blackwell comes to Zero Waste Humboldt with four years of experience in developing and leading local projects, primarily in environmental research and in initiating the Humboldt Aquaculture Innovation Center.  She earned a B.S. in Biology from Humboldt State University and lives with her husband and young son at Moonstone Beach.

“Erika’s experience in the difficult work of starting new projects from scratch is a good match for our fledgling organization.  She has earned the respect and cooperative working relationships with many Humboldt business and government leaders,” ZWH board member Maggie Gainer said.

Erika Guevara Blackwell

Erika Guevara Blackwell

On January 21st, ZWH’s 2015-2016 Zero Waste Solutions Series will present Josh Prigge from Fetzer Vineyards and Cheri Chastain of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center to tell their inspiring stories of achieving the certification of Zero Waste platinum status.  Guevara Blackwell is immediately reaching out to business and community leaders to invite them to this 6:00 – 8:00 P.M. event.  To learn about this extraordinary achievement and discuss what local businesses can do to reduce waste, contact Erika Guevara Blackwell by email at contact@zerowastehumboldt.org.

Please see the December 19, 2015 article in Times Standard here.

 

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