Councilor Kathryn Harrington is in her third term on Metro Council in Portland, Oregon, serving District 4 since 2006. While her interests span Metro's portfolio, throughout the years she has been specifically tasked with guiding innovative land use decisions; serving on the Nature in Neighborhoods Capital Grant Review committee; liaising to Metro's Solid Waste system, which faces challenges and opportunities as metro continues to lead the region in recycling and garbage and hazardous waste disposal; and working closely with staff and stakeholders to design and implement a new program to reenergize the metro region's centers and corridors. The Nature in Neighborhoods committee provides grant funding for innovative projects that improve the ecological functions of our neighborhoods. Before entering public service, Councilor Harrington built a 22-year career in the high-tech industry. She completed graduate coursework at the Oregon Graduate Institute and holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
DirectorCenter for Sustainable Infrastructure,
The Evergreen State College
Rhys Roth cofounded Climate Solutions in 1998, and helped it grow into the Northwest's most important and influential nonprofit group addressing climate change. In 2013, he was honored as a "Sustainability Trailblazer" by the Sustainable Path Foundation, which said Mr. Roth has "arguably done more than anyone in this region to put the issue of climate change on the radar." Late in 2013, he returned to his alma mater, The Evergreen State College, over 20 years after graduating with a Masters of Environmental Studies, to lead the College's new Center for Sustainable Infrastructure, to help bring innovation, new tools, and sustainability excellence to infrastructure planning and investment in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Roth authored the Center's inaugural report, "Infrastructure Crisis, Sustainable Solutions," in November 2014.
Zero Food Waste AdvocateEndFoodWaste.org, FeedBackGlobal.org
Jordan Figueiredo is a zero waste professional and food waste geek from California. At his day job he works with Castro Valley Sanitary District, helping business, schools and the community to recycle, compost, and reduce waste. In his spare time, he volunteers for the Board of the Northern California Recycling Association and connects and ignites the movement to end food waste. After cochairing the successful Zero Food Waste Forumwith Dana Gunders of the Natural Resources Defense Council and managing the groundbreaking Feeding the 5000 Oakland in October 2014, Mr. Figueiredo is now taking on a larger role in the movement. He was recently made the U.S.A. Ambassador for Feedback, an organization founded by world-renowned expert Tristram Stuart that is fighting the food waste scandal all around the world.
West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum Co-Lead U.S. EPA Region 10
Ashley Zanolli has worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Seattle office on air toxics, biofuels, environmental justice and climate programs since 2006. She currently co-leads the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum, a partnership of western communities working together to drive climate action through materials management. With the help of more than 25 EPA, state, and local government partners over the past three years, Ms. Zanolli led development of Food: Too Good to Waste, a community food waste prevention toolkit. She also implements EPA's Sustainable Food Management Program with commercial businesses in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and grocers throughout the U.S. Ms. Zanolli holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a graduate certificate in Decision Making for Climate Change from Northwestern University.