Atwood, Management Systems Manager
Atwood is a Zero Waste Alliance Environmental Management System
Associate who has taken clients as diverse as forest products companies,
steel foundries, fiber optics facilities, food processors, U.S. Defense
Air and multinational consumer products companies from gap analysis to
ISO 14000 conformant Environmental Management Systems.
conducts Environmental Management Systems training for a wide range of
industries, including wood products, metals manufacturing,
transportation, electronics, and food products. Training covers all
elements of the ISO 14001 environmental management system standard and
includes hands-on implementation exercises and case studies.
received both her bachelor's degree in geology and MS in Applied
Hydrogeology from Stanford University.
Product Stewardship Manager
Brody-Heine has over 20 years of experience in the environmental field.
Pamela serves a broad range of clients including industry, government
and non-profit organizations on topics such as product stewardship,
chemical assessments and toxics reduction, waste reduction, pollution
prevention, environmentally preferable purchasing and sustainability.
Pamela is also an experienced facilitator specializing in
Pamela has particular expertise in the in the electronics industry
sector tracking state, federal and international existing laws, pending
legislation and trends impacting electronics waste; assessing human
health and environmental impacts from substances and materials; and
evaluating electronics recycling infrastructure.
Pamela is an
EPEAT Qualified Verifier for the Green Electronics Council (GEC) and
often works on projects in collaboration with GEC.
received her Bachelor’s Degree in Geology from the University of
California, Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from
the University of Colorado and is a Registered Professional Engineer
(Civil and Environmental).
Darcy Hitchcock is a senior associate
of the Zero Waste Alliance with over 25 years experience in
organizational development and training. She specializes in the
implementation of sustainable business practices. She co-designed and
facilitates the Implementing Sustainability Professional Certificate
Program at Portland State University.
Darcy has published several
popular business books and is currently working on a book entitled The
Business Guide to Sustainability: Management and Implementation for
Businesses and Organizations, which will be published in 2006 by
Earthscan. She has also published 15 how-to booklets called the
Sustainability Series™. She acts as an advisor to the Oregon
Sustainability Board and formerly was the president of the local chapter
of Business for Social Responsibility.
Green Chemistry Research Associate
Kimball is a Zero Waste Alliance Green Chemistry Research Associate.
He assists with the Chemical Assessment and Ranking System (CARS)
program. He researches the impacts of chemical products in the
environment and assists with other chemistry related projects.
Dave has worked as a Laboratory Chemist and also as a Quality
Control Chemist in manufacturing operations.
received his (edu) Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University
of Minnesota, Duluth and has been pursuing his Master’s in
Environmental Science and Engineering at the Oregon Graduate Institute
Carson Maxted, Associate
Carson has experience in environmental risk assessment, Corporate
Social Responsibility (CSR) reporting, product stewardship, and
electronics waste recycling. He is the Collection Coordinator for
Oregon E-Cycles’ State Contractor Program (SCP), and ZWA’s
representative for the Electronics Recycling Coordination Clearinghouse
was also responsible for developing content for the technical portion
of Smithfield Foods’ last three CSR Reports, generating copy, data
management and graphics. He
consulted for Washington’s Material Management and Financing Authority
and with Oregon’s Department of Environmental Quality to develop their
respective statewide electronic waste management programs. While with
Exponent, Inc., his work focused on the quantification of the
environmental impacts of business operations and/or catastrophic
events, communicating the risks they pose, and encouraging effective
his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Pomona College, and a Master’s of
Environmental Management from Duke University.
Melethil is a scientist with an extensive record as a project manager,
as an applied physical and analytical chemist, and over 30 years of
experience in a diverse range of organizations. He is interested in
integrative approaches to problem-solving and in building interfaces at
the intersections of technology, environment, community, and health.
Melethil's experiences over the last 25 years include the following -
in the electronic products industry as a Manufacturing Quality Engineer
& Senior Analytical Chemist with broad responsibilities for product
quality and hazards control in Manufacturing-Engineering; at the
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - a Department of Energy National
Laboratory - as Project Manager and Senior Research Scientist with
responsibilities for materials characterization, technology evaluation
and implmentation; at the DOE Hanford site in Washington, on a broad
range of characterization and environmental monitoring (RCRA, CERCLA,
is also interested in improving health from a systems level perspective
and practices Chinese medicine in Wilsonville, Oregon. In addition to a
Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree, he holds Master of
Science degrees in Physical Chemistry and in Environmental Science. He
has lived in the Northwest for over 30 years and enjoys a variety of
Omelchuck is a Zero Waste Alliance Senior
Associate who has led numerous public and industrial clients through EMS
implementation and ISO 14001 certification. Some of his clients include
the City of Eugene Public
Works, Wastewater Division; Freightliner Corporation; Oregon State
Department of Environmental Quality; Hynix Semiconductor America.
is a Registrar Accreditation Board (RAB) certified ISO 14001 Lead
Auditor and ISO 9001 Auditor and performs EMS and QMS audits on a
contract basis for 2 leading registrars. He is also a Senior Instructor
for RAB accredited ISO 14001 and 9001 Lead Auditor training with AQS
Management Systems, an RAB accredited training provider.
received his MS in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University and
his BS in IE from Montana State University.
Neha Patel, Associate
Patel has over 12 years of experience working in the environmental
field with private industry, academia, government and non-profits. Neha
currently serves as a Work Group Process Manager for ZWA’s Outdoor
Industry Association Eco Index project.
worked for 8 years as the Program Director for the Oregon Center for
Environmental Health’s (OCEH) Health Care Without Harm Campaign with
measured reductions in mercury, PVC use and waste, and increased
integration of green building techniques, environmentally preferable
purchasing and sustainable food procurement within the hospital sector.
has a successful track record of program /policy development and
implementation with an emphasis in principles and practices of toxic
reduction in the healthcare sector, local governments and personal use.
Neha received her Bachelor’s Degree in
Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and
a Master’s degree in Environmental Health Management with a focus on
community health promotion and education from Oregon State University.
Anne Peters, Senior Associate
Anne Peters has been active in waste diversion, recycling and
environmental compliance for over 30 years. She provides end-of-life
analyses, technical analyses, facilitation, research, standards
conformance assessment, project management, and policy work (compliance
assurance & analyses). She specializes in working with stakeholders
‘around the table’ on finding solutions related to managing the
hard-to-recycle category – sophisticated, engineered products/materials
including electronics, carpet, batteries, mattresses, tires, building
materials (construction & demolition wastes), nanotechnology, etc.
has worked with private, public, and non-profit sector clients,
including manufacturers, non-profits, recyclers, and federal, state and
local government. Anne’s background is in waste and recycling planning
and implementation, with a special focus on design-for-environment
issues and an interest in the impact emerging materials will have on
the recycling-reuse infrastructure, as well as public health and the
environment. She served as adjunct professor in the University of
Denver’s Environmental Management & Policy Master’s program for 9
years. Anne is an experienced facilitator specializing in
multi-stakeholder decision processes.
She holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. from University of Santa Monica.
Wayne Rifer is a Zero Waste Alliance Product Stewardship Associate
who has extensive experience working with public agency waste reduction
and product stewardship. Mr. Rifer has been an environmental
professional for 25 years, working in government, industry and
consulting. His work has addressed integrated solid waste management
planning, environmental management systems, product stewardship and
industrial ecology. He
was instrumental in the development of the Oregon State Department of
Environmental Quality Green Permits program and provides consultation to
public agencies from Washington, D.C. to Hawaii. Wayne works on an ad
hoc basis, chiefly with public agencies such as the Oregon Department of
Environmental Quality Green Permit Program to find innovative
intersections between regulation and sustainability.
provides key subject matter expertise on product stewardship and waste
management issues. He previously facilitated public agency and private
participation through the Western Electronic Product Stewardship
Initiative (WEPSI), a subset of the National Electronic Product
Stewardship Initiative, of which he is a member. He is the Project
Manager for the Zero Waste Alliance’s Electronic Product Environmental
Assessment Tool (EPEAT) project, a multi-stakeholder dialogue to design a product stewardship program for electronics equipment. He
is also a member of the NEPSI (National Electronic Product Stewardship
Initiative (NEPSI) national negotiating team organized by EPA that is
working with the electronics industry and other interests to develop a
product stewardship agreement.
a Senior Fellow at Portland State University, Mr. Rifer developed an
education and research program in Industrial Ecology as a joint
offering of Environmental Sciences and the School of Business
Administration. He received an AT&T
Industrial Ecology Fellowship to develop one course on the Principles
of Industrial Ecology and a second course on Metrics and Measures for
Sustainable Business. These courses are being integrated into a new sustainability tract at Portland State.
Lori Porter Stole, Sustainable Schools Manager
has been involved with sustainability and related issues since 1995.
Currently she manages the Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative (SOSI),
and in 2005 was instrumental in defining it as a comprehensive
statewide program. Her school sustainability journey began with
Oregon's third largest district, Beaverton, where she's a parent. With
a sustainability taskforce she designed a district sustainability
program, with which she continues to be involved. Prior to her
involvement with schools, she worked for several years with product
stewardship solutions to the electronic waste problem, serving as staff
to the Western Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative (WEPSI).
Lori has a BS in
chemical engineering from the University of Washington and worked for
over a decade in the semiconductor and plastics industries, in the US
and in Germany. She's also a freelance musician and plays violin in
several orchestras in Oregon. After working, climbing, kayaking and
biking in various places around the world she came to Oregon in 1986.
Her twins enter high school next year.
Marsha Willard, Senior
is a Zero Waste Alliance senior associate specializing in
multi-stakeholder facilitation. She helped the Unified Green Cleaning
Alliance project members come to consensus around standards for
sustainable cleaning products and is currently working with the
Packaging Coalition. She co-designed and facilitates the Implementing
Sustainability Professional Certificate Program at Portland State
University and has authored several of the entries in the 15-set Sustainability
Series™. She is also co-author of the chapter "Engaging
Stakeholders" in the book Sustainability
Science and Engineering: Defining Principles. Her facilitation
skills have earned the respect of her clients in resolving long-standing
disputes. Marsha is also a coach and presenter for the Oregon Natural
Step Network and co-manages the Sustainable Frontiers program for
Sustainable Northwest, providing customized sustainability-related study
tours for people from around the world. As senior examiner for the
Oregon Performance Excellence Award, Marsha has also developed expertise
in quality audits and performance measurement.