by Kendall Christiansen, Principal, Gaia Strategies
As the world struggles with growing production of products and their wastes, new broad-scale concepts about zero-waste and circular economy are replacing conventional systems focused on municipal recycling programs. What have we learned? How is it informing this next phase? Can recycling be saved, or do we need a new paradigm?
Kendall Christiansen is the principal of Gaia Strategies, LLC, specializing in public affairs/relations services for environmental businesses since 1992. I serve as Executive Director of New Yorkers for Responsible Waste Management, representing New York City’s locally-owned companies engaged in collecting, processing and managing solid waste, recyclables, and organics. He was a founding assistant director of New York City’s recycling program (1989-91), chaired its Citywide Recycling Advisory Board, and organized Recycling Roundtables in 2002 and 2007. He was Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for ReSource NE, Inc.—aka Allied Sanitation/Star Recycling (1994-96)—New York’s largest privately-held waste management and recycling services firm. He is active in numerous national, state/provincial and local professional/trade organizations across several fields, both in the U.S. and Canada. He received a B.S. with honors from Illinois State University, and did graduate work in public policy at the University of Chicago before coming to NYC as a Mayor’s Urban Fellow.M/p>