Total Resource Use and Efficiency (TRUE) Zero Waste is the first program dedicated to measuring and improving zero waste system performance. Administered by Green Business Certification Inc. and supported by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), TRUE evaluates how well facilities perform in minimizing their nonhazardous solid waste and maximizing resource use efficiency. TRUE sets a high bar by going beyond diversion and focusing on upstream policies and practices.
Celeste McMickle is the Director of Client Solutions for TRUE Zero Waste certification with the USGBC. TRUE certification aims to support facilities and businesses in achieving their zero waste goals by providing a clear path to certification using a points-based rating system and educational tools such as the TRUE Advisor program. Celeste has her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University and her Masters of Science in Green Building from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture. She has a background as a sustainability consultant, LEED Green rater and waste expert. She has previously worked with Steven Winter Associates, DSNY, and the New York city Compost Project. She is the vice-chair of the Brooklyn Solid Waste Advisory Board and is a certified Master Composter.