GreenBlue Staff

 

Nina Goodrich, Director

Prior to joining GreenBlue, Nina Goodrich was Program Director for PAC NEXT, an initiative of The Packaging Association, a non-profit trade association based on building industry collaboration. Nina was also the Principal of Sustainnovation Solutions, a consultancy she founded to link innovation and sustainability, in addition she was a Senior Associate with The Innovolve Group, a boutique sustainability consulting firm where she provided sustainable packaging insight and expertise. Prior to forming Sustainnovation Solutions, Nina held the position of Director, Sustainnovation in the Growth and Innovation Organization of Alcan Packaging, where her role included sustainability strategy and mobilization. Preceding her sustainability role at Alcan, Nina was Director of Innovation at Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging, where she advanced the technology agenda for pharmaceutical packaging. Nina has held additional leadership positions with Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center, Magic Pantry Foods, and The Technology Management Group of Pugh-Roberts Associates. She has done graduate work in technology management and holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Regarded as a thought leader in the field, Nina speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation, and technology.



 

Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager

Anne Bedarf joined GreenBlue in September 2007 as a Project Manager for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. Anne leads the SPC’s Labeling for Recovery Project (“Restart the Cycle”) project, and also oversees the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging curriculum and the sustainable packaging Design Library. She was previously the Environmental and Safety Manager for the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority and Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority in Charlottesville, VA, where she led the implementation of an Environmental Management System at a wastewater plant, water treatment plants, and solid waste/recycling facilities. In addition, she managed a landfill bioremediation project to include groundwater and air quality monitoring. Anne has also been a Project Manager and Environmental Scientist for the Environmental Company, Inc. (TEC) as well as a Fellow with the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, with a focus on Sustainable Food System Planning, an MS in Environmental Science and Ecology from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Anne enjoys gardening, keeping chickens, and working at music festivals to implement recycling and composting. Anne is also a professional hula-hoop dancer.


 

Eric DesRoberts, Project Associate

Eric joined GreenBlue as a Project Associate in May 2011. He is primarily responsible for conducting technical research on packaging materials and other sustainable packaging issues for to support the growing SPC project portfolio. Eric recently completed an MS in Resource Economics and Policy at the University of Maine, where he researched the environmental impacts of potato-based bioplastic production in the state of Maine and the policy implications of its integration into packaging. Through this research, Eric gained expertise in bio-based packaging materials, Extended Producer Responsibility and Product Stewardship legislation, LCA methods, and economic modeling. Eric was also a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellow at the University of Maine. In addition, Eric holds a BA in Economics from Hartwick College.


 

Adam Gendell, Project Manager

Adam Gendell is a Project Manager with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and has been with GreenBlue since early 2010. His work is primarily focused on generating awareness of sustainability considerations within the packaging community and he has special expertise on end-of-life considerations for packaging. Adam most recently researched and authored the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s report entitled Assessing the Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Biodegradation in Landfills. He is also responsible for developing and delivering the SPC’s domestic and international sustainable packaging education courses and various other tasks for the SPC, as well as performing lead research for many Advisory Services projects. Prior to joining GreenBlue, Adam worked with a consulting firm specializing in water resources management within the Rocky Mountain region. In addition, Adam has a strong academic background that encompasses physical and aquatic chemistry, materials science, toxicology and risk assessment, and hydrologic and environmental systems management. Adam holds a BS in Physics from James Madison University, and has completed coursework for an MS in Geophysics from the Colorado School of Mines. Outside of GreenBlue, Adam enjoys traveling, reading, jazz, bluegrass, wine, and the Washington Redskins.


 

Minal Mistry, Senior Manager of Sustainability Solutions

Minal is product owner of COMPASS® (Comparative Packaging Assessment), a life cycle analysis software designed for packaging professionals to factor in environmental performance at the earliest design steps. He also leads the international outreach and education efforts for the SPC. He has contributed to various sustainability framework and standard development efforts including for packaging, textiles, nano-scale materials, and carbon reporting. His education includes a BS in Wildlife Zoology, an MA in International Environmental Policy and MBA focused on the influence of business on sustainability in developing countries. Minal has traveled extensively in developing countries, and he enjoys working with companies and industry to help develop pathways leading to improved environmental and social accountability.


 

Katherine O'Dea, Senior Fellow and Director, Innovation and Advisory Services

Katherine O’Dea joined GreenBlue in July 2007 as a Senior Fellow with over 18 years of experience in sustainability in both the private and nonprofit sectors, and she has recently become the Director of Advisory Services. Katherine’s work at GreenBlue is multifaceted; she currently leads the Advisory Services program and contributes to various Sustainable Packaging Coalition projects (including the Sustainable Packaging Indicators and Metrics Framework), and also plays a principal role in strategy development and investigating new program opportunities for the organization. Katherine was previously Executive Director of INFORM, Inc., an environmental research and education nonprofit, Chief Operating Officer for the Nantucket Conservation Foundation, Vice President of Business and Environment Programs at Business for Social Responsibility, where she managed BSR’s Apparel Working Group and launched the Clean Cargo Working Group, as well as Founder and Principal Consultant of Ecologistics. Over her career, Katherine has worked on numerous sustainability projects for leading organizations such as The Coca Cola Company, Dell, Dow, DuPont, Ford Motor Company, Johnson & Johnson, McDonald’s, Nike, and SC Johnson, among others. Katherine holds a BA in Philosophy and English from Emmanuel College and has also completed graduate work in Philosophy and Organizational Psychology at Harvard University and earned a certificate from the Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme at the University of Cambridge.


 

Danielle Peacock, Project Associate

Danielle joined GreenBlue in August 2011 as a Project Associate for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. In this role, she provides research support for various SPC projects and initiatives. Prior to joining GreenBlue, Danielle earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she wrote her graduate thesis on the development of the construction and demolition recycling industry in the state of North Carolina. While in graduate school, Danielle interned with North Carolina’s non-regulatory recycling office, the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach. There she worked with local governments and businesses to develop recycling programs and markets for recycled materials, as well as evaluated results of state and local recycling policies using quantitative data analysis. Danielle also holds a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University. Aside from her commitment to promoting the triple bottom line, Danielle enjoys traveling and being outdoors.


 

Elizabeth Shoch, Senior Manager

Liz joined GreenBlue in 2008 as a Project Manager for both the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Closing the Loop project, coming from a natural resource conservation and policy background. Liz’s work primarily focuses on packaging end of life, including recovery system infrastructure, recycling, and composting, as well as Extended Producer Responsibility and other influential packaging legislation. Liz was previously Invasive Species Program Specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey and Program Coordinator for the Global Invasive Species Initiative at the Nature Conservancy. She has also consulted on issues relating to both non-native invasive species and migratory species for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America. Liz has a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, where she focused on the growing environmental issue of non-native invasive species, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. While completing her Master’s research, Liz learned to identify all of the terrestrial plants of Bermuda. Liz was also a White House intern during her undergraduate studies.






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