SWANA WASTECON National Conference: Reimagine Phoenix
Discovery Series Keynote Panel: Reimagine Phoenix
We know that pursuing a circular economy is good for the environment and society, as well as the economy, and research has indicated that community-scale development is ideal for implementing a circular economy. Now the big question is "HOW"… How can local governments and their partners take the idea of the circular economy and make it into a reality? The City of Phoenix is at the forefront of circular economy and has started to set precedents that other local governments can use for inspiration. Learn how to take these models and turn them into a reality in your community.
Corinne Rico, Project Manager, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
Corinne Rico helps communities sustainably manage waste and recover resources through alternative streams including recycling, composting, and circular economy initiatives. Ms. Rico is currently a project manager with Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB), based in McLean, Virginia, and speaks nationally on the topic of Circular Economy development. With her previous employer, the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities, she was instrumental in researching and authoring the 2018 report, “Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets.” Corinne has a history in the interior architecture and planning industry and holds a bachelor’s degree in design and environmental analysis from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, as well as a master’s degree in sustainable and resilient communities from Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont.
Ginger Spencer, Director, Public Works, City of Phoenix
Ginger Spencer is the director for the city of Phoenix Public Works Department, a department with 1,000 employees. As director, Ginger manages all major programs and operations for Public Works, including administration, facilities, fleet, flood control and solid waste services. Public Works is responsible for providing maintenance and energy conservation services for nearly 700 city facilities and procuring, managing and maintaining the city’s fleet of 7,300 vehicles and equipment. Public Works also provides residential garbage and recycling collection for 400,000 residents, management of the city’s landfills, transfer stations, recycling facilities, a compost facility and education and outreach efforts. During her 21 years of service with the City of Phoenix, Ginger has also served as Deputy Public Works Director, Assistant Public Works Director, Family Advocacy Center Director, Arts and Culture Administrator, and Special Assistant to the City Manager.
Alicia Marseille, Director, Resource Innovation & Solutions Network Incubator, Arizona State University
Alicia Marseille is the director of the ASU RISN Incubator, an innovation and enterprise startup accelerator within the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network, or RISN. Alicia has five years of direct experience in economic development, and prior to that she founded and operated an international small business working with a cooperative group of farmers in Haiti to export/import raw green coffee and distributed to wholesalers across the U.S. Alicia currently is on the Metro Phoenix Export Alliance Advisory Board and Arizona State University’s Technology and Entrepreneurship Management Advisory Board.
Priyanka Bakaya, CEO and Founder, Renewlogy
Priyanka Bakaya is an entrepreneurial environmental leader. She has been recognized on the Fortune 40 “Under 40: Ones to Watch” list, named to the “Forbes 30 under 30” list, been selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper, as well as being featured by Marie Claire and Elle magazines as a Genius Woman Shaping the Future. Ms. Bakaya was awarded the prestigious Cartier Women's Initiative Award for North America. She is a graduate of Stanford and MIT. Priyanka is the founder and CEO of Renewlogy, which has developed a breakthrough technology for converting landfill-bound plastics into high value fuels at a fraction of the cost of prior systems. Business Insider named Renewlogy one of the 20 Most Inspiring Companies and Inc. named it one of the 25 Most Audacious Companies.