Amy Bergley, a recent graduate of the Masters of Sustainability Solutions program at ASU, has a new position with the cCity of Phoenix as a Zero Waste Specialist withpart of the Zero Waste Team. She will be working under the recycling coordinator, promoting zero waste initiatives throughout Phoenix in an effort at local events to increase awareness of the importance of waste management in our rapidly growing city.
As a Master’s student, Amy worked for Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative in the Resource Innovation Solutions Network. She also worked with Dr. Scott Cloutier in the Happy Lab, creating new and innovative ways to help people understand sustainability in a way that is beneficial to their wellbeing. During the summer of 2016, summer, Amy researched food waste in Denmark and the United Kingdom as her applied Master's degree project.
Amy looked at different food waste policies and management in the UK and Denmark in comparison to the United States, and how they relate to sustainability and happiness. She worked closely with the Happiness Alliance (http://www.happycounts.org/), creating tools to help educate people on how to implement sustainable food waste management strategies into their own lives. In addition, she wrote a two-part blog for the Happiness Alliance based on her own experience and research.
Looking forward, Amy will continue to volunteer with Local First Arizona, where she interned as a graduate student, to help further their efforts towards zero waste. In partnership with many organizations such as the Reimagine Phoenix Project, Local First Arizona and her own Zero Waste Initiatives, Amy In her new position, she will continue to use her innovative collaboration skills to reduce waste in the Phoenix. Her community involvement has helped her to become a creative problem solver, leading to her new job with the city of Phoenix. We hope to see more of Amy and her accomplishments in the years to come!