PPABAC members

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Emily Freeman
Chair
Emily Freeman is a Senior Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Boulder. She focuses on implementing policies and ordinances with the public to further the city’s zero-waste efforts, particularly around construction and demolition (C&D) debris. Emily is an experienced public and private sector sustainability professional adept at developing sustainability roadmaps, waste audits, managing environmental management systems, and recycling program management. She holds an M.S. in Sustainability from Arizona State University.
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Heather Knox
After growing up in Minneapolis and graduating from Colorado College, Heather Knox moved to Telluride in 1995. Since then, Heather has worked as the director of economic development for the Town of Mountain Village, under the Telluride School District, and as the executive director of the Michael D. Palm Theatre and of EcoAction Partners. During her tenure at EcoAction, she instituted an RREO mini-grant to bring composting to the Town of Ophir, an 80-home historic mining town located at 9,700 feet, which now diverts 8,000 pounds of waste annually. Currently, she is working with the Town of Mountain Village’s Green Team to bring a composting program to the Farm to Community Food Program participants, as well as composting for pre-consumer food waste from the commercial sector.
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David Fridland
David is the Sustainability Maven at Eco-Products, PBC, where he ensures that sustainability is woven throughout the business. David previously worked as the East Boulder County Campaigns coordinator at Eco-Cycle and with the Cities of Longmont and Lafayette on education for their newly established residential composting programs. He has been involved in various capacities with Recycle Colorado and is also involved nationally with the US Composting Council, the Biodegradable Products Institute, the Foodservice Packaging Institute, and the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. David has been in the Zero Waste industry since graduating from the University of Colorado in 2012, and received his Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Denver in 2017.  

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James Gaspard
James Gaspard's career in start-ups, mid-size, and Fortune 1000 companies gives him a unique perspective on all aspects of a company's life-cycle from birth through growth and harvest. His career has been highlighted to date by his negotiating talent and his ability to close larger-dollar volumes of transactions in several diverse industries. James is currently the CEO of Biochar Now LLC, a market-leading producer of high-quality carbon. James received his Bachelor’s degree with High Honors from East Texas State University in 1991 and his JD/MBA with Honors from The University of Texas in 1996.
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Peyton Heitzman
Peyton Heitzman is currently a Planner for the Town of Eagle, working on short and long-range planning for the small mountain community. Long range planning efforts include an update to the town’s Comprehensive Plan and Land Use Code that are strengthening the town’s environmental initiatives and policies relating to water conservation, preservation of wildlife habitat and sensitive lands, and other sustainability-oriented planning. Peyton recently completed her MA in Politics and Public Policy from the University of Colorado, Denver.
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Wolf Kray
Wolf is the Materials Management Unit Leader at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. He has over ten years of experience in the field of sustainable materials management with an emphasis on waste diversion data analysis, regulatory guidance, and technical assistance for recycling operations. Wolf served as the Region 8 representative on the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials Sustainable Materials Management taskforce and currently serves on the Colorado Pollution Prevention Advisory Board Assistance Committee. Wolf holds a degree in Geography and Environmental Studies from the University of Hawaii.
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Amy Randell
Amy Randell is the Associate Executive Director of Recycle Colorado, the statewide non-profit organization that works on projects and policy related to infrastructure and end markets for material recovery, reuse and manufacturing. Amy has been with Recycle Colorado for 15 years, and was present when the legislation establishing the RREO program was signed into law, the FWRD program was adopted and implemented, and most recently saw the Incentivize Development Recycling End Markets bill signed by the governor. Her experience with operating Boards and regional programs add to her recycling industry experience. Amy has a Bachelor's degree in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University.

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Peter Van Genderen
Peter Van Genderen is a social enterprise advisor and private equity investor. A versatile board member and consultant for nonprofit social enterprises, Peter focuses on crafting investment and growth strategies for reaching both optimal community impact and financial self-sustainability. Peter has furnished business-building advice on seven corporate boards, the combined revenues of which increased from $37M at investment to $502M at exit. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, magna cum laude, and MBA from the University of Colorado, with honors.
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Bill Schenk
Bill has served as Summit County’s recycling foreman since 2013, overseeing the community’s recycling centers and material recovery facility. Born and raised in Colorado Springs, Bill is passionate about protecting our environment and preserving natural resources through waste diversion. His previous work experience includes environmental health and civil engineering drafting. Bill graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Environmental Science and is a certified manager of landfill operations (MOLO). He enjoys telemark skiing in the winter and mountain biking in the summer.