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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David Fridland
Vice-chair

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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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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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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Amy Randell
Amy is a marketing coordinator for 5280 Waste Solutions. Previously, she worked for 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. As an employee of Recycle Colorado for more than 15 years, Amy was present when the legislation establishing the RREO program was signed into law. Her experience with operating Boards and regional programs adds to her recycling industry experience. Amy has a Bachelor's degree in Rangeland Ecology from Colorado State University.

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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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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.
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Jennifer Richardson
Jennifer Richardson is the Solid Waste and Sustainability Division Director for Mesa County. She is responsible for the management and leadership of Mesa County complex solid waste management system, including strategic planning, development, and implementation of existing and new programs at the Solid Waste Management campus. She enjoys educating the community on proper solid waste disposal and waste diversion. She prides herself on being a community resource and values collaborating with diverse public and private partners. Jennifer received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Mesa State College. She is a certified Wetland Scientist, Stormwater Management Supervisor, Integrated Solid Waste Manager, and Manager of Landfill Operations. Jennifer is excited to bring her perspective and expertise to the PPAB assistance committee. She understands that the decisions made by the PPAB potentially affect the environmental health and welfare of Colorado.
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Winn Cowman
Winn Cowman is a Senior Environmental Scientist at Souder, Miller and Associates working from Steamboat Springs, where she has lived for over 20 years. Winn assists mostly rural Colorado local governments and waste campuses with management of their materials, with an emphasis on reduction, reuse and recycling. She has performed several regional waste diversion studies encompassing thirteen Colorado counties and two non-profits. She also helps clients determine beneficial uses for special wastes, such as biochar. Winn holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and a Master of Environmental Policy and Management from the University of Denver.
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Kelly Baug
Kelly is the Deputy Film Commissioner for the Colorado Office of Film, Television & Media (COFTM), a division of OEDIT, where she works to promote, support, and expand content creation in the state to drive Colorado’s economy, grow jobs, and enhance quality of life. She has worked in the Denver film and television scene since 2015, including in the production offices of the feature films Apartment 212 and Walden: Life in the Woods. Kelly served as a U.S. Peace Corps education volunteer in Benin from 2012-2014 where she taught English and supported health and environmental initiatives around the country. Kelly graduated Syracuse University with a BA in Policy Studies and English Textual Studies.
Corey McCool

Corey McCool
Corey McCool is a veteran of the US Air Force, a husband and father of two, and the owner/operator of Purple Bucket Compost. After nearly two decades of supporting military missions, both as an active-duty airman and a civilian contractor, Corey launched a mission of his own. Purple Bucket Compost offers food scrap collection services to residents in the foothills west of Denver. Collected materials are composted and returned to customers the following season. Excess compost is donated to community organizations and gardens in order to continually educate and give back. Corey holds an AAS from the Community College of the Air Force, a BS from Nova Southeastern University, and an MBA from Marylhurst University.