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This session will provide an overview of the unique and lasting partnerships developed by California’s fourteen Local Conservation Corps (LCCs) to expand and enhance recycling, particularly in underserved communities. CalRecycle and LCC representatives will discuss their innovative collaboration, as well as the following partnership examples:
Businesses, government officials, non-profits, and school districts are invited to learn more about how they can partner with their LCC to meet reduction and diversion goals.
Louise Bruce is the San Jose Conservation Corps' Zero Waste Director. Louise previously oversaw the NYC Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) organics programs, including municipal food and yard waste collection and the City’s community composting and food scrap drop-off operations. Louise earned a Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University and Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. In 2016, she was awarded The University of California Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30 distinction.
Louise will present on the following portion of the discussion:
Partnering to rescue edible food and divert organics: While SB 1383 establishes aggressive organic waste reduction and edible food recovery targets, LCCs are stepping up to meet the demand for new and expanded services. The San Jose Conservation Corps has partnered with the East Side Union High School District to source-separate food scraps in one of California’s largest high school districts. Additionally, the Corps is working with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley to rescue edible groceries that would otherwise be disposed of and operate a food distribution program.
Brian is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Civicorps where he has been employed since 2008. He also currently serves as Treasurer on the board of directors at Horizon Services, Inc. and is a Finance Committee member at Vincent Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Finance from University of California, Santa Barbara. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in auditing and accounting. He began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers but has worked in private industry since 1998.
Brian will present on this portion of the session:
Partnering to train a new generation of recycling truck drivers: Civicorps provides free Class C and B driver training in the East Bay Area in partnership with the Teamsters Local 70 Union, Waste Management, and the City of Oakland. Known as the Teamster Truck Driver Career Pathway, this innovative partnership provided training for 24 pre-apprentices in 2018-2019.
Andrew's passion for environmental advocacy has lead him to the recycling industry. Combined with his experience in Community Action Partnerships, he understands the necessity of improving communities for all. He currently implements and coordinates fee-for-service and grant-based recycling projects across Orange County while working with staff to support Orange County Conservation Corps' education and job training programs.
Josh has spent over 15 years in operations management directing the conservation and environmental programs. Josh has helped restore California's environment through his efforts with the Corps. Through his work and dedication to the organization, he was promoted from crew supervisor, manager, and to his current position as Director of Operations.