M.S., Resilient and Sustainable Communities, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT
B.S., Design and Environmental Analysis: Interior Design, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
TRUE Advisor (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) from Green Business Certification Inc.
Sustainable development; circular economy; recycling; composting; waste reduction; resource recovery; environmental policy; and public education.
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Ms. Rico is an experienced Project Manager with a focus on helping communities sustainably manage waste and recover resources through alternative streams including recycling, composting, and circular economy initiatives. With a history in the sustainable interior architecture and planning industry, she is now focused on creating sustainable change on a community and regional scale. She recently earned a Master of Science degree in Resilient and Sustainable Communities to enhance and advance her knowledge in sustainability and resiliency, climate change, and strategies and initiatives to support responsible and equitable community development.
Prior to joining GBB, she was a Fellow in the Sustainable Cities Institute at the National League of Cities. She also has over 9 years of experience in the sustainable interior architecture and planning industry.
Publications & Speeches
“The Importance of Materials Recovery Coordination in Construction & Demolition,” published in Construction & Demolition Recycling and Waste Today. (March 2020)
“Think Twice Before Hitting the Checkout Aisle This Holiday Season,” published in Waste Today. (December 2019)
“Discovery Series: Reimagine Phoenix,” (moderator) presented at WASTECON. (October 2019)
“Our Circular Economy: Transforming Ideas into Action,” (moderator) presented at WASTECON. (October 2019)
“The New Normal in Recycling for 2019 and Beyond,” presented at SWANApalooza, Boston, MA. (February 2019)
“Markets and Marketability – Overcoming the Barriers to Accessing Recycling Markets,” published in MSW Management magazine. (March/April 2019)
“Local and Regional Governments Using Waste to Inform Circular Economy Policy,” Master of Science Thesis, Resilient and Sustainable Communities, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT. (January 2019)
“China’s National Sword Policy: Impacts and Opportunities for U.S. Local Governments and Industry Stakeholders,” presented at the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association Conference, Oglesby, IL. (November 2018)
“The Circular Economy: How Local Governments Can Close the Resource Loop,” presented at the Illinois Counties Solid Waste Management Association Conference, Oglesby, IL. (November 2018)
“Rethinking Recycling: How Cities Can Adapt to Evolving Markets,” published by the National League of Cities. (September 2018)
“How Cities Are Rethinking (and Saving) Recycling,” published in CitiesSpeak. (September 2018)