Chrise de Tournay Birkhahn

Chrise is an independent Zero Waste specialist, educator, and advocate. As the Zero Waste Commission’s Chair, she designed and facilitated the public outreach and input-gathering efforts for the City of Berkeley’s 2019 landmark Single-Use Disposable Food Ware & Litter Reduction Ordinance. This process resulted in proposing to Council key revision recommendations that were instrumental in securing a unanimous vote for passage. Other projects include County of Marin and City of Palm Springs single-use foodware reduction policy development and implementation efforts, and CARE carpet reuse studies.

Her experience includes: instructor for Zero Waste USA certification program, project manager of marketing, education, & outreach efforts for California’s CARE carpet stewardship program, program manager of Dominican University’s Sustainable Business Practices certificate program, executive director of EcoMom Alliance, aide to former County of Marin District 1 Supervisor (focus on a county-wide bag ban, siting a local food waste-to-biogas facility).

Chrise is a creative professional with over 25 years in design, manufacturing, and marketing of consumer products. She is a an associate of the Zero Waste Lab in Lisbon, Portugal. She is a board member of For Here Please/Mudlab, a non-profit Zero Waste organization & retail enterprise, and the non-profit East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse, both in Oakland, CA. She is a Zero Waste USA-certified Associate, and holds certificates in Sustainable Resources Management (San Jose State, CA) and Sustainable Business Practices (Dominican University, CA). She earned a BA from UC Berkeley.

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Zero Waste USA Associate, City of Berkeley Zero Waste Commission Chair