Christienne de Tournay Birkhahn

Zero Waste Educator/Advocate/Connector of Dots. California-based, specializing in municipal policy, stakeholder outreach, business + beyond consultancy. Spreads the word on the necessity of responsible and ethical production, consumption, reuse and recovery of materials and resources through zero waste principles and practices. As Chair of the City of Berkeley’s Zero Waste Commission, she spearheaded the public input/outreach efforts and proposed revisions/recommendations to Council that were instrumental in 2019’s unanimous passage of the landmark Single-Use Disposable Food Ware & Litter Reduction ordinance. She works internationally with zero waste groups and cities in Portugal and Italy.

Chrise brings over 25 years of experience in creative direction/design, project management, and manufacturing of consumer products. She was project manager of California’s mandated CARE carpet recycling program’s marketing, education, and outreach efforts, former executive director of EcoMom Alliance, program director for the Sustainable Business Practices at Dominican University, and County of Marin supervisor’s aide, working on county-wide bag ban, and local food waste-to-biogas feasibility studies. Chrise is a ZWUSA-certified Zero Waste Community Associate and holds a certificate in Sustainable Business Practices from Dominican University in California, and is a proud CRRA, NRC and NCRA member.

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