Joanie Burns

Joanie Burns is a sustainability professional with 28 years of environmental policy and planning experience, working with a wide range of public and private sector organizations in the U.S. and internationally.

Ms. Burns has developed and delivered waste reduction and recycling/composting programs for public sector agencies/institutions and businesses with aggressive sustainability goals. This includes coordination and oversight of waste audits, evaluation of service contracts to identify inefficiencies and cost-saving opportunities, assistance with finding alternative vendors to improve performance and reduce costs, and development of outreach and education campaigns aimed at changing behavior. She has also worked as a regulator and policy-maker in the US and Europe, and was directly involved in the development of important policies and legislation related to pharmaceutical waste management, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), end-of-life vehicles (ELV) and trans-boundary movements of waste (Basel Convention).

Ms. Burns is a certified TRUE Advisor (USGBCI) and holds a certificate in Sustainable Resources Management from San José State University in California. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Science in Environmental Protection from the Institute of Technology in Sligo, Ireland and an MBA with an emphasis on Sustainable Business from California Lutheran University.

Environment, Health, Safety and Sustainability Manager