Adrian Hernandez

Adrian Hernandez boasts a diverse career path. He began in retail brand development, multi-unit operations, and licensing for a multinational tea company. Afterwards, he forayed into the world of technology serving as the Director of Business Development for Global Tech Group before his entrepreneurial spirit led him to found The Drink Station, a tea and … Read more

Sherry Bell Surrette, Ph.D.

Sherry Bell Surrette grew up on a small farm in rural West Tennessee. She earned her bachelor’s in agronomy from the University of Tennessee at Martin, and a master’s from Mississippi State University in agronomy with a minor in plant pathology. She holds a doctorate in biology from the University of Mississippi. Throughout her career, … Read more

Jenn Harrman

Jenn Harrman develops policy and programs to help Nashvillians rethink, refuse, reuse, and recycle. As Zero Waste Program Manager for the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and a public servant of over 7 years, her work centers on implementing sustainable, resilient, and equitable alternatives to landfill disposal for the benefit of all who … Read more

Zach Shaben

As the Public Affairs Manager for Too Good To Go in the US and Canada, Zach brings a wealth of experience in government affairs and policy counsel. Formerly a Senior Associate at The Raben Group, Zach leveraged his deep understanding of federal policy to assist nonprofit and corporate clients. Before his tenure at The Raben … Read more

Jeremy Drake

Jeremy Drake is a Zero Waste consultant with over 10 years of experience in community Zero Waste planning, project management, program design and implementation, collection system procurement, stakeholder engagement, technical assistance, and education. He holds a MA in Urban Sustainability from Antioch University Los Angeles and is a Zero Waste USA-certified Zero Waste Associate. After … Read more

Jenna Deane

Jenna has spent almost two decades in the field of environmental education and brings a passion for supporting climate change solutions and community resilience. As the Toward Zero Waste Program Manager she fundraises, develops, and manages waste reduction programs and initiatives, including the Food Recovery Program. Jenna has a B.A in Environmental Education from Western … Read more

Stanislaus County’s Path to Zero Waste

Valley Improvement Projects (VIP) was formed in 2012 with the mission of improving the quality of life of underrepresented and marginalized residents of California’s Central Valley. Community members have been advocating for the closure of the Covanta Waste-to-energy Facility in Crows Landing in Stanislaus County for over 20 years. In 2021, VIP collaborated with East … Read more

Bianca Lopez

Bianca Lopez, Valley Improvement Projects

Bianca is a 1st generation migrant from Guadalajara Jalisco, raised in Los Angeles. Bianca is now a mother of two small children and co-founder of Valley Improvement Projects (VIP) based in Stanislaus County, in California’s northern central valley. VIP was formed in 2012 by a group of activists and community organizers from the Northern San … Read more