Faye (They/She) became a trash nerd in 2011 when they began to root around in trash cans on their college campus and came up with the questions, “Why do so many people think pizza is recyclable?” and “Why do people throw away so much usable stuff when so many don’t have their basic needs met?” This launched them on a journey to understand the relationship between systemic oppression and exploitation and the linear consumption economy.
Faye has worked in a variety of social and environmental justice spaces over the course of their “career”. They graduated from Earlham College in 2014 with a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. As a student, they were a very busy organizer, co-founding the move out program, the Free Store on campus, and the Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign.
Since becoming a Co-Director at PLAN in 2014 Faye has supported the rapidly growing team in working with a network of over 400 college and university campuses to build long term sustainable solutions to waste that are rooted in climate justice and collective liberation. They have held workshops and speaking events on behalf of PLAN at over 100 college and university campuses across the country as well as international events. They believe that students and young people are the most powerful changemakers and hold the key to driving the Zero Waste Movement forward.
Beyond their work, they enjoy building/partaking in queer communities, reading dystopian fiction, and their cat, Dipstick.
Sophia has several years experience working in waste management and the environmental sector, with a particular focus and passion for recycling and plastic waste and environmental justice. She began her career in Brussels at a trade association representing the plastics industry, where she worked on issues such as chemicals regulation, plastics recycling, and food packaging safety. She has also worked as a research analyst for the Closed Loop Fund, in the Middle East and Mexico on water management issues, and on public health issues for Sub-Saharan African countries.
An Adjunct Professor at The New School in New York City, she lectures an undergraduate class on Sustainable Systems at Parsons School of Design and a graduate class on Sustainable Perspectives and Practices for the M.S. Environmental Policy and Sustainability at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy.
Sophia sits on the Leadership Team of the Ohio Recycling Coalition, is also a member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, and sits on the Board of Trustees of the Metropolitan Lighthouse Charter School in the Bronx.
Originally from Toronto, Canada she has lived and worked in France, Belgium, the West Bank, and the United States. Sophia has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, and graduated cum laude from the University of Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) with a M.Sc. in Public Policy in 2010 and from Columbia University with an M.S. in Sustainability Management in 2016. She is fluent in French and can speak Bengali and Arabic.