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Ideas have spread, movements created, leaders elected, and new policies established because of the power — the impact — of storytelling. As science and our planet face new challenges, storytellers who create awareness and inspire change are needed now more than ever.
Learn from some of the best communicators, photographers, innovators, policymakers, and journalists in the world.
Tom Szaky is founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a global leader in the collection and repurposing of complex waste streams. TerraCycle operates in 21 countries, working with some of the world’s largest brands, retailers and manufacturers to create national platforms to recycle products and packaging that currently go to landfill or incineration. Through TerraCycle, Tom is creating circular solutions for hundreds of waste streams such as cigarette butts, dirty diapers and used chewing gum that otherwise have no path to be recycled. TerraCycle operates the largest supply chain for ocean plastic in the world, partnering with companies to integrate this material into their packaging. In January 2019, TerraCycle, along with 25 top consumer products companies and retailers announced a new circular shopping platform called Loop that will enable consumers to shop for some of their favorite brands in durable, reusable packaging. Launching in May, Loop is a key step in helping to end the epidemic of waste that is caused by 'single use' consumption. Tom and TerraCycle have received hundreds of social, environmental and business awards and recognition from a range of organizations including the United Nations, World Economic Forum, Fortune Magazine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Tom is the author of four books, “Revolution in a Bottle” (2009), “Outsmart Waste” (2014), “Make Garbage Great” (2015) and “The Future of Packaging” (2019).
Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) at Sustainability Analyst
Danielle Nkojo is a Sustainability Professional and a Circular Economy advocate. Her 15-year career has been a steady march toward encouraging sustainable consumption and helping to lay the foundations of a more circular economy. As a member of DC's Urban Sustainability Team, Danielle was part of the core sub-team dedicated to implementing Sustainable DC by collaborating with stakeholders (government, residents, businesses and institutions) to develop policies focused on source reduction and sustainable procurement. She launched ReThread DC, the District’s textile recovery and reuse initiative and partnered to launch Fix-it DC, and a Share-A-Bag pilot in DC's NoMA neighborhood. Danielle also served as the Circular Economy Club Washington, DC Coordinator. She recently joined Kontoor Brands (Wrangler, Lee Jean, Rock & Republic) as their Manager, Global Sustainable Products.
Marco Borges is an Exercise Physiologist and #1 New York Times Best Selling author. He's the founder of 22 Days Nutrition and is passionate about guiding people to develop healthier lifestyles. Marco has spent more than 20 years empowering others with tools for ultimate wellness and is the author of "The Greenprint", "The-22 Day Revolution", "The 22-Day Revolution Cookbook" and "Power Moves"
He lives by a simple mantra: "Every day is a new opportunity to live the life you want!"
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