Join MassRecycle to discuss its 2015 legislative initiatives including public space recycling and universal recycling. Hear about MassRecycle and MBTA's collaboration on a major pilot project.
Tim Lasker, MBTA
Timothy W. Lasker is the Sustainability Specialist for the MBTA. Since 2011, he has worked on numerous projects including waste management, water resources, and energy conservation. He is the point person for the GreenDOT initiative at the “T”. Started by the Secretary of Transportation in 2009, GreenDOT covers major environmental arenas such as air quality, GHG, energy, and waste management. Prior to joining the MBTA, he had a consulting firm specializing in micro-wind technology and sustainable practices. Timothy also spent 30 years in printing and publishing technology, and was founder and CEO of a digital technology company owned in part by Philips Electronics.
Jefferson Smith, MassRecycle
Jefferson Smith worked tirelessly in Gov. Deval Patrick's administration for nearly 5 years to bring the necessary funding and improvements to our transportation. Jefferson played an integral role in many of the reforms with MassDOT that achieved over $100 million in cost savings and efficiencies. He was the author of the first in the nation Healthy Transportation Compact, part of the Transportation Reform Act of 2009, which focuses on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing bicycle and pedestrian travel, improving public health and creating stronger communities. He also served as MassDOT's designated Commissioner on the Jobs Creation Committee, a Cambridge-led innovation to create and maintain quality jobs in the Commonwealth.
Currently, Jefferson is the chief of staff at the office of the mayor of the City of Cambridge. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, where he teaches public policy.
Edward Hsieh, MassRecycle
Edward Hsieh is the Executive Director of MassRecycle, the statewide 501c3 nonprofit coalition dedicated to increasing recycling and waste reduction in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Edward focuses on increasing MassRecycle’s advocacy impact at the State House. And he also works as the lead on developing and implementing programs such as an educational webinar series, organizing the biggest annual recycling conference in the state, and even programming a regional television and social media advertising campaign to divert mercury. Prior to joining MassRecycle in 2011, Edward served as Executive Director of Brookline GreenSpace Alliance for over six years, where he helped broker a land conservation easement that resulted in the first new public park in Brookline in the last 15 years. He also worked at the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Postal Service Office of Environmental Management Policy.