Join several local end users of onsite organics processing methods and hear about their experiences.
Ben deRuyter is a business owner and a member of the Brewster Board of Selectmen. Ben attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology and an MBA. He owns and operates Art House (restaurant and entertainment venue) and Aqua Bar (seasonal seaside bar) in Provincetown. He is also the managing partner of several commercial properties in Provincetown, including Whalers Wharf and the Aquarium Marketplace.
Ben’s work on the Brewster Board of Selectmen and his business experience in Provincetown have made him keenly interested in responsible, cost effective, and alternative means of waste disposal. His Ecovim food waste decomposition system was the first installation of its kind on Cape Cod.
Rob Gogan, Harvard University
Rob Gogan is Recycling and Waste Manager for Harvard University. He oversees waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and disposal for most of the campus. Rob serves on the Steering Committee for RecycleMania. In 2012 Rob won Harvard’s Spengler-Vautin Special Achievement Award. He has overseen growth in Harvard’s recycling rate from 5% in 1989 to 53% in 2012 and reduction in per capita trash generation by 50% during the same period. His goal is to partner with vendors, manufacturers, farmers and members of the University community to generate zero waste by 2020.
Karen Franczyk, Whole Foods Markets
Karen Franczyk is the Green Mission Coordinator for the North Atlantic region of Whole Foods Market. She has spent most of her career in retail, and only became focused on sustainability when she and her husband decided to become farmers. They bought an organic farm in Winchendon, MA, which they named The Big Red Barn. After a couple years as a CSA, they found their niche selling their organic heirloom tomatoes to Whole Foods Market. This relationship led to Karen deciding to work for Whole Foods Market in June, 2001. She started as a supervisor and worked her way up through the stores, spending the last 7 years in Operations as a Store Team Leader in both Providence, RI (Waterman St.) and Newton, MA (Four Corners). After 12 years in Operations, Karen became the Green Mission Coordinator for the North Atlantic Region.
In addition to her career with Whole Foods Market, Karen also spent 3 years on the board of directors for NOFA Mass, two years on a Central Mass Buy Local campaign, and she currently volunteers for a local chapter of Scholarship America.