GBB consultants achieve zero waste certifications

Certifications will allow Jennifer Porter and Corinne Rico to assist clients in implementing zero waste programs, advancing zero waste policies.

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January 13, 2020

Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. (GBB), McLean, Virginia, has announced Jennifer Porter, GBB vice president, and Corinne Rico, GBB project manager, have recently been certified as a practitioner in zero waste principles and practices and TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) advisor.

“GBB’s clients enjoy the benefit of knowing that their solid waste consultants are always searching for and analyzing the latest trends in the industry,” says GBB President Steve Simmons.

The zero waste principles and practices certification course that Porter successfully completed is a joint undertaking of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) and is administered as part of SWANA’s certification program recognized throughout the United States and Canada, according to a GBB news release.

Covering public policy, programs, technology and measurement, the course provides a comprehensive knowledge of rapidly emerging public and private sector zero waste programs and the key principles that support them. It also provides tools to help draw together aspects of existing programs and new efforts into community-specific zero waste programs.

“With a focus on developing plans for reducing, reusing and recycling materials found in municipal solid waste, the course provided valuable insight to help promote and implement sustainable solutions,” Porter says. “I look forward to combining those tools and best practices with lessons learned from my experience to help clients move the needle toward a new paradigm for sustainable solid waste management.”

The TRUE advisor certification that Rico earned is administered by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI), which independently recognizes excellence in green business industry performance and practice globally.

The certificate program provides a comprehensive curriculum on zero waste terminology, principles, tools, technologies and implementation strategies to assist in the TRUE zero waste certification process in accordance with the TRUE zero waste rating system. TRUE advisors understand the requirements of the rating system, help projects achieve TRUE certification and are committed to holistically advancing zero waste values and policies, the release says.

“The program provided practical understanding of the most current principles and enables me to support and implement successful programs and lead facilities through the TRUE zero waste certification process,” Rico says. “In addition, on a higher level, it provided ideas and tools to help clients achieve ambitious circular economy and sustainability goals.”