Director, Community Programs
Courtney Forrester works to ensure that WasteZero’s existing programs run smoothly and meet their environmental and financial goals. As Director of Community Programs, she serves as many communities’ primary point of contact regarding the ongoing operational facets of WasteZero programs. She also initiates new programs with current and prospective customers.
For the past 15 years, Ms. Forrester has worked in a variety of roles directly related to protecting the environment. She has a decade of experience working in municipal solid waste, having served as Recycling Manager and Solid Waste Manager for the City of Newton, MA, as well as the Recycling Program Manager for the City of Cambridge, MA. In addition to her municipal experience, she has worked as an environmental educator for a range of non-profit organizations, and she was a Program Officer for ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability.
A competitive rower herself, Ms. Forrester is Chair of the Sustainability Committee for the Head Of The Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event, held annually in Cambridge, MA. In the first year of the Sustainability efforts, Forrester led a team to achieve a 21% reduction in trash, while increasing the diversion rate 15%, by introducing compost collection.
Ms. Forrester holds an MS degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University in Keene, NH, and a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Delaware, Newark, DE.