(Washington, DC) – The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) today announced the hiring of Cheryl Coleman as vice president of sustainability. Coleman will oversee the development and execution of an integrated strategy addressing the priorities of the segments of the recycling industry (plastics, paper and packaging) most directly affecting the residential recycling stream, building on ISRI’s existing work in this area. Cheryl will also lead the strategic planning and execution of ISRI’s new recyclability protocol and other sustainable development initiatives on behalf of ISRI and its members.
“ISRI is elated to have Cheryl join our team,” ISRI President Robin Wiener. “Her experience within the EPA at the forefront of efforts to further advance U.S. recycling make her keenly positioned to take the lead in sustainability efforts for the betterment of the recycling industry.”
Coleman is an accomplished professional with decades of experience in materials and sustainability management. She comes to ISRI from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she served as the Director of the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division. While at EPA she led efforts to improve the U.S. recycling system, reduce food loss and waste, and beneficial use of industrial materials. Prior to her tenure at EPA, Cheryl was the Director for Compliance and Enforcement for materials and wastes at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
“I am excited about this new opportunity because recycling is essential to sustainably managing our resources by providing feedstock to manufacturing and helping ensure resources will be available for current and future generations,” said Cheryl.
“As the voice of the recycling industry, ISRI is constantly looking for ways to better serve our members and recycling as a whole,” added Wiener. “The creation of the vice president of sustainability position provides us with an opportunity to not only build on ISRI’s existing work in the areas of residential recycling and consumer packaging, but to reach new heights.”
Cheryl is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She did further graduate work at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, and earned a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
The Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) is the "Voice of the Recycling Industry™." ISRI represents 1,300 companies in 20 chapters in the U.S. and more than 40 countries that process, broker, and consume scrap commodities, including metals, paper, plastics, glass, rubber, electronics, and textiles. With headquarters in Washington, DC, the Institute provides education, advocacy, safety and compliance training, and promotes public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the U.S. economy, global trade, the environment and sustainable development. Generating nearly $110 billion annually in U.S. economic activity, the scrap recycling industry provides more than 500,000 Americans with good jobs.