Covanta Energy Corporation has appointed its director of environmental science and community affairs, Meg Morris, to the new position of VP of materials management.
Covanta says the materials management division identifies the best approach in using and reusing resources most productively and sustainably throughout their life cycles with the least amount of impact on the environment.
“We are confident that Meg’s in-depth experience will enable her successful leadership in further educating customers, communities, NGOs and the public on the importance of considering a product’s total lifecycle and its impact on the use of natural resources,” said Paul Gilman, senior VP and chief sustainability officer at Covanta in a November 19, 2012 statement to media. “Our goal is to help people think more proactively about what products they use and how they can reduce, reuse, recycle and recover those products to have less of an impact on the environment.”
Covanta says Morris will be tasked with developing and implementing programs that address sustainable waste management needs. This includes assisting existing and prospective clients with waste reduction, reuse and recycling programs, co-ordinating community outreach and education programs – such as those that focus on the removal of mercury, cadmium, pharmaceuticals and electronic waste from the waste stream – and collaborating with NGOs.
Previously, Morris was the director of environmental science and community affairs at Covanta. In that position, she participated in the rollout and implementation of Covanta’s Clean World Initiative, working on the company’s community outreach and mercury reduction programs. She also serves as Covanta’s spokesperson for the award-winning Fishing for Energy program, a public-private partnership aimed at reducing the effects of derelict fishing gear in coastal waters. Prior to joining Covanta, Morris was vice president, governmental programs at EAC Operations, Inc., Morris is a member of many industry coalitions and organizations and currently serves on the board of directors for the PA Recycling Markets Center, the National Recycling Coalition, the Go Green Initiative, Inc., the Federation of NY Solid Waste Associations and is the president of MassRecycle.