The mission of the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board is to carry out the function of the citizens’ board as outlined in the City’s Administrative Code and to serve as a trusted community resource to the Queens Borough President and Queens City Council members on issues related to waste in our borough. In early 2020, the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board (QSWAB) Organizing Committee established its mission to serve as a trusted voice advocating for fairness, equity, and anti-racism within the waste sector in Queens.
Our current membership (as of 4/15/21) includes the individuals below, although many more people not listed here have been involved with our work over the last three years. While a new and formal Queens SWAB was appointed to start on 4/28/21, any and all Queens residents are encouraged to attend and participate in meetings. To stay updated on future meetings,
Rachel Boeglin currently works for the City of New York as a Community Coordinator in a data and analytics role. She was previously the Senior Program Associate at Randall’s Island Park, where she led public programs and facilitated a staff sustainability workgroup. Prior to that, she worked for Freshkills Park (New York’s major landfill-to-park
Anita Chan is currently the Zero Waste Coordinator at Earth Matter NY. For the past several years, she has been involved in environmental education, urban agriculture, community engagement, and various stewardship and environmental conservation projects. Anita lives in Long Island City.
Cait Enz founded the NYU SPS Green Office Committee and volunteers with and writes for Compost Like a Pug. She is passionate about making sustainable lifestyles fun and exciting through hands-on workshops and community involvement. She is a Certified Cicerone® and fermentation enthusiast who is always looking for ways to combine her love of sustainability and beer. Cait lives in Astoria.
Wylie Goodman (Chair) is an urban planner who earned her Master’s degree in Regional Planning from Cornell University. She previously worked for NYCDOT as a Staff Analyst and as a Technical Assistance and Outreach Coordinator for NYC Parks | Partnerships for Parks, where she co-led the Citywide launch of People Make Parks. From 2014 until 2020, she served on the board of Earth Matter NY on Governors Island, and from 2019-2020 was its Board Chair. Wylie, along with Amy Marpman, spearheaded the re-activation of the Queens Solid Waste Advisory Board in January 2018. Wylie lives in Ridgewood.
Janet Kalish (previously active) is recently retired from her position as a Spanish teacher at Benjamin Cardozo High School, a position she held for 29 years. She was the school’s sustainability coordinator and environmental club advisor (SAFE: Students Against a Fading Environment) and established the school’s recycling program and led the students’ recycling team. Janet is an organizer of freegan.info, which encourages community through sharing and resisting shopping, recommends viable alternatives such as repairing and salvaging, and offers tours of New York City’s corporate waste (supermarket discards). Janet has been a spokesperson for freegan.info for more than a decade and seeks to collaborate with others to reduce waste in Queens in all its forms. Janet lives in Richmond Hill.
Jon Klar (previously active) is a Recycling Outreach Coordinator at GrowNYC’s Zero Waste Programs (funded by the Department of Sanitation). He has spent the past 10 years educating NYC residents about proper recycling practices and the importance of reducing the landfill waste we generate every day. Jon lives in Jackson Heights.
Mortimer (Mac) Lawrence is the Founder of Loops Recycling + Recovery, LLC, a community recycling program in Queens Village that he has run for the last five years. The program aims to increase recycling and reuse, landfill diversion, and community participation in sustainable practices by engaging homeowners and local businesses to increase recycling rates and sustainable impact. Mac lives in Saint Albans.
Robert Lee (previously active) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC). He was a Gates Millennium Scholar who graduated cum laude from the Stern School of Business at New York University. Coming from a humble background, Robert became involved in — and eventually helped lead – an NYU club that delivered leftover dining hall food to homeless shelters. There he acquired best practices in food rescue operations, fostered industry relationships, and honed volunteer management skills. After graduation, Robert worked in Asset Management at JP Morgan Chase before resigning to continue his passion for helping the hungry and reducing food waste. The organization he founded, RLC, is now in over 16 cities across the U.S., has rescued over 1.7 million pounds of food from over 300 restaurants, and won accolades including CNN Heroes, Forbes 30 Under 30, and Blue Ridge Labs Incubator Awardee. Robert lives in Astoria.
Susan Latham is the former Vice President of Development for Citymeals on Wheels and was recently appointed Executive Director at Queens Public Library Foundation. Susan is a nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of executive-level experience in human services, the performing arts, and higher education. Susan has demonstrated results in fundraising, communication, strategic planning, human resources, and program design and development. She is an accomplished fundraiser with over $75 million raised from individuals, foundations, corporations, unions, and government funders. Susan lives in Jackson Heights.
Gil Lopez is the Outreach Coordinator for Big Reuse in Queens. He is also one of the founders of Smiling Hogshead Ranch community farm in Long Island City. Gil is a community organizer, urban environmental educator, socially engaged bio-artist, and do-er. He works in broad strokes on topics ranging from environmental justice and food sovereignty, to bike/ped issues and re-skilling the populace towards subsistence and away from wage labor. He is passionate about the living soil food web, democracy in the workplace, and collective living. Gil lives in Long Island City.
John Maier (previously active) is a librarian at Pratt Institute where he is the Head of Technical Services and a member of the Pratt Institute libraries’ management team. John serves on a variety of local civic and regional environmental groups and is an active member of Queens Community Board 5, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and Co-Chair of the Public Transit Services Committee. As Vice-Chair of Civics United for Railroad Environmental Solutions (CURES), John is acutely aware of Queens’ role in the network of waste and recycling transport for greater Long Island and the City of New York. John lives in Ridgewood.
Amy Marpman (Vice-Chair) has been involved in the waste/recycling industry in NYC for the past 10 years working with businesses on implementing recycling programs and improving the accuracy of waste metrics reporting. Amy lives in Queens Village.
Jennifer McDonnell (previously active) is the Resource Recovery Program Manager for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection where she is leading long-term planning for biosolids, food waste, and other residuals. She formerly worked for the regional solid waste management company, Casella Waste Systems, Inc., where she was a Director in the Organics Operating Unit. About a decade ago, Jennifer was instrumental in the implementation of Whole Foods Market’s environmental stewardship programs in metro NYC, including pioneering urban-toter-based commercial composting. Jennifer lives in Astoria with her two sons who know what to do with a banana peel.
Adam Mitchell is the Sales Manager-Resource Manager for Mr. T Carting. Adam joined Mr. T in the fall of 2016. He leads Mr. T’s business development efforts and is known regionally as an expert in designing and implementing sustainable waste management systems. Prior to joining Mr. T, Adam was the minority owner of a Boston-based integrated waste and recycling company called Save That Stuff, Inc. Mr. Mitchell was a member of the Queens SWAB in the early 1990s. Adam lives in Glendale.
Andrea Scarborough has served on numerous committees including the Queens County Democratic Committee, the 29th Assembly District Task Force, United Coalition of Veterans & Community Rights (UCVCR), and the Southern Queens Residents Environmental Justice Council (SQREJC), which advocates for resolving the long-standing issue of groundwater flooding in Southeast Queens through the reduction of the high-water table. Andrea is the former President of Addisleigh Park Civic Organization (APCO) and represented APCO on the Eastern Queens Alliance and the Queens Civic Congress. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and was actively involved in the first Southeast Queens Junior Olympics, which showcased the talents of the youth in South East Queens. Andrea lives in Addisleigh Park.
Toby Sheppard Bloch (previously active/new appointee) is a social entrepreneur who leverages nature-based solutions for climate change to generate economic opportunities for community members who are most directly impacted by the climate crisis. He excels at connecting people to opportunities as much as hands to tools. Toby lives in Glendale.