Scott Breen, Vice President for Sustainability, Can Manufacturers Institute
Scott has been active in environmental and sustainability issues for many years having focused on environmental studies in his undergrad, pursuing graduate degrees (JD and MPA) in environmental law and environmental policy and only having jobs post-graduation in the environmental space. His achievements on the Beyond 34 recycling initiative and on metal can recycling while the Can Manufacturers Institute (CMI) show that Scott knows how to execute on activities that meaningfully improve recycling, often with partnerships he helped form. While at the Chamber Foundation he led the Beyond 34 recycling initiative to a successful pilot as well as a fully-funded, ambitious expansion effort. Beyond the funded projects, Scott organized interested local stakeholders into committees in their areas of interest as well as an overall group of “local champions” that could continue the dialogue and effort long term. Scott helped CMI by bringing in talented students to work in a sustainability communications internship that he started. It’s a win-win providing valuable capacity to the organization as well as providing the student with a valuable opportunity to learn that wouldn’t be available without Scott’s initiative to start the internship program.