Steering Committee

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A five-member Steering Committee is the decision-making body of the SustainableBiomaterials Collaborative. It is led by two co-coordinators and a staff coordinator.

brendaBrenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR)
Collaborative Co-Coordinator
Brenda Platt is a leader in the field of recycling, and co-director of the non-profit Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR). She currently directs their Sustainable Plastics project and co-chairs the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative, a coalition dedicated to spurring the introduction and use of biobased products that are sustainable from cradle to cradle. In her 25 years with ILSR, she has authored over a dozen reports on all aspects of recycling, and is known for her work in documenting recycling-based jobs and programs with the highest diversion levels. In her most recent report, “Stop Trashing the Climate,” Platt argues that aiming for zero waste is one of the fastest, cheapest and most effective strategies available for combating climate change. Platt is also a former board member of the National Recycling Coalition, the Container Recycling Institute and the GrassRoots Recycling Network. She is a member of the U.S. Composting Council and sits on its Legislative Committee. Additionally, Platt is active in the Business-NGO Working Group for Safer Chemicals and co-leads a Young Activist club in her community working to replace disposable Styrofoam lunch trays with durable, washable trays.

Jim Kleinschmit, Institute for Agriculture & Trade Policy (IATP)

Collaborative Co-Coordinator
Jim Kleinschmit directs IATP’s Rural Communities program, which focuses on strengthening the link between rural economic policy and local, democratic decision-making in order to aid communities in creating and retaining the wealth that comes from their natural and human resources. Jim grew up milking cows and learning about sustainable agriculture on his family’s farm in Nebraska. Before joining IATP in 1995, he worked in the Baltic States and Russia, where he promoted sustainable rural development. At IATP, Jim has worked on a wide array of issues, including sustainable agriculture; water quality and quantity; biofuels, bioenergy and bioplastics; climate change; and rural development strategies. He has an M.A. from the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington-Seattle, and a B.A. from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. In addition to his work at IATP and SBC, Jim is a member of several organizational boards and steering committees, including Rural Advantage and the Sustainable Biodiesel Alliance.

cathyCathy Crumbley, Lowell Center for Sustainable Production (LCSP), University of Massachusetts Lowell
Cathy Crumbley has worked to promote more sustainable practices in industry and globally for the past 25 years. As program director, she manages the development of new projects as well as day-to-day activities of the Lowell Center. Previously, she managed the United Nations Environmental Program at Tufts University, and worked with the Coolidge Center for Environmental Leadership where she organized numerous workshops, conferences, and training programs on environmental issues and sustainable development for mid-career professionals and visiting scholars from throughout the world. She has conducted research, education, training, and communications projects at several firms and nonprofit organizations concerned with environmental and social justice issues.

davidDavid Levine, Environmental Health Fund
David is a consultant with the Environmental Health Fund, where his work is focused on building broad efforts around chemicals policy, environmental health, and sustainable solutions particularly through green chemistry and sustainable materials. In particular, he is building strategic partnerships and broad stakeholders initiatives to enable a shift towards an equitable and sustainable economy. Levine has over 25 years of experience as a social entrepreneur and nonprofit executive. His work has encompassed social enterprise start-ups, community and organizational development, popular education and workforce development, facilitation, and the catalyzing and building of collaborations across issue areas with a strong focus on sustainability. He sits on the steering committees of the Sustainable Biomaterials Collaborative, Maine Bioplastics Initiative, NYC Apollo Alliance, and the American Sustainable Business Council.

markMark Rossi, Clean Production Action (CPA) 
Dr. Mark Rossi is the Research Director for Clean Production Action, an environmental group that promotes the development and use of green chemicals, sustainable materials, and environmentally preferable products. Dr. Rossi is the co-author of two tools that promote safer substitutes in products: the Green Screen for Safer Chemicals and the Plastics Scorecard. His other projects include chairing the Business-NGO Working Group, a collaboration of over 30 businesses and 20 environmental groups promoting green chemistry and healthy materials; and greening hospital purchasing through Health Care Without Harm and the Global Health and Safety Initiative. Dr. Rossi serves on the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Act Advisory Committee and is a Research Fellow at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production. His doctorate is in environmental policy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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