Abbie Webb, Sustainability Manager, Casella Waste Systems is a panelist for the “It’s Complicated: Using Cross-Sector Collaboration to Tackle Food Waste Issues” session at the Net Impact Boston Career Summit on February 21st. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s in store.
What inspired you to pursue a career with positive social or environmental impact?
In college I took environmental courses that helped me see the interconnectedness of environmental, economic, and social problems. When I came across books like The Ecology of Commerce, Natural Capitalism, and Cradle to Cradle, I realized that the solutions are all connected too, and I started looking for ways to contribute.
What’s the most interesting/most fun/most challenging aspect of your job?
Sustainability is an inherently broad topic that touches nearly every aspect of any business. This means that I am constantly branching out and learning new things, which is very fulfilling for me. And I love to see how the pieces can come together to drive real improvements that are making the world a better place.
What advice would you give to those looking for a career with a positive social or environmental impact?
Cast a wide net. Any career can have a positive impact. You don’t necessarily have to work for an environmental services company or in a sustainability department. True sustainability will come when we realize that every role in every organization has the power and responsibility to have a positive and environmental impact.
Sign up today to come to the Career Summit on February 21st and join the panel “It’s Complicated: Using Cross-Sector Collaboration to Tackle Food Waste Issues” to hear more from Abbie.