Monday, October 10 from 6:30pm – 8pm
An Overview of Fort Worth’s Current Solid Waste Program and a Look at Our “Rethinking Waste” Future
Speaker: Debbie Branch, City of Fort Worth
Resource Recovery Planner & Keep Fort Worth Beautiful Director
Amon G. Carter, Jr. – Downtown YMCA at 512 Lamar Street, Corner of 5th and Lamar Streets
By Julie Thibodeaux – GreenSource DFW
If you want to know what’s going on with sustainability in Fort Worth, ask Debbie Branch. As executive director of Keep Fort Worth Beautiful and the city’s Commercial Recycling Coordinator, she stays at the forefront of the city’s green efforts. Her to-do list includes fighting litter with community wide clean up days, promoting recycling events, along with guiding businesses through the maze of industrial recycling.
Branch, who won the Green Source DFW environmental award for nonprofit professional in 2013, has earned a reputation as a leader with regards to green initiatives.
“Debbie Branch is the glue that binds the sustainability efforts for the city of Fort Worth together,” said Becki Begley, public education program coordinator for Fort Worth’s Environmental Management Department. “While she does not hold a formal position as sustainability coordinator, she’s a sustainability champion and an agent for change for the city of Fort Worth.”
Debbie has spent 13 of the last 20 years in the solid waste management/resource recovery field with two municipalities – initially with the City of Waco and now for the last nine years with the City of Fort Worth. Simply translated, she gets to spend a lot of time “trash talking”! One of Debbie’s greatest prides is the Fort Worth Master Composting program, which educates participants about improving soil health while removing organics from the landfill.
Debbie has a Bachelors in Environmental Science from Drake University and a Masters in Biology from Baylor University. Debbie is married and has two boys and when not busy being an “environmental superhero” or being the family taxi driver, enjoys reading and fitness.