Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Nastacia Grant-Forbes who’ll be helping us develop a Zero Waste Pilot Program. Nastacia is a senior pursuing a degree in economics from UMass Boston. Over the spring semester, Nastacia is interning with Greater Ashmont Main Street and Fields Corner Main Street as part of her program.
During that time, Nastacia will be:
- Providing all of our businesses with education and resources needed for compliance with Boston’s Plastic Bag Ban ordinance, effective January 2019.
- Researching waste audit models and zero waste best practices for small businesses from other communities.
- Developing an outreach plan and engaging up to 55 small businesses in the Greater Ashmont and Fields Corner Main Street districts for the waste audit related to organic compostable waste (i.e., food scraps).
- Conducting waste audit interviews, including some with more detailed opportunities for measurement of current food waste and savings potential through our partnership with Cero.
- Compiling waste audit results and recommendations for zero waste practices, including cost savings and resource options for anticipated upcoming city policies regarding organic waste diversion.
Nastacia will be presenting the results of her project at Greater Ashmont’s Annual Public Meeting, May 1st and will also have an opportunity to present to Boston Main Street organizations 20 member coalition at BMS directors meeting.
Please give Nastacia a warm welcome when you see her around the neighborhood or if she drops into your business!