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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine

Lisa Bjerke Discarded Resource Manager, College of the Atlantic

  • 2015

Lisa Bjerke is working on changing people’s relationships to waste. As a master’s student at College of the Atlantic she manages the school’s discarded resources while she studies human conceptions of waste.  Her passion for compost and other processes to reuse discarded resources has taken her around the world and back to Maine. She tries to understand how and why we see physical materials as something to toss or keep, the impact of our habits of discarding, and how to move beyond waste management.  Lisa is from Sweden, and holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. In 2014, Lisa was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and visited Germany, India, China, and Japan to explore people’s relationships to compost and food waste.