CREDS

Professional Summary

Awards

Starting 2020 with a bang, Marina McCoy was named a pioneer and expert in her field by the Burlington Free Press. In March 2020, she was awarded Vermont's Young Entrpeuner of the Year, along with being nominated for 1% For The Planet's  Pinnacle Award: Unleash Passion Every Day.

Marina McCoy is an award-winning, Sustainability Strategist and Founder/CEO of Waste Free Earth.  She has been living zero-waste for the past six years and loves sharing her enthusiasm for waste reduction with anyone willing to learn through workshops, speaking engagements, and social media outlets.  

Her main passion is creating sustainable strategies for events and businesses; from small community events, to weddings, corporate events, and music festivals with over 100,000 attendees. By working in the sustainability field for over half a decade, she has developed proven strategies that lower the environmental impact and reduce overall waste consumption at each event she works with.

She also creates sustainability-focused content for brands through writing blog posts, creating social media posts, cultivating mindful engagements on websites and being a spokesperson for certain brands that align with her values.​

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Every year I collect my unrecyclable or compostable waste in a mason jar. The jar above is my waste from 2019.

My Offerings

  • Zero Waste Strategies

  • Sustainability-Focused Content

  • Blog Writing

  • Brand Ambassador

  • Campaign Spokesperson

  • Keynote Speaker

  • Green Event Planning

  • Sustainability Consulting

  • Workshops and Webinars

Work & Clients

2016 - Present

FOUNDER/CEO at Waste Free Earth

Waste Free Earth is an award-winning company that builds custom sustainable strategies to lower the environmental impact and reduce overall waste consumption for hundreds of thousands of event guests and their hosts each year.

 

Waste Free Earth is on an overall mission to create long-lasting systems that inspire individuals, businesses, and special events to eliminate waste and incorporate reusable products within their daily operations.

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"At SnowGlobe, we are passionate about protecting our environment and thus the decision to work with Marina and her team was a no brainer. As long as we are producing events, there is a full commitment from my team and I to be working alongside the Waste Free Earth organization."

- Chad Donnely

CEO/Founder MTV SnowGlobe

2011-2016

Sierra Nevada University

​Dual Degree, Cum Laude 

  • BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability

  • BSBA in Ski Business and Resort Management 

Academic Awards

  • Most Innovated Student of the Year

  • Inspiring Community Impact

  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges (Received twice)

  • Notable Achievement Award

  • Student Research Symposium, 2nd place award, Combating Food Waste at SNC

  • Outstanding Achievement Award

  • Best Club of the Year (Wild Women of Tahoe)

Extracurricular Activities 

  • Student Government Vice President

  • Student Government Sustainability Chair

  • Sustainability Club Co-President

  • Green Council, Founder & President

  • Wild Women of Tahoe Club, Founder & President

Interests

Education

Volunteering, building community, fostering change, sustainable living, comedy, books, nature, van life, dancing, cooking, live music, and being with friends and family.

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