Born in Australia, Richard Fuller graduated with a degree in Engineering from Melbourne University and then worked for IBM. He left Australia in 1988 to work directlyonglobalenvironmental issues. For two years, Richard worked in the rainforests of Brazil with the United Nations Environmental Programme, creating forest reserves that promote the preservation of both the rainforest and its inhabitants. Read more
He created Great Forest Inc. in 1989, now one of the most successful sustainability consulting companies in the U.S. Great Forest was among the first to bring cost-saving sustainability practices to business and institutional clients, helping to pave the way for the rise of corporate social responsibility. Based in New York, Great Forest’s operations have expanded to include Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago.
In 1999 Richard founded Blacksmith Institute, an international not-for-profit organization dedicated to solving pollution-related environmental issues in developing countries. Today, Blacksmith is a global leader in this field, working with governments, the international community, NGOs and local agencies around the world to design and implement innovative, low-cost solutions to save lives. Under Richard’s leadership, Blacksmith has completed more than 50 projects and is currently engaged in over 40 projects in 14 countries including Russia, China, India, Zambia, Tanzania, Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.
Richard is currently a member of the Environmental Task Force, the Energy Committee, the Codes and Regulations Committees for the Building Owners and Managers Association of New York, and the Special Committee of New York’s Business Integrity Commission. He is chair of NYC BOMA’s Codes and Regulations Waste and Recycling Subcommittee, a member of the New York Energy Buyers Forum and the National Recycling Coalition amongst others. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
Ross Guberman is the CEO of Great Forest, a leading sustainability consultancy that specializes in sustainable waste management solutions for Fortune 500 companies and organizations nationwide. Ross really does practice what he preaches, with a hands-on type passion–a vegan lifestyle and cycling everywhere he can. Don’t be surprised if you spot him digging in the trash for a waste audit. At Great Forest Ross leads a team that specializes in assisting businesses and large commercial building operators in the development and implementation of successful sustainability programs and management systems that are customized for their specific needs. He has only stepped away from his sustainable endeavors once–when he joined the Peace Corps as an environmental education volunteer in the Republic of Cape Verde in West Africa. Ross holds a B.A in mathematics from Rutgers University.
As the V.P. of Business Development, David’s main function is to manage client relations outside of the NYC region, focusing on Great Forest’s Waste/Recycling Program Management Services in D.C., VA, MD, DE, FL and CA. David’s team of consultants provide clients with recycling program design and implementation, competitive bidding for waste removal services, education and outreach assistance, and program monitoring and reporting. In addition to client relations, David oversees the Sales & Marketing department for Great Forest, as well as nationwide expansion efforts. David is a LEED Green Associate, and is accredited in ISO-14001 sustainability management systems implementation.
Anna manages sustainability projects, including LEED certification, carbon footprints, ISO 14001 and sustainability management systems focusing on best environmental practices for businesses. Anna has been LEED accredited through the U.S. Green Building Council since 2007 with a focus on Building Operations and Maintenance. In 2009 she completed the certificate course in sustainability management from The Natural Step (TNS) in Sweden. She is also a Certified Energy Auditor (CEA). Anna teaches sustainability and green building at Hunter College and regularly volunteers with Everybody Wins, tutoring public school children in reading. She holds a B.A. from Smith College and an M.S. in sustainability management from Columbia University.
Joe is responsible for NYC and national accounts, handling their commercial recycling and waste disposal programs. This includes assisting clients with service issues, new service inquires, and program development and implementation. His duties also cover business development. Prior to Great Forest, Joe’s experience included work in the building and financial services industry. Joe holds an MBA in environmental sustainability from Green Mountain college in Vermont.
Sheila has over 20 years of efficiency project management, rate analysis and procurement experience. She has helped secure over $3.2 Million in NYSERDA/ARRA and Con Edison efficiency and renewable energy incentives for New York healthcare institutions and commercial properties. She worked previously as energy program manager for commercial real estate with Vornado Realty Trust, for the NYC Economic Development Corporation and for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Read more
Maya has worked on promoting numerous environmental initiatives in New York since 1992. She joined Great Forest staff in 1995 and is now working on managing all aspects of marketing, recycling, waste management and conservation for hotel clients throughout the city. In addition, Maya has assisted Pure Earth, the nonprofit that Great Forest helped to establish and continues to support, with coordination and administration of projects in Eastern Europe.
Magdalene directs communications for Great Forest, handling press and outreach for the company and its projects. She oversees the production of the Great Forest Sustainability 101 blog and newsletter, content for the website, and pens articles and other thought leadership pieces on behalf of the company. She also guides social media outreach and the development of videos and other special projects for clients. Magdalene has spearheaded numerous national PR campaigns for some of the country’s leading arts organizations, nonprofits and corporations, including the J. Paul Getty Trust, the Dorothy and Lillian Gish Prize, and PBS. She is also an independent film and video producer. Her credits inclulde the award-winning feature “Falling,” a series of news-making shorts as well as a roster of commercials and corporate work. Magdalene holds a M.S. in marketing communications from Boston University.
Richard works with clients on LEED new and existing building certifications, and also conducts special project research and analysis in key areas including new industry technologies, emerging waste concepts and technologies including food waste-to-energy opportunities, and NYC recycling laws and regulations. His work includes a white paper for the New York Department of Sanitation examining the new OneNYC policy and its implications for the recycling industry. Richard holds a Bachelor of Medical Science degree in microbiology and disease epidemiology and a Master of Sustainability degree in building design and environmental impact, both from the University Sydney Australia.
Liz works with Great Forest clients on sustainability and energy initiatives, including LEED certification, metrics tracking, sustainability reporting, carbon footprints, and energy benchmarking. In NYC, she helps global clients determine and track Greenhouse Gas emissions through sustainability reporting. She supports clients pursuing green certifications and those participating in the city’s Carbon Challenge by determining effective green initiatives that would reduce GHG emissions to meet Challenge and certification goals. She also conducts research, calculates and analyzes energy and cost savings for monthly forecasting and budgeting purposes. Liz holds a degree in physics with a concentration in environmental engineering, and is a LEED Green Associate. She is currently pursuing a LEED AP credential.
A trained facilitator, James provides consultation, education, and recycling system advice to Great Forest’s San Francisco hotel and office building clients. His formative recycling experience was working for the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor in the mid-1980s — their business model included Recycle Ann Arbor, the first curbside recycling operation in Michigan. James’ other sustainability work has involved obtaining a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to support a Great Lakes regional household hazardous waste conference and the first household hazardous waste collection day in Ann Arbor; cataloging all the green businesses in Vermont into a web-searchable database; and coordinating 25 beach cleanups annually as part of Coastal Cleanup Day in Mendocino County, California. James has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Barbara and an M.S. in Resource Policy, Economics and Management from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources.
At Great Forest, Bryan works with New York City clients on legal compliance, best practices, and waste reduction through analytical reporting and hands on work with employees. He manages national portfolios and gets elbow deep in their waste while conducting full waste analyses. His previous experience includes work at TerraCycle as a Zero Waste Business Associate, creating recycling solutions for traditionally non-recyclable products. He also made appearances in the company’s reality show! Bryan holds a B.S. in Marketing and Management from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was also a Social Innovations Fellow. He is currently pursuing a Zero Waste Business Associate certification from GBCI.
Yovelice is in charge of accounting at Great Forest, maintaining and overseeing financial operations. Her love of numbers and solid attention to detail ensures accuracy for our clients, while her extensive experience in customer service allows her to navigate even the most complicated of transactions. Since she began woking at Great Forest in 2007, Yovelice has embraced sustainability as a way of life. She acknowledges the company influence (and a certain amount of friendly peer pressure) in becoming more environmentally conscious, and in her recent decision to become a vegetarian.
Emilie supports Great Forest clients in DC, Maryland, and Virginia, working with commercial, retail, and residential properties to implement sustainable waste management programs that are both environmentally friendly and financially responsible. She strives to encourage greater consciousness of our individual environmental footprints through education and outreach. A wanderlust at heart, Emilie has studied environmental policy in both Peru and Indonesia, and even had the opportunity to attend the U.N. COP21 climate negotiations in Paris in 2015. In her time away from work, she regularly practices yoga and meditation to counteract her close following of American politics. Emilie holds a Master of Public Policy from University of Maryland and a B.A. in Journalism and Anthropology from University of South Carolina.
Josh works with Great Forest clients in the D.C. metro area. With a passion for diverting waste from landfills, he develops and manages sustainable waste and recycling programs for commercial, retail, and residential properties. Josh previously interned at TerraCycle in business development, expanding the client base for a company that recycles typically non-recyclable waste streams. He received a B.S. in Bio-Renewable Systems from Pennsylvania State University, where he studied the fundamentals of business management in the sustainability and recycling industry.
In just over a year after he began work at Klein’s ShopRite of Jacksonville immediately after graduation from college, Kurt parlayed his experience performing customer service and bookkeeping duties into a job in the corporate accounting department for Klein’s ShopRite of Maryland, the parent company. He soon became controller and compliance officer for the half a billion dollar company. After moving back to New York City, Kurt took a temporary job at Bloomberg in human resources, before bringing his passion for accounting to Great Forest.
With over ten years of experience, Shanira is at the front lines of our daily operations. She maintains relationships with clients and vendors to ensure clear communications and smooth service. She handles all daily requests and trouble shoots issues.