From motivating office green teams to helping set up commercial-scale composting systems to giving out faucet aerators, Yvonne Garcia has provided educational and technical assistance to help hundreds of Portland-area businesses go green.
You won’t find Yvonne around the office much. In addition to meeting on-site with businesses, Yvonne speaks with business associations and community groups to learn how Sustainability at Work can better serve the local business community, and helps produce and host Sustainability at Work’s Problem Solved networking events.
Transitioning from her previous career as a social worker to become a sustainability advisor six years ago turned out to be a natural evolution for Yvonne. She became motivated to join the sustainability movement after enrolling in a Master Recycler class in the fall of 2006, and quickly adapted her social service acumen to support and educate people about sustainable practices.
One of the most satisfying parts of Yvonne’s work is the opportunity to sit down with a struggling green team at a Portland business and empower them to reach their sustainability goals. Using strengths-based and motivational interviewing techniques, she helps the team identify their accomplishments and next steps. Then she reminds them to celebrate their successes!
An active member of the BPS Diversity/Equity Committee for the past five years. Yvonne has played an integral role in supporting bureau-wide training goals to improve staff cultural competency.
When she is not at work, she is likely baking sweet treats, playing with her two dogs or hanging out in her Montavilla neighborhood.