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Darby Hoover, Senior Resource Specialist, San Francisco

Darby Hoover

I’ve always been inordinately intrigued by garbage. In college, when I was working for the university recycling center and digging through barrels full of assorted discards, I realized how odd the concept of “waste” was. There isn’t waste in nature – something decays, and becomes food or shelter for something else. Waste is a concept humans invented, and could therefore theoretically uninvent. I’ve spent most of my life trying to figure out ways to help that happen. Currently, at NRDC, I work on waste and recycling issues, and also work with several organizations on comprehensive greening initiatives.

Before coming to NRDC, I worked as Executive Director of the Recycled Paper Coalition, a group of mostly private sector organizations dedicated to the purchase and promotion of recycled paper products. Before that, I worked for other nonprofits promoting social and/or environmental change. I have a degree in English from Stanford University, and a master's in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley.

Recent Posts

New Report Suggests Packaging Sustainability Improvements for Fast Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Companies

Posted January 29, 2015 by Darby Hoover

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Today, NRDC and As You Sow released a report, "Waste and Opportunity 2015: Environmental Progress and Challenges in Food, Beverage, and Consumer Goods Packaging," which analyzes the packaging practices and policies of 47 companies in three sectors: quick service restaurants...continued

National Geographic Adding Recycled Content to Flagship Magazine

Posted July 17, 2014 by Darby Hoover

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The magazine famous for showcasing the natural wonders of the world for generations is now helping to preserve them in its own pages. Today, NRDC and Green America announced that the National Geographic Society has begun incorporating recycled fiber into...continued

Tell Capri Sun Manufacturer to "Respect the Planet, Stop the Pouch"

Posted May 6, 2014 by Darby Hoover

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This week, NRDC joined a coalition of organizations working on waste and recycling, plastic pollution and resource conservation to launch the Make It, Take It Campaign, a collaborative effort to pressure consumer goods companies to take responsibility for packaging waste...continued

NRDC's "Guide to Composting at Sports Venues"

Posted March 22, 2014 by Darby Hoover

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Composting for sports organizations just got easier with the release of NRDC’s Guide to Composting at Sports Venues. This is the latest in a series of technically-informed ecological management tools provided by the NRDC Sports Project at no cost to...continued

From Waste to Jobs: Growing California's Economy through Recycling

Posted March 11, 2014 by Darby Hoover

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Recycling is one of the most common of all environmental activities, and it’s also a great way to save natural resources. Recycling keeps useful materials out of landfills and incinerators, and using recovered materials to make new products and packages...continued

And the Grammy for Greening Goes To...

Posted February 8, 2013 by Darby Hoover

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This Sunday evening, I’ll be watching the GRAMMY Awards on television, along with millions of other people (over 39 million last year). I’m excited about hearing some excellent music and seeing some spectacular stage shows – but I’m also excited...continued

Sports 1, Waste Zero: Tackling Trash at Stadiums and Arenas

Posted September 17, 2012 by Darby Hoover

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When I was an undergraduate at Stanford University, I worked at the then-student-run campus recycling center. There, I had multiple opportunities to observe people engaging in the act of disconnecting from their waste. I’d see someone walking along drinking coffee...continued

Examining the Environmental Impact of The GRAMMYs

Posted January 25, 2010 by Darby Hoover

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For several years, the Natural Resources Defense Council has been working with key sports and entertainment organizations to help them reduce the environmental impact caused by their operations and procurement decisions. In 2007, we began a partnership with The Recording...continued


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