Judi Gregory, owner of Go2Zero Strategies Group, has worked in the recycling and solid waste management field for more than 25 years. Judi was awarded Small Business of the Year by the California Small Business Administration and she was awarded a Senate Resolution by District 25 Senator Liu. Her experience includes work in various industry sectors, with a current growing focus on the development of industry-related training and certification programs. Currently Judi is working on the advancement of GreenEducation.US, which is an online learning platform for environmentally focused education. She was certified as one of the first Zero Waste Business Associates in the country by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council.
From 2005 through 2013, Judi worked as the Certification Manager for the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA). There, she developed an industry certification program with support from the US Environmental Protection Agency. In 2010, the training program was used as the foundation for a $4.87M grant from the US Department of Labor, alongside project partners Irvine Valley College, Goldenwest College, and grant lead, Santa Monica College. Judi’s responsibilities included management of 15 instructors, 3 subcontractors, and oversight of all contract management functions. Judi worked with the partners to create a new, 216-hour curriculum model which is now offered as an associated degree at two community colleges in Southern California. Judi is also on the Board of the National Recycling Coalition’s National Standard Certification Board, which recently developed and approved a Nationally accredited standard for training in Sustainable Resource Management.
In 1989 Judi started her first business, Mobile Recycler, and in 1992 began working for a local waste hauler, American Waste Industries. In this capacity, she was responsible for setting up recycling programs at some the largest movie studios in the world, including Paramount Studios, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Warner. Judi also helped implement the City of Santa Monica’s multi-family and commercial recycling program, and worked with the City of Los Angeles to develop a Christmas Tree Recycling Program, serving nearly a million residences annually. During this time, she actively worked with many local jurisdictions in Los Angeles County and throughout California to advocate and educate on the benefits of competitive recycling and permit systems.
Judi has extensive background in operations and management of waste hauling. Her business received a WRAP Award from the California Integrated Waste Management Board in 2004 and Ms. Gregory received the “Recycler of the Year” award from CRRA in 2007. Her business is a DOT Certified WBE – Woman Business Enterprise. Judi serves on the Green21 Initiative working group with Senator Liu and her staff.
Judi served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Los Angeles Solid Waste Management Association from 1994 – 2003. She served on the Board of Directors of the CRRA from 1997 – 2005, as both President and Vice President, and served as the organizations Interim Executive Director and Conference Manager from 2005 – 2008.
In addition, Judi has provided consulting services for SCE, various hauling companies, private businesses, and cities in the Los Angeles area. She attended the University of California, Los Angeles, and served 8 years in the California Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant. She lives in Southern California with her three sons.