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Sue Beets-Atkinson is director of sustainability for SBM Site Services, LLC. With more than 23 years of solid waste management and recycling experience, Sue was a key player in founding the Solid Waste Management programs for a large computer manufacturer in the United States, a program which yielded 91.2% diversion nationally, which was unheard of in 2005. 

Sue has directly overseen more than 1.628 billion pounds of material recycled in her career. She has successfully designed and implemented many large and complex recycle programs for Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Sue regularly reinvents systems for improved efficiency and is the driving force behind SBM’s sustainability program offerings, which include Zero Waste planning and food waste programs.

“I’m passionate about making sure we care for our planet! I love to show other people that we can each make a difference if we adjust our lives in really minor ways.” – Sue Beets-Atkinson

Sue is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and has supported and implemented numerous startup programs. She is the chair of the GBCI Zero Waste Advisory Council for the United States Zero Waste Business Council.


At SBM, Sue has served as:

  • National Recycle manager for six years at the Roseville, CA HP facility, 1993-1999. 

  • Hewlett Packard program manager (custodial/recycle) for four years managing sites at Roseville/ Woodland, CA, Nashville/Memphis Tennessee, and Richmond Virginia, 1999-2005

  • Corporate sustainability manager, 2005 through 2016: 

    • Director of sustainability, effective January 1, 2017 

    • USGBC LEED AP Existing Buildings O+M

      • In 2006, SBM managed the HP account to a overall diversion of 90.3%; achieving Zero Waste business compliance with a number of locations while others were on the “Road to Zero Waste Success”. 

    • Direct client support for

• Hewlett Packard/EDS 
• Intel/JLL
• Microsoft/Grubb and Ellis
• Merck/JLL
• Johnson & Johnson 
• Genentech
• Amgen Thousand Oaks
• E-Z-Go
• Wells Fargo

Specialties: Chair for the ZW Advisory Council with GBCI; past chair on ZW Facility Certification Committee; and chair of Professional Accreditation ZW business associate training, 2013.


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