About Us

The West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum is an EPA-convened collaboration of state, local, and tribal governments that develop ways to institutionalize sustainable materials management practices. We identify and share effective greenhouse gas emission reduction strategies that also improve the way communities source, use, and recover materials.  By working together across jurisdictions and disciplines, we demonstrate effective ways for communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the life cycle of materials.


Learn more HERE with our fact sheet!


To inspire, inform and show communities how to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by improving the way they source, use and recover materials.

Meet the West Coast Climate Forum's Leadership Team

David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

David Allaway is a Senior Policy Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program.  He coordinates DEQ's Waste Prevention Strategy and works on issues related to materials (including waste) management, greenhouse gases, energy, and life cycle analysis. In 2010, he helped to staff the Materials Management Committee of the Oregon Global Warming Commission’s “Roadmap to 2020” project. He also led efforts to develop and update Oregon’s consumption-based greenhouse gas emissions inventory and contributed to the ICLEI US greenhouse gas accounting protocols for communities and recycling. Before joining in 2000, David worked for 11 years in the solid waste consulting industry. A native of Oregon, David has a B.A. in physics from Carleton College, Minnesota. 


Janine Bogar, Washington State Department of Ecology

Janine Bogar has served as an Environmental Planner and Policy Specialist for the Waste 2 Resources Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology since 2008.  She oversees the state solid waste plan, which addresses waste reduction strategies, recycling, composting and other organics management approaches, small volume hazardous wastes, building materials and disposal issues. She also coordinates legislative and policy issues for the Program.  Prior to 2008, Janine worked for the Washington State Department of Corrections as the sustainability coordinator, helping prisons facilities make less waste, build green, and use less water and energy.  She also worked 10 years with Thurston County, Washington, implementing a variety of waste reduction and recycling programs.  Janine has a Bachelors Degree in Zoology, and a Masters Degree in Environmental Studies.

Karen Cook, Alameda County, California

Karen Cook has led Alameda County, California’s green purchasing program for the last 8 years, greening tens of millions of dollars of bids for this 9000-employee organization, serving on national product standard development workgroups, and hosting a Green Purchasing Roundtable for local agencies to promote regional action. Prior to that she spent nearly a decade advancing green building operations, waste reduction, and recycling for local government and in the private sector.  Karen enjoys spending her free time outdoors with her two boys in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she graduated from UC Berkeley.


Megan Curtis-Murphy, City of Issaquah, Washington

Megan Curtis-Murphy is a Sustainability Coordinator for the City of Issaquah in Washington State. She develops and implements programs and policies within the City and community to advance sustainability and to achieve the community's interrelated environmental, economic and social sustainability goals. Megan holds a Masters degree in Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington. During graduate school, she served as a Graduate Fellow on the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum where she worked on the Food: Too Good to Waste toolkit and later implemented it in the City of Issaquah. Prior to moving to Washington, Megan was the Membership Director at the Environmental Business Council of New England and received her B.A. in Political Science from Tufts University in Boston. 


Shannon Davis, Co-Lead, West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum

Shannon Davis is scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9 office in San Francisco where she works with cities and states to integrate lifecycle materials management policies and practices into climate protection and sustainability plans. She is also the EPA liaison for Arizona Tribal Solid Waste.  She has over 25 years of public service in public policy and environmental management, and has worked for three elected officials, including serving as Chief of Staff to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.  She has directed a wide range of waste management and air quality programs at the state and local levels.  Shannon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona in Tucson.  


Kristy Fry, Co-Lead, West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum

Kristy Fry is an Environmental Protection Specialist at the US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 office in Seattle where she convenes and supports state, local and tribal government communities in working together to drive climate action through materials management policies and practices that address the lifecycle impact of goods and materials. Kristy served in the Air Force as a weather forecaster where she found her passion for environmental sciences and climatology. She has spent the last 6 years with the EPA in the Office of Air and Waste and Ecosystems Tribal and Public Affairs where she worked with tribal governments to develop tribal environmental plans that covered complex materials management issues. Kristy holds an MBA and B.S. in Business Management as well as an Associates in Applied Science, Weather Technology.


Leslie Kochan, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Over the past 30 years, Leslie Kochan has worked with several non-profits, as well as at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, on issues that have addressed human exposure to pesticides, toxic waste sites, Mexican/U.S. trade and the environment, water quality (and cows!), and, most recently, materials management. Leslie participates in the work of the West Coast Climate and Materials Management Forum where she currently acts as the Chair of the Climate Friendly Purchasing Workgroup. Leslie holds an M.S. in Urban & Environmental Policy from Tufts University in Boston.



Babe O’Sullivan, City of Eugene, Oregon

Babe works for the City of Eugene as the Sustainability Liaison, supporting sustainability initiatives both for the city as an organization and the broader community.  Her work covers a wide range of topics including climate action planning, land use and transportation, energy efficiency, Triple Bottom Line decision-making, sustainable consumption, and solid waste and recycling. Recently, Babe’s work has focused on the connection between climate change, materials management and consumption. She is a frequent contributor and presenter on the Forum’s webinar series. For her work with the Forum to reduce the climate impacts of materials and waste, she received a "National Notable Achievement Award" from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in 2009. Babe is also an active member of the Urban Sustainability Directors’ Network (USDN), a peer network representing cities in the US and Canada dedicated to sharing best practices and accelerating the application of sustainability policies and programs. Through USDN, she’s led several grant-funded projects on sustainable consumption and sustainable economic development. Previously, Babe worked for the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability as a program coordinator for the Solid Waste and Recycling program. Responsible for long range strategic planning and policy development, she led the design and launch of the Portland Composts! Program, a commercial food scrap collection program for Portland businesses. Babe holds an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy from the University of California, Davis. 

Wes Sullens, StopWaste, Alameda County, California

Wes Sullens is a Program Manager for the local government agency StopWaste.  He represents StopWaste on regional and international green building codes, rating systems and legislation efforts.  Wes currently occupies the following influential roles: Chairman of the LEED Materials & Resources Technical Advisory Group for the USGBC, Vice-Chair of the ASHRAE Standard 189.1 committee for High Performance Green Buildings, the lead of a 9-county Bay Area program to improve energy code compliance rates in municipal governments (BayREN), participation in the adoption and implementation of the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen), and directs research on behalf of StopWaste to investigate embodied carbon of building materials and health impacts of recycled content building materials.  Prior to StopWaste, Wes was a green building consultant and energy analyst at a prominent consulting firm. Wes is a LEED-AP since 2002 and graduated from California State University, Sonoma with a degree in Environmental Studies and Planning. 

Ashley Zanolli, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Ashley Zanolli is currently on a detail assignment from the US EPA to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s  (ODEQ) Materials Management Program until 2018. Ashley Zanolli is considered a national expert on consumer wasted food prevention. In her role at ODEQ she is currently leading the development of a statewide strategy and measurement study in Oregon to prevent the wasting of food in businesses and home and to engage stakeholders. She also helps development of foundational research and projects to support the state of Oregon’s evolving materials management program.  From 2010 to 2015, Ashley co-led the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum, which is convened by EPA Regions 9 and 10. Through the Forum, she focused on sustainable consumption and communications projects, including leading the development, implementation and evaluation of the Food: Too Good to Waste toolkit. Prior to the Forum, Ashley has worked at EPA since 2006 on various climate, biofuels, air toxics, environmental justice, and sustainability programs.  She serves on the board of directors for the Pacific NW Social Marketing Association (PNSMA) and the Behavioral Insights Group in Portland (BIGpdx), and on various national advisory councils, including the Food Waste Reduction Alliance (FWRA) and ReFED. She holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Northwestern University and a Graduate Certificate in Decision Making for Climate Change.