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ecofluence | Persuasion for the Planet
This is a follow up from last week's interview with Joyce LaValle of Interface. Â After grad school, her daughter, Melissa Gildersleeve, spent 20 years as an environmental regulator. Â I recently interviewed her... Â It took several tries... but we finally managed to connect. Â Listen to her incredible story here.
Melissa has been an environmental regulator with the Washington (state) Department of Ecology's Water Quality Program for over 20 years
talks about how graduate school waste studies helped her
understand how carpet (her mother's industry) played a major role in the landfill
tells us exactly where she
was when she
shared the book with her
Notice HOW she
approached the conversation... sharing her
stories from work, the power of business, a new way to be successful, and tying environmentalism to progressive social issues
How might her
approach be different than most, and have led to her
Melissa shares why following up the book recommendation by helpingÂ create supportive relationships was so important
As changes began to happen at her
mom's company, she
still asked questions using what she
knew to help them critically think about the issues
says, "I am a big tree-hugging environmentalist, and to me Ray Anderson was the top environmental person in my life in terms of really getting it and making something happen."
is a self-proclaimed cynic... can you relate?
says that although there was no "master plan"... giving that book to her
mom (in 20 years as an environmental regulator) was one of the biggest key things that she
did to have a measurable change in the world
describes the work of her
mother's organization, Women's Network
for a Sustainable Future
shares how happy she
is that her
mom moved to the Pacific Northwest to be closer to her
, and continued her
work in sustainability
confirms that she's
shy, not a people person, likes to spend her
energy at work, and take trips far away from the hustle and bustle
Surprise! Â I find out Melissa
did the whole interview while on a canoe trip with two friend on the Puget Sound
Before telling her
own story, Joyce makes it clear how important another story was... that of her
PS. Â Surprise! Â Melissa
and I were able to connect... so you can guess what the next blog will be.
Tests on waterways should include insects, say scientists
"I think it's like a 10-years-down-the-road thing," said Melissa Gildersleeve, a manager in Ecology's water-quality program.
Spokane Journal of Business - The Business Newspaper For The Inland Northwest
Melissa Gildersleeve, manager of Ecology's watershed-management section, says, "It's really a program where we keep track of these wells … and make sure that waste is staying out of the drinking water.It's a (voluntary) registration program."
The likely general effect of the rule revisions, she
says, will be to spell out more clearly what well owners "can and cannot do, so that can be a good thing or a bad thing" in the eyes of those being regulated.Ecology
probably will begin holding workshops to discuss draft rule changes within the next few months, Gildersleeve
says.Formal hearings could occur as early as this summer, with rule changes possibly being implemented by mid-2005.
"We do understand that Spokane is an area where there are drinking water (and) ground-water concerns, and we definitely will be targeting that community when we do these informal workshops as well as the hearings.It's a big issue," Gildersleeve
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Melissa Gildersleeve, Washington Department of Ecology
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