Ed Boisson’s Biography

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Ed Boisson has over 28 years of multidisciplinary experience in the private, government and non-profit sectors, specializing in recycling industry development, sustainable materials management, and economic/environmental analysis. He has lived and worked on both the West and East coasts of the U.S., with close ties to recycling industry representatives and specialists throughout North America.

1988 – 1990 As Research Analyst with Gainer & Associates Consulting, Ed was the principal author of Recycling Entrepreneurship: Creating Local Markets for Recycled Materials, a ground-breaking project that analyzed over 40 different recycling business opportunities in rural Northern California.

1990 – 1994 Ed was an original Staffer at the California Integrated Waste Management Board (now the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, or CalRecycle). He researched recycling markets, co-authored the first California Recycling Market Development Plan, and served stints as Manager of the Policy Office and of the Recycling Market Development Zone Loan Program.

1994 – 1998 As Executive Director of the Northeast Recycling Council (a coalition of ten state environmental agencies), Ed coordinated quarterly policy conferences, spearheaded recycling economic development training and research programs, designed the methodology used in several recycling economic studies and forged partnerships that led to a series of successful Recycling Investment Forums.

1998 – 2004 As Principal of Boisson & Associates, Ed worked with several states and U.S. EPA on recycling market development and product stewardship projects involving brand owners, suppliers, government, environmental, waste management and other stakeholders.

2004 – 2013 Ed served as a Senior Consultant and Local Practice Leader for R.W. Beck, Inc. (subsequently SAIC and Leidos Engineering). He managed numerous large, complex recycling market development and stewardship projects related to industry infrastructure and market expansion, government policies, brand owner stewardship initiatives, and the provision of technical, marketing and product testing assistance to recycling businesses.

2014 — Ed launched Boisson Consulting to further build on his career focus of partnering with government, industry and environmental stakeholders to strengthen the U.S. recycling industry, and to encourage sustainable materials management practices that nurture our economy, environment and communities.

An accomplished facilitator and public speaker, Ed has helped to organize and run numerous industry meetings and initiatives. Ed’s academic background includes a B.A. degree in Physics from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an M.S. Degree in Environmental Systems with an emphasis in Environmental Resource Engineering, from Humboldt State University. He lives in San Rafael, California with his wife Karen.