Press Release: Published 2.27.23
Re:Dish Adds Veteran Industry Consultant Jackie Ebner as Sustainability Adviser
Dr. Ebner will strengthen Re:Dish's continued implementation of innovative, large-scale reuse, circularity, and waste reduction strategies.
NEW YORK — Feb. 27, 2023 — Re:Dish, a Brooklyn-based, WBE-certified company that offers a reusable container program that helps large organizations like Fortune 500 companies and school systems implement circular solutions to eliminate single-use waste, has appointed Dr. Jackie Ebner as its sustainability adviser.
Ebner, who has served as an industry consultant for the last seven years, will examine Re:Dish's operations to ensure continued sustainability across its products and services. She will also help the company further develop innovative solutions and work with customers to quantify the progress they're making toward environmental goals.
"The transition away from single use and toward a circular economy is happening, but not nearly fast enough," Ebner said. "Re:Dish has set the bar for scaling reusable solutions across the food service industry. We have a tremendous opportunity to create real, lasting change in our clients' operations while simultaneously reducing the environmental toll of single-use disposables."
Ebner has advised government entities, nonprofits, and businesses at all stages, including projects for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Sanitation of New York, Eastman Kodak Company, and the city of Rochester, New York. Her consulting firm, Elucidativ LLC, specializes in sustainable business models, circular supply chains, lifecycle assessment, and design for sustainability.
She is a visiting lecturer in Bard College's MBA in Sustainability program, which was named the Best Green MBA by The Princeton Review for the third straight year in 2023, and a co-founder of the nonprofit Rochester Area Interfaith Climate Action (RAICA), which helps faith-based institutions in the greater Rochester region take meaningful action toward addressing climate change.
"Jackie's wealth of experience in the fields of circularity and sustainability will be invaluable as we continue tackling food service waste at scale," said Caroline Vanderlip, CEO and founder of Re:Dish. "Research shows that only a small fraction of the 1 trillion single-use food service products used annually in the United States is recycled or composted, resulting in 20 billion pieces of litter that pollute our ecosystems and harm our communities each year. By implementing reuse, we can greatly reduce rampant pollution and waste and make the world a greener place for generations to come."
Ebner earned a Ph.D. in sustainability from Rochester Institute of Technology, where her research into the food supply chain was influential in New York state's landmark Food Donation and Food Scrap Recycling Act, which took effect in 2022. She received a Master of Business Administration from the Simon School of Business at University of Rochester and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Re:Dish delivers environmentally friendly reusable food service wares to a variety of organizations, collects them after use, cleans and sanitizes them at its state-of-the-art washing facility, and redistributes them daily. Made of durable polypropylene, the dishes can be washed up to 1,000 times and, upon the end of their use, are recycled into food-grade polypropylene that can be used for new packaging. The seamless and efficient process lets clients focus on their core business while accelerating the pursuit of their ESG goals, and helps lead the transition to a circular economy. Re:Dish also serves as a tracking, washing, and packaging vendor for third-party companies that wish to avail themselves of the industrial washing capability that Re:Dish has pioneered.
To learn more, visit http://www.redish.com/.
Re:Dish, a certified WBE organization, offers a scaled reusable container program for food service operations, providing a turnkey solution to eliminating single-use disposables. Re:Dish delivers reusable containers and cups, collects them after use, cleans and sanitizes them at its state-of-the-art washing facility, and repeats the cycle daily. The solution helps organizations — from Fortune 500 companies to school systems — lead the transition to a circular economy and meet ESG goals through a top-down approach. By addressing the need for scale within reuse, Re:Dish creates sustainable change at an institutional level through demonstrable positive impact. For more information, please visit https://www.redish.com.