RecycleNation is a dynamic recycling and green living-focused website that makes recycling, conserving, reusing and living wisely easy.
RecycleNation features a comprehensive recycling location database that gives the user the ability to easily assemble a recycling to-do list. The database is location based, and aims to make your recycling needs as easy as possible, whether you're clearing out the house during spring cleaning or simply looking to recycle a few shopping bags.
RecycleNation is regularly updated with important how-to directives aimed at increasing recycling awareness. Visit regularly for eco-friendly stories, ideas, news, anecdotes and initiatives. By changing the way we think, we can change the way we live.
Shegerian is a member of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business' Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) Advisory Board. He is also a Presidio Fellow in Sustainability and Sports with the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He has been named the Clean Tech Entrepreneur of the Year for Northern California by Ernst & Young. He received the "Innovator of the Year" award from the International Electronics Recycling Conference & Expo (IERCE) for his development of RecycleNation and its role in democratizing the recycling process nationwide. He was also named the 2012 recipient of the Harold Zinkin Entrepreneur of the Year Award commemorating a proven track record of leading a business through several years of success. In 2012, Shegerian and ERI were both inducted into the International Green Business Hall of Fame. ERI has also won "Recycler of the Year" and the "Industry Pioneer" award from the IERCE.
Established by Shegerian in 2002, ERI collects and recycles electronic waste, specializing in the sustainable dismantling of consumer electronic items. Under Shegerian's stewardship, ERI has fast become the largest and most efficient recycler of electronic waste in the world. ERI is licensed to de-manufacture and recycle televisions, computers, and virtually all other types of electronics equipment.
ERI developed and houses the largest e-waste shredder in the world, and was the first electronic recycler to be dual certified (R2 and BAN e-Steward certifications) as a responsible recycler of electronics. ERI now processes more than 275 million pounds of electronic waste annually at eight locations serving every zip code in the United States.
Shegerian is also host and founder of "Green is Good," heard nationwide via "America's Talk" on iHeartRadio. Green is Good is the nation's #1 rated environmentally themed radio program, in which Shegerian interviews celebrities, company leaders and green nonprofits regarding environmental issues and opportunities. Guests have included spokespeople from Procter & Gamble, PG&E, UPS, Alcoa, Nestle, Glad Products, AT&T, Dell, Lipton Tea, the US EPA, Ohio State University, the National Wildlife Federation, Ben & Jerry's, HP/Panasonic, the NRDC, Honeywell, National Geographic, Nascar, General Motors, Best Buy, Maxwell Technologies, Wal-Mart, Verizon and FedEx, among many others.
Shegerian's talks on sustainability, innovation and the benefits of running a green business have moved and inspired prestige audiences from China, India, Mexico and throughout Europe, to the World Bank, United Nations and the White House.
Prior to his work at ERI, Shegerian co-founded FinancialAid.com, one of the most successful student loan companies in the country. While at FinancialAid.com, he also created RateYourCampus.com (a college student polling and feedback community), leading to the creation of CampusDirt.com (which evolved into the most relevant and visited college search engine). Also, CampusClix.com was created and became one of the first college social networking properties on the web.
In October 2004, Shegerian and his partners sold FinancialAid.com and all the aforementioned affiliated properties to Education Lending Group, which was purchased in February 2005 by CIT (NYSE: CIT).
In 2004, Shegerian created, and still serves as Founder and CEO of Addicted.com, a comprehensive, interactive website dedicated to helping those struggling with the disease of addiction, that has become the leading online space for the recovering community.
Shegerian is driven by his commitment to innovate and develop companies that benefit and inspire others and are socially responsible. He has a 25-year track record of quickly converting start-ups into large, highly successful business enterprises.
Over the years, Shegerian has also assisted many of the State's top legislators with guidance pertaining to policies geared toward the reduction of gang and youth violence.
No stranger to "recycling lives" and serving up second chances, in 1993 Shegerian co-founded Homeboy Tortillas and Homeboy Industries, which continues to serve as a paradigm for urban renewal in America and was awarded the New York Stock Exchange "Building for the Future" Award for creating new jobs and opportunities for gang-impacted youth in post-riot Los Angeles.
Shegerian is also the recipient of the prestigious "Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award," presented by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Committee to businessmen working to provide compassionate solutions for society's problems.
Kimberly Killen is an editor and writer based in Portland, OR, who has won numerous awards and fellowships for her writing and commitment to public service. She has a diverse background in communications, from working as an editorial manager at a leading content marketing agency to serving as a Legislative Aide in the MA House of Representatives. Kimberly received her B.A. from Wellesley College and her MSc from the London School of Economics.
Director of Media Relations
Paul Williams formed MediaLine Communications in 1996 to provide strategic messaging and consulting services to environmental, health, non-profit, government, entertainment and consumer-oriented organizations interested in delivering powerful and meaningful messages to large target audiences.
Media relations and publicity campaigns managed by Paul have been seen in over 60 countries and translated into more than 14 different languages. He received his dual bachelor's degrees in communications and writing from the University California at San Diego.
Recycling Database Coordinator
Rose Geiger manages the recycling location database for RecycleNation. She has been answering recycling inquiries and orchestrating brand outreach since 2010. Before joining the RecycleNation team, Rose taught young children and teachers and created online educational content using an integrated curriculum emphasizing the importance of the natural world. Rose is an avid upcycler and loves the great ideas RecycleNation readers share with her.