When Natalie Fleming was in high school, she first learned about sustainability in one of her courses. Back then, many cities were implementing plastic bag bans, and that caught Fleming's attention. How could plastic bags be so detrimental to the environment? And how does a city organize around a ban?Fleming decided to explore this and more at Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability.
After studying food systems and waste management, Fleming graduated from the School of Sustainability in 2012 with a bachelor of arts. Her interests in cleaning up the planet led to her current position as district sales manager for a small Utah startup called EcoScraps.
“EcoScraps collects produce waste from grocery stores, farms, food banks, basically anywhere that has food that has gone bad before selling,” Fleming says. “We pick it up and make organic gardening products like garden soil and plant food.”