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Matt Pasquali

Circular Economy Senior Analyst

My passion for tackling environmental and social issues related to the circular economy stems from my belief that we all have an active role to play in protecting our environment and advancing toward an equitable future for all. Now more than ever, we must focus on circular economy policies and zero waste planning that will help build a more sustainable and resilient future.

Matt Pasquali (he/him/his) has worked directly with local and federal agencies as both a consultant and internal employee to advance circular economy and clean energy initiatives. He brings a problem-solving mindset to all his work. One of his greatest achievements includes performing a data quality assessment of the underlying dataset used to generate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Facts and Figures about Materials, Waste and Recycling” report. This work was key to understanding the most comprehensive national level data set for solid waste generation, diversion, composting, combustion with energy recovery, and landfilling. At the conclusion of this assessment, Matt and a team of four published “Understanding the trade-offs of national municipal solid waste estimation methods for circular economy policy” to help stakeholders understand the trade-offs of using various waste estimation methods.

For EPA’s “Solid Waste Management Guide for Developing Countries,” Matt drafted two 25+ page companion chapters focused on plastic waste and enabling recycling markets. He also managed four Excel-based tools under EPA’s Biogas Toolkit that enabled stakeholders to estimate potential emissions from solid waste management projects. He served as the main point of contact for user inquiries about these tools and led training webinars for stakeholders around the world. At the local level, he conducted quarterly waste characterization studies. He developed PowerBI dashboards to analyze and present these data to county management. He also led outreach efforts by conducting recycling compliance inspections at multi-family and commercial businesses and presented recycling best practices at various community events.

Matt holds a B.S. in environmental science from Dickinson College, with a focus on waste minimization efforts. Outside work, he is an avid runner, sports fan, and aspiring Adirondack 46er.