Speaker Bio


Cheryl Coleman

Cheryl Coleman

Vice President for Sustainability, The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries

Cheryl T Coleman is the Vice President for Sustainability at The Institute for Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Cheryl has over 30 years of experience in materials management. In her current role at ISRI, she is leading efforts with ISRI members and other stakeholders to strengthen the industry’s voice in domestic and global policy sustainability discussions including climate change, the circular economy and environmental justice; the development of a Recyclability Protocol and Certification Program for fiber based packaging; and, is working with underrepresented communities to increase awareness of career opportunities in the recycling industry. In addition, Cheryl serves on the Southeast Resource Development Council Board and the National Recycling Coalition Board.

Cheryl previously served as the Director of the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division at US Environmental Protection Agency where she led efforts to improve the US recycling system, reduce food loss and waste, used electronics management and beneficial use of industrial materials. In her position at EPA, Ms. Coleman represented the US on issues related to sustainable materials management at the Milan Expo, an expert Life Cycle workshop Kyoto, Japan, and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Resource Productivity and Waste.

Prior to her tenure at EPA, Cheryl was the Director for Compliance and Enforcement for materials and wastes at the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.