From transportation services to fostering equity and inclusion in the workplace, local governments play a central role in day-to-day life across the globe. Reflecting on key trends in local governance for 2019, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) features 19 thought leaders in their new publication “19 on 2019”, discussing critical considerations and tips for local governments.
Carrie Thompson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is among the experts featured for her knowledge and leadership in solid waste management, including USAID’s Municipal Waste Recycling Program.
“2018 was a pivotal year for raising awareness of the enormity of the interconnected challenges of rapid urbanization, poor waste management, and rising levels of pollution—particularly plastic pollution. From Earth Day, which had plastic pollution as its main theme, to the cover of National Geographic, plastic pollution was a significant topic in 2018. Moving into 2019, I am hopeful that the increased attention around plastic pollution will translate into increased action to improve local waste management systems, infrastructure, and recycling practices.” Click here to read the full story.