President & Founder
Scott founded Companies for Zero Waste with a vision of catalyzing a greater pace of innovation by connecting leaders in sustainability, investors, and the government to advance the movement towards zero waste goals without sacrificing profitability.
Scott brings 25 years of experience working with hedge funds, private equity, real estate, venture capital and has launched three successful start-ups.
Jigar Shah is the President and Co-Founder of Generate Capital, the leading investment and operating platform for sustainable infrastructure. Founded in 2014, Generate Capital is the only “one-stop-shop” for pioneers leading the Resource Revolution.
Prior to Generate, as the Founder and CEO of SunEdison (NASDAQ: SUNE), Shah pioneered “no money down solar”, which unlocked a multi-billion-dollar solar market and became the largest solar services company worldwide before its acquisition by MEMC. Shah’s decades of experience in renewable energy consistently show that business model innovation and entrepreneurship are two of the keys to proving that sustainability pays.
Kelly Sarber is CEO of Strategic Management Group and a business development consultant for EnCap Investment’s Energy Transition fund. Sarber is an industry insider who is respected for her ability to guide companies and projects in complicated transactions geared to private equity investment with a deep network of corporate management teams and stakeholders. With more than $5Bill of asset value created around the country, Sarber operates at the nexus of energy, waste, and water with a development focus today primarily on greenfield utility scale solar and energy storage projects. She is responsible for developing the 3.2GW solar project linked to Starwood Energy’s Ten West Link. (the nation’s largest renewable project currently in development), and has several large, utility scale energy storage projects at various stages of development in NY and CA.
In 2012, Sarber successfully transitioned her skill set to developing renewable energy projects after many decades working in the solid waste and recycling industries including stints with WM, Synagro and Wheelabrator. With hundreds of thousands of batteries and solar panels soon to be deployed on her projects, Sarber brings a waste-industry honed perspective to how the solar and battery industries can invest in infrastructure to addresses the need for a circular economy.
Mr. Stanislaus is serving as Circular Economy Fellow at the World Resources Institute and Senior Advisor on the Platform for Accelerating Circular Economic Policy in partnership with the World Economic Forum. The platform consists of senior leaders of multinational corporations, national governments and international organizations partnering to co-design policy and financial mechanisms to address the acceleration of natural resource consumption that is driving environmental degradation.
He served as a senior political official for the Obama Administration, serving as the Assistant Administrator of the USEPA’s Office of Land and Emergency Management, a US Senate confirmed position. At USEPA, Mr. Stanislaus led programs that revitalize communities through the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated, hazardous and solid waste materials management, chemical plant safety, oil spill prevention, and emergency response. He led the effort to advance the transition to a circular economy through a life-cycle based sustainable materials management approach as a key effort to advance climate change mitigation. Through this effort, he establish public-private partnerships with the food sector to achieve SDG 12’s goal of reduce food waste by 50% by 2030, with the electronics sector to drive 100% of used electronics recycled to certified recyclers and realignment of regulations to drive circularity in manufacturing. He represented the U.S. at G7 deliberations that led to the formation of the G7 Alliance for Resources Efficiency and the of G7 countries plus Netherlands and Korea with representatives of their manufacturers to identify best practices to advance resource efficiency and circular economy in the supply chain. https://www.epa.gov/smm/advancing-resource-efficiency-supply-chain-observations-and-opportunities-action He advanced President Obama’s Climate Action Plan by climate change strategies into the Office’s programs.
Mr. Stanislaus is an environmental lawyer and chemical engineer with over 15 plus years of experience in the environmental field in the private, and public sectors.
Tony Schifano, Founder and CEO of Antos Environmental, started his career in healthcare. His dedication and commitment to this industry began in the late 1970’s. While working in a NYC hospital in the mid 80’s he witnessed a unique moment in time, a perfect storm of events; the AIDS Epidemic, syringes & medical waste debris washing up on the shores of beaches, Dept of Sanitation workers getting punctured with needles at the landfill, and the CDC reacting with Universal Precautions. This created an unprecedented increase in medical waste volume never before seen in the history of the industry. Tony, led by an entrepreneurial spirit, quickly began a medical waste disposal company and began helping hospitals dispose of this enormous waste volume. However, he soon realized the potential savings through better waste management and started thinking of the internal management strategies which launched Antos in 1989. One of the first ‘green-minded’ waste reduction management companies, committed to reducing hospital waste and its associated costs, while developing a culture committed to sustainability at every level of the organization. For over 25 years Tony and his team have clearly defined this creative and innovative path that has set a mandate for living and business.