Input Fort Wayne's sustainability blogger is named one of Indiana's 'Recycling Rock Stars'

A big congrats to Input blogger and Allen County Sustainability Coordinator, Jodi Leamon, for being named one of 30 “Recycling Rock Stars” in Indiana by the Indiana Recycling Coalition (IRC).

To honor its 30th year as a nonprofit, the IRC's is recognizing "Recycling Rock Stars" as individuals who have made a significant impact on the organization, its mission, and the circular economy in the state of Indiana.

For the past seven years, Leamon has worked for what is now the Allen County Department of Environmental Management (ACDEM). In her current role as Sustainability Coordinator, she collaborates with countywide businesses and organizations to reduce their environmental footprints through education and waste audits, developing single-use plastic campaigns, managing volunteers for the Food Rescue US partnership, monitoring the ACDEM’s Community Recycling Drop-off program, and keeping up-to-date on recycling markets and trends.

As part of her education efforts, she writes a monthly sustainability blog for Input Fort Wayne, highlighting eco-friendly practices in northeast Indiana and answering readers' questions about green lifestyles in her "Ask An Environmentalist" series.

Leamon will soon launch her own podcast, “A material Girl Goes Green,” a press release says.

“Of all the people involved in sustainability issues in the state of Indiana, it is a high honor to be selected as a ‘Rock Star,’ and I can think of no one more deserving,” says Tom Fox, director of ACDEM in a press release. “This recognition speaks well for Jodi’s dedication and hard work on behalf of environmental issues and reinforces our long-held belief that we are fortunate to have her as part of the ACDEM team.”

Throughout the year, the IRC will be recognizing Leamon and other "Recycling Rock Stars" by profiling them on their website, highlighting them in social media posts using the hashtag #IRCturns30, and honoring them during a celebration planned for June 2020.

Read all of Leamon's Input Fort Wayne blogs here.

Read more articles by Kara Hackett.

Kara Hackett is a Fort Wayne native fascinated by what's next for northeast Indiana how it relates to other up-and-coming places around the world. After working briefly in New York City and Indianapolis, she moved back to her hometown where she has discovered interesting people, projects, and innovations shaping the future of this place—and has been writing about them ever since. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @karahackett.
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