Lauren Fernandez

Zero Waste Policy Analyst CLF Massachusetts

Lauren Fernandez is the Zero Waste Policy Analyst with CLF’s Zero Waste Project. She is based in Boston and works on creating healthier, equitable communities through zero-waste systems and policies. 

She holds an M.A. in Global Sustainability from the University of South Florida in Tampa, where she researched how race, class, and disabilities impact participation, privilege, and accessibility in the Zero Waste movement. She is passionate about Zero Waste education and amplifying the work of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Zero Waste advocates. 

Lauren has a community organizing background and has worked with several environmental justice organizations in Miami, FL, where she is originally from. She worked with Transit Alliance Miami as a Fellow and Council Member and was part of a county-wide bus redesign effort. She also served as a Board Member for Struggle for Miami’s Affordable and Sustainable Housing to address climate gentrification and develop affordable housing solutions with impacted residents. Prior to CLF, Lauren worked as a freelance Grant Writer. Lauren is proficient in Spanish. She loves coffee, compost, kayaking, and spending time with her family and friends.

Recent Posts

Recycling Prices Continue to Rise – But at What Cost?
Over the past few years, recycling prices across the U.S. have soared, with some cities and towns now spending millions of dollars on their programs. The cause? A poorly designed system based on passing-the-buck. For years, the U.S. collected our recyclables only to ship billions of pounds of them across the sea for China to…


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