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Every day at your school, a large amount of recyclable material is thrown out.  Half of all garbage in schools is generated during two hours – lunchtime.  However, it really isn’t “garbage” until you throw it away….streaming materials into recycling avenues, even materials previously considered non recyclable such as food left overs, Styrofoam, juice pouches, chip bags, etc. can reduce waste from school lunch by 90%!

We Future Cycle is a 501c3 charitable organization that helps schools:
• Comply with New York State Recycling Laws
• Reduce lunchroom garbage by 90% by sorting out recyclables
• Reduce refuse costs significantly
• Reduce pollution
• Help generate substantial revenue for your County
• Provide opportunity for green school recognition
• Create a generation of children that are actively involved in recycling and take responsibility for their daily actions.

Contact Us
Anna Giordano 914-497-7580  anna@wefuturecycle.com
or
Ashley Welde 917-733-3710  ashley@wefuturecycle.com

We’d be happy to speak with your School District to devise a We Future Cycle program that works for you.  Download the We Future Cycle Flyer, and contact us to schedule a presentation to learn more.

Meet Our Team

Anna Giordano, Executive Director

anna-giordano-websizeAnna Giordano started We Future Cycle after she seeing the daily garbage piles generated at her children’s school and realizing that she had to do something.  Anna has implemented School Lunch Recycling at 15 schools in Westchester County by training thousands of children to empty and sort containers into the correct bins. Garbage was reduced from 293 lbs per lunch down to three, a 98% reduction. A concerned mom and business woman, Anna’s vision is to save the world, one school district at a time. Anna can be reached at anna@wefuturecycle.com.

Ashley Welde, President

Ashley Welde photoAshley Welde co-founded We Future Cycle with Anna Giordano after seeing the enormous amount of untouched and unopened food that got thrown away at her kids’ school cafeteria. Ashley is motivated by knowing that the earth’s resources are limited, and reclaiming resources through recycling and composting are necessary to leave a habitable planet for future generations. After 20 years as a marketing & PR executive at IBM, MasterCard, and Burson-Marsteller, Ashley decided to leave the corporate world for “greener” pastures! In addition to her We Future Cycle work, Ashley serves on the Rye Brook and Rye Town Sustainability Committees and is VP of the Blind Brook Board of Education. She studied public policy at Swarthmore College and marketing at Columbia Business School.  Ashley can be reached at ashley@wefuturecycle.com.

LeighAnn Ferrara, Senior Program Director

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LeighAnn Ferrara joined the We Future Cycle team in January of 2020 with over 12 years of
experience working for European luxury goods companies. LeighAnn  has been an avid recycler, re-purposer, and waste reducer since her father brought home a book called 50 Simple Things You Can Do to Save the Earth when she was an adolescent.  She holds a joint B.A. from the University of New Hampshire in European Cultural Studies and International Affairs and a Masters in French Studies from New York University. LeighAnn lives in Westchester with her husband and two children and founded and administers the local Buy Nothing Project group along with maintaining her extensive organic garden with a focus on edible and native plants. She is excited to begin this next chapter spreading sustainability to schoolchildren.

Team Members 

GeorginaGeorgina Marek earned a B.S. degree in Natural Resources Conservation and Biology from the University of Connecticut.  She also received an M.S. degree in Special Education from Long Island University.  From an early age, Georgina was taught about the importance of recycling and treating our planet with care.  In all her endeavors, she seeks to incorporate education and environmental concerns.  Upon learning about the focus of We Future Cycle on teaching kids and promoting composting and increased recycling in schools, Georgina joined in February of 2016.  She loves to travel to our National Parks with her family and marvel at this wonderful Earth!

Beautiful Logo!
We are extremely grateful to Christina Collins and Brett Collins from Counterspace for donating their time and wisdom to the branding and logo design of We Future Cycle.   Thank you!

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