Born and raised in Philadelphia, Alisa Shargorodsky’s professional and academic background is in Urban Design and the circular economy. Alisa is most passionate when serving her community and inspiring social and environmental justice in her beloved city. She has provided environmental sustainability coordination and consulting to the Philadelphia Water Department, Weavers Way Cooperative Food Association, and Live Nation. Her research focuses on source reduction and systems design and she has served as a panelist for Be Waste Wise, a global discussion on waste through Columbia University. In 2020 she was a panelist for Thomas Jefferson University’s symposium on Sustainable Design. An enthusiastic educator, she has a bright vision of our collective potential to do better for this planet.
In 2019, ECHO Systems was the first business to obtain a reusable container variance in the City of Philadelphia. Most recently, Alisa worked with the Philadelphia Health Department, The Office of Sustainability, and Circular Philadelphia to remove restrictions on reusable containers in food service. She is the subject matter expert of the Philadelphia Quick Start Guide, — improving circularity for food service and hospitality.