Matthew St. Clair
Director of Sustainability
University of California’s Office of the President

“The Power of 10: Advancing zero waste through collaboration among University of California campuses”


About the Presenter:

Matthew St.Clair is the first Director of Sustainability for the University of California’s Office of the President, leading sustainability efforts across the 10-campus UC system since 2004.

Mr. St.Clair was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Strategic Energy Innovations, a non-profit organization implementing energy conservation and sustainability education programs in California.

Mr. St.Clair has delivered lectures at numerous universities, been an invited keynote speaker at several regional and national conferences, and has advised the U.S. House of Representatives on the formation of an Office of Sustainability for the U.S. Capitol.

Mr. St.Clair has a Masters degree in environmental policy from the Energy and Resources Group at UC Berkeley and a Bachelors degree in economics from Swarthmore College. He is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Get to Know the Presenter

While we are serious about sustainable materials management we thought it would be fun to ask our speakers a few silly, personal questions to get to know them. Here are Matthew’s:

What was the name of your first pet?     Tiffany

What is your favorite pizza topping?     Sundried tomatoes

Do you prefer to watch the sunrise or sunset?     Sunset

What is your one environmental vice?       Flying

What do you believe is the biggest challenge and what is the biggest opportunity in Sustainable Materials Management today?
Biggest challenge: fluctuating commodity prices; Biggest opportunity: extended producer responsibility requirements