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Kimberly Holmes

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Sustainability -- Business Consultants, Manufactures -- Oregon


Interview of Kimberly Holmes by Patrick Fausel in Portland, Oregon on November 20th, 2009.

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In 2009 Kim Holmes was Principal Consultant for 4R Sustainability, Inc. She earned an MA in Urban Studies from Portland State University.


The interviewing of Kim Holmes, from 4R Sustainability, by Patrick Fausel November 20th 2009, consists of explanations provided from her insights and experience in the world of recycling and her beliefs about the economy and sustainability. Her master’s dissertation is on Solid waste sustainability, and her profession is a tech oriented business that moves other businesses towards sustainability. People, Planet, and Profit, are the triple bottom line for sustainability, for businesses. The Portland region is an innovative place for recycling and sustainability, such as steel recycling in Portland, and collection bins that METRO offers to consumers and businesses, leading the way as a region leader in sustainable practices. The recycling process can be cost effective and profit driven, essentially paying for itself. Kim believes the exporting of waste too toxic to recycle locally is not as effective or sustainable when we have to export it far away.

This interview is part of “The Sustainability History Project: Documenting Sustainable Development and Practice in the Pacific Northwest” at Portland State University


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