Cheryl Coleman


Cheryl Coleman is the Director for the Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD) within the Office or Resource Conservation and Recovery at the US EPA. The Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD) is responsible for: promoting the reduction, reuse, recovery and recycling of municipal, industrial and extractive wastes and the long term sustainable management of these materials; establishing collaborative partnerships with businesses and State, territorial, and local governments; and, developing policy, technical guidance, tools, and public information on sustainable materials management. Ms. Coleman has the opportunity to share perspectives on EPA’s SMM Program and particularly its focus areas in multiple settings in the US. In her position at EPA, Ms. Coleman has represented the US on issues related to SMM at the Milan Expo, the expert workshop on “Contributions of Life Cycle Thinking to Sustainable Development Pathways in Kyoto, Japan and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Working Party on Resource Productivity and Waste.

Ms. Coleman is a graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA. She did further graduate work at Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, and earned a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Ms. Coleman has over thirty years of experience with materials and waste management. She came to US EPA Headquarters from the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control where she was the Director of Compliance and Enforcement for waste programs and mining. Additionally, she served in several leadership capacities for the Association of State and Territorial Solid Waste Management Officials (ASTSWMO).