Joel Schoening

Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative

Joel Schoening grew up in California and has considered Oregon home for over 20 years. He completed a Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Oregon, and has taught, researched, and published on topics of social change, democracy, and sustainable urbanization. For the last 10 years he’s been building communications and community engagement programs for public infrastructure and sustainability projects. He currently leads the communications team for the Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative, a globally recognized bottle deposit and return program. He serves as a board member for the Vanport Mosaic and the Association of Oregon Recyclers, which keep him connected to the cultural and environmental justice causes about which he cares deeply. He rides bicycles to relax. He and his spouse live in NE Portland where they enjoy the benefits of life in Pacific Northwest with family and friends.