The following is an op-ed piece by Jennifer Berry, public and strategic relations manager for Earth911. It does not describe the views or opinions of Earth911.
Michael Bartell is not a pretentious person. Walking by him on the street, he would probably give you a friendly smile and continue on his way.
You may think the man in charge of fulfilling duties surrounding greening such events as the Waste Management Phoenix Open and the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl might be a bit beyond humble, but then you wouldn’t know Bartell very well.
The Director of Operations for Waste Management of Arizona brings not only a professional pizzazz to the art of waste collection that is hard to replicate, but also a personal connection to the cause of sustainability that makes his work more than a paycheck.
Growing up composting and meticulously recycling with his grandfather decades ago, Bartell recalls his family being thought of as strange for going to such lengths to minimize their impact. Today, it’s his job not only as a professional, but as a parent.
Earth911 sat down with this local leader to find out what makes his green endeavors so worthwhile. Check out the video above for a first-hand look at the interview.