Our People

Sarah Edwards
CEO, North America
I have the exciting role of developing and delivering cutting edge projects for Eunomia’s clients in North America. When I am not working I love exploring New York’ diverse neighborhoods, cooking and travelling.

During the 20 years’ Sarah has worked in the waste and resource management sector she has delivered a range of policy, service and infrastructure projects for both public and private sector organizations.

Sarah joined Eunomia in 2015 after working in South Africa for three years assessing the feasibility of waste to energy facilities for the processing of organic and municipal waste. Her skills lie in understanding client requirements and developing the right solution in challenging environments.  She draws on her broad operational experience from the collection and disposal sectors to deliver complex programs and projects which involve a wide range of stakeholders, competing priorities and commercial drivers.

Recent Experience

Sarah set up Eunomia’s North American business at the start of 2017 and is currently working on a number of large policy and planning related projects including setting the design principals for an Extended Producer Responsibility policy for Packaging and Paper products in Alberta and carrying a cost benefit analysis of Ontario introducing a container deposit system for non-alcoholic beverages to support existing curbside services.

Projects that Sarah has overseen since opening the New York office include:

  • Investigated the causes and costs of illegal dumping, before recommending programs to prevent incidents and minimize costs of clearance in Sacramento County and City, California;
  • Redesigned a recycling transfer station and community recycling center for the Town of Needham, Massachusetts;
  • Production of building design which sets out the requirements for developers of single and multi-family properties in respect to adequate storage and collection of recycling, organic and trash for the City of Raleigh, North Carolina;
  • Development of US-specific food waste action guides to waste prevention, recovery and recycling for the foodservice and restaurant on behalf of non-profit ReFED;
  • Calculation of the economic benefits of recycling to the Alberta economy which included calculation of the number of direct, indirect and induced jobs resulting from recycling activity and the Gross Value Add to the Alberta economy; and,
  • Assessment of the financial impact on municipalities from the proposal by New York states Guvnor Cuomo’s to expand the container deposit system.

Sarah is also the chair of the Plastic Free Waters Partnership, a non-profit seeking to reduce marine plastics in New York and New Jersey.

Career History

Sarah gained her experience working for large multinational companies including Mace Ltd, a global project and construction management company, Veolia Environmental Services, one of the worlds’ leading waste and water management organizations, and EnviroServ, South Africa’s largest waste management company.

Projects delivered on behalf of these companies included the design and implementation of curbside collection services for municipalities, procurement of statutory public sector services from the private sector and the project management of waste management infrastructure including in-vessel composting facilities and material recycling facilities.

Sarah is a PRINCE2® practitioner with an MSc in Waste Management and BSc in Environmental Science.