- Fellow Emeritus
- Fellows Emeriti
Bill Sheehan is a policy expert and big picture thinker who has been at the forefront of two U.S. sustainability movements – Zero Waste and Extended Producer Responsibility – over the past two decades. Bill helped launch and lead the civic movement for Zero Waste as co-founder and Executive Director of the GrassRoots Recycling Network between 1995 and 2003. Then Bill co-founded UPSTREAM (formally Product Policy Institute), a national solutions-oriented policy and strategy think tank working to advance sustainability, end plastic pollution and reduce climate disruption through product-focused environmental policies. He served as Executive Director until July 2015 and still advises the organization. At UPSTREAM, Bill worked with local governments, communities and NGOs to bring Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policies to the US to spur green product design through corporate accountability. This work resulted in the formation of local government Product Stewardship Councils in California, New York, Texas, Vermont, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Bill holds a Ph.D. in insect ecology from Cornell University.
Articles / Blog posts
Competing Visions of Sustainability: Scarcity or Abundance?
November 23, 2015
Extended Producer Responsibility Meets Extended Producer Opportunity
April 16, 2015
Recycling in the Anthropocene
March 12, 2015
Sustainability for Whom?
March 4, 2015
The “Upstream” Story that Hasn’t Been Told
September 12, 2014
Putting Boundries on Selling Stuff
January 7, 2014
Climate Change, Peak Oil, and the End of Waste
September 27, 2010