Sara Nichols is the Executive Director for the State of Texas Alliance for Recycling (STAR), a nonprofit organization representing the diverse consortium of recycling professionals in Texas and beyond. At STAR, she implemented and now administers the Master Composter program, runs many successful industry events, facilitates private/public partnerships and stakeholder dialogue, and has been published in national trade publications. Sara was an integral part of the Texas Recycling Data Initiative (TRDI) team, which worked to develop the framework for a survey to take the first look at what recycling is occurring in Texas since the 1990s. The report was released in February 2015, and the results have been presented at multiple conferences and industry events. Sara is currently working as a subcontractor on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s “Study on the Economic Impacts of Recycling,” which is the result of legislation that was passed in the 84 th Texas Legislature in June 2015. Sara sits on the Steering Committee of the National Recycling Coalition’s Recycling Organization Council, is a SWANA Young Professional, and is an active member of the Hill Country Conservancy’s Emerging Professionals in Conservation (EPIC) group. Prior to entering the recycling industry and moving to Austin, she worked as a freelance journalist and copy editor for the Houston Chronicle and as a junior account executive at a boutique public relations company in Houston. She has more than six years of experience in communications, with an emphasis on writing and copyediting. She holds a degree in print journalism from the University of Houston.