Experienced Environmental Sustainability Professional Joined CARE on July 5
Thomas Coates has been named the new California Carpet Stewardship Program Director as of July 5, 2022. Coates brings over 20 years of varied experience in the environmental field, and specializes in leading strategic environmental compliance analysis, development and standardization. From 2016-2022, Coates served as Lead Program Manager, Environmental & Compliance for the City of Ontario, CA. He previously worked as Program Specialist for San Bernardino County and as Sustainability Analyst/Coordinator for CR&R Environmental Services in Stanton, CA. He holds a master’s in Business Management from University of Redlands and a bachelor’s in Communications from Cal State – San Bernardino. Coates takes over the position from Interim Program Director Abbie Beane, who returns to her important role of Grants Manager on the CARE team.
Coates stated, “My purpose in accepting the Director position is to make sure that CARE is successful in reaching goals to keep post-consumer carpet out of landfills to help our stakeholders grow their business through the use of new technology and greater application of our resources.”
CARE Executive Director Bob Peoples noted, “I am delighted that Thomas has accepted to become our next California Program Director. His wide-ranging skills and experience make him the ideal person to take our growing program to the next level, while creatively working with the challenges that arise.”
In collaboration with Peoples and the CARE team, Thomas Coates will be responsible for the management and administration of all aspects of the Program, including delivering services to its target audiences to increase reuse, recycling and landfill diversion of post-consumer carpet discards in California.
Based in southern California, Coates looks forward to traveling extensively to meet with stakeholders across the state.