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The Next Generation of Sustainability at Macy’s, Inc.

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Associate Spotlight: Mike Fackler

Mike Fackler likes to be ahead of the game. In fact, the first time he contacted Macy’s about an internship, he was still in high school. “We couldn’t hire him as an intern then,” said Elena Pfarr, director of Environmental Services at Macy’s. “But I was so impressed with his initiative; I invited him to reconnect and he was eligible for an internship.” Fackler did, and he spent this summer working with Pfarr on multiple projects.

“A lot of my work is waste diversion, like recycling food waste and other organic waste. At Macy’s, I’ve learned about construction waste diversion, including how to execute a demolition waste diversion plan. It’s really expanded the way I interact with the concept of sustainability,” Fackler said.

Fackler was instrumental in another significant green initiative during his Macy’s internship: re-establishing the composting program at the company’s Cincinnati corporate offices. (Watch for an upcoming Green Living story about the program.) “I had a contact who does compost hauling, and I helped set up a meeting between him and Macy’s; it grew from there,” said Fackler. “Helping to re-launch this program – it’s the highlight of my internship!”

What he was able to accomplish in his short time with Macy’s makes one thing abundantly clear: Regardless of how long you’ve been a part of the company or where you are in the organization, you have the ability to pursue your passions and make a measurable difference. This is because Macy's is committed to identifying and developing the next generation of leaders. “I appreciate the opportunity I’ve had at Macy’s,” Fackler said. “I’ve learned a lot, and I’m happy I was able to help relaunch the composting program.”

Sustainability has been Fackler’s passion since he took an environmental science class while a sophomore in high school. His teacher had the class sort trash in the cafeteria to understand the impact of food waste. “It changed my perspective,” he said. “Before that, I threw bottles in the trash instead of recycling; I didn’t care.” He went on to apply for (and be awarded) a $10,000 grant for new recycling bins to benefit his school district.

After that success, Fackler expanded his efforts into the broader community, becoming active in multiple community sustainability organizations. For Cincinnati’s Ohio River Paddlefest, he chaired the committee for making the festival a zero-waste event. “We just started two years ago,” he said, “and now we have achieved 90.2 percent waste recycled or diverted.”

At the age of 20, Fackler is already making a real difference. “I don’t think of what I do as anything special. It’s just what I do. I do it because I like doing it, and it makes an impact. It changes the way people view waste, and it shows them they can do something about it – something that helps the environment and saves money at the same time,” he said. “It’s never good to dwell on what you’ve already done,” he reflects. “It’s better to look ahead at what you can do in the future, rather than what you’ve done with your past.”

Wise words for us all.

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