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Libby Mcdonald

Libby Mcdonald


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Member SinceJul 1, 2014CoLab Points (actual)
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As the Program Director of Global Sustainability Partnerships at MIT, Libby develops and implements integrated waste management strategies in low-income communities to promote social and economic change. Currently, in Latin American and the Caribbean, she applies innovative waste technologies and business models in urban centers and remote municipalities that simultaneously reduce greenhouse gases and create jobs for impoverished populations.

Her most recent work includes:

  1. partnering with Rede CataSampa, the Sao Paulo chapter of Brazil’s national union of waste pickers, the University of Sao Paulo, and MIT students from multiple disciplines to implement a waste vegetable oil collection and filtration business in waste picking cooperatives; and
  2. in partnership with five municipalities and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), she works on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua, creating technology and business models for small recycling and waste-to-energy businesses that provide income opportunities for some of the region’s most marginalized people. 


A writer and a documentary filmmaker, Libby’s film and written work explore issues of race, equality, and the environment. In 2007 she published the book The Toxic Sandbox: The Truth About Environmental Toxins and Our Children's Health (Penguin, 2007) and was featured on more than 60 radio shows, talking about how environmental pollutants impact the social, cognitive, and physical development of our children. Libby has written, directed, and produced film and television for two decades.


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Libby Mcdonald joined the Climate CoLab communityJul 1, 2014