City/State: Washington, DC
Country: USA
Current Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Title: International Policy Analyst
Ellie M. Kanipe
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I’ve been working on the scrap tire issue in the U.S.-Mexico border region since 2006, and co-lead the Border 2012 Tire Group. It’s been wonderful to see the progress that has happened in this area since I began working on this issue.  Over 8 million tires from tire piles have been cleaned up since 2003, Border states, municipalities and the tire industry are working together to address the border's tire problem through a Border 2012 initiative called the Tire Initiative Collaborative Effort, and several border municipalities have developed sustainable scrap tire management plans.  I am consistently inspired by this success and the people on the ground making it happen.