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Nordstrom Cares Heroes
Employee Idea Sprouts Change
Megan Bell takes pride in making earth-friendly ideas spring to life. Megan was instrumental in developing a composting program based on a partnership with a local farmer who would take the store's organic waste and convert it to compost used in the revitalization of the store's landscaping.
In November 2008, Megan was serving as building services assistant manager at our Scottsdale, Arizona store. Megan's manager, Bill Minnich, was seeking out a partner who could take organic waste from the store's cafe and Ebar and convert it to compost to reduce the volume of waste sent to the landfill. Bill's research had led him to Ken Singh of Singh Farms. Ken, who had developed a local reputation for turning organic waste into rich compost for use on landscaping at local golf courses, resorts and campuses, was eager to work with Nordstrom on the partnership."It's been exciting to see our trees grow greener, fuller and healthier."- Megan Bell, Nordstrom Building Services
"Bill and I met with Ken a couple of times before the composting program actually began," Megan recalled. "It became clear that he expected our relationship to be more than just dropping off waste for compost; he wanted it to be a complete circle. He said, 'I'm not here to be a factory; I want to see our compost benefit your business as well.'"
Once the partnership was in place, Megan took charge of monitoring the logistics of the project and coordinating the steps to bring the compost back to Nordstrom. Now, more than two years later, the trees and bushes on site are sprouting new growth and looking healthier than ever, thanks to the composting program. So far, the Scottsdale store has diverted more than 112,000 pounds of compostable waste away from the landfills to Singh Farms and continues to average between 5,000 and 6,000 pounds per month. All of this eventually comes back as compost to nourish the landscape at our store and throughout the community.
Seeking new challenges
With the success of the Singh Farms partnership under her belt, Megan is now ready to take on new challenges to help Nordstrom help the planet. "It's been exciting to see our trees grow greener, fuller and healthier," said Megan, who has since been promoted to area building services manager for our Last Chance store in Phoenix as well as our Nordstrom Rack store in Arrowhead, Arizona.
What's Megan's next green challenge? "I want to start a recycling program for Last Chance," she said. "It's a big task—but it's important for everybody in the company to do their part. If I can get buy-in from everybody else, we're going to jump in and make it happen."
Nordstrom Cares Heroes highlights those employees who have taken initiative to identify and come forward with opportunities to help create positive change. Their ideas and efforts span many stores and regions. They range from finding ways to become more environmentally conscientious within our store operations to helping support and make a difference in the neighborhoods that support us.
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