This week, two of our most active members in Minnesota shared some great news with us, and they are owed huge congratulations from the Main Street community. Lynn Hoffman and Kate Davenport, are moving into new roles at Minneapolis-based Eureka Recycling. The two will serve as co-CEO’s, leading a team of more than 80 employees.
Lynn and Kate's forward-thinking leadership and commitment to Eureka's mission of both environmental and economic sustainability prove that high-road, zero waste social enterprises can succeed when they invest in their employees and community. Honoring a zero-waste commitment, Eureka’s focuses on reuse, recycling, composting, waste reduction and producer responsibility. Company-wide they employ more than 80 members of the community, providing each with living wages.
Eureka recently won long-term contracts with the Cities of Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Roseville to provide recycling services for the next 5 + years. Eureka's success shows that businesses don’t just survive but thrive on the high road, and it also demonstrates how local municipalities can align their values with companies that invest in their employees and protect the environment.
Kate and Lynn have long led Eureka's advocacy efforts on a range of issues from zero-waste to clean energy. They have served as founding advisory board members of Main Street Alliance of Minnesota and were part of the cohort of business leaders who helped shape and pass the state's first Earned Sick and Safe Time ordinance in Minneapolis by testifying, attending press conferences and writing op-eds. They continue to support policies that work toward economic and racial justice and help shape the kind of cities and states in which we live and do business.
For all of their great work and for taking on new and exciting roles with the company we offer them our sincerest congratulations on this huge step and look forward to the work we can do together in 2017 and beyond.