Nina Bhattacharyya, Founder

Nina founded Zero Waste Gainesville in 2017. Over the last 4 years, she has worked in the field of land conservation throughout Florida. Her passion for the environment and protecting special places has naturally led to advocacy and education efforts that focus on sustainable resource management and waste reduction. Nina earned her Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and B.S. in Biology from University of Richmond. Prior to obtaining her graduate degree, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research the conservation of natural resources in Trinidad and Tobago. In her free time, Nina likes to garden, meander through Florida's many wonderful parks, and experiment with recipes. 

Amanda Waddle, Zero Waste and Policy Advisor

Amanda advocates for zero waste through education and outreach in the Gainesville community. As an ambassador for The 5 Gyres Institute Amanda conducts education and outreach on microplastics, microbeads, microfibers and plastic pollution in our oceans. Amanda is a certified TRUE Advisor and has a Masters of Science degree from the University of Florida in Interdisciplinary Ecology. Amanda's strong connection with nature through studying and working as a biologist in Florida is what drives her commitment to helping individuals, schools, businesses and cities to work towards zero waste. Amanda along with her husband, Hardin are raising 2 nature loving girls, Allison and Lacey and as a family they enjoy hiking, canoeing, kayaking, visiting springs and beaches and working towards zero waste. 

Tyler Jones, Multimedia Communications Specialist

Tyler Jones is the owner/operator of Tyler Jones Photography, a freelance photography business based out of Gainesville, Florida, as well as the head photographer for the University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Having a lifelong passion for the outdoors and outdoor recreation, Tyler values clean, natural environments and understands that the key to ensuring their health and survival begins with the little things that individuals do in their own lives to reduce personal consumption and waste.  When he's not traveling the state of Florida documenting UF's scientific and research endeavors, he's helping Zero Waste Gainesville develop online educational videos designed to aid individuals in reducing their own waste, so that they too can do can do their part in protecting and preserving the environment.