Mark Bowers is the Solid Waste Programs Division Manager of the Environmental Services Department in Sunnyvale.
He has a B.S. in Natural Resource Planning, Humboldt State University in Arcata, California
Since 1990, Mark has managed all services related to solid waste for the City of Sunnyvale including: refuse collection and disposal; design, funding, startup and management of the 1500 tons per day Sunnyvale Materials Recovery and Transfer Station (SMaRT Station®);recycling and source reduction services; household hazardous waste events; landfill closure and post-closure maintenance; preparing the first greenhouse gas inventory for City operations and a menu of GHG-reduction projects; marketing electricity produced from landfill gas and digester gas; ordinances banning single-use carryout bags and expanded polystyrene food containers; implementing a City Council-approved Zero Waste Strategic Plan.
Prior to working in local government, Mark spent 12 years in non-profit recycling programs as co-founder of Eco-Cycle in Boulder, Colorado in 1976; Operations Manager, Arcata Community Recycling Center 1977-1984 and Executive Director of the Bend Recycling Team in Bend, Oregon
Mark has been a member of the CAW Board since 1983. He is also Vice-President, Northern California Chapter, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and Treasurer, SWANA’s California Legislative Task Force.