Marina, raised in the green mountains of Vermont, developed a love for the outdoors and environmentalism at a young age. She founded Waste-Free Earth after she realized the adverse effects her actions were having on the environment. From traveling, going to music festivals, outdoor activities, and everyday life, she noticed something had to change. Through relatable advice and actions, Marina hopes to inspire everyone to make a positive difference in his or her daily lives, no matter how big or small it may be.
Marina graduated Cum Laude from Sierra Nevada College, in May 2016 with a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sustainability and a BSBA in Ski Business and Resort Management. While attending SNC, Marina received numerous academic awards including Most Innovated Student of the Year, Inspiring Community Impact, Notable Achievement Award, Outstanding Achievement Award and Who's Who Among Students in America. After graduation, Marina spoke on TEDx in South Lake Tahoe, in October of 2016. Her talk can be found on YouTube, Marina McCoy I Festival Waste.
I imagine an Earth where we can sing, dance, and live waste-free together. I take progressive approaches to integrating sustainability in all aspects of the event or business. I aim to eliminate waste from the source of the problem, resulting in an overall reduction of waste. But it's not just about the waste, it's about inspiring attendees, artists, and employees to take action in their everyday life after they leave the event.
Throughout my time attending music festivals, I have realized that to continue to have these spectacular events; we need to change the way people think about waste while at the festival. At festivals, we can reach a large number of individuals all at once, so let us use that leverage for the greater good. Through education and hands-on workshops, I believe that the music festival industry will soon be known as a global contributor in environmental sustainability.