Meet the Moderator:

Nicole Ray

Senior Manager, Climate Change & Sustainability Services, EY

Nicole has more than 19 years of experience in sustainability, creating strategies and partnerships for water, agriculture, climate and recovery projects with cross-sector of NGO’s, industry groups, hospitality, travel, college/university, food, beverage and consumer products organizations. Supporting clients across the Hospitality, Retail and Consumer Products sectors through ESG-focused engagements including: materiality assessments, benchmarking, strategy and goal development, circular economy, Science Based Target setting, water and climate risk assessment, annual ESG report development and publication, management and optimization of ESG reports and stakeholder questionnaires.

Nicole spent just shy of a decade with Coca-Cola North America, initially supporting 80 manufacturing facilities, leading water and energy efficiency initiatives and trainings, supported source water vulnerability assessments and source water protection plans as well as managing the recycling programs. She also led customer collaborations through sustainability initiatives across water, agriculture, climate and recycling initiatives throughout the retail, foodservice, travel and college/university partners of Coca-Cola. The last few years at Coca-Cola were focused on circular economy, training packaging engineers to design recyclable packaging, aligning with procurement to incorporate higher recycled content and outreach to external stakeholders to support investment in education and infrastructure to expand recycling access and collection.  Prior to joining Coca-Cola, Nicole created and ran an environmental division of Design & Source Productions, a boutique product and packaging firm in New York City, helping consumer goods companies transition to more sustainable products and packaging.

Stakeholder engagement with various coalitions and industry groups include the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, NY Coalition for Resource Recovery, Beverage Industry Environmental Roundtable, Southeast Recycling Development Council, Closed Loop Partners and The Recycling Partnership.