Marialyce Pedersen

The Walt Disney Company

Marialyce Pedersen is a senior policy analyst for The Walt Disney Company Global Public Policy team. She conducts research and benchmarking on global environmental topics, and develops and supports implementation of company-wide environmental goals, policies, standards and guidelines. She has worked in the environmental field, both public and private, for more than 25 years. Pedersen is currently an Advisory Council member for GBCI’s TRUE Zero Waste certification program, and was involved with developing the TRUE Zero Waste Advisor exam in 2017. She was a founding member of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and has taught zero waste certification courses and presented at many previous zero waste conferences. Her special passions include waste prevention, reuse and composting, and environmentally preferred procurement.

Pedersen also has expertise in sustainable wood and paper procurement, to prevent illegal logging and global deforestation; she was part of the team which created and is implementing Disney’s leading-edge Paper Sourcing & Use Policy (2012), and co-authored Disney’s internal Wood Use Standard.

In 2011 and 2012, Marialyce served as adjunct faculty at Golden West College in Huntington Beach, Calif. teaching a zero waste in business course as part of a Recycling and Resource Management certificate and AA degree program. She is the co-author of the best-selling how-to book, Backyard Composting. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in radio broadcasting from Humboldt State University.