On August 1, 2014, Steve Spence retired from day-to-day operations of Green Planet 21 LLC. Spence will continue to be active in the guidance of Green Planet 21 as a Director of the Company, a Partner, and a source of inspiration to the shareholders and employees of the Company. Spence has worked with Steve Sutta since 1999 and they formed Green Planet 21, a sustainability company in 2009. Green Planet 21 has been effectively guiding American corporations to reach zero landfill and related sustainability goals. Green Planet 21 currently manages 11 plants processing paper, plastic, organics and metal with clients in 38 states across the U.S.
For the past thirty years Steve Spence has been creatively tackling difficult issues in recycling in North America and Asia. He has designed and built more than 20 recycling and document destruction plants. In May 2012, Steve Spence was honored with induction into the Hall of Fame of Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA). Previously his company was honored as a WSRA Company of the Year. Later, he served on the Board of the WSRA.
In addition, Spence has realized a lifelong goal by becoming a tree farmer in Arkansas with a long-time friend and fellow forester. Practicing sustainable forestry, they have planted 34 acres of seedlings in 2012 and are continuously improving and expanding their efforts. Steve and his wife Cindy have returned to live in St. Louis, closer to their family and their trees.
Steve Spence reminds us to give back and leave the planet a better place than we found it. His parting words are always “go out and do something good today!”
Emily Phillips, Washington State Recycling Association
says... Posted Friday, August 08, 2014
Congratulations on your retirement, Steve! Thanks for all you have done and continue to do for WSRA.