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Kelly Weger: IRC Recycling Rock Star

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

Celebrate the awesomeness of Kelly Weger by making a donation to the IRC in her honor. Your tax-deductible contribution will help the IRC reach its 30th Anniversary fundraising campaign goal and helps fund our education and advocacy projects – and more

Kelly Weger is no stranger to hard work. Whether she is conducting business workshops or knee-deep in a dumpster, she is always prepared to create a lesson from any aspect of life. For the past six years, she has educated companies and organizations about how they can improve their impact on the environment. 

Weger acts as the Lead Service Manager for Sustainability at Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). She has mastered collaborating with management at several manufacturing businesses in order to improve sustainable habits. This is no small feat, as Indiana is ranked as one of the top manufacturing states in the country. She also maintains relationships with companies and organizations to implement what they have learned, resulting in significant impact to the companies’ triple bottom line. She proves sustainability efforts can positively affect people, the planet, and a company’s profit.

In her engaging lessons, Weger helps companies transform into better, more sustainable workplaces by showing them how to to commit to wasting less, reusing more, and conserving energy.

Throughout her career, Weger has repeatedly found that incorporating sustainability policies in business can only help them. The logic and reasoning of a company’s mission is never compromised through these practices, but always improved.

“It is the only way that companies can continue to be competitive in the global market,” says Weger. 

Weger has provided W.A.S.T.E. (Water, Air, Solids, Toxicity, and Energy) Stream Mapping, Sustainable Manufacturing, Zero Landfill: Dumpster Dive, Energy Savings 101, and other sustainability training to over 500 employees at more than 35 Indiana manufacturing companies and other businesses in 23 Indiana towns. She presents at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels.

Whether she is in the workplace or at home, Weger behaves with a sense of moral duty and believes that humans should leave things better than they found them. She founded IndyYpsi LLC along with her wife, realtor Bethany Schultz. The pair purchases rental homes in Fountain Square and renovate them to be safe, comfortable, and energy efficient, all while upholding their historical charms. They then rent the houses below market value to curb gentrification in the neighborhood. 

“We love having diverse neighbors, and it’s been a wonderful way for us to attract and keep more of the artists, single moms, and others who are otherwise being driven out of Fountain Square by rising costs and reduced rental housing,” Weger says.  “We don’t make as much money as other property owners, but it’s the right thing to do for our planet and our tenants.”

Written by Holland Cluff


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