Conference Schedule

Wasted: Feed Your Customers, Not the Landfill

There’s no question that recycling, composting and organic diversion waste disposal options are good for the environment and for our future. This panel will serve as a guide to help restaurants implement environmentally conscious habits, prepare for zero waste ordinances and highlight best practices.


Sunday, July 15, 2018


10:00am - 10:45am


Panhandle Culinary Theatre


Amy Stansbury, Austin EcoNetwork
Darien Clary, Austin Independent School District
Jason Sabala, Buzz Mill Coffee
Nadine Thomas, W Austin


Amy Stansbury

Amy Stansbury

Amy Stansbury is a environmental reporter and journalist with a thirst for covering local politics. She is the Editor-In-Chief of the Austin EcoNetwork, Austin's local environmental news source, as well as the cohost of Shades of Green, Austin's live environmental talk radio show. 

Amy is also the coauthor of "A Beginner's Guide To Local Government," an activity book that teaches Austinites how to get involved and make a difference in their community. 

In her free time, Amy can be found swimming in Barton Springs Pool or rock climbing in the Greenbelt.

Darien Clary

Darien Clary

As Austin ISD Sustainability Manager, Darien implements programs and tracks performance for water & energy conservation, recycling & composting, alternative transportation, green building, and school engagement. Prior to joining Austin ISD, Darien advanced sustainability at Austin Community College and lead community-based conservation and economic growth initiatives in the Dominican Republic for Columbia University’s Center for Environment, Economy, and Society. Darien holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Southwestern University and a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Texas. She enjoys addressing sustainability to create positive change towards conservation, responsible practices, and youth engagement at Austin ISD.

Jason Sabala

Jason Sabala

Jason Sabala cultivates a brand and culture for leadership consultation, forged in ownership of seminal live music venues in Central Texas. His previous leadership experience includes Emo's, Antone's, Beauty Ballroom, and Sabala's Mt. Tabor. Presently, he is the Navarch of Buzz Mill Coffee and its brand vision, which aspires to create sustainability through local products, forestry and produce. Jason is passionate in leading exploration of new Neighborwoods and green solutions.

Nadine Thomas

Nadine Thomas

A native of British Columbia, Canada, Thomas began her career as Executive Sous Chef at The Westin Calgary's Owl's Nest Dining Room, rated one of the top 100 fine dining rooms in Canada. She moved up the ranks at Starwood Hotels & Resorts, working at The Westin Philadelphia as Executive Chef and The Westin Copley Place as Executive Banquet Chef. Before joining the W Austin, she made her mark as Executive Chef at The Westin Alexandria by developing the concept and menu for the Jamieson Grille.

She arrived in Austin Texas in 2010 to open the W Austin and TRACE restaurant as the Executive Chef, in 2015 she was promoted to Director of Beverage and Food.