What's going on at Delta
and who's helping make it happen
Welcome to our Driven Doer series! Every month, we highlight the passionate, motivated people who help Delta work toward its vision of achieving a Midwest region in which all communities and landscapes thrive.
Meet Marguerite Huber, co-chair of the Delta Emerging Leaders (DELs), Communications Associate for American Institutes for Research, and passionate waste blogger.
A better question is what don’t I do! Professionally, I am a Communications Associate for American Institutes for Research. I work directly with researchers to help them disseminate their work to the right people and in the most effective way. On the side, I bring my love for writing and sustainability together by running my own blog about waste called Waste Not Want Not. When I am not doing that, I volunteer around the city and serve as a Co-Chair of Delta Emerging Leaders (DELs).
The environmental field is full of challenges and it’s those challenges that drive me. I think that a lot of our issues revolve around behavior changes. Our tiny behaviors, especially ones we become accustomed to over a lifetime, like drinking from a straw at a restaurant or tossing our food waste into the trash, can be changed for the better. Finding the right way to get the message across about plastic waste and the benefits of composting without being overwhelming is a fine line. Being the catalyst for behavior changes at home, at work, and in everyday life inspires me to inspire others.
I have been a member of Delta Emerging Leaders, Delta Institute’s associate board, since the fall of 2015, and recently became a co-chair last summer. We had a record year for new applicants to join and are now a strong bunch of 20 young professionals eager to make BOOST bigger and better than ever.
Innovative, Resourceful, Fun, and Inviting
My favorite place is out in the Chicago suburbs in the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. Go for a hike or bike and you don’t feel like you are only 30 minutes from downtown.