The League of Women Voters will host its community Lunch with a Leader at 11:45 a.m., Jan. 20 at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave.
Environmental Services Manager Angelica Gurule is this month’s speaker. She leads the Los Alamos County Green Team and is the staff liaison to the Environmental Sustainability Board.
Gurule is a native of the Espanola Valley. She started working in Los Alamos in 2001 as a medical records clerk. In 2003, she took the opportunity to work with Los Alamos National Laboratory as an undergraduate student in the Risk Reduction Environmental Stewardship Office. Once there she quickly realized she wanted to work in the environmental field. Her interest in recycling and waste reduction made her decide what she wanted to study. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a B.S. in Environmental Science.
Later, she completed her masters degree at James Madison University in Sustainable Environmental Resource Management and Information Science and Technology.
At LANL, the majority of her positions focused on pollution prevention, waste reduction, energy conservation and promoting recycling and sustainability. After LANL, she spent a year at home taking care of her newborn son. In 2013,she was hired by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Now she has worked for about six months at Los Alamos County contributing to post closure care of the landfill; specifically landfill gas issues.
On a daily basis, Gurule is responsible for collecting waste and recycle materials for residents and commercial customers. On site she manages several recycle streams: compost, electronics, metal, mixed recycle, oil, cardboard, brush, concrete and asphalt, glass, bulb crushing, and household hazardous waste. Environmental Services also provides outreach and education events such as the recently hosted recycle fashion show, competition for business recycler of the year, and they attend many county events to promote sustainability in the workplace.
Lunch is provided by the Los Alamos Co-op for $10. Contact Karyl Ann Armbruster at 505.661.6605 or firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will tell you the menu choices. Lunch orders must be received by Friday, Jan. 16, but attendees do not have to buy lunch to listen to the talk.