Haley Everitt is a PhD candidate in Western University’s Geography department, under the supervision of Dr. Jason Gilliland. Haley is eager to discover how effective communication and educational strategies can be utilized to change the culture of waste and eliminate the “out of sight, out of mind” attitude our society holds. Her interest in waste reduction and diversion has mostly recently culminated in the completion of a Master of Environment and Sustainability degree program at Western University, where she researched the intricate combination of the environmental, societal, political, and economic factors that play a role in the multi-disciplinary study of sustainability. Haley also previously graduated from Western University with an undergraduate Honors degree in English and Creative Writing. As an undergraduate student, she was enrolled in the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities, an interdisciplinary and experiential program at Western. Her unique, interdisciplinary education, in both sustainability and communication, allows her to effectively bridge the gap between scientists and non-scientists. Haley’s PhD research will aim to determine what communication tools and educational techniques are most effective in fundamentally changing the way Canadian youth think about waste.