Zack Hansen recognized for professional achievement
Zack Hansen, Saint Paul-Ramsey County Public Health Environmental Health Director, has been recognized for a professional achievement for his outstanding career in public service in environmental health from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA). He worked for the county for 32 years and served as the Minnesota SWANA chapter president from 1992-93.
During Mr. Hansen's tenure, he worked with both Ramsey and Washington counties on resource recovery issues, including the joint effort to purchase the Recycling & Energy Center. He also engaged in research of new technologies like gasification, anaerobic digestion, chemical recycling and has made waste management system changes in a way that influenced waste management in the Twin Cities area and statewide.
Mr. Hansen has been committed to centering issues of equity and environmental justice in decision-making processes for programs and services, which has helped ensure access to resources for health and safety for all community members. He has been committed to the counties’ goals of protecting public health and the environment and championed the vision of vibrant, healthy communities without waste.