Samantha Pickering

Samantha Pickering

Program Specialist - Zero Waste Detroit

[email protected]org 248-506-7577


Samantha helps Detroiters and Detroit businesses alike learn about and take part in Detroit’s recycling program. She does so through Zero Waste Detroit, an MEC-managed coalition contracted through the City of Detroit and made possible by the Kresge Foundation.

The Hamtramck resident’s current work pairs perfectly with her career thus far. She worked for eight years with Green Living Science, a Detroit organization educating community members, businesses and schools about recycling. Other past jobs include working to put vacant land to use through The Greening of Detroit.

Samantha also works for the Blue Communities program of Plastic Oceans International, where she develops education materials and litter pickup events in and around Detroit. You might also find her volunteering with MEC member group Voices for Earth Justice and serving on Michigan Natives’ board of directors.

Rounding out Samantha’s experiences are a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Michigan – Dearborn and a certification in yoga instruction. She’s pursuing a master’s degree in public health from Wayne State University.

When away from work, Samantha enjoys hiking and camping, particularly at Belle Isle, the Detroit Riverwalk, the Porcupine Mountains and the Pictured Rocks.

At home, Samantha enjoys taking herbalist and yoga courses, reading, listening to music, and reminiscing to theatre beginning again. She does so with her cat, Pat, who looks and acts like Garfield. Other times, she does so with a good friend.