Having entered Yale with the class of 1979, Craig Benton took a year off to work with Save the Children in Mexico. He graduated in 1980 with a BA in Sociology and then earned master’s degrees in  renewable energy and development from Antioch West and the University of Wisconsin.

Craig has helped launch several  key environmental initiatives. In the 1980s, he helped create the first Master Composter program for the City of Seattle and his waste reduction and recycling plan for King County was one of the first in the country to create a roadmap for cutting waste headed for landfill disposal in half. Many west coast cities are now using his approach.

Craig moved to Ireland in 2002 and helped start the composting industry there. Craig helped create Ireland’s Stop Food Waste program leading its home and community composting initiatives. After several years back in the U.S., Craig recently moved back to Ireland to bring the Stop Food Waste program into the commercial sector.

Craig is widely published in journals and regularly speaks at professional conferences. He has served on the many environmental non-profit boards was Chair of  the Washington State Recycling Association.

Craig loves gardening, traveling sailing, scuba, hiking, skiing and playing golf. Craig is married to a jewelry designer and has a daughter, who is a photographer living in Hawaii with her airline pilot husband.

A former #1, Craig has been a member of the ATA CR Restoration Committee, a mentor in the SAMI program, and co-chair of the ATA Annual Fund.