Andrea Ruiz-Hays is the founder of Eco Strategies Group. She brings over 28 years of experience within the hospitality industry to her consulting firm. Andrea is a dynamic leader with extensive experience in strategic planning and operations leadership, pairing this with her creativity and technical skills she drives sustainable change within a company and community. Andrea combines her unique skill set, experience, and her passion for conserving the planet’s natural resources by educating others on how to be excellent environmental stewards. Andrea has 20 years of executive leadership experience with the Walt Disney World Resort. While at Disney, Andrea led multi-million-dollar organizational programs, employee engagement, resiliency planning, and sustainability integration. During this time Andrea led the Green Lodging designation for all Disney resort hotels through the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Additionally, she and her team led the revitalization of the recycling program for all 80,000 employees and millions of annual visitors.
In 2016, Andrea received her Zero Waste Associate certification from the US Zero Waste Association and recently was certified as a Climate Reality Leader with Climate Reality Leader Corps. Andrea currently serves as the Director of Outreach & Engagement for Climate Reality Leaders – Central Florida Chapter.
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