Denise CooganUS – Reporting to the manager of environmental partnerships, Denise Coogan will be responsible for leading the OEM’s external environmental and sustainability marketing programmes. She will occupy the role of manager of environmental partnerships.

Subaru of America says that Coogan’s first task will be to provide expertise for its initiative to bring zero-landfill best practices to the national parks. For this project, she will work with the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Service at Yosemite, Grand Teton and Denali to push forward the reduction of waste going to landfill.

Alan Bethke, vice-president of marketing, Subaru of America, said of Coogan: “She has been a dedicated member of the Subaru family for years, helping to make our Indiana plant one of the most environmentally friendly auto manufacturing facilities in the world and we look forward to having her bring that know-how to this important initiative.”

Coogan has over 15 years of experience in sustainability, including as safety and environmental compliance manager for Subaru of Indiana Automotive, the OEM’s base in North America. Heading up a large team, she was responsible for plant safety, security, medical services and environmental compliance. In 2004, Coogan also lead Subaru’s Indiana plant to zero-landfill status.

Coogan holds professional qualifications as a registered environmental manager and certified hazardous materials manager. She has advised more than 800 companies on how to implement landfill-free best practices at their facilities.