Rhonda Keyser, Outreach and Cafeteria Program Director, has been a leader in school cafeteria waste reduction for many years at PS 29 in Brooklyn, where she has led the school’s Green Committee as well as the PTA. Under her leadership, PS 29 won the competitive 2014 NYC Golden Apple Award! In addition she helped facilitate the Green Team Leaders work to win National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools Green Flag award.
Just by facilitating proper waste-sorting in the cafeteria in a little over than 3 years, Rhonda has helped PS 29 divert over 65,000 pounds of food waste and 7200 pounds of metal, glass, and plastic recycling from the landfill. She has helped the faculty, staff and kids reduce their 7 bags of garbage per day at lunch to 2 bins of food waste, 2 bags of recycling and 2 small bags of trash. With 820 kids improving recycling sorting in their homes -- just over 500 families -- the landfill reduction is dizzyingly significant with just one school. Rhonda relishes the opportunity to work with Cafeteria Culture to help them expand their thorough and engaging education tools to all of NYC’s Public Schools and beyond.
Rhonda has acted in the winning short film entry for Project Greenlight, winning director, Jason Mann. She played Alice in Grant Varjas’ Undetectable at the Planet Connections Theatre festival at the Paradise Theater, and understudied for Leo, the Russian translator in Kristen Kosmas’ There There, a PS122 production at the Chocolate Factory directed by Paul Willis. At the Paradise Theater, Rhonda has also been seen as Burry in Tom Noonan’s What the Hell’s Your Problem?; as Cherry in the stage piece Cherry and as Reagan in Losing Ground, both written and directed by Bryan Wizemann; and as the pregnant Rhonda (while actually pregnant) in Lisa Ebersole’s People Die That Way.