The “Whack a Mole” Syndrome:  The Economic and Environmental Challenges of Managing Trash

Jill Boughton, President W2Worth Innovations
Jill Boughton, President
W2Worth Innovations

On January 30th, Allegheny College welcomes Jill Boughton, President of W2Worth Innovations who will share her passion for discovering new solutions to the overwhelming problems associated with waste management in the US and around the world. 

Where others see problems in solving the world’s trash dilemma, Jill, a trained chemical engineer, sees solutions, so much so that her work was recently featured in the November 2019 National Geographic in an article entitled, “Others see waste. She sees worth.”

Jill Boughton is Founder and President of W2Worth Innovations – an organization that seeks to catalyze the use of solid waste as a resource as a means for mitigating the larger social, economic and environmental impacts caused by solid waste.   She began this adventure in 2012 upon retirement from a successful 24 year career at Procter and Gamble (P&G).    Over her career at P&G, Jill managed Product Development activities for several of P&G’s businesses, in categories ranging from Personal Health Care to Paper Products.    Her time with P&G included a seven year stint in Caracas, Venezuela, giving Jill first- hand knowledge of social/economic issues important to emerging regions.

Jill was well known within P&G for her specialty in developing and managing Disruptive Innovation portfolios.   One of the projects emerging from this work was P&G’s “Waste to Worth” program.  This program supported P&G’s long term environmental sustainability vision of having zero consumer waste entering landfills.  It specifically focused on addressing the growing issue of solid waste management in emerging markets through economic development and innovation.   Through this project, Jill has emerged as a leader in the field, specializing in objective evaluation of emerging technology and managing integration of technologies in this space.

When not in trash dumps, Jill resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband, Bill Boughton.   They have two children, Jennifer and Benjamin, who have also pursued careers in science and the environment.