Monica Nakielski

Director of Sustainability and Environmental Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts

Monica Nakielski provides vision and leadership in the design and development of BCBSMA’s sustainability and environmental health strategy. Her team works with BCBSMA’s senior business leaders, vendors and manufacturers, and community partners to align and implement the environmental health strategy and to create business, environmental, and societal value.

Previously, Monica managed the sustainability program at Partners HealthCare, a Boston-based health system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. There Monica led and managed sustainability efforts across 16 facilities, 18 million square feet of space.

Monica serves as a board member of Healthy Building Network, member of the steering committees for Farm to Institution New England and The Chemical Footprint project, and sits on the City of Boston’s Zero Waste Advisory Committee.

Monica has a bachelor’s degree in Medical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master’s in business administration from Simmons College, and has completed executive education in sustainability leadership from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

My Sessions

This session will introduce the health and environmental risks associated with toxic chemicals in single-use food service ware. Participants will learn about the latest research on the use of fluorinated, “non-stick” PFAS chemicals in a wide array of single-use plates, bowls, take-out containers and food trays. These toxic and persistent compounds can contaminate food, water … read more >>

Workshop - Sustainable Foodware