Charlotte Sedlock (known around the office as Char) is our Sustainability Manager, which means she finds ways for all of us at Apeel Sciences to reduce our environmental footprint and takes time to educate our staff on sustainability issues. A California-native, Char doubled-majored in Environmental Studies and Communication at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and during that time, began interning at Apeel Sciences as an Operations Intern. After graduating, Char was hired on full time to continue her good work at Apeel. Get to know our Environmental Analyst by reading on!
What do you do for Apeel Sciences?
I work on the Sustainability Team -- along with the Director of Sustainability, Jessica Vieira -- to continuously incorporate sustainability into all decision making at Apeel Sciences. Whether it is determining how we can lower the environmental impact of creating Apeel or of our office facilities, we interact with almost every team at Apeel. In developing products that fight food waste, sustainability is at the core of Apeel’s mission, and I am fortunate enough to have the opportunity to work with some awesome team members to measure our efforts in making the world more sustainable.
What first interested you in environmental research and conservation?
Growing up, I had no idea I was going to end up in the sustainability field. I grew up learning from my parents that the best thing you can do in life is to help other people. With this mindset, I always thought I would go down the philanthropic route (I was really interested in the Peace Corps or working at a non-profit). Then, the more I was exposed to environmental science and ecology, I began to realize that through this path you are really aiding people by first helping the planet. So, my love of the outdoors (I consider myself a pretty big nature junkie) and my passion for helping others led me to pursue a degree in environmental science and sustainability.
What are the most exciting parts of your job?
What’s really exciting is working with a product that can actually have a positive impact on the environment. There are not too many products on the market that are inherently sustainable like Apeel, and I love helping quantify the impacts of our product on challenges like reducing food waste.
What is your favorite thing about working at Apeel Sciences?
Hands down, my favorite thing is working at a mission-driven company. It is pretty phenomenal to work at a place where everyone is invested in the success of the company because we know that the success of our product could mean significant reductions in food waste. That impact alone could help the planet in monumental ways (World Resources Institute). Seeing how motivated everyone is about achieving this mission makes me want to perform my best every day. Together we can help solve this problem that is much greater than ourselves.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
A few different mentors and colleagues have said this to me, but I think writer Cheryl Strayed summed it up pretty nicely in her book, Brave Enough, “bravery is acknowledging your fear and doing it anyway”.
As someone who is just at the beginning of my career, I often come across tasks and challenges that I have never faced before, which both scares me and brings out my competitive edge to see if I can find a solution. I have learned that rather than hesitating with the daunting task or dwelling on the fact that I might fail, if I to lean into it, be brave, and give it my all, usually everything unfolds how it should.