Rena Ann Peck Stricker ’87 is an ecologist and owner of Watershed Sustainability LLC, a community relations and environmental consulting firm. She currently supports Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED’s recycling efforts to reduce waste and close the loop on aluminum and plastics product packaging recycling. The Coca-Cola Company recently set a goal to collect and recycle the equivalent of 100 percent of its plastic bottles and aluminum cans by 2030.
Rena Ann began Watershed Sustainability to deliver ecological services and community-based conservation partnerships to corporations on the path to sustainability. With 28 years of experience in natural resource protection and community stakeholder communications, Rena Ann served as an ecologist for The Nature Conservancy for nine years, prior to becoming a consultant to the Coca-Cola system in 2002.
Rena Ann’s work for Coca-Cola has largely been in creating and managing watershed conservation and sustainable farming partnerships, including coordination of water replenishment initiatives to achieve Coke’s water neutrality goal in North America. She helped develop ingredient and packaging supply chain sustainable farming programs through the Field to Market Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture with projects that sequester carbon to increase climate change resilience for food supply and wildlife habitat across agricultural landscapes in the United States and Turkey. She also supports employee volunteer programs and community engagements around water and recycling stewardship.
A certified ecologist by the Ecological Society of America, Rena Ann earned a master’s degree in renewable natural resources from the University of Arizona’s College of Agriculture, authoring tree-ring research on the effects of climate change on forest fire regimes. She holds a bachelor’s degree in world religion from the University of Georgia. She is a certified yoga instructor and teaches mindfulness and yoga at Atlanta Hot Yoga.
Rena Ann’s husband is Eric Stricker. Their daughter, Roxie, is a freshman at UGA, and son Lawson is a junior at Pace. The family enjoys volunteering for Wilderness Works, which empowers Atlanta’s homeless children and most neglected youth to pursue more fulfilling futures through experiential education and outdoor adventure through nature camps.