Eric Friedman is the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Hudson County Community College in Jersey City where he has recently helped to launch a program in Environmental Studies. As a civic entrepreneur, he works with public associations and non-profits to effect positive social and environmental change. Among the courses he has developed and taught are “Sociological Studies of Trash” and “Sociology of the Environment”; both invite students to consider the history of ideas, current environmental challenges, and waste as a heuristic for understanding our complex world. Eric also serves as a peer-reviewer for the scholarly journal, Environmental Justice.