GO Box is a sustainable service offering reusable containers for to-go food in Downtown Portland, Oregon. In 2014, GO Box customers will have saved over 50,000 disposable containers from the waste stream. This is the first program of its kind and has received both national recognition and local awards.
GO Box founder Laura Weiss loves the convenience and variety of food carts but has always felt guilty about each disposable single-serving container she uses. GO Box is Laura’s way of helping other eco-minded Portlanders reduce their lunchtime footprint.
Laura has a Masters in Public Health from U.C. Berkeley and 25 years of experience working on environmental policy for government agencies and advocacy organizations in Oregon, Washington State and Washington D.C. She also has a MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. She recently made a brief foray into corporate employment, working for a large food service company as their West Coast Sustainability Manager. In that position, she learned about durable, reusable takeout containers being used on some college campuses, and had the idea that they also could work for food carts.
When she’s not eating at one of Portland’s fabulous food carts, passing progressive environmental legislation, or trying to reduce waste, Laura enjoys hiking, camping, bicycling, and cross-country skiing. Some of her favorite places include San Cristobal de las Casas (Mexico), “Thousand Acres” dog park (the Sandy River Delta), and Trout Lake (Washington). She and her husband, who also enjoy visiting foreign countries together, live with their two Mexican mutts in close-in Southeast Portland.
In 2014, GO Box hired its first Marketing Manager, Lindsey Goodwick. Lindsey comes with experience in nonprofit administration and environmental outreach. Currently she is attending the University of Portland to earn her EMBA in Nonprofit Management. Lindsey is passionate about waste reduction and believes in the importance of reuse.
Lindsey spends her free time with her family hiking, backpacking and camping at the coast. She is an avid animal lover and maintains a large pack consisting of a dog, bunny, bearded dragon, mice and chickens.