William (Bill) Robberson has worked with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP), the American Samoa Environmental Protection Agency (AS EPA) and Guam EPA for over 20 years on the coordination and protection of water quality and natural resources in the Pacific Region. His more recent work in American Samoa and Guam have focused on development and implementation of their Marine Debris Action Plans, including efforts to address the onslaught of solid plastic waste (SPW) throughout the Region. Bill also has extensive experience with the assembly, deployment and maintenance of SPW capture devices for outfalls, streams and rivers.
Bill’s main efforts at Ocean Recover Alliance include both technical and program development for plastic footprint management and reduction within communities - engaging business, government and the broader public sector. These efforts include robust geospatial data collection of MMSPW (mis-managed solid plastic waste), MMSPW capture and SPW collection methods and improvements; policy modifications; value-creation of programs for recovered materials; and technologies, equipment and programs which can reduce the total plastic-pollution waste-load being created.
Before joining Ocean Recovery Alliance, Bill served at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) for 32 years, where he was a nationally recognized expert in water quality protection, treatment and policy development; environmental data collection and geospatial situational awareness; emergency response management and contingency planning; and included more than two decades as the Oceania and Southwest U.S. Regional Response Team Coordinator.
Bill is a licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of California, and the founder of Ocean P3 Systems, a veteran-owned business specializing in development and implementation of environmental protection equipment, tools and programs. His knowledge and expertise in this space is an enormous asset to Ocean Recovery Alliance's work on both plastic footprint reporting via the Plastic Disclosure Project, and the Global Alert app/platform, for reporting trash hotspots anywhere in the world's waterways and coastlines.