As a younger man, Michael McFarland was a History major at Bloomsburg University. Since then he has also attended the Actors Center in Philadelphia & The Magnet Theater Conservatory in Manhattan. His career started with him working as an account executive at Philadelphia Sports Clubs, then onto Philadelphia Weekly, then GoGorilla Media, The Onion, then back to GoGorilla Media, then Zipcar and now at our beloved MilkCrate. Outside of “working it to the fullest”, he has a two-year-old daughter named Adelaide, a lovely wife Emlyn and a 120-year-old house that keeps him busy. he also produces, directs and performs comedy shows and bad theater.
HOW DID YOU HEAR ABOUT MILKCRATE?
I have known Morgan Berman since she was eight and I was about seventeen when I was her camp counselor at Quaker summer camp. I have followed and supported MilkCrate from its inception and am thrilled to not only see my old friend every day but to work with her on our shared mission.
WHAT DREW YOU TO WANT TO GET INVOLVED?
Sustainability was something I came to be more familiar with when working as a Regional Account Executive for Zipcar. I attended numerous sustainability events, conferences, and symposiums for networking reasons but wound up enjoying the content of these events. I think that having children developed a feeling of wanting to leave the planet in better shape than I found it for them and hopefully countless generations of McFarlands.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE GREEN BUSINESSES or ACTIVITIES?
I do not use straws, I wear vegan sneakers, I don’t eat meat on Mondays, I drive a hybrid when not walking or using public transit, the list goes on…
WHAT IMPACT DO YOU THINK MILKCRATE FOR COMMUNITIES CAN HAVE ON AN ORGANIZATION?
The largest impact on this planet will have to come from the private sector. As we have seen, government can not be counted on to lead the way when it comes to social and environmental impact. MilkCrate’s impact is, as a tool, to create and grow these programs in private companies whether they be not for profit, corporate, educational or membership-based. Some have said that sustainability and social impact starts at home and I firmly believe that is true. I also believe that it can start at work and that is where MilkCrate’s largest impact is being felt.