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Lily Wang

UChicago Obama Scholars 2022-2023


Co-Founder & CEO, Demi





Lily Wang is the co-founder & CEO of Demi, a social enterprise that aims to combat the climate crisis by making composting mainstream amongst urban residents, starting with Chicago. Their mission is to create a healthier planet by cultivating a culture of composting amongst local communities through sleek biodegradable bins, a mobile interface, affordable collection services, collaborative partnerships, and educational tools and resources. Lily plans to work with local residents, businesses, and families to advance the necessary tools, resources, and training to achieve a truly circular economy, reduce 25 million tons of landfilled food waste and mitigate up to 10 billion tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

Lily is pursuing a master’s degree at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, where she is a Forte Fellow and C200 Scholar.