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Our 2015 breakout sessions follow four tracks:  Education, Markets, Operations, and Policy. See below for full session descriptions.


 Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) CEUs are available for WSRA's 2015 Conference.  Download the SWANA CEU report form.



Sunday, May 17, 2015

11:00 am - 1:00 pm  Training:  Practices of Participatory Leadership  (FULL)
   Speakers: Alli Kingfisher, WA Dept of Ecology, and  Kelly Lerner,  WA Dept of Social and Health Services

 We live in a meeting culture. Have an idea for something at work? Schedule a meeting. Want to explore a volunteer opportunity? Attend a meeting. Want to make a difference at your kids’ school? Organize a meeting. It leads to schedules packed solid with back to back meetings. And somehow, nothing gets done. Instead, the real work often gets done in the hallway between meetings or over a meal with your friends and neighbors.

This brief tasting of The Art of Participatory Leadership will allow you to experience and practice a set of simple – yet powerful – processes to shake up the meeting culture and work toward building community and facilitating meaningful conversations among diverse stakeholders.

Together we will explore participative approaches for leading, convening and engaging groups, including:
• Practical Tips for meetings of all types that you can implement immediately
• Circle Practice
• World Café
• Four-fold practice

11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Golf Scramble at the  The Creek at Qualchan   

301 East Meadowlane |  Spokane, WA
10 minutes from The Davenport
Individual or Discount Group Rates

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch on your own (Find out what restaurants are close to The Davenport here!)

 12:30 pm- 2:30 pm  Pedal Powered Bar  Trolley   (FULL)
A fun, eco-friendly form of entertainment that brings people together for some light exercise while taking a slow ride through town, stopping at local places to eat, to drink, or to just enjoy the scenery.
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Networking Activity for 1st-Time Attendees

Whether you’re a first-time attendee, a student or new professional, or a new member of WSRA, here are some tips for navigating WSRA 2015 from our Networking & Fun Committee:


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Conference Welcome Reception & BBQ at nYne Bar  and Bistro

Join us and your fellow attendees for networking and fun! Beverages and dinner will be provided.  nYne Bar and Bistro is located within walking distance of The Davenport at  232 W Sprague Ave,  Spokane, WA 99201 .

Monday, May 18, 2015

7:30 am - 5:00 pm
Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Address

Sue Beets-Atkinson, Corporate Sustainability Manager, SBM Site; President, U.S. Zero Waste Business Council

 9:30 am - 9:45am  Exhibit Hall Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting
 9:45 am - 11:00 am
Vendor Speed Networking in Exhibit Hall

11:00 am - 12:15pm
Breakout Session 1
Reducing Materials that Leave Your Facility  by What Comes Into It 

Speakers: Byron Yamamoto, Rubbermaid Commercial Products; Megan  Nathe,  Wausau Paper; Rick Cortabitarte, Berry Plastics -Institutional Can Liner Division; Terry Grill, Director, Sustainability Americas, Sealed Air Corporation; Kim York, Supplyworks

To be effective in the war against waste it is imperative to have a strategy for the daily materials used in your facilities. In this session, you will learn to take on a consultative approach to maintain sustainability while improving image, achieving healthier safer buildings, while reducing costs.
Education Taking a Bite Out of Wasted Food in the  Residential Sector 

Speakers: Ashley Zanolli, U.S. EPA Region 10; Karen May, King County Solid Waste; Gabby Byrne, Thurston County; Veronica Fincher, City of Seattle; Amanda Godwin,  C+C

Want to start or be involved in efforts to reduce wasted food at the household level? Hear from three jurisdictions who have implemented their own twist on the national Food: Too Good to Waste campaign and learn creative ways to secure funding and community partners, conduct outreach and evaluate program effectiveness. You’ll also discover the suite of outreach materials available from EPA and its partners that can jump start a food waste prevention program of any size in your community.
Recovery of Post Consumer Cartons

Speaker: Jeff Epstein, Carton Council

The carton is valued in the recycling marketplace for its ink free bleached fiber – some of the cleanest and best long virgin fiber still remaining in the residential recycling stream. This past year, the Carton Council achieved the 50% milestone of access to carton recycling in the U.S. However, access is only half the story. Success of carton recycling is also measured by recovery, which Carton Council is also committed to increase to encourage long term sustainable market driven 
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Lunch & Annual Meeting

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Session 2
Operations Speed Dating for Solutions: Getting Contamination out of Compost

Speakers: Mary Harrington, WA Dept. of Ecology; Sabrina Combs, City of Bothell; John MacGillivray, City of Kirkland; Susan Thoman, Cedar Grove Composting; Jeff West, New Day Recycling

Join municipalities, regulators and commercial stakeholders as they participate in an interactive small group discussions to tackle the contaminant issue from curb to soil.
Policy Product Stewardship: the Law, the Implementation, the Opportunities
  Speakers:  John Friedrick, Washington Materials Management & Financing Authority;Mendy Droke, King County Local Hazardous Waste;  Roy Weedman,  PaintCare
   This panel will share it thoughts and experience with stewardship legislation and implementation. Mendy Droke, will speak about the role of paint stewardship legislation in 2015 and will focus on three key aspects; stakeholder engagement, overcoming opposition and legislative strategy. Roy Weedman will talk about implementation of the Oregon PaintCare Program and opportunities for participation by local governments, businesses and solid waste management companies. John Friedrick will give an update on the E-Cycle Washington electronics recycling program and highlight aspects of the program that have evolved and matured over the past 5 years.
 Education High School Heroes – How Students Were the Key to Success in Recycling and Waste Reduction Programs
  Speakers: Laura Tucker, Jefferson County; Jack Pokorny, Port Townsend High School; Hannah Welch, Port Townsend High School; Jake Brady, Port Townsend High School
   High School students can play vital roles in achieving significant results in recycling and sustainability programs. One highly effective student group and their mentor will share their successful strategies, innovative solutions to obstacles, and personal stories to illustrate how they tackled dysfunctional recycling programs, replaced the 100% disposable dishes and utensils in their cafeteria, and participated in a range of other sustainable programs in their community.
 Markets Mattresses and Furniture:  Reuse, Recycling & Product  Stewardship
  Speakers: Alex Erzen, King County LinkUp; Jeremy Simler, Spring Back NW; Jim Nicks, CC Furniture Bank; Mike O’Donnell, Mattress Recycling Council
   Learn about the challenges and successes of mattress recycling, mattress stewardship program planning and implementation, and furniture reuse and donation. Alex Erzen, Jeremy Simler, Jim Nicks, and Mike O’Donnell will provide perspectives from the nonprofit, local government, and stewardship organization arenas, as well as present some of the opportunities that exist for the growth of mattress furniture recycling along with some measure of the health of the material markets in the Pacific Northwest region.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Break in Exhibit Hall

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
Workshops and Tours

Workshop | C&D Processing: Protecting your  People, Products & Property
  Speaker: Terry Gillis,  General Manager, Recovery 1 Inc.
   Terry will provide the audience with an overview of the specialized equipment and waste acceptance protocols utilized by Recovery 1, Inc. to determine the acceptability of waste generated during typical Construction & Demolition activities.
  Workshop | Social Media - A Community Gift  Economy 
  Speakers: Sabrina Combs, City of Bothell; Heather Heyer, Buy Nothing Bothell Project
   Participants will learn about the Buy Nothing Project Facebook group  as an example of how social media can help your community change  behavior by reducing waste going to the landfill, gathering items  for an outreach event, creating lending libraries, helping to increase  attendance at community events and getting the word out to your public about programs or services.
  Tour:  Waste Management SMaRT MRF (3:00pm - 4:45 pm)    (FULL)
  Tour:  Inland Empire Paper (until 4:45 pm)
 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm  Free Time
 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall

 6:30 - 7:00 pm   Recycled Fashion Show 
7:15 pm
Dinner on your own. 



Tuesday, May 19, 2015

7:30 am - 3:00 pm
Registration Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am
Networking Breakfast

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Plenary Session: Recycler of the Year Award Presentations
10:00 am - 11:15 am
Breakout Session 3
Navigating and Surviving a Plastic Bag Ban:  Strategic Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

SpeakersTerri Thomas, Thurston County Public Works Department; John MacGillivray, City of Kirkland;  Roger Goodman, WA State Representative, 45th district and House Environment Committee member

Learn from those who have been in the trenches and have come out on top. Representatives from Thurston County and the City of Kirkland will share words of wisdom and insider secrets on how to navigate both the expected challenges and unexpected potholes on the road to the successful implementation of a plastic bag ban. You will learn how to find partnering opportunities, write and deliver accurate and compelling stakeholder reports, preempt efforts to derail a ban, involve the community in drafting effective ordinance language, and develop outreach strategies for every stage to ensure your community is ready and willing. The presenters will also share pre and post survey results conducted of residents and businesses and answer questions.
Operations Large Industrial Recycling Facilities Working Within  Communities

Speakers: Bart Kale, Bart Kale & Associates; Annika Wallendahl, Port Townsend Paper Corporation

Presenters will share best practices and lessons learned managing large industrial recycling facilities in urban centers and small towns.
Education Getting More from Multifamily:  Promising Practices for Increasing Multifamily Diversion

Speakers: Abby Christensen, Republic Services;  Candy Castellanos, Waste Management; McKenna Morrigan, Cascadia Consulting Group; Mason Giem, City of Seattle; Jack Harris, Blue Marble Environmental; Marcia Rutan, City of Seattle
   This session will feature successful strategies that have been piloted in the Puget Sound region at multifamily properties. These multiple projects include varying techniques such as using community based social marketing strategies to refresh recycling, testing compostable bag dispensers, door to door outreach for resident feedback tags and valet service, and increasing recycling at properties with large Hispanic/Latino populations.

11:15 am - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Plenary Session: The Story of Washington's Stuff

Speakers: Alli Kingfisher, Gretchen Newman, Janine Bogar, WA Dept. of Ecology

Audience members will learn what’s in the updated state plan and how this relates to their work, their lives and the environment, as well as how they can participate as a partner. They will also learn about our state progress on recycling and disposal and other data measures, In addition, they will learn about increasing efforts to reduce toxics in products that affect us all, as well as our waste stream.
 12:30 pm -1:30 pm Lunch in Exhibit Hall
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Breakout Session 4
Policy Designing for Zero Waste, Starting the  Conversation

Speakers: Dylan de Thomas, Resource Recycling  ;  Matt Stern, Waste Management; Nina Goodrich, GreenBlue.

This session takes a close look at the dramatically changing types and volumes of packaging materials and products entering the waste stream and the financial implications of these materials on our recycling systems. Together manufacturers, MRF operators and municipalities will look upstream and discuss how products and packaging can be designed to be sorted at the MRF and recycled to improve value both for recyclers and producers.
Markets By-Product Synergy: Innovative Collaboration  Strategies to Advance Zero Waste

Speakers: Mary Rose, Network for Business Innovation and Sustainability

By-Product Synergy is the matching of under-valued waste or by-product streams from one facility with potential users at another facility to produce profits with potential social and environmental benefits. The resulting collaborative network creates new revenues, cost savings, energy conservation, reductions in the need for virgin-source materials, and reductions in waste and pollution, including climate-changing emissions. These are quantifiable benefits to the environment, economy and communities. In this presentation, we will explain why By-Product Synergy is effective in developing innovative solutions that provide opportunities for waste reduction and economic growth, as well as how we are able to bring a broad range of stakeholders together to engage collaboratively on waste and sustainability issues.
 Education  Building and Sustaining Effective  Outreach Programs

Speakers: Mattias Wallander, USAgain; Ha Na Park, C+C;  Alejandro Paredes, TDW+Co;    Socorro Medina, ECOSS; ; Teresa Monzon Jones, Univision

A successful recycling program requires wide-spread public participation. Such participation can best be obtained through early and effective public education programs, which must continue even after the program is in full swing. Well-planned education and outreach activities help generate understanding and support for waste management issues including teaching community members how to comply with recycling activities to the overall benefit of the community. Two effective programs will share their strategies for outreach in building support for their programs, both to the general public and to the growing Hispanic/Latino community in Washington State.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm
Break in Exhibit Hall

 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Workshops 
  Building Successful Engagement Tools &  Creative Partnerships that Create Social  Norms
  Speakers: Candy Castellanos, Waste Management;  Karen May, King County Solid Waste;  Susan Thoman, Cedar Grove Composting
   Nine out of 10 King and Snohomish County households have food or food-soiled compostable paper in their garbage that could have been transformed into compost. In 2014, Waste Management, King County Solid Waste, Seattle Public Utilities, Snohomish County and Cedar Grove worked together to make curbside composting a social norm. This session will highlight how these partners used creative, collaborative strategies to increase residential curbside composting rates, improve the quality of curbside compost and raise awareness and engagement in curbside composting. The team will offer practical tips that audience members can take back to their municipality, company, etc.
  Ecology Doesn't Need Our Paper
   Speakers:  Sharon Hlavka and Jason Alberich, WA Dept. of Ecology
   As Ecology enters the 21st century with one agency wide grant program, we invite you to see how the new Ecology Grants and Loans (EAGL) affects the CPG program. Get an update of how EAGL is working throughout the state and get tips in using it. Clearinghouse still provides easy access to county projects. Hear how to quickly search these records.
  Sort Your Own Garbage: A DIY Approach  to Waste Characterization
  SpeakerSheryl Rhinehart,  Pierce County Public Works & Utilities
   Pierce County’s Waste Trends Analysis is a do-it-yourself approach to waste characterization and away to assess what is in the trash using in-house resources. We will describe the steps for planning, what the sorting process was like and lessons learned. We’ll also talk about how the hands-on experience raised awareness among our staff and is influencing how we talk and think about waste and resources 
4:15 pm - 5:00 pm Exhibit Hall Closing Social
5:00 pm - 5:45pm
Free Time
5:45 pm - 6:45 pm
Pre-Banquet Reception
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm
Awards Gala Dinner Banquet & Live Auction
   Celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding Recyclers of the Year and honor longtime recyclers as they are inducted into WSRA’s Recycling Hall of Fame. Semi-formal attire is encouraged.
8:30 pm
President's Reception at nYne Bar  & Bistro


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

9:00 am -9:30 am
Networking Breakfast

 9:30 am - 10:00 am Closing Keynote Address

Speaker: Alexa Kielty,  City and County of San Francisco



Tour: Waste Management's New MRF (Until 4:45 pm)
Tour: Waste Management's New MRF (Until 4:45 pm)

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