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 Sunday, May 17, 2015

11:00 am - 12:30 pm  Training: Practices of Participatory Leadership
  Speakers: Alli Kingfisher, WA Dept. of Ecology, and Kelly Lerner
This training will give participants an overview of participatory leadership and how it can be applied to improve meeting facilitation. An approach to leadership that scales up from the personal to the systemic, participatory leadership uses personal practice, dialogue, facilitation and the co-creation of innovation to address complex challenges.


 Monday, May 18, 2015

8:30 am - 9:30 am
Keynote Address

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

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

Speakers: Byron Yamamoto, Rubbermaid Commercial Products; Scott Cresswell, Georgia Pacific; Rick Cortabitarte, Berry Plastics -Institutional Can Liner Division; Terry Grill, Director, Sustainability Americas, Sealed Air Corporation

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, Dept. of Ecology; Karen May, King County Solid Waste; Gabby Byrne, Thurston County; Veronica Fincher, City of Seattle; Amanda Godwin, Colehour+Cohen

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 

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 and the Law
  Speakers: Mendy Droke, King County Local Hazardous Waste; John Friedrick, Washington Materials Management & Financing Authority; Miles Kuntz, WA Dept. of Ecology
  This panel will share it thoughts and experience with stewardship legislation. 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. Miles Kuntz and John Friedrick will talk about implementation of the new stewardship legislation of e-waste and what it means for collectors, transporters, processors, local governments and manufacturers.
 Education High School Heroes – How  Students Were the Key to Success in Recycling and  Composting Programs
  Speakers: Laura Tucker, Jefferson County; Jack  Pokorny, Port Townsend High School
  High School students can play vital roles in achieving significant results in recycling and composting programs. Two highly effective student groups and their mentors will share their successful strategies, innovative solutions to obstacles, and personal stories to illustrate how they tackled dysfunctional recycling programs, implemented community composting, and participated in a range of other sustainable programs in their communities.
 Markets Mattresses and Furniture:  Reuse, Recycling and 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.

3:15 pm-4:15 pm
Workshops & Tours
Workshop C&D Processing: Protecting your  People, Products & Property
  Speaker: Terry Gillis, 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


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

8:30 am - 10:00 am
Plenary Session 

Meet the 2015 Recycler of the Year Award Winners!

10:30 am - 11:45 am
Breakout Session 3
Navigating and Surviving a Plastic Bag Ban:  Strategic Tips and Tricks from the Trenches

Speakers: Terri 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 What We've learned: Large Industrial Manufacturing/Recycling Facilities Working Within Communities

Speakers: Bart Kale, Nucor Steel Seattle; Annika Wallendahl, Port Townsend Paper Corporation; Emily Hayes, 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.
 12:00 pm - 1:00 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.
1:45 pm - 3:00 pm
Breakout Session 4
Policy Designing for Zero Waste, Starting the Conversation

Speakers: Susan Robinson, Waste Management; 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; Socorro Medina, ECOSS; Alejandro Paredes, T.D. Wang; 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.

 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm Workshops
 Workshop Building Successful Engagement Tools &  Creative Partnerships that Create Social  Norms
  Speakers: Candy Castellanos, Waste Management; John Inge, Cedar Grove; Sego Jackson, Snohomish County Division of Public Works
  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.
 Workshop 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.
 Workshop Sort Your Own Garbage: A DIY Approach  to Waste Characterization
  Speaker:  Sheryl 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 


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

 9:30 am -  10:30 am  Closing Keynote Address
  Alexa Kielty,  Zero Waste Specialist, 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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