|July 2014 WRED Event|
Public Space RecyclingJuly 31, 2014
On Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the UW Facilities Services Training Center, 70 individuals, comprised of recycling industry professionals, environmental interns, recycling coordinators, students, resource conservation professionals and more, came together for our July Washington Recycles Every Day (WRED) event, "Public Space Recycling."
Our sunny Seattle morning began with an Events Panel of local experts including Joe Myhra with the Seattle Mariners, Roberta Kranz from Century Link Field, Brad Kolodzaike with the Washington State Convention Center, and Dan "Dr. Doo" Corum with Zoo Tunes. Each panelist briefly described the waste diversion efforts and accomplishments of their respective location, offering attendees a glimpse into the challenges of recycling and waste reduction at large venues attracting up to tens of thousands of individuals at any given event.
After a period of questions and answers with the panel, we continued on with our morning by hearing from two presenters, Toni Fuller of Kitsap County Public Works and Sam Wilder of Wilder Environmental Consulting, who each offered their perspectives of recycling at community events including county fairs and state festivals. Sam Wilder gave our attendees a Recycling at Events 101 course which dove into the process of planning and implementing a zero waste program at an event. Toni Fuller described her experiences working on the recycling team at the Kitsap County Fair, an event that covers a large amount of acreage and attracts thousands of local families annually. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions and offer insight into their own event recycling experiences.
After a brief networking and coffee break, our morning of presentations ended with a UW Panel comprised of Emily Newcomer of UW Recycling & Solid Waste, and Teresa Seyfried with UW Surplus. Both presenters outlined the waste diversion efforts of the University, which recently included a compostable paper towel recycling program. The key to waste diversion on such a large campus, according to Emily, is student engagement!
Following a morning of knowledge digestion, our attendees enjoyed a delicious lunch of sandwiches and salads from local cafe, Portage Bay, while networking with peers and strengthening their professional relationships. While lunch wrapped up, buses arrived to shuttle attendees off to Husky Stadium for a behind-the-scenes tour of the newly renovated stadium. With the Blue Angels flying overhead, our tour guide described the waste diversion efforts of the stadium which is currently at nearly 70% diversion. Other environmental positives of the stadium include the use of repurposed bleachers, locally sourced rock and brick, reclaimed wood, and the transplanting of the old field into nearby Montlake Park.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers, Precious Metal Members, WRED Committee members, hosts and attendees for another successful WRED event!
Joe Myhra, Vice President of Ballpark Operations, Seattle Mariners
Roberta Kranz, Facility Operations Manager, Century Link Field
Brad Kolodzaike, Project Manager, Washington State Convention Center
Dan "Dr. Doo" Corum, Compost & Recycling Coordinator, Zoo Tunes
Sam Wilder, President, Wilder Environmental Consulting
Toni Fuller, Solid Waste Technician, Kitsap County Public Works
Emily Newcomer, Recycling & Solid Waste Manager, UW Recycling
Teresa Seyfried, Moving & Surplus Manager, UW Surplus
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