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Archived SMM Webinars

2012 | 2013

Join us for the Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy (formerly the Resource Conservation Challenge, RCC) series as we provide information to our materials management stakeholders through webinars related to EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management Program. Learn about key issues, successful projects, and a variety of best management practices for creating stellar waste management programs. Hear from experts around the country on what works and what doesn’t, and how to make your program more successful. The format for the calls will be a formal presentation followed by a question and answer session and discussion time.

Program Calendar
Date Topics Speaker(s)
September 17, 2015 Changing How We Think About Our Resources for a Better Tomorrow: How to Donate Surplus Food from K-12 Schools

Jimmy Nguyen, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington D.C

Gloria Quinn, Ramona High School, Ramona, California

André Villaseñor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Los Angeles, California

Kathleen Weil, Founder and Executive Director, The Food Bus, Arlington, Virginia

July 16, 2015 Let's WRAP (Wrap Recycling Action Program): Best Practices to Boost Plastic Film Recycling in Your Community

Shari Jackson, Director, Film Recycling, Plastics Division of the American Chemistry Council

Becky Curtis, Recycling Assistant, City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works

June 18, 2015 "Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2013" Assessing Trends in Materials Generation, Recycling and Disposal in the United States

Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator in EPA's Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response (OSWER)

May 21, 2015 Pay-As-You Throw: Growth & Opportunity for Sustainable Materials Management

Dr. Lisa Skumatz, Dana D’Souza and Dawn BeMent: Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA), and the non-profit Econservation Institute (EI)

Juri Freeman: City and County of Denver, Colorado

Allison Fraley: Kaua’i County, Hawaii

April 23, 2015 Milestone 4: Measuring Impact

David Klein and Chris Henson, Costco Wholesale, Columbus OH

Amanda Hong, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Andre Villasenor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Bobby Renz, ICF International

March 26, 2015 Milestone 2: Data Analysis, and Creating and Implementing Waste Reduction Strategies; & Milestone 3: Tracking Progress

Cat Sullivan and Executive Chef Tim Cunningham, Northern Arizona University (NAU)

Ray Dennis and Chef Dana Massimiani, Loyola Marymount University (LMU)

Ismail Samad, Executive Chef of Daily Table, a nonprofit grocery store, and the Gleanery restaurant

Amanda Hong, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

March 19, 2015 Reducing Wasted Food: How Packaging Can Help

Todd Bukowski, HAVI Global Solutions

Dr. Ronald Cotterman, Sealed Air Corporation

March 12, 2015 Wasted Food to Energy: How six Water Resource Recovery Facilities are Boosting Biogas Production & the Bottom Line

Sophia Skoda, East Bay Municipal Utility District

Jason Dow, Central Marin Sanitation Agency

Chuck Rogers, Hill Canyon Wastewater Treatment Plant

Sharon Thieszen, Sheboygan Wastewater Treatment Plant

Todd Bukowski, West Lafayette Wastewater Utility

February 12, 2015 Recycling Right: Tactics and Tools for Effective Residential Outreach (Part TWO)

Candy Castellanos, Waste Management PNW

Karen Bandhauer, Curbside Value Partnership

January 29, 2015 Milestone 1: Preparing for a Wasted Food Assessment and Establishing a Baseline

Andrew Shakman, LeanPath

Amanda Hong, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

January 15, 2015 Food Waste Reduction Alliance, a unique industry collaboration

Gail Tavill, Vice President of Packaging and Sustainable Productivity, ConAgra

Jason Wadsworth, Sustainability Manager, Wegmans

December 9, 2014 Recycling Right: Tactics and Tools for Effective Residential Outreach (Part One)

Sego Jackson, Snohomish County Solid Waste Division

Candy Castellanos, Waste Management Pacific Northwest

Karen Bandhauer, Curbside Value Partnership

November 18, 2014 Managing Wasted Food with Anaerobic Digestion Incentives and Innovations

David Babson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Caitlin Sparks, The Prasino Group

Mel Kurtz, Quasar Energy

Brandon Julian, Pure Energy Group

November 13, 2014 The Changing "Waste" Stream

Susan Robinson, Waste Management

November 6, 2014 Be an Endorser!

Rachel Chaput, US EPA - Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Suzanne Forbes, Wakefern Food Corp.

Rocco D'Antonio, Organic Diversion, LLC

Michelle Andrews, Washington State Department of Ecology

July 24, 2014 Cupertino CA and Cambridge MA: Tips for How Communities Can Successfully Engage Businesses to Divert Food Scraps

Cheri Donnelly, Environmental Programs Manager, Cupertino Public Works Department, Cupertino, CA: Cheri joined the City in March 2008 and is responsible for both the stormwater management compliance program as well as the integrated waste management and diversion (recycling and composting) programs.

Randi Mail, Recycling Director, Cambridge, MA: Randi joined the City in 2002 working to encourage people to consume less, reuse and donate materials, and recycle what cannot be eliminated or re-used. She oversees weekly curbside recycling collection that serves 45,000 households, City buildings, and schools; operation of a Recycling Center open to residents and small businesses; public education efforts.

May 15, 2014 How to Reduce Wasted Food:
EPA’s Food Waste Reduction Tools for Food Services & Restaurants

Julie Schilf is an Environmental Scientist with the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 office where she is the regional coordinator for EPA’s WasteWise and Food Recovery Challenge programs.  She will provide a summary of the instructional outreach materials on Conducting and Analyzing a Food Waste Assessment.

Amanda Hong is a graduate fellow with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 9 office working in Sustainable Materials Management and Pollution Prevention. She will provide a detailed overview of how to use the toolkit for Reducing Wasted Food & Packaging.

April 3, 2014 Compost from Food Waste:
Understanding Soil Chemistry and Soil Biology on a College/University Campus
Rachel Chaput: US EPA - Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Gregg Twehues: Co-founder of Compostwerks! LLC

Peter Moon: President and principal engineer of O2 Compost

Tom Goldsmith: Staff director for energy and environmental conservation at St. John’s University

January 16, 2014 Building Collection Infrastructure for Composting: Success in the greater Worcester, Massachusetts area Sean Pontani: Green Business Support Manager, Center for EcoTechnology (CET), Northampton, MA

Sandy Giancola: Preventive Maintenance Manager, Big Y Foods, Inc. Springfield, MA

Paul Degnan: Materials Marketing & Sourcing Manager for E. L. Harvey & Sons, Inc. Westboro, MA

(More upcoming Webinars to be announced)

For questions or suggestions on our SMM Web Academy Program, please call Christine Beling at 617-918-1792.

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