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Sustainable Materials Management Web Academy

The Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy series is a free resource for SMM challenge participants, stakeholders and anyone else interested in learning more about SMM principles from experts in the field.

From these webinars, you can learn about key issues, successful projects, and a variety of best management practices for creating stellar materials and 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 webinars is a formal presentation followed by a question and answer session and discussion time.

SMM Web Academy Calendar

Sign up for upcoming webinars and find presentations from past webinars below. You must register for each webinar separately.

Date Topic Speaker(s)
April 19, 2018

Deconstruction and Building Materials Reuse: Innovations and Opportunities

Shawn Wood, Construction Waste Specialist, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Portland, Oregon

Nicole Tai, President  GreenLynx, Board Member Reuse Alliance, Founder Bay Area Deconstruction Policy Group

April 5, 2018 Management Challenges for Lithium Batteries at Electronics Recyclers

Craig Boswell, HOBI International, Inc.

George Kerchner, PRBA - The Rechargeable Battery Association

Kevin Leary, U.S. Department of Transportation, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials
Safety Administration

Neil Peters-Michaud, Cascade Asset Management
March 22, 2018 An Introduction to Lithium Batteries and the Challenges that they Pose to the Waste and Recycling Industry

Jeffrey Spangenberger, Argonne National Laboratory

Michael Timpane, Resource Recycling Systems

Carl Smith, Call2Recycle

Elizabeth Schussler, The Recycling Partnership

February 15, 2018 Recycling Market Update Jerry Powell, Founder and Executive Editor, Resource Recycling, Inc.
January 25, 2018

Quality Matters: Free Resources to Support Plastic Recycling Programs

Tonya Randell, More Recycling and technical support for the Wrap Recycling Action Program (WRAP)

Sarah Lindsay, Public Outreach Manager for American Chemistry Council's Plastics Division

Annie White,  Washington DC’s Department of Public Works’ Office of Waste Diversion

Marilynn Cruz-Aponte, Director of Public Works in the Town of East Hartford, Connecticut

December 14, 2017 Technology Innovation - Reducing Food Going to Waste

Cheryl Kollin, Community Food Rescue

Justin Block, Feeding America

Ricky Ashenfelter, Spoiler Alert

November 16, 2017 Preventing Food Waste Upstream: A Source Reduction Approach

David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Materials Management Program

Stephanie Barger, Director of Market Transformation & Development, TRUE Zero Waste Programs – U.S. Green Building Council

Brian Balukonis, Solid Waste Process Owner, Raytheon Company

Marc Wincott, District Manager, Eurest Thompson Hospitality

André Villaseñor, Sustainable Management of Food Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

October 26, 2017 China's Green Sword: Impacts to State and Local Governments

David Biderman, Executive Director, Solid Waste Association of North America

Anne Germain, Director, Waste and Recycling Technology, National Waste & Recycling Association

Zoe Heller, Assistant Director for Policy Development, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery

August 24, 2017 The ABC’s of K-12 Food Waste Reduction: Start with the Guide to Conducting Student Food Waste Audits

Melissa Terry, Researcher, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Lori De La Cruz,  Sustainability Coordinator at Mountain View College, Dallas, Texas

Esau Milenthal  Ex-executive chef at Hutto Independent School District, Hutto, Texas
June 29, 2017 Results and Local Examples of Nationwide Public Service Campaign to Reduce Wasted Food

JoAnne Berkenkamp, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Hilary Landa, The Advertising Council

Rachelle Reeder, The Advertising Council

Jenny Kedward, Dakota County, MN

Barbara Hamilton, San Diego Food System Alliance

May 25, 2017 2016 State of the Curbside Report: "Public Action" Stars of Recycling

Dylan de Thomas, The Recycling Partnership

Rachel Mansell, City of Florence (Alabama) Solid Waste, Street, and Recycle Department

George Dreckmann (retired) and Bryan Johnson, City of Madison (Wisconsin) Streets Division

Pete Chism-Winfield, Materials and Waste Specialist, City of Portland (Oregon) Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

April 27, 2017

Materials Footprint of the Consumer Electronics Ecosystem

Mark Buckley, Staples, Inc.

Callie Babbitt,  Golisano Institute for Sustainability at Rochester Institute of Technology

Walter Alcorn, Consumer Technology Association
March 30, 2017 Reducing and Recovering Wasted Food in Schools - Lessons from the Cafeteria Line!

Nayiri Haroutunian, Washington Green Schools

Marybeth Martello, Town of Wellesley, MA

Lynn Johnson, Bremerton School District, WA

February 16, 2017 Taking on Takeout Waste: New Approaches in New York City

Sarah Currie-Halpern, Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board

Chloe Vichot, Ancolie, the Epicurean

Nick Kenner, Just Salad
January 19, 2017

The Story and Highlights of Oregon’s 2050 Vision of Materials Management

David Allaway, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Elaine Blatt, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
December 15, 2016

Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2014

Swarupa Ganguli, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

Hope Pillsbury, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

November 17, 2016 Recycling Collection Programs: A Bigger Pinch Point Than We Thought

Adam Gendell, Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Kelly Cramer, Sustainable Packaging Coalition

October 20, 2016

New Tool Kit: Keeping Food out of Landfill: Policy Ideas for States and Localities

Emily Broad-Leib, Food Law and Policy Clinic and Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

Christina Rice, Fellow, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic

Jill Mahoney, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic

Marina Shkuratov, Harvard Law School, J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018

Sydney A. Montgomery, Harvard Law School, J.D. Candidate, Class of 2018

September 22, 2016

Food: Too Good to Waste – Community Results and Lessons Learned

Ashley Zanolli, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality

Karen May, King County (WA) Department of Natural Resources & Parks

Jennifer Jordan, City of Iowa City (IA)

Antonia Bryson, Rhode Island Food Policy Council

August 18, 2016

How Recycling Got Its Groove Back: Turning Up the Quality

Keefe Harrison, The Recycling Partnership

Janice Paré, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP)

Patrick Mallalieu, Republic Services

Rob Colson, Department of Public Works Director, West Springfield, MA

Gunther Wellenstein, Solid Waste Manager, Lowell, MA

Jason Hale, The Recycling Partnership

June 23, 2016

Pollinator Habitat & Food Security - What’s All the Buzz About?

Dr. Bruce Rodan, White House Office of Science & Technology

Dr. Vicki Wojcik, Pollinator Partnership

Monica Pech, U.S. General Services Administration

Jamar Jackson, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

May 26, 2016

Feed the People: Public/Private  Collaboration results in a 30% increase in food rescued in Vermont

Eric Davis, Feeding America

Bryn Oakleaf, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Mica Seely, Vermont Foodbank

Ben Theriault, Hannaford Supermarket

April 28, 2016

Preview of the Soon to Be Released Nationwide Public Service Campaign to Reduce Wasted Food

Dana Gunders, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Cece Wedel, Campaign Director – The Advertising Council

April 14, 2016 How Communities Can Transform Waste Streams through Policies and Programs

Karen Irwin, U.S. EPA, Region 9

Caroline Mitchell, City of Fort Collins
March 31, 2016

Changes in the Waste Stream -- the Future of the Curbside Material Mix

Chaz Miller, Director of Policy/Advocacy National Waste & Recycling Association (NWRA)

Dylan de Thomas, Campaign Director – Editorial Director Resource Recycling, Inc

February 25, 2016

Innovative Collaborations in the Hospitality Sector to Increase Food Recovery

Laura Abshire, National Restaurant Association

Laura Zaspel, Serendipity Catering

Lorenzo Macaluso, RecyclingWorks in MA/Center for EcoTechnology

Jim Larson, Food Donation Connection

December 17, 2015

Managing “Recycling” Contamination: What Works and What is a Waste

Bob Cappadona, Vice President Recycling, Casella Recycling

Tom Moreau, General Manager, Chittenden Solid Waste District

Heather Cashwell, Education & Outreach Coordinator, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality

November 19, 2015 State Policies to increase Organics Diversion from Landfills: MA and VT one year in and CA the new kid on the block

Nora Goldstein, BioCycle

John Fischer, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection

Josh Kelly, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

Marshalle Graham, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Marshalle Graham, CalRecycle

October 15, 2015 Does plastics recycling need to be so confusing?

Tonya Randell, Project Manager, Moore Recycling Associates

Alex Arnett, Waste Reduction Supervisor, City of Greensboro

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 Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)

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

Randi Mail, Recycling Director, Cambridge, MA

May 15, 2014

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

Julie Schilf, US EPA - Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Amanda Hong, fellow, US EPA

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

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