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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.

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  • Upcoming SMM Web Academy Webinars
  • Previous Webinars
  • Continuing Education Units

Upcoming SMM Web Academy Webinars

The next webinar is on May 9, 2019, and is titled EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) version 15.

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Have you ever wanted to calculate the environmental impact of your organization’s waste management practices? Have you considered making a change in how you manage your waste stream, but are unsure what the environmental impact may be? Do you have sustainability goals, but are unsure how your current waste management plan feeds into the broader goals? These are the types of questions EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) can help you answer.

U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery coordinates national efforts for hazardous and non-hazardous waste management. The approach to non-hazardous waste management is within the office’s Sustainable Materials Management framework, where EPA works with stakeholders to limit the environmental impact of material use throughout the life cycle. One important aspect of limiting the environmental impacts is the measurement of those impacts.

WARM has been publicly available since 1998. During that time, significant improvements have been made to the tool, including the addition of new management practices and material categories. During the webinar, EPA will provide some historical background, highlight the release of WARM version 15 and walk through a practical example. Two additions in WARM version 15 are an update of the electronics category (from “personal computers” to multiple electronics categories) and estimates of the economic impact of diverting material from the landfill, which draws on EPA’s Recycling Economic Information Report and other sources.

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Previous Webinars

Find past webinars in the table below. The webinar date is linked to a web page containing a description of the webinar, speaker biographies, a recording of the webinar and presentation slides.

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Date Webinar Title Speaker(s) Topic(s)
May 9, 2019 EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM) version 15 Nathan Wittstruck, US EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery Sustainable food materials management, food waste, recycling
March 14, 2019

Preventing Food Waste Upstream - a Source Reduction Approach Part III

Kelsey Davis, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Scott Ferguson, The Forge at Montgomery Bell State Park
J. Cody Lillstrom, Boulder County Resource Conservation Division Boulder County Jail
Timothy Oliveira, Boulder County Jail and Boulder County Sheriff’s Office
André Villaseñor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 9

sustainable food materials management, food waste
February 21, 2019

State and Local Organic Bans: Implementation Planning, Lessons Learned and Updates

John Fischer, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection
Josh Kelly, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
Holly Stirnkorb, Metro

sustainable food materials management, food waste
December 18, 2018 The Disaster Debris Recovery Tool: Materials Management for Debris Planning and Emergency Response

Camille Lukey, U.S. EPA Region 5
Lucy Stanfield, U.S. EPA Region 5
Monte Fronk, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Brandon Pursel, U.S. EPA Region 5

materials management
October 18, 2018 Regional Cooperation to Harmonize Recycling Programs: Tools and Tips

Dylan de Thomas, The Recycling Partnership
Elizabeth Schussler, The Recycling Partnership
Rick Meyers, City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works
Analiese Smith, Waukesha County
Benjamin Pedigo, Rumpke Waste & Recycling

sustainable materials management, recycling
September 20, 2018 Preventing Food Waste Upstream: A Source Reduction Approach - Part II

Janet Whited, San Diego Unified School District
Pat Ianotti, Price Chopper
Julianne Stelmaszyk, Boston College
André Villaseñor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

sustainable materials management, reducing wasted food
September 13, 2018 Assessing Trends in Materials Generation, Recycling, Composting, Combustion with Energy Recovery and Landfilling in the United States

Swarupa Ganguli, Team Leader, U.S. EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR)
Drew Sullivan, Public Affairs Specialist, U.S. EPA's ORCR
Hope Pillsbury, Analyst, U.S. EPA's ORCR

sustainable materials management, recycling, construction and demolition debris
August 23, 2018 Sustainability in the Built Environment: Why Materials Matter

Kathrina Simonen, Director, Carbon Leadership Forum
Dr. Suzanne Boxman,  Sustainable Materials Management Team, U.S. EPA Headquarters
Joe Connell, Interim Executive Director, Building Material Reuse Association

built environment, construction and demolition debris
July 26, 2018 Pay-as-You Throw Best Management Practices and Success Programs Susan Bush, RSE USA, on behalf of The Carton Council
Charles Kamenides, Longmont, Colorado
Jillian Wilson Martin, Natick, Massachusetts
July 12, 2018 Introducing the U.S. EPA Excess Food Opportunities Map (version 1.0) Melissa Pennington, Sustainability Coordinator, EPA Region 3 Claudia Fabiano, Sustainable Management of Food Team, EPA Headquarters reducing wasted food
May 17, 2018 Business Innovations in Reducing Food Loss and Waste

Kathleen Salyer, Deputy Director, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, EPA
Gail Tavill, Vice President of R&D Sustainability, Nutrition and Process Engineering at Conagra Brands
Nell Fry, Senior Manager of Sustainability Field Support for Sodexo North America’s Office of Corporate Responsibility
Christine Gallagher, Manager of Environmental Sustainability for Retail Business Services, LLC, an Ahold Delhaize USA company

reducing wasted food
May 9, 2018

EPA's SMM Electronics Challenge: What's in it for you?

Janice Johnson, Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, EPA
Beth Johnson, Regulatory Senior Principal Engineer, Dell Inc.
Tim Dunn, Director of Environment Affairs, Best Buy

electronics recycling
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

built environment, construction and demolition debris
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

electronics recycling, batteries
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

electronics recycling, batteries
February 15, 2018 Recycling Market Update Jerry Powell, Founder and Executive Editor, Resource Recycling, Inc. recycling
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

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

Cheryl Kollin, Community Food Rescue
Justin Block, Feeding America
Ricky Ashenfelter, Spoiler Alert

reducing wasted food
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

reducing wasted food
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

reducing wasted food
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

reducing wasted food
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

electronics recycling
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

reducing wasted food
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

reducing packaging and container waste
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

materials management
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

municipal solid waste characterization data
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

reducing wasted food

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

reducing wasted food
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

food security, pollinators
May 26, 2016

Feed the People: Public/Private  Collaboration results in a 30 percent 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

reducing wasted food
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

reducing wasted food
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

recycling, reducing waste
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

recycling, reducing waste
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

reducing wasted food
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

reducing organics waste
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

plastics recycling

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 DC
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

reducing wasted food

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

plastics recycling

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)

Municipal solid waste characterization data

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

sustainable materials management

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

reducing wasted food,

SMM principles, measurement

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

reducing wasted food,

SMM principles, measurement

March 19, 2015

Reducing Wasted Food: How Packaging Can Help

Todd Bukowski, HAVI Global Solutions
Dr. Ronald Cotterman, Sealed Air Corporation

reducing wasted food

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

reducing wasted food

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

reducing wasted food,

SMM principles, measurement

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

reducing wasted food

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

reducing wasted food

November 13, 2014

The Changing "Waste" Stream

Susan Robinson, Waste Management

recycling, reducing waste

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

reducing wasted food

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

reducing wasted food

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, U.S. EPA

reducing wasted food

April 3, 2014

Compost from Food Waste:
Understanding Soil Chemistry and Soil Biology on a College/University Campus

Rachel Chaput, U.S. 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

reducing wasted food, composting

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

reducing wasted food, composting

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Webinars from 2012 and 2013

Search the EPA Archive for SMM Web Academy webinars from 2013 and 2012. Use the search terms "SMM Web Academy 2013 Calendar" to find webinars on topics like:

  • Getting those BIG office Buildings to Recycle!
  • Rubberized Asphalt: Innovative Sustainable Technology
  • Green Sports and Venues as Environmental Stewards
  • Composting Strategies for Colleges and Universities Webinar
  • Model Composting Regulations

Use the search term "SMM Web Academy 2012 Calendar" to find webinars on the following topics:

  • Universities and the Food Recovery Challenge
  • Sustainable Food Management: Food: Too Good to Waste
  • Greener Packaging – Integrating Reusable Transport Packaging into Your Supply Chain
  • Green Purchasing, Tools for Federal, State, and Local Governments
  • How to Negotiate Your Contract with Waste Haulers
  • Food Donation: Feed People Not Landfills

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Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

Are you working toward your Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) certification? Participation in an SMM webinar may help you earn CEUs. Learn more about the application and review process. Exit

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