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Program and Presentations

Our 3rd Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference brought together a diverse group of stakeholders for industry updates, Zero Waste best practices, networking, problem solving, and training for professionals. USZWBC worked closely with Conference Partner/Media Sponsor Elemental Impact, Local Host Sustainable Atlanta, and the USZWBC Conference Planning Committee to develop an exciting program with innovative ideas and industry leaders.Elemental Impact’s Zero Waste in ACTION blog article USZWBC Conference Theme: Zero Waste Evolution provides a recap of the conference. The Zero Waste in ACTION blog also features articles on Zero Waste in the host city Atlanta, GA and USZWBC conference planning efforts.

Photos from the Conference have been posted on the USZWBC Facebook page. To view a presentation, click on the presentation title.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014


Stephanie Barger, Founder and Executive Director, USZWBC
• Heather McTeer Toney, Regional Administrator, U.S. EPA Region 4

Keynote Speaker: Laura Turner Seydel, Chairperson, Captain Planet Foundation

The Atlanta Zero Waste Story
Holly Elmore, Founder & CEO, Elemental Impact (Moderator)
Atlanta’s Zero Waste Journey:
Suzanne Burnes, Executive Director, Sustainable Atlanta
Power to Change- Citywide Collaborative Action Towards Zero Waste:
Denise Quarles, Director, Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, City of Atlanta
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport:
          Michael Cheyne; Director, Asset Management and Sustainability; Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Creating Value Through Zero Waste Initiatives:
Scott Jenkins; General Manager, New Falcons Stadium; AMB Sports and Entertainment

How to Get to Zero Waste
Gary Liss, Vice President, USZWBC (Moderator)
Brewing a Platinum Zero Waste Program Cheri Chastain Brewing a Platinum Zero Waste Program
Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Coordinator, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company*
Earth Friendly Products:
Dr. Nadereh Afsharmanesh, Vice President of Sustainability, Earth Friendly Products*
Loyola Marymount University:
Ray Dennis, Associate Vice President of Auxiliary Management and Business Services,
Loyola Marymount University*

Hard to Recycle Items: Presentation followed by small group problem solving
Reusing by Repurposing Byproducts and Waste of IndustryDamon Carson, Founder & Owner, repurposedMaterials

Hot Topics
Mike Carey, LEED AP, Sustainability Coordinator, Orange Coast College (Moderator)
• Disney’s Journey to Responsible Paper:
Marialyce Pedersen; Senior Representative; The Walt Disney Company, Corporate Citizenship*
Counting Whats Not There- Measuring Reduce and Reuse:
Ryan McMullan; North American Lead, Waste Focus Group; Toyota Motor Sales, USA Inc.*
Recycling, an Economic Driver:
Will Sagar, Executive Director, Southeast Recycling Development Council (SERDC)
• Wasting Clothes Warms the Globe:
Mattias Wallander, CEO, USAgain*

USZWBC Zero Waste Business Certification Program
Zero Waste Business Certification
Sue Beets-Atkinson, Board President, USZWBC

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Sue Beets-Atkinson, Board President, USZWBC

Keynote Speaker
• Pay Dirt: Composting in America to Reduce Waste, Create Jobs, and Enhance the Soil
         Brenda Platt, Co-Director, Institute for Local Self Reliance

Businesses Leading the Way to Zero Waste
• Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Coordinator, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company* (Moderator)
• Reimaging Waste:
John Bradburn, Global Manager, GM Waste Reduction Activities, General Motors*
Shaw’s Green Edge… A Commitment to Sustainability and Zero Waste:
Bill Woyshner and David Wilkerson, Shaw Industries Inc.*
• Driving to a Closed Loop Business Model and Zero Waste:
John Gardner, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Novelis, Inc.

Concurrent Panels
Getting Started on Zero Waste
Zero Waste Branding and Social Marketing
• Scaling Up Composting in Charlotte
Property and Facility Management
Reducing Waste and Improving Business through Strong Vendor Partnerships
Metrics and Measures

Lunch Keynote 
•  Waste Not OC Coalition: Campaign to End Hunger in Orange County
         Eric G. Handler M.D., M.P.H.; Public Health Officer; Health Care Agency, Orange County, CA

Concurrent Panels
• Recycling Refinement
Certification Programs – Optimizing Partnerships
Learning Institutions: Theory and Practice
Sustainable Packaging
Zero Waste in Sports
Zero Waste: Georgia Grown