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2015 National Zero Waste Business Conference 

For our 4th annual conference, USZWBC had a powerful, well-rounded program with some stellar speakers. Over 300 business leaders, government officials, nonprofits, and change-makers met to share best practices, network, get educated and inspired. USZWBC was also proud to offer educational workshops and tours for the first time in 2015.

USZWBC once again partnered with Elemental Impact to tell the story of our National Zero Waste Business Conference. The pre-conference articles 2015 Zero Waste Conference: A Star-Studded Event and Stellar Conference Program Highlights the “Stars of Zero Waste,” gave an overview of the program and what was anticipated for the conference. The articles Business NOT as usual: fine-tuning the zero waste journey and Zero Waste Makes Good Business Senseero Waste Makes Good Business Sense provide a comprehensive  recap of the power and the progress of the conference and the industry as a whole.

Photos from the entire Conference have been posted on the USZWBC Facebook page.

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Pre-conference Events
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
• Achieving Zero Waste at Colleges and Universities Workshop
• Zero Waste 101 Workshop
• USZWBC ZWBA Scorecard 101 Professional Training Course

Main Conference
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 

Welcome: Stephen Groner, Conference Chair, USZWBC Board Member; President, SGA Inc

Keynote Speaker: The Honorable Mayor Eric Garcetti, City of Los Angeles

Discover the Zero Waste Stars of LA
• Greg Good, Director Infrastructure Services, City of Los Angeles* (Moderator)
• Zero Waste LA
Enrique Zaldivar, Director, City of Los Angeles Bureau of Sanitation*
• The Journey to Achieve Recycling Goals at LAUSD
David Piper, Administrative Services Manager, Los Angeles Unified School District
• Kaiser Permanente
Timothy Eng, Project Manager, Kaiser Permanente

Sustainability and Zero Waste:  PLAN Transforming Los Angeles
Matt Petersen, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Los Angeles*

Exploring Source Reduction and Reuse
• MaryEllen Etienne, CEO, Reuse Institute (Moderator)
• The Happiest Reuse on Earth
Marialyce Pedersen, Senior Representative, Walt Disney Company, Corporate Citizenship*
• Hewlett-Packard Company
Elisa Varela, Hewlett Packard Printing Supplies Specialist, Hewlett Packard
• Exploring the Case for Reusable Packaging
Greg Kurkjian, Vice President of Retail Sales, IFCO Systems

Lunch KeynoteFedele Bauccio, CEO/Cofounder, Bon Appétit Management Company*

Hard to Recycle Packaging
• EPA 2012 Data
Tom Wright, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainable Bizness* (Moderator)
 What are we gonna do with all this stuff? Flexible packaging and other conundrum
Matt Prindiville, Associate Director, Upstream
• Recycling-Analytics, Next Generation Capabilities for the Recycling Industry
Mike Centers, President, Recycling Analytics & Titus MRF Services
• Cartons: Recycling’s Newest Success Story
Jeff Epstein, West Coast Coordinator, Carton Council

Concurrent Panels
• Getting Down and Dirty: A practical guide to Zero Waste audits
• What Waste Haulers & Recyclers Wish Businesses Knew!
• Green Labeling: What does that label mean and why should I care?
• Taking a Lesson from Higher Education on Environmentally Preferred Purchasing
• Source Separation Maximizes Material Value

Concurrent Panels
• Marketing your Zero Waste Efforts
• Solutions for Organics Diversion
• Measuring What Counts: How to determine the metrics that are right for you
Supporting Actors: The critical role nonprofits can play in your Zero Waste plan
Pieces of Zero: Critical components for a successful Zero Waste program


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Welcome:Sue Beets-Atkinson, Board President, USZWBC; SBM Management

Keynote Speakers:
• Community & Zero Waste Business
Eric Lombardi, Executive Director, Eco-Cycle International
       • Recycle Across America
Michelle “Mitch” Hedlund, Founder and Executive Director, Recycle Across America

USZWBC Certification
• Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company* (Moderator)
• Fetzer Vineyards
Josh Prigge, Sustainability Manager, Fetzer Vineyards*
• Raytheon’s Road to Zero Waste
Brian Balukonis, Solid Waste Process Owner, Raytheon Company*
• Disneyland Park’s Circle D Corral’s Journey to Zero Waste
 Kimberly Chips, Environmental Integration Manager, Disneyland Resort

Lunch Panel: Moving the needle to Zero Waste through media and celebrity support
       Video: Preview of Elvis Nolasco in ABC’s American Crime
       Video: Commercial Celebrating Sony PGA and Donation to Schools
       • Michelle “Mitch” Hedlund, Executive Director, Recycle Across America (Moderator)
• Nicole Starr, Director of Social Action Campaigns & Programming, Participant Media/Pivot TV
• Actor  Elvis Nolasco, ABC’s American Crime

Leadership: Directing the Zero Waste Journey
       Curt Smith, Manager Refuse & Recycling, Albertsons/Vons* (Moderator)
• Kellogg Garden Products
Kathy Kellogg-Johnson, Director of Sustainability, Kellogg Garden Products*
• Metrics: Directing the Zero Waste Journey
Ryan McMullan, Manager of Environmental & Safety, Toyota Motor North America*
• Ingersoll Rand
Gretchen Digby, Director of Global Sustainability Programs, Ingersoll Rand

Concurrent Panels
• Zero Waste at Multi-Tenant Properties
• Connecting National Chains to Local Programs
• Make Your Event Shine- Zero Waste Events Big and Small
Making Zero Waste Happen: Changing Behavior for Total Participation
• Complement your Zero Waste Efforts with Additional Certifications

Our World Without Waste: The Global Crisis Suggests New Opportunities
Christine Nguyen, USZWBC (Moderator)
• Richard Anthony, Principal, Richard Anthony Associates
• Plastic Pollution
Charles Moore , Founder & Research Director, Algalita Marine Research and Education
• Zero Waste Millionaires Ahead
Eric Lombardi , Executive Director, Eco-Cycle International

 * Member of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council