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USZWBC celebrated its 5th anniversary National Zero Waste Business Conference with all the inspirational speakers, practical advice, and stellar networking our following has come to know and love. Hundreds of business leaders, government officials, nonprofits, and change-makers met to share best practices, network, get educated and inspired on Zero Waste.

elementalimpact_sliderElemental Impact once again served as the official Conference Media Partner to tell the story of our National Zero Waste Business Conference. The comprehensive article, A “Tuned In” Industry Catches a Vibrant Zero Waste Beat provides a detailed recap on the content, key takeaways, and much more.

Pre-conference articles 2016 Zero Waste Conference: “Tuning in” to Zero Waste! and “Tune in” to Zero Waste and Catch Austin’s Beat to a World Without Waste gave a preview of the program and explained why we brought the conference to Austin.

As a courtesy to attendees and the public, we have provided copies of most speaker presentations. We hope they prove to be a valuable resource in your efforts towards Zero Waste. To view a presentation, click on the presentation title.

Pre-Conference Activities
Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Main Conference
Thursday, June 2, 2016

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

Opening Welcome: Mayor Pro Tem Kathie Tovo

Keynote Speaker:
 • Whole Foods Market – Our Approach to Zero Waste & Sustainability 
           Kathy Loftus, Global Leader, Sustainable Facilities, Whole Foods Market

Tuning in to Austin’s Zero Waste Efforts
 • Jessica King, Austin Resource Recovery (Moderator)*
 • Zero Waste at the City of Austin
           Bob Gedert, Director of Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin*
           Natalie Betts, Recycling Economic Development Liaison, City of Austin

 • Recycling, Composting, and Trash
           Ted Hibler, General Manager, AT&T Executive Conference Center

 • Striving for Zero Waste One Little Victory at a Time
           Ken Mills, Operations Director, College Houses Cooperative

Concurrent Panels
Zero Waste 101 – Getting Started on your Zero Waste Journey
• How do you get to 90% diversion?
Taking Zero Waste to a Higher Level

Afternoon Activity – Food Waste Trivia Bee

Food – Love it… but don’t waste it!

Food Waste in 5 Minutes
           Dana Gunders, Senior Scientist, NRDC (Moderator)
Stopping Food Waste Starts with Prevention
           Paula Owens, Purchasing and Sustainability Manager, Ted’s Montana Grill

Sodexo’s Commitment To Quality of Life Inspires Our Vision of Zero Waste to Landfill
           Christy Cook, Director of Sustainability Performance and Field Support, Sodexo*

Reducing Wasted Foods at Large Venues and Events
           Heide Hart, Director of Events, Sustainable America*

Concurrent Panels
Marketing Your Zero Waste Efforts
Zero Waste Research and Training from Colleges and Universities
Food Waste Composting: Challenges, Lessons Learned & Success

Friday, June 3, 2016

Keynote Speaker:
The Path Forward – Actions to advance to Circular Economy
           Mathy Stanislaus, Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste & Emergency Response, U.S. EPA

USZWBC Certification
Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Manager, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company* (Moderator)
American Licorice Company Zero Waste Program
           Giri Veeramuthu, Quality Director, American Licorice Company*
Les Frey, Horticulturalist and Student Program Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts*
Jason Tschanz, Environmental Integration Project Manager, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts*
Smucker Natural Foods Zero Waste Certification
           Cindy Sockey, Operations Manager, J.M. Smucker Company*

Concurrent Panels
Establishing Zero Waste Procurement Policies and Contracts for Services
Leveraging Existing Partnerships in the Supply Chain to Improve Zero Waste
The Macro Costs of Micro Contamination 
Importance of Data Tracking to get to Circular Economy

Afternoon Activity – Metrics

Establishing Diversion Metrics
Ana Wyssmann, Solid Waste and Recycling Program Manager, JLL (Moderator)
Zero Waste Metrics – The Real Story
           Brian Balukonis, Solid Waste Process Owner, Raytheon Company*

• David Rachelson, Head of Sustainability, Rubicon Global*
General Motors
           John Bradburn, Global Waste Reduction Manager, General Motors*

Concurrent Panels
Making the Business Case for Zero Waste
Engaging Employees to Change Behavior
Working with State and Local Ordinances to Drive Zero Waste 

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