Taking Zero Waste to a Higher Level

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5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference
Taking Zero Waste to a Higher Level
Thursday, June 2nd, 2016
10:45 am to 12:00 pm

Panel Description: Once you have achieved Zero Waste and have picked up the low hanging fruit, how do you take your program to the next level?  This session is designed for those that have been in the industry for a while and are looking for something new!  We will explore the idea of Lean Six Sigma and how it can take your business to a deeper level of Zero Waste; the idea of a circular economy and why it is an important step in achieving greenhouse gas reduction targets; as well as complimentary certifications that will push you farther toward Zero Waste.  




Sue_Beets_3-2015Sue Beets-Atkinson is the Corporate Sustainability Manager for SBM Site Services, LLC.  With more than 21 years of solid waste management and recycling experience, Sue Beets-Atkinson has directly overseen more than 1.071 Billion pounds of material recycled in her career. She has successfully designed and implemented many large and complex recycle programs for numerous Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Beets-Atkinson regularly reinvents systems for improved efficiency and is the driving force behind SBM’s Sustainability program offerings, which include Zero Waste Planning and food waste programs.

Sue Beets-Atkinson is a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional and is a Zero Waste Business Associate through the United States Zero Waste Business Council. Beets has both supported and implemented numerous startup programs and is President of the United States Zero Waste Business Council. Beets-Atkinson is currently the Chair of the Certification and Training Committees at the United States Zero Waste Business Council

Recently, Beets-Atkinson co-authored the pioneering Zero Waste Implementer’s Manual under contract to Sierra College Center for Advanced Competitive Technologies. This manual detailed the intent, requirements, strategies, and examples of 80 credits in 15 categories for the new U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Scorecard Certification System.

“I’m passionate about making sure we care for our planet!  I love to show other people that we can each make a difference if we adjust our lives in really minor ways.” Sue Beets-Atkinson


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Andrew Mangan is co-founder and executive director of the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development, a non-profit association of businesses launched in 1993. The Council combines the capabilities of its members to develop, test and scale sustainability solutions. Current focus areas include energy, water, materials and ecosystems.

The US Business Council is one of 65 national business councils worldwide that are associated with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, a CEO-led organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment.

Mr. Mangan received a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where he also attended the School of International Affairs as an International Fellow. Prior to organizing the Business Council he served as deputy commissioner for natural resources with the Texas General Land Office, worked as a congressional correspondent for the Associated Press, and commercially fished salmon in Southeast Alaska.


Mike HarkinsMike Harkins is High Technology instructor of Quality Certification continuing education courses at Austin Community College (ACC). Previously, he was a quality senior advisor at Dell, Inc. He retired in 2014 after 10 years’ service there. Mike’s background in quality comes primarily from product manufacturing at Dell, IBM, Ford and other companies. His work has resulted in many product and service improvements at these companies. He learned quality engineering and management topics as both a student and an instructor for courses at ACC in their quality assurance curriculum of the ‘90s.

Mike is a senior member of ASQ (American Society for Quality) and past chair of the Austin section. He has obtained CQE, CQA, CMQ/OE, CSSBB ASQ Certifications. He was a speaker at ASQ meetings and at ASQ’s annual World Conference. Mike was also a lead examiner and judge for the University of Texas Center for Performance Excellence, which helped local organizations improve their performance based on Malcolm Baldrige principles. He is an electrical engineering graduate of Saint Louis University, and belongs to several local organizations. His motto: “Quality is not common sense.”


Mr. Jason Teliszczak is an entrepreneur with a passion for saving the environment to make the world a greener place. After earning a B.S. in Environmental academia and to ensure his vision would not be put to waste, he built his own successful consulting firm, JT Environmental Consulting, and has quickly become an expert within the waste reduction industries. With more than a 15 years of consulting experience, Mr. Teliszczak assists his clients in setting targets and achieving objectives and goals.

Organizations throughout the world, from fortune 500 corporations to non-for-profits with under 25 employees, utilize Mr. Teliszczak’s expertise & knowledge to perform compliance audits, internal audits, and to become certified to many different standards.

Mr. Teliszczak continues to streamline growth within the industry through working closely with Registrars, and by updating, incorporating and strengthening new standards. Mr. Teliszczak has been and currently sits on numerous committees within organizations such as ASIS, NFPA, NSF, & FGBC to develop standards for auditing, sustainable furniture, supply chain risk management, security officers, fire safety and green building.

Mr. Teliszczak continues to stay focused on the ever changing industry by being certified as a LEED Green Associate, ZWBA – Zero Waste Business Associate, CESCO, GPCP, levelTM Faculty Member, Green-Star Auditor, and holds many other certifications.