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MASSRECYCLE 2017 R3 Conference Agenda

MASSRECYCLE is excited to present our 2017 R3 Conference Workshop Agenda. This year, by co-locating with SNE SWANA, we are bringing you 19 diverse workshops throughout the day. Click on the interactive agenda below for a description of each workshop and speaker bios.
WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS & SPEAKER BIOS
PLENARY
9:00AM - 10:15AM
A Challenges, Collaboration & Communication
MASSRECYCLE is pleased to present the 2017 R3 Plenary Panel covering challenges faced by waste and recycling advocates and industry, collaborative efforts over the last year, and impactful communication campaigns.
Martin Suuberg, current Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, has nearly 30 years of experience working in environmental and natural resource agencies at the state and federal level. He previously served as Undersecretary for Environmental Affairs in the EOEEA. At MassDEP, he was Deputy Commissioner for Policy and Planning, following his time as the Central Regional Director. He also served as General Counsel to MassDEP and to the EOEA, and to the former Department of Environmental Management, where he also served as Deputy Commissioner. He is a lawyer and manager who has effectively and efficiently administered the environmental laws that protect the quality of life for all Massachusetts’ citizens.
Margaret Young is Chief Customer Experience Officer at the MBTA. She is responsible for mobilizing customer-facing initiatives that improve the experience of MBTA riders and ensuring the agency’s investments are optimized to maximize value to customers and community stakeholders. She has 25+ years of experience in this field working for companies such as IBM and Ogilvy Consulting and is well-known in the advertising world. Ms. Young brings a unique blend of customer experience, branding, marketing technology, marketing communications, market research and cultural change experience to the MBTA.
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SESSION 1
10:45AM - 12:10PM
B Infrastructure and Disaster Preparedness
Climate Resiliency and Disaster Debris Management
Join a discussion covering the potential challenges to recycling and waste infrastructure due to climate change. Hear how various municipal and governmental agencies plan on dealing with disaster debris.
Susan Cascino has worked in recycling for most of her career. She started out as the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection's first Recycling Grant Program Manager. She has been the Recycling Director for the City of Boston for the last 20 years. She is currently working on a Zero Waste Plan for the City.
John Fischer is Branch Chief for Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). He coordinates programs to advance waste reduction, recycling, and composting by businesses and institutions. John also oversees Massachusetts’ Solid Waste Master Plan, solid waste data, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and disaster debris planning.
Marybeth Riley-Gilbert is the MBTA’s climate change resiliency specialist. She is assessing the T’s vulnerability to weather and climate stressors and improve system-wide resiliency. Prior to joining the T, Marybeth worked for a decade as a consultant on GHG mitigation and climate change adaptation, primarily in the agriculture and transportation sectors.
MODERATOR - Gretchen Carey has worked in the environmental field for almost a decade, first as a volunteer and then as a Recycling Coordinator for the Bedford, MA. She works for Republic Services as Recycling and Organics Coordinator for the state of Massachusetts, and is recently accredited as a LEED Green Associate.
MODERATOR - Terri Goldberg is the Executive Director of the Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association, a non-profit, non-partisan association whose membership is composed of the state environmental agency directors of the hazardous waste, solid waste, waste site cleanup, and pollution prevention programs in New England, New Jersey, and New York. She oversees all day-to-day operations and earned her Master's Degree from the Harvard School of Public Health.
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SESSION 1
10:45AM - 12:10PM
C Reuse Swap Shops Nuts & Bolts
Join a discussion covering the nuts and bolts of reuse and swap shops. Hear BMPs and lessons learned from municipal and repair experts.
Jeff Azano-Brown is the Superintendent of the Recycling and Disposal Facility in Wellesley, Massachusetts. This Municipally-owned transfer station has 13 employees who handle over 20,000 tons of recycling, yard waste and solid waste per year which generates more than half a million dollars in revenue per year for the Town.
Gail Koutroubas coming soon.
Ray Pfau has been a fixer for most of his life. Now he is helping others fix their broken things. Starting in the fall of 2013, he has helped get Repair Cafés started in his town, in two nearby towns, Stow and Westborough, and in several other towns in Massachusetts and Connecticut. People bring things in that are broken and volunteers help them fix them for free.
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SESSION 1
10:45AM - 12:10PM
D K-12 Nuts & Bolts and Overcoming Barriers
Join a discussion covering recommendations to achieve success, sustainability and overcome barriers in setting up school recycling programs at all grade levels. Hear examples from a district-wide school recycling program and an overview of MassDEP's Green Team program and resources.
Carolyn Dann has worked for MassDEP as a Municipal Assistance Coordinator since 2001. Prior to that, she worked 11 years as a national consultant on household hazardous waste program planning and facility design. Before that, she spent 6 years as a financial analyst and project team leader for a waste-to-energy and recycling facility developer. Carolyn has a BA in Bio and Environmental Science and an MBA.
Emily Fabel helps businesses and institutions reduce waste as Program Lead for CET. She administers the MassDEP’s GREEN TEAM and RecyclingWorks programs. Emily has a M. Arch from the Univ. of Minnesota and entered the waste management field through hauling trash, organics, and recyclables by bike for Pedal People Coop.
Arlene Miller has worked for MassDEP as a Municipal Coordinator since 1997, working with 100 towns in western MA on a wide variety of recycling and waste reduction related issues. She has extensive municipal experience having been a Selectmen for 15 years and a member of Longmeadow's Recycling Commission for over 25 years. Arlene has a BA in Biology, MS from Ohio State University and an MPA from University of Massachusetts.
Fritzie Nace currently serves as the Recycling Coordinator for the Winchester MA public schools following the completion of a DEP grant. She has also integrated the Winchester municipal buildings into single stream recycling as a town consultant. The beauty of nature and an ethic of personal responsibility underlie her commitment to the “3 R’s”. She earned a BA in Psychology, and a MA in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling Psychology.
MODERATOR - Ann McGovern is the Consumer Waste Reduction Coordinator for MassDEP. She manages MassDEP's Green Team school recycling program and provides technical assistance for municipal and residential composting programs and SMRP grants. Ann is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and has done postgraduate work in Soil Science at the UMass Amherst.
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SESSION 1
10:45AM - 12:10PM
E Anaerobic Digester (AD) Project Updates
Join a discussion covering the recent developments in anaerobic digester projects. Hear about the current progress of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District and Vanguard Renewables. Plus learn about recent work on depackaging that will make collection for AD even more efficient.
Cheri Cousens, P.E. is the Executive Director of the Greater Lawrence Sanitary District in North Andover, MA, a 52 mgd wastewater treatment facility with anaerobic digesters and an onsite pelletizing facility that supports six communities. Ms. Cousens holds a BS in Environmental Engineering and a MS in Civil Engineering.
Topher Gudmand is the Director of Sales at Vanguard Renewables where he oversees key relationships within the feedstock supply chain. Topher previously served as National Foodservice Sales Director at Cabot Cooperative, where his efforts contributed to the well being of more than 200 Cabot Cooperative farm families. He also previously managed sales routes for Paul W. Marks Company, servicing foodservice establishments.
Ben Harvey is the President of E.L. Harvey & Sons Inc, a full service waste and recycling firm that provides services to municipal, commercial and industrial corporations throughout eastern MA, NH, and RI. He negotiates for the sale of recyclables to consumers and the shipments of waste to disposal sites. As an owner of E.L. Harvey, Ben's duties also include providing leadership to the management team. He has presented to thousands of business and association leaders through such diverse groups as WasteCap, MassRecycle, NRC, ISRI and at national forums such as Waste Expo.
MODERATOR - Phil Goddard is the Manager of Facility Compliance and Technology Development at the Town of Bourne, Department of Integrated Solid Waste Management where he is responsible for permitting, compliance and site development projects. He also serves as President of the Southern New England Chapter of SWANA and Treasurer of MassRecycle.
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SESSION 1
10:45AM - 12:10PM
F Product Stewardship Roundup
Paint, Mattresses, Packaging & Pharma
Join a discussion on the most recent updates on product stewardship in MA. Hear about the efforts of MASSPSC. Discuss product stewardship for paint, mattresses, packaging and pharmaceuticals.
Dan Connelly is VP, Government Relations for ML Strategies. He directs policy and represents trade associations and businesses across industries in Massachusetts and throughout New England. He is an attorney and previously served as the chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Senate Committee on Ways and Means, where he was responsible for drafting the state’s multi-billion dollar budget. Dan also held the position of executive director of the Product Management Alliance, a national organization of product manufacturers and organizations.
Kalliope Egloff is the Hazardous Materials Environment Specialist for Barnstable County and operates the Barnstable County Hazardous Materials Program. She serves on Board of Directors of MassRecycle and the Cape Cod Hoarding Task Force, is the Chair of the Mashpee Board of Health, and is the President of the Barnstable County Beekeepers Association.
Tom Metzner has worked for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for 23 years starting in the recycling group. Tom now focuses on implementation of extended producer responsibility initiatives for paint, mattresses, thermostats and electronics as well as future potential EPR programs. Tom is the Vice President of the Board for the Product Stewardship Institute.
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SESSION 1
10:45AM - 12:10PM
G Landfill Closure Technology - ClosureTurfTM
Join a discussion on key aspects and challenges encountered throughout the permitting and design phase when using ClosureTurfTM, along with lessons learned for permitting, design, and construction oversight of the system. Begin with a brief overview of closure/post-closure requirements, and learn about typical Subtitle D landfill cap cross sections and long-term maintenance issues encountered for Operators. Hear about the benefits of ClosureTurfTM, and finally the lessons learned and unique challenges encountered for permitting, design, and constructability issues on various ClosureTurfTM projects completed in New England.
Paul Shamoian is a registered Professional Engineer with Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc. He is a project manager with 6+ years of experience with a focus on solid waste facilities. He has experience in the design and permitting of landfills, including lined cells, final cover systems, leachate collection systems, gas extraction systems and stormwater management. He has also provided construction quality assurance for various aspects of landfill construction. Mr. Shamoian has recently gained experience by working with the ClosureTurf product for design, permitting, and construction support for capping active landfills in New England.
Don DiGuilio is a Region Marketing Manager for Agru America. Don brings 22 years of experience in the Geosynthetic industry. He began his career in 1995 with National Seal Company as the Northeast Regional Sales Manager. Over the course of his career he has held various position within the Geosynthetic Industry, currently much of his time is spent on the Closureturf product.
MODERATOR - Amy Knight coming soon.
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SESSION 1
10:45AM - 12:10PM
H Roadmap to Close the World's 50 Worst Dumps
According to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA.org): “4 billion tons of municipal waste is generated annually and a third of this is simply dumped. Unmanaged waste finds its way into rivers and oceans, being burned in the open, or littering the streets and byways of townships and cities. In a globalized and interconnected world, any pandemic related to dumpsites can easily become a global one. Dumpsites are causing a global health emergency, and there is an urgent need for a concerted international response.” This presentation will discuss the roadmap to closing the 50 worst dumps in the world being spearheaded by ISWA.
David Murphy, Tighe & Bond Vice President, has 31 years of engineering experience, and is Tighe & Bond’s client sector leader for Materials Management and Renewable Energy. His specialties include infrastructure design, renewable energy, waste and materials management, coastal engineering, emergency management, and dam rehabilitation. Dave has run an engineering company, managed all engineering and construction for CRS in Indonesia after the Tsunami, and managed major and complex projects for the Commissioner’s Office of the Massachusetts DEP.
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SESSION 2
1:40PM - 3:05PM
B BMPs for Municipalities Developing Hauler Regulations and BMPs for Commercial Generators Seeking Hauling Services
MassDEP, RecyclingWorks in Massachusetts, and the Town of Plainville will present on tools available to support expanded access to recycling for all residential and commercial entities. MassDEP will review best practices for municipalities developing hauler regulations, Plainville will discuss how this tool can support recycling on the municipal level, and RecyclingWorks will present on best management practices for commercial generators for hauling services.
Heather Billings has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA in Sustainability, and 25 years of experience in the waste and recycling field. As an Environmental Specialist for the CET, Heather makes practical waste diversion recommendations to businesses and institutions. She specializes in assisting with reducing, donating, and diverting wasted food.
Kathi Mirza is a Regional Municipal Assistance Coordinator for MassDEP. Since 1998, Kathi has provided technical assistance and grant coordination to 44 municipalities south and west of Boston, supporting programs that reduce waste and increase recycling and composting. Kathi holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.
Debbie Revelle is the Solid Waste Coordinator and Assistant Health Agent for the Plainville Board of Health. She was a member of the Southeast Regional Recycling Partnership that developed an Earth Day Reuse Collection Event and “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” guide. She has been with the Town of Plainville since 1998.
MODERATOR - Gretchen Carey has worked in the environmental field for almost a decade, first as a volunteer and then as a Recycling Coordinator for the Bedford, MA. She works for Republic Services as Recycling and Organics Coordinator for the state of Massachusetts, and is recently accredited as a LEED Green Associate.
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SESSION 2
1:40PM - 3:05PM
C How Low Can You Go?
Tales of Waste Reduction, Diversion and Sustainability in Municipalities
Join a discussion about reducing waste by selecting the right bin size, PAYT, and more.
Mike Lavin is currently serving as the Public Works Director for the Town of Wrentham. Previously, he worked for the Town of Framingham’s Public Works Department as an Operations Manager where his duties included the management of the Town’s curbside collection fleet and Recycling Drop-off Transfer Station. He also served as Framingham’s Water and Sewer Business Manager, worked in the Planning Department as an Assistant Transportation Coordinator, ZBA Administrator and downtown revitalization. He has a B.S. in Government and a M.P.A, both from Suffolk University. He has previously held SWANA certifications as a Collections Systems Manager and Transfer Station Manager.
Tory Morton is the Chair of the Manchester-By-The-Sea Waste Reduction Committee (formerly called Curbside Compost Committee which she founded in 2013). She is Sales Manager at Preserve a Waltham based manufacturer of household products made from 100% recycled #5 polypropylene. She lives in Manchester with her husband, three children and two dogs.
Carol Murray works at Municipal Resources Inc as a national leader in Context Sensitive Solutions, fostering well-designed projects that better connect land use and transportation. Carol previously worked for 33 years for the NH Department of Transporation, the last 7 as Commissioner. She is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the National Society of Professional Engineers, and was named Engineer of the Year in 2006. She has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of New Hampshire.
Jennifer Susen-Roy has spent most of her career in the Public service arena. Jennifer graduated from Westfield State with a Bachelors in Psychology. She has spent a short time building an exemplary resume in the field of Human Services and Tobacco control. Most recently she has accepted a position as the Director of the Gardner Board of Health. Her role as Director finds Jennifer responsible for a million dollar budget, the overseeing of inspections of: housing, restaurants, beaches, pools, as well as the daily operation of residential trash pickup for residents of the City of Gardner. Gardner’s curbside trash pickup is a non-taxed based self-sustaining entity with a benchmark recycling rate of 43%, one of the highest in MA.
MODERATOR - Dave Afonso has been in the Industry for almost 4 years, working for Rehrig Pacific. Rehrig manufactures containers for the industry, provides technology that gives visibility into an operation and also offers on street services such as route auditing. Dave is also happy to be on the Board of Directors for MassRecycle.
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SESSION 2
1:40PM - 3:05PM
D K-12 Pushing the Envelope
Learn more about outstanding programs underway in K-12 schools in Massachusetts that go above and beyond traditional recycling. Amy Donovan of Franklin County Solid Waste Management District will describe the development and amazing results of the Greenfield Public Schools composting program implemented under a MassDEP Sustainable Materials Recovery School Recycling Assistance grant. Regina King and Nicole Whitten of Ipswich Sustainable Education will highlight the variety and success of programs being implemented in the Ipswich Public Schools.
Amy Donovan is the Program Director at Franklin County Solid Waste District. 21 public schools in Franklin County, including 5 high schools, compost food and paper waste from cafeterias and kitchens. Donovan is currently utilizing a MassDEP School Recycling Assistance Grant to implement compost programs in the Greenfield Public Schools.
Nicole Whitten and Regina King are 2 of the Co-Founders of Ipswich Sustainable Education formed in 2011. Both care a great deal about protecting our planet and getting others excited to do the same. Ipswich Sustainable Education is a group of parent volunteers who collaborate and coordinate with the School Committee, Superintendent, Principals, teachers, students and community organizations to bring about positive environmental change through education and hands on opportunities. Some examples are: waste management reduction, recycling, composting, no Styrofoam, gardens, healthy nutrition, green teams, hydration stations and Change is Simple Program.
MODERATOR - Ann McGovern is the Consumer Waste Reduction Coordinator for MassDEP. She manages MassDEP's Green Team school recycling program and provides technical assistance for municipal and residential composting programs and SMRP grants. Ann is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and has done postgraduate work in Soil Science at the UMass Amherst.
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SESSION 2
1:40PM - 3:05PM
E Compost Project Roundup
Join a discussion highlighting some successful compost projects around MA. Review BMPs for producing quality compost products.
Brian Fuchs is the North American Business Director at W. L. Gore & Associates for GORE® Cover technology and has been serving the environmental field for over 20 years. Brian’s experience includes project management, contracting, regulatory affairs and field testing, including pilot studies and full scale facility operations. Before joining Gore, Brian spent his time as a chemical application specialist in the drinking water and wastewater treatment industry. Brian did his undergraduate study at the New York Institute of Technology and received an MBA from the University of Delaware.
Todd Koep has spent over 25 years in the waste and recycling industry in both the private sector and as an entrepreneur. He is currently a Municipal Assistance Coordinator for MassDEP and brings extensive knowledge of recycling and solid waste, municipal contracts, MRF operations, greenwaste and food waste collection and composting.
Greg Smith is the Superintendent of Solid Waste Operation for the Needham’s Department of Public Works. In this capacity, Mr. Smith is responsible for 9 municipal staff and all aspects of the Division’s budgeting, procurement, operations and project management. He is also responsible for short and long term planning for the town’s 30 year old transfer facility, its capped landfill and composting operation.
MODERATOR - Ed McGrath has been involved with recycling since the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, working in the private and public sectors. A member of the MassRecycle Board of Directors, Ed is the Recycling Coordinator for the Town of Bedford and a member of the North Reading Recycling Committee.
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SESSION 2
1:40PM - 3:05PM
F Electronic Waste Update
Join a discussion on the electronic waste product stewardship and recycling. Hear about the current state of the e-waste markets. Learn about NRRA's efforts to collaborate with manufacturers on voluntary product stewardship.
Michael Durfor is the Executive Director of the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA). Since 2008, he has improved member services and technical support programs, landed Federal Grants and EPA Region 1 Merit Awards for the NRRA School Recycling Club programs, and introduced MSW and C&D contract negotiation and bids to NRRA services. Despite market turmoil, Mike has maintained movement of material at increasing volumes and competitive pricing for NRRA members.
Tom Metzner has worked for the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for 23 years starting in the recycling group. Tom now focuses on implementation of extended producer responsibility initiatives for paint, mattresses, thermostats and electronics as well as future potential EPR programs. Tom is the Vice President of the Board for the Product Stewardship Institute.
Waneta Trabert coming soon.
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SESSION 2
1:40PM - 3:05PM
G Mechanically Stabilized Earth Berms
Mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) berms have been utilized throughout the United States to prolong the life of existing landfills by facilitating vertical expansions rather than lateral expansions. When space is constrained due to property limits, environmentally sensitive features, etc., MSE berms provide an alternative to extend the life of a facility. From conception to implementation, several factors must be considered when utilizing MSE berms. This presentation will discuss key aspects of the design phase and factors that should be considered by the design engineer and owner. After discussing the design, the process of constructing MSE berms will be presented. Finally, the importance and methods for monitoring MSE berms will be discussed. Throughout the presentation, “lessons learned” and innovative solutions will be discussed based on several projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic and New England./td>
Benjamin Allen has been working in the solid waste industry throughout the entirety of his career with ARM Group Inc. (ARM). Throughout his work in the solid waste industry, Mr. Allen has been involved with the design of MSE berms at seven different solid waste facilities, including two in Massachusetts and one in Connecticut. Mr. Allen has been involved with MSE berms at several different stages, including: feasibility studies, design, construction, and post-construction monitoring. Several of the MSE berms Mr. Allen has had involvement with utilized innovative solutions such alternative backfill and hanging solar panels on the face of MSE berms.
MODERATOR - Ron St Michel has worked on a full range of solid waste and storm water assignments for over 25 years. Ron’s solid waste experience includes dozens of projects covering landfill siting, environmental assessments, compliance monitoring, landfill expansion design, landfill closure design, corrective action alternatives analyses, landfill gas collection & treatment design, landfill gas-to-energy feasibility study, tipping fee study, landfill operations, transfer station design and inspections, and materials management studies. Stormwater projects included Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) MS4 General Permits and storm water inflow studies. Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Northeastern University.
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SESSION 2
1:40PM - 3:05PM
H Discussion on Solid Waste Disposal Capacity in MA
Join SWANA for a discussion about the disposal capacity in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
John Fischer is Branch Chief for Commercial Waste Reduction and Waste Planning at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). He coordinates programs to advance waste reduction, recycling, and composting by businesses and institutions. John also oversees Massachusetts’ Solid Waste Master Plan, solid waste data, the Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and disaster debris planning.
Phil Goddard is the Manager of Facility Compliance and Technology Development at the Town of Bourne, Department of Integrated Solid Waste Management where he is responsible for permitting, compliance and site development projects. He also serves as President of the Southern New England Chapter of SWANA and Treasurer of MassRecycle.
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SESSION 3
3:35PM - 5:00PM
B Effective Messaging
Recycling Psychology, Impactful Marketing & Boots on the Ground Outreach
Join a discussion about the importance of messaging and outreach to drive increases in recycling and waste reduction. Hear about recent research into what drives a citizen to recycle properly, how to design an effective message, and how boots on the ground outreach can drive change.
Marc Okrant is Vice President of Marketing for Casella Resource Solutions. Founded in 1975, Casella, with $565 million in annual revenue, has grown to become the Northeast's leader in implementing customer-focused sustainable waste and recycling solutions. Marc holds degrees from the University of Connecticut and Boston University and has worked in the recycling field for 12 years.
Remi Trudel is an assistant professor of Marketing, Boston University. His research interests focus on consumer well-being and is driven by a desire to understand consumer decision making in 3 areas – sustainability, health and diet, and personal finance. His research has been covered on NPR, in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Scientific American, and many other national outlets. Trudel earned his PhD from the Ivey Business School, University of Western Ontario.
Gunther Wellenstein has been a municipal material management professional for nine years. He thrives on using multimedia and social media to educate the multi-cultural city of Lowell. Gunther has mentored UMass-Lowell interns in Source Separated Organics and Mattress de-manufacturing. His long-term aspiration is to develop and teach an undergraduate class in “Sustainable Materials Management in modern society”.
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SESSION 3
3:35PM - 5:00PM
C MassDEP Municipal Grants
Review the current opportunities and updates to available municipal grants provided by MassDEP via the SMRP and RDP grant programs.
Tina Klein has been with MassDEP for just over 10 years and Municipal Grants Manager for the last seven. Prior to DEP she worked as the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Lowell for three years, and for the global consulting firm, Accenture, implementing global software solutions for nine years.
Ann McGovern is the Consumer Waste Reduction Coordinator for MassDEP. She manages MassDEP's Green Team school recycling program and provides technical assistance for municipal and residential composting programs and SMRP grants. Ann is a graduate of the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and has done postgraduate work in Soil Science at the UMass Amherst.
Dawn Quirk is a Municipal Waste Reduction Planner for the MassDEP. Dawn’s current focus areas are the Recycling Dividends Program and the MassDEP Municipal Assistance Coordinator program. Dawn spent her first year at MassDEP as an inspector enforcing the Waste Bans throughout the state. Her prior 13 years in the industry were devoted to managing and designing programs for Cambridge DPW and Tufts University.
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SESSION 3
3:35PM - 5:00PM
E Opportunities Around Food Waste Diversion and Overall Waste Reduction
This panel presentation will address waste reduction from different sectors. Join a discussion about opportunities and best management practices for organics collection. Hear about ongoing efforts at Whole Foods and learn about seven municipal collection programs across the Commonwealth. Discussion will include new technologies for energy recovery.
Ken Beaver currently serves as Dover ESG's Director of Processing Solutions, where he is focused on innovative and economically justified technologies for the conversion of solid waste into useful materials. Over his 37 year career, Ken has been a proponent of the process of innovation, which includes the use of formal tools for gaining a deep understanding of the unarticulated needs of the marketplace.
Karen Franczyk joined Whole Foods Market 16 years ago. After 12 years in Operations, Karen moved over to the Store Development Team, where she became the Green Mission Coordinator for the North Atlantic Region. She oversees all Sustainability programs for the region, focusing primarily on Waste and Energy.
Sharon Kishida has been a solid waste/recycling professional for 25 years. Her first paid position was at Waste Management. With MassDEP funding, she became Essex County’s first Recycling Coordinator. MassDEP hired her as MRIP Coordinator for Northeast District 2, which evolved into current position as Municipal Assistance Coordinator. She serves 39 communities.
MODERATOR - Debra Darby is program and marketing director with Organix Solutions, a company providing cost-effective and sustainable collection and treatment solutions that recover organic waste, recycle it to highest-value and return it to our community value chain. Formerly director of marketing communications with Metabolix, a developer of biopolymers, she holds an MS degree in Cleaner Production from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
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SESSION 3
3:35PM - 5:00PM
G Solar Projects at Landfills
Since the first Post Closure Use permits for solar on closed landfills were issued by MassDEP in 2010, the industry, technology, experience and financial deals have evolved significantly. This presentation will provide an overview of some of the notable changes and how that has impacted the industry and may change the landscape for future solar development on landfills.
Brian Huntley, Project Manager, has more than 20 years of engineering experience and oversees a variety of public and private projects. He specializes in site development, roadway and infrastructure improvements, solid waste, and renewable energy related design and permitting. He is also an active member of our renewable energy team, providing site/civil engineering and design advice for solar and wind energy projects.
MODERATOR - David Murphy, Vice President, has 31 years of engineering experience, and is Tighe & Bond’s client sector leader for Materials Management and Renewable Energy. His specialties include infrastructure design, renewable energy, waste and materials management, coastal engineering, emergency management, and dam rehabilitation. Dave has run an engineering company, managed all engineering and construction for CRS in Indonesia after the Tsunami, and managed major and complex projects for the Commissioner’s Office of the Massachusetts DEP.
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SESSION 3
3:35PM - 5:00PM
H Solid Waste Conversion Technologies
This presentation will provide an overview and update on the latest news regarding solid waste conversion technologies, including discussion of some particular projects.
Harvey Gershman is President of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB), a national solid waste management consulting firm he co-founded in 1980. He has been active as an adviser to government and industry for over 40 years, specializing in strategic guidance and infrastructure and services development assistance to solid waste service/system managers and owners. He has managed the preparation of many long-term plans, market studies, cost and independent feasibility analyses, technology reviews, contractor procurements, contracts development and negotiations, and project financing activities for a broad range of recycling, composting, solid waste management, waste-to-energy, and district energy projects. These projects have resulted in sustainable, efficient integrated waste management systems accepted by the community and its leadership.
MODERATOR - Jay Viamari, P.E., LEED AP is a senior project manager with more than 22 years of engineering experience. He specializes in the design, permitting, and construction phases of solid waste, civil/site development, and building projects. He has been involved in the design and permitting of numerous solid waste landfill expansions and closures, residential developments, stormwater management systems, sanitary sewer systems, water distribution systems, roadways and building renovation projects. Jay currently serves as the Past President on the Board of Directors for the Southern New England Chapter of SWANA.
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