Staff

Savannah Betkowski

Savannah Betkowski

Staff Assistant

Through a partnership with Syracuse University to provide part-time staff, Savannah manages NRC’s administrative needs, assists with the organization’s communication and outreach needs, assists with events and supports the Board of Directors and NRC committees.

Board Officers

Bob Gedert, President

Bob Gedert, President

Austin Resource Recovery, City of Austin

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Bob Gedert began his career in recycling in 1975, with 40 years of field experience in recycling and solid waste operations. He has 40 years of field experience in recycling and solid waste operations, including the operation of several Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) in Ohio, and the development of curbside recycling and yard waste collection programs throughout Indiana. Bob was the Chief of Recycling for the State of Indiana under three governors, and has written many state statutes in Indiana and Ohio supporting recycling efforts. Formerly, Bob operated the residential and commercial recycling service for the City of Fresno Department of Public Utilities, providing services to all single-family, multi-family and business customers within the City of Fresno. He led Fresno from a 29% recycling diversion rate in 2003 to a 75% recycling diversion rate in 2008 through the expansion of recycling and composting services to residents, businesses and schools. As Director of the Austin Resource Recovery Department for the City of Austin Texas (formerly named the Solid Waste Services Department), he is responsible for a 430 employee $82 million/year operation that provides direct services to Austin citizens, including trash, recycling, and yard trimmings collection, street sweeping, litter and dead animal pickup, household hazardous waste, and the implementation of the Austin Zero Waste Plan. He is considered a leading national expert in Zero Waste program implementation, and nationally recognized amongst his peers as pioneering cost efficiencies in discard collection systems through the implementation of zero waste programming. Bob has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. He has taught environmental ethics in several universities as a visiting guest lecturer, including most recently Yale University.

David Juri Freeman, Chair of the Board

David Juri Freeman, Chair of the Board

Senior Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems

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Juri Freeman is currently a Senior Consultant with Resource Recycling Systems. He was previously the Recycling Program Manager for the City and County of Denver, Colorado. Mr. Freeman was responsible for managing the residential, facility, and public schools recycling and composting programs in the City and County. This includes services for over 174,000 households, 160 facilities, and 170 schools sites. Prior to his position at the City Mr. Freeman spent nearly 8 years working as a resource economist with the firm Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA). While at SERA Mr. Freeman worked with clients across North America on projects ranging from developing and analyzing zero waste strategies, designing solid waste management plans, implementing and evaluating social marketing campaigns to drafting ordinance and contract language and setting rates for communities.

Mr. Freeman has presented his work at numerous national and state conferences in both solid waste and energy efficiency including keynote presentations at several different conferences. He has taught workshops in both social marketing and pay-as-you-throw and has published articles in a number of trade journals. In addition to serving on NRC Board of Directors, he currently serves on the Colorado Association for Recycling board of directors and the Boulder County Resource Conservation Advisory Board. He has also spent several years as a chapter officer of the Colorado chapter of SWANA.

Marjie Griek, Executive Vice President and Treasurer

Marjie Griek, Executive Vice President and Treasurer

Principal, Pearl Consulting

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Ms. Griek’s experience is based on extensive work with local governments and non-profit organizations to improve diversion programs, to foster new recycling businesses and to bridge the gaps between public and private stakeholders. In addition to her other duties of outreach and conference planning, she has worked as the Public Policy Coordinator, providing policy direction, research, and data to help draft legislation, and information to help stakeholders manage and integrate consequences of legislation.

She is Past Chair of the National Recycling Coalition Recycling Organization Council, Founding Member of the Recycling Organizations of North America and current board member of the National Recycling Coalition. Ms. Griek has been the past Executive Director of the Colorado Association for Recycling. She is a graduate of the Colorado Institute for Leadership Training, an organization devoted to developing leadership skills and expanded knowledge of state operations and issues. Ms. Griek was hired as the Resource Recovery Director for the Democratic National Convention Host Committee Greening Team and successfully coordinated efforts to make the DNC ‘the greenest ever’.

Additionally, she has assisted on numerous private consulting projects, developing Integrated Waste Management Plans for communities around Colorado. She most recently completed the State of Wyoming Recycling Study for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality with LBA Associates and a small team of consultants.

Stephen Bantillo, Vice President

Stephen Bantillo, Vice President

Recycling Certification Institute

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Stephen M Bantillo has been actively involved in the resource management field for nearly 30 years. Currently he represents the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI), implementing CORR, a National Standards Certification program based in Sacramento, CA.

Much of Stephen’s involvement in the environmental arena has been with local and state government, and non-profit sectors. He grew up in San José, CA, where he was hired by the City of San José to develop and manage new resource programs. Stephen created their award-winning Construction & Demolition (C&D) program, the nation’s first program to document and certify C&D material recycling facilities’ performance. He was appointed by Governor Schwarzenegger in 2007 to oversee California’s beverage container recycling program, which included oversight of the system’s $1.2 Billion annual budget and over 2,700 recyclers.

Mr. Bantillo served on CDRA’s board, receiving their “C&D Recycler of the Year” award in 2008, and currently serves several boards representing the recycling industry in North America. He was appointed to San Jose Unified School District’s Bond Oversight Committee, establishing protocols on school construction funding and assisting the District with the greening of its construction projects. He is also co-founder and past Chair of California’s Construction & Demolition Council.

He has been a member of the NRC since 1990 and this term represents his fifth time being elected to serve on the Board of Directors. He previously served as Vice President and has been a leader on NRC’s policy issues since 2004.

Gary Bilbro, Vice President

Gary Bilbro, Vice President

NewGreen Consulting, LLC

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Mr. Bilbro has over 20 years of IT Consulting experience as owner of G.B. & Associates.  He worked with such clients as General Electric, Norfolk Southern, Wachovia, American Express, Coca-Cola, RJ Reynolds and many more.  He turned his focus towards Waste and Recycling in 2002 while building a successful waste hauling business specializing in roll-off and front-load services.  Upon the sale of that business, Mr. Bilbro began a Construction & Demolition and Organics recycling company that specialized in high rates of landfill diversion.  He currently co-owns a Consulting business with his wife of 32 years (Holly), with his focus being on environmental, waste and recycling consulting.  His client base includes C&D Recyclers, Single-Stream MRF’s, Composting companies, Haulers, Recycling Equipment Manufacturers and a few municipalities.

Mr. Bilbro has served on the Board of Directors for the Carolina Recycling Association as Treasurer and as interim Executive Director.  He was a founding Board Member for “RONA”, Recycling Organizations of North America.  And he now sits on the Board of Directors for the “NRC”, National Recycling Coalition.  He is Co-Chair of the Fund Development Committee and the Recycling Jobs Task Force.

Mr. Bilbro lives in North Carolina, enjoys reading, walking, Golf and writing.  He is close to publishing his first book entitled “How Recycling Changed the World”.

Paul England, Vice President

Paul England, Vice President

Pratt Industries - Midwest Region General Manager

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As Pratt Industries General Manager for the Midwest Region, Paul England is responsible for providing leadership and sound business solutions to complex recycling issues throughout the region. England has over 25 years of recycling and waste solutions industry experience, a strong commitment to the environment, and a clear vision as to how Pratt Industries can continue as an industry leader.

Before joining Pratt Industries, England was Chief Operating Officer for Rubicon Global a Waste and Recycling Sustainability Solutions provider. Prior to Rubicon, England was Vice President of Operational Excellence at Smurfit-Stone in the Recycling Division. This division managed over 6 million tons of recoverable materials per year with annual sales exceeding $1 billion. England was highly successful in driving process and product improvement and implementing Six Sigma and Lean methodology that redefined the business culture. In addition, England worked internationally traveling to Smurfit-Stone’s global business partners in China, India and Mexico to help with recycling projects and sustainability activities to better manage waste streams and improve recyclable material recovery rates. Before Smurfit-Stone, England was Executive Vice President of Rock-Tenn, a Fortune 500 Company, where he provided leadership for both the Recycling Division and the  Paperboard Division.

England has a Bachelor’s of Science degree. He current serves on the Executive Board of the National Recycling Coalition. He is a past board member of Western Michigan University Pulp and Paper Foundation, and has held numerous industry Board positions including Recycled Paperboard Technical Association (RTPA), Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), and Recycling Advocates of America.

Gary Liss, Vice President

Gary Liss, Vice President

Gary Liss & Associates

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Gary Liss has over 40 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling field.  Mr. Liss is President of his own consulting firm, Gary Liss & Associates.  Mr. Liss is a leading advocate of Zero Waste and has helped more communities develop Zero Waste plans than anyone else in the U.S.

Mr. Liss is Vice-President of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council,  helped develop the USZWBC Certification Program and participated in USZWBC’s audit of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company as the first Platinum Certified Zero Waste Business using the USZWBC Scorecard. He is a Boardmember of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and Chair of ZWIA’s Zero Waste Certification Committee.  He is assisting Underwriters Laboratories develop a Zero Waste Standard for the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Mr. Liss was a founder and past President of the National Recycling Coalition and a current Boardmember. He was a founder and Boardmember of the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA), the GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) and the Zero Waste Brain Trust. In 2005, Mr. Liss went through extensive training with Gunter Pauli in the Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives and is a Certified ZERI System Designer. He served on Council in his hometown of Loomis, CA and was Mayor in 2010. He has a Master in Public Administration degree from Rutgers University and Bachelor in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering major) from Tufts University.

Lisa Skumatz, Secretary

Lisa Skumatz, Secretary

Skumatz Economic Research Associates & Econservation Institute

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Dr. Lisa Skumatz is an economist and heads the research and consulting firm, Skumatz Economic Research Associates (SERA), and the non-profit Econservation Institute (EI). Lisa’s 35 years of work in the field includes work in program and policy analysis, integrated plans, and rate studies. She has assisted communities as small as 500 up to some of the largest cities in the country, and clients include the leading solid waste agencies in North America. She has conducted work for individual firms, EPA, states, and other agencies. Her more than 350 clients cover 35 states and 6 foreign countries. Lisa’s research has a practical and numbers-related base – her goal is to provide research that helps program / policymakers make more informed decisions.
Lisa has an international reputation as an expert in Pay As You Throw, and in quantitative studies of solid waste policies / topics. She has published more than 125 published papers in recycling (Resource Recycling, Biocycle, conferences, etc.), and has written much-cited studies or manuals on PAYT, food scraps programs, commercial diversion, cost-effective solid waste strategies, single stream recycling, and social marketing and outreach/behavioral programs. Other recent publications are on every other week collection, bag programs, and measurement alternatives. She has spoken or keynoted at state and national conferences across the US and internationally, and has given more than 100 workshops or webinars.
Lisa has the unique distinction of having won two national lifetime achievement awards for her work (from the National Recycling Coalition / NRC and from the International Solid Waste Association / SWANA). She serves on the Board of the National Recycling Coalition (NRC), the Board of Colorado’s SWANA, and multiple other association and non-profit boards. Her B.A. in Economics is from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her Ph.D. in econometrics is from The Johns Hopkins University and she holds certification in Sustainability Leadership and Implementation from the University of Denver. She has previously been on the graduate faculty at the University of Colorado – Denver, and just finished 10 years serving as an elected council member in her Colorado town. Lisa also works extensively in the energy conservation and sustainability field.

Board Members

Susan Attridge

Susan Attridge

City of Buffalo, NY

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Susan Attridge is the Director of Recycling for the City of Buffalo.  Ms. Attridge is responsible for managing the residential, commercial and school recycling collection and processing for in the City.  She is also responsible for solid waste planning and policy for the City as well as all special waste management including composting, tire recycling, household hazardous waste, universal waste and electronic waste.

Prior to working for the City of Buffalo, Ms. Attridge worked for six years at Abitibi Bowater (aka Resolute Forest Products) as an Area Manager for the Recycling Division sourcing recycled fiber for the mill located in Thorold Canada through the Paper Retriever program.  Ms. Attridge also spent six years at the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning as the Coordinator for the Office of Solid Waste and several years with the New York State Legislative Commission of Solid Waste Management.

In addition to serving on NRC Board of Directors, she currently serves on the New York State Association of Reuse, Reduce and Recycling board of directors.

Robert J. Bylone, Jr.

Robert J. Bylone, Jr.

Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center

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Robert (Bob) J. Bylone, Jr. is the Executive Director and President of the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center (RMC). The RMC is a non-profit corporation specialized in increasing end use of Pennsylvania’s recyclables. In this role, Bob leads a state-wide team to bring markets development programming, start-up manufacture and process assistance, consultation, and outreach to Pennsylvania industry. Bob has previous experience in county government, industry, and consulting, serving as a County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator, Copperhead Chemical Company as a project/environmental, health, and safety engineer, and at Junkins Engineering as a project engineer. Bob has professional experience with projects completed in over 25 states and 30 industry sectors. Bob holds Master and Bachelor degrees in Environmental Engineering from Penn State University, is registered as an US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional, is trained as an ISO 14001 auditor, and is certified as a senior level recycling professional through the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania (PROP). Bob’s personal interest includes pointing dog training and competition, also tending to a 110-acre family farm.

Maggie Clarke

Maggie Clarke

Maggie Clarke Environmental

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Jack DeBell

Jack DeBell

University of Colorado Recycling Services

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Jack DeBell has served the University of Colorado’s recycling program as a State employee for thirty years.  His accomplishments include teaching a certification and internship program for students interested in recycling careers, publishing a Decision Makers Guide to Recycling, and advancing C.U.’s zero waste plan.  He was recognized with the University’s highest staff honor, the Robert Sterns Award, in 1997.

With Mr. DeBell’s assistance, C.U. Recycling has gained widespread recognition from groups including including the Colorado Association for Recycling, the EPA, the Federal Environmental Executive, Dell Computer, the American Forest and Paper Association, and the Sierra Club.

He was elected to the National Recycling Coalition’s Board of Directors in 1991 and helped co-found the College and University Recycling Council.  His recent re-appointed to the Board enables new collaboration among higher education and the sustainable resource management industry through applied research, scholarships, training, and career placement.

George Dreckmann

George Dreckmann

City of Madison, WI Streets Division

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George Dreckmann is the Strategic Initiatives Coordinator for the City of Madison, Wisconsin. He has been with Madison since 1989 serving as Recycling Coordinator prior to assuming his present position in 2012. He oversees a recycling program that serves over 71,000 households and diverts over 70% of its waste from the landfill. In addition to overseeing the recycling program he is responsible for all of the public education efforts of the Streets Division. His current projects include leading the team that is planning the construction of an anaerobic digester, coordinating landfill expansion efforts with Dane County, and overseeing facilities planning for the Public Works Department. In 2004 the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) named George Wisconsin Recycler of the Year. On the national level he has served as Chairman of the Board of the National Recycling Coalition. Most recently, George won the 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from NRC. He has degrees in American History and Secondary Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to joining the Street Division he worked as a budget analyst for the Wisconsin State Senate specializing in natural resource and education issues.

MaryEllen Etienne

MaryEllen Etienne

Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio

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MaryEllen Etienne has been working in sustainable materials management for twenty years, specializing in reuse. MaryEllen is currently a Programs Manager for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. Prior to this position MaryEllen was the CEO of Reuse Institute – a nonprofit dedicated to increasing awareness of reuse through educational events, training services and research projects; and the Executive Producer of ReuseConex – an international reuse conference and expo and Reuse Institute’s signature event. MaryEllen’s goal is to increase awareness of, and access to, reuse – a central tenant of sustainability. She has extensive experience in finding new markets for reusable materials, conducting reuse industry research and improving reuse operations. She provides ongoing input into the industry’s growth and development, and helps businesses, municipalities, and nonprofits incorporate robust reuse policies and strategies into their sustainability effortsRecently, MaryEllen contributed to the development of two pioneering initiatives in the field of sustainable resource management. As a member of the NRC’s National Standards Certification Board she helped ensure reuse was embraced within the national certification program that was established for professional training programs in sustainable resource management; and her contributions to the US Zero Waste Business Council helped develop the nation’s first Zero Waste Business Certification program for facilities and professionals. She is the Founder of Reuse Alliance, and a Co-Founder of REUSE. International and Creative Reuse Association. Prior to Reuse Institute, MaryEllen ran Reuse Alliance and ReuseNYC and worked at London Community Resource Network, NY WasteMatch, Materials for the Arts and AmeriCorps VISTA. MaryEllen is also on the board of directors of Association of Ohio Recyclers, Reuse Institute and SCRAP USA. She is also an organizer for the local Green Drinks, and a member of the Green Business Network, Sierra Club, and the US Zero Waste Business Council.

John Frederick

John Frederick

Intermunicipal Relations Committee COG

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John Frederick is executive director of the council of governments that oversees recycling, composting and other related sustainability programs in the greater Altoona, PA area.  He also serves as chair of the National Certification Standards Board of NRC.  His two stints with the IRC COG were sandwiched around eleven years as executive director of the Professional Recyclers of Pennsylvania. He had been active on NRC’s Recycling Organization Council and helped with the initial work on professional training standards.

John has also written extensively on recycling and other environmental issues, including a regular newspaper column in Altoona. He began his professional career as a high school Earth and Environmental Science teacher after graduating with honors from Penn State’s Geography program. In what little spare time he has left, he still enjoys seeing the diverse and beautiful Pennsylvania geography from the saddle of his bicycle.

Carey Hamilton

Carey Hamilton

Indiana Recycling Coalition

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Brent Hildebrand

Brent Hildebrand

Alpine Recycling and Waste

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Brent Hildebrand has served since 2007 as the vice-president/recycling for Alpine Waste & Recycling based just outside Denver in Commerce City, Colo. He is responsible for developing all aspects of Alpine’s vertically integrated recycling business. He acquires new recycling business and builds operational infrastructure to support that business, and he is constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to expand recycling efforts, both in terms of category and volume. He served on the Colorado Pollution Prevention Advisory Board Assistance Committee, 2008-2011, advising the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment on the administration of almost $3 million in grants to industry and academia for environmental pollution prevention efforts. The Colorado Environmental Partnership and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment designated Hildebrand as their 2009 “Sustainability Champion” for his leadership spearheading Alpine’s wide-ranging efforts to promote recycling in Colorado. He is also past-president of the board of directors for the Colorado Association for Recycling. He has had various capacities in the recycling industry since 2001; and as director of sales and marketing for Waste Management RecycleAmerica (2005-2007), he introduced the first single-stream recycling processing plant to the Colorado market. Originally from Tremont, Ill., he attended Illinois State University on a football scholarship, where he received his degree in sociology. He is married with three children, and he spends his spare time hiking, fishing, skiing and coaching his children’s sports teams.

Doug Hill

Doug Hill

EcoVision Environmental

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Doug Hill is the Owner and President of EcoVision Environmental, an innovative full service company dedicated to the triple bottom line and working on both recycling and organics diversion programs for municipal and commercial customers. In addition to program development, EcoVision Environmental offers a wide range of products to support their customer’s waste diversion programs.

Throughout his career, he has developed and launched several successful environmental products and has several more being developed. Doug he has created an abundance of meaningful, long term relationships that have enabled him to cultivate an extensive and professional network of colleagues globally. He possesses the essential balance of experience, integrity and credibility that always produce outstanding results for his customers.

Doug has made significant contributions to municipal governments in the area of environmental program and policy development. He has spoken at conferences across North America and volunteers his time to several organizations in the non- profit sector. He has held positions with a variety of Boards in an advisory capacity.

David Keeling

David Keeling

Steel Recycling Institute

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David Keeling is the Director, Recycling for the Steel Recycling Institute (SRI). Mr. Keeling has been with the SRI in various positions since 1990. As discussed below, his recycling and construction related activities allow him to travel extensively throughout the United States while supporting the activities of the state recycling organizations and local chapters of the United States Green Building Council.

Mr. Keeling’s recycling related responsibilities include working on the regional, state, county and community levels to maximize steel recycling efforts, as well as expand the steel recycling infrastructure and developing additional end markets for post-consumer steel. He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Cooperative Training and Recycling Assistance, a cooperative marketing organization for rural communities based in Austin, TX. He also serves as a board member for the National Recycling Association, the Southeast Recycling Development Council and as an advisory member for the Northeast Recycling Council and the Toxic in Packaging Clearinghouse.

His construction related responsibilities require him to serve as an informational resource about the sustainable attributes of steel construction to the building community. His main focus has been to foster and expand his relationships with the staff, leadership and members of the local chapters of the United States Green Building Council and other construction related organizations. He is a LEED Accredited Professional in the United States Green Building Council and is a member of multiple local USGBC chapters throughout the country.

Mr. Keeling holds a B.S. in Marketing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Mr. Keeling currently serves as Chair of the Pi Sigma Epsilon National Education Foundation which supports sales and marketing education and provides scholarships to college students interested in sales and marketing careers. He is a Past National President of the Pi Sigma Epsilon, Inc.

Maite Quinn

Maite Quinn

Sims Municipal Recycling/ Sims Metal Management

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Maite Quinn is the Manager of Business Development and Marketing at Sims Municipal Recycling. Sims Municipal Recycling is a division of Sims Metal Management, the largest Metal and Electronics recycler in the world. Sims Municipal Recycling has a 20 year curbside recycling contract with NYC to process all of their metal, glass and plastic and half of their paper. In addition Sims’ has a portion of Chicago’s recycling contract for hauling and processing. Maite has over 17 years of experience in recycling and marketing. Prior to entering the world of recycling she was a documentary television producer and she produced over 40 hours of television for clients ranging from Nickelodeon, Discovery to CBS.   She has a BA in Journalism and an MBA from Baruch College.

Antonio Rios

Antonio Rios

Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition

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The biologist Antonio Rios worked at the Department of Natural Resources and Environment in the Scientific Research Division (Marine Resources). He currently serves at the Solid Waste Authority with 25 years of experience. He directed the Recycling and Education Program for 10 years and was its Executive Director.

In addition he has belonged to several professional organizations of which his participation is distinguish at the Puerto Rico Recycling Partnership, as President of the Board of Directors of the Puerto Rico Recycling Coalition, Inc.

Will Sagar

Will Sagar

Southeast Recycling Development Council

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Will Sagar is Executive Director with the Southeast Recycling Development Council.  He works from his home town of Brevard, North Carolina.

Will Sagar graduated from the University of North Carolina with a double major on Economics and Mathematics.  After selling the excavation business he built and operated for a decade, he was the Solid Waste Director for Transylvania County, NC for 16 years.  While there he started the recycling program, built the first lined landfill in Western North Carolina; implemented a Pay As You Throw program; established  a permanent Household Hazardous Waste collection;  and started an electronics recycling program.  Later with Henderson County, he started electronics collection and created a county energy accounting system.
Will is a Past President of the Board of Directors the Carolina Recycling Association.    For several years, he also chaired the Board of The Free Clinic of Transylvania County, which serves the medical needs of the uninsured.

Michael Van Brunt

Michael Van Brunt

Covanta

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Michael Van Brunt is a licensed professional engineer with over fifteen years of experience in industry and consulting. His environmental management and sustainability experience is with a variety of industries including waste management, forest products, steel manufacturing, scrap recycling, site investigation & remediation, and aluminum manufacturing. Michael is currently Director of Sustainability at Covanta Energy where his primary focus is on sustainability reporting, climate change, carbon offset project development, and life cycle assessment. He earned a B.S. and Masters in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University.

Robin Wiener

Robin Wiener

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries

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As President of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI), Robin leads the Washington DC based trade association, which represents more than 1,500 private, for-profit companies nationwide and throughout the globe that process, broker and industrially consume scrap commodities (including scrap metal, paper, plastics, textiles, rubber and electronics). ISRI provides advocacy, education and training, safety outreach, compliance assistance, QEHS certification, and more for the $90 billion industry, while also promoting public awareness of the vital role recycling plays in the US economy, global trade, the environment, and sustainable development.

Robin has been appointed to a number of governmental panels and advisory groups, including the Industry Trade Advisory Committee on Steel (ITAC-12) through the US Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative.  She also serves as the Chairman of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) Advisory Board, providing input and key recommendations to the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the US Department of Justice (DOJ) in the administration of the NMVTIS program.
In addition to serving on the Board of the NRC, Robin also sits on the Board of SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), whose mission it is to promote safe and sustainable electronics reuse and recycling worldwide and which serves as the home of the R2 standard.  She is a Past Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations, is a member of the Key Industry Associations Committee (KIAC) of the ASAE, and is a member of the U.S. Chamber Committee of 100.  She is also a Director of the International Environment Council of the Bureau of International Recycling in Brussels, and a member of the BIR’s E-Scrap Steering Committee.  Robin also serves on the Steering Committee of Electronics Recycling Asia and serves on the Jason Learning Board.
An attorney and engineer, Ms. Wiener earned a J.D. degree cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and a B.S.E. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Wiener is a member of the New York and District of Columbia Bars. Her other professional affiliations include the American, New York, and D.C. Bar Associations; and ASAE.   Ms. Wiener is the co-author of the RCRA Compliance & Enforcement Manual, published in 1994 by Shepard’s McGraw-Hill as part of its Environmental Law Series.  Prior to joining ISRI, Ms. Wiener worked on environmental technical and policy issues for ICF Incorporated and Uniroyal, Inc.  She has also worked for the Washington office of the law firm of Sidley and Austin.

Melissa Young

Melissa Young

Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions

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Melissa Young is the Assistant Director of the Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions and the Syracuse Environmental Finance Center. Melissa oversees programs related to community sustainability, local leadership development, and sustainable materials management (SMM) project facilitation and education. She is trained in organics management through receiving certification from the US Composting Council, Onondaga County as a certified Master Composter, and New York City Master Composter certification (June 2014). Melissa received an M.S. in Natural Resource Management from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She has an undergraduate degree in environmental studies and another degree in philosophy. Prior to working with Syracuse EFC, Melissa worked in natural resource management at the Willow Biomass Project in Tully New York, Tropical Forestry Initiative in Costa Rica, and with New York State Parks in Long Island. She is based at a Syracuse EFC satellite office in New York City.