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2020 National Zero Waste Conference
Video Recordings and Presentation Files

The National Zero Waste Virtual Conference is a three-day educational and networking event organized by the National Recycling Coalition featuring local, national, and international experts discussing the latest updates and best practices to get to Zero Waste.  Select any link in the Recording Directory to view a video recording or presentation slides.

Conference recordings and presentations made available with support from Mobius Intelligent Systems and GreenEducation.us.

Recording Directory

Conference Session Recordings and Presentation Files

December 1, 2020


Session 1

Building a Circular Economy with Zero Waste Businesses

Welcome/Introductions

  • Leslie Lukacs, NRC Conference Co-Chair
  • Dave Keeling, NRC President
  • Sophie Hahn, Vice-Mayor, City of Berkeley

Panelists

  • Gary Liss, Gary Liss & Associates and NRC Board (Moderator)

  • Joseph Button, Straus Family Creamery

  • Mandi McKay, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

  • Clare Miflin, AIA, NYC “Zero Waste Design Guidelines”

Recording

Presentations

December 1, 2020

Session 2

Zero Waste for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Facilities

Panelists

Moderated Discussion Panel:

  • Bob Gedert. President, NRC (Moderator)
  • Stephanie Barger, U.S. Green Building Council, TRUE Zero Waste
  • Sue Beets-Atkinson, SBM Services and Chair, GBCI Zero Waste Advisory Council
  • Lin King, Cal Zero Waste, UC Berkeley
  • Angela A. Moore, Missouri Historical Society
  • Mateus Pecanha, Zero Waste Brazil

Recording

Presentations

December 1, 2020

Session 3

 International Zero Waste Hierarchy of Highest and Best Use

Panelists

Moderated Discussion Panel:

  • Bob Gedert. President, NRC (Moderator)
  • Jamie Kaminski, Zero Waste Canada
  • Michael Sangiacomo, President, Recology

Recording

Presentations

December 2, 2020

Session 1

Zero Waste Community Plans

Panelists

 

Recording

Presentations

December 2, 2020

Session 2

Zero Waste and Climate Change

Panelists

  • David Krueger, Northern California Recycling Association, Moderator
  • Maggie Clarke, Maggie Clarke Environmental and Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board
  • Pal Martensson, Let’s Do It World, “Lessons from the Amazon: Lungs of the World”

Recording

Presentations

December 3, 2020

Session 1

Welcome and Introductions

Panelists

  • Alec Cooley, NRC Conference Co-Chair
  • Bob Gedert,  NRC President, “Revitalization of NRC Buy Recycled Business Alliance”

Recording

Presentations

December 3, 2020

Session 2

Zero Waste and Climate Change

Panelists

  • Stephen Bantillo, NRC Vice President and Policy Committee Co-Chair
  • David Pinsky, Greenpeace Oceans & Plastics Campaigner
  • Nina Butler, More Recycling and Circularity in Action

Recording

Presentations

December 3, 2020

Session 3 – Room A

Recycling Market Development and Infrastructure

Panelists

  • Manuel Medrano, Association of Recycling Market Development Administrators and City of Chula Vista, Moderator
  • Wayne Gjerde, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and NRC Board member
  • Bret Bigger, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries
  • Ruth Abbe, Co-Chair, CRRA Global Recycling Council
  • Lisa Skumatz, Skumatz Economic Research Associates
  • Susan Kinsella, Conservatree
  • Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Elisa Seltzer, Resource Recycling Systems
  • Martin Bourque, Berkeley Ecology Center (Moderator)
  • Nina Butler, More Recycling and NRC Board
  • Susan Kinsella, Conservatree
  • Rory Bakke, Sustainable Concepts Studio
  • Alicia Culver, Responsible Purchasing Institute
  • Sarah O’Brien, Sustainable Purchasing Leadership Council
  • Gina Wu Lee, Upcyclers Network
  • Lynn Hoffman, Eureka Recycling
  • Jeff Donlevy, Mings Recycling

Recording

Presentations

December 3, 2020

Session 3 – Room B

Organics and Zero Waste

 

  • Ana Carvalho, Zero Waste International Alliance (Moderator)
  • Neil Edgar, California Compost Coalition
  • Matt Cotton, US Composting Council
  • Will Bakx, California Organics Recycling Council of CRRA
  • Kourtnii Brown, Sustainable Economies Law Center
  • Marvin Hayes, Baltimore Compost Collective
  • Kelley Dennings, Center for Biological Diversity, Population and Sustainability (Moderator)
  • Christie Keith, Break Free from Plastics Steering Committee and GAIA
  • Christienne DeTournay, Berkeley Zero Waste Commission
  • Miriam Gordon, Upstream
  • Laura Anthony, Save the Albatross Coalition and Zero Waste San Diego

 

Recording

Presentations

Pre-Conference
Webinar Video Recordings and Presentation Files

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Webinar

August 27, 2020

Panelists

  • Moderator and Commentator, Arley Owens, Executive Director, Ohio Recycling Coalition, former NRC Board Member, organizing member of the NRC DEI Council, and former Chair of the NRC Communications Committee and the Minorities Recycling Council
  • DEI Introduction and Industry Situational Report, Sophia Huda, Vice President, Ohio Recycling Coalition, member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board and Adjunct Sustainability Professor, The New School, New York
  • Developing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mandates, Faye Christoforo, Executive Director, Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)
  • Safe and Sustainable Recycling, Alina Bekkerman, NCRA Board Member and DEI Committee Co-Chair and San Francisco Conservation Corps, Zero Waste Consultant and Felisia Castañeda, NCRA Member and DEI Committee Co-Chair, and Recology San Francisco Environmental Learning Center Supervisor
  • Moving Forward Together, Abrilla Robinson, Vice President, Ohio Recycling Coalition’s and Chair of the Ohio Recycling Coalition’s newly created Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council. Past President of the National Recycling Coalition Minorities Recycling Council and organizing member of the new NRC DEI Council.

Webinar Recording

Presentations

National Policy Town Hall on Product Policies

September 10, 2020

Panelists

  • Moderator, Susan Collins, Container Recycling Institute and NRC Board of Directors
  • Ruth Abbe, Zero Waste USA
  • Heidi Sanborn, National Stewardship Action Council
  • Miriam Gordon, UPSTREAM
  • Scott Cassel, Product Stewardship Institute
  • Clarissa Morawski, Reloop Platform
  • Jamie Kaminski, Zero Waste Canada

Webinar Recording

Presentation

Zero Waste in Buildings on Campuses and Businesses

September 24, 2020

Panelists

  • Moderator: Alec Cooley, Busch Systems
  • Mary Curtiss, HP
  • Danner Doud-Martin, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
  • Julie Muir, Stanford University
  • Kaity Robbins, Boston University
  • Sue Beets-Atkinson, SMB

Webinar Recording

Presentations

National Policy Town Hall on Reduce and Reuse

October 08, 2020

Panelists

  • Moderator:  Timonie Hood, U.S. EPA, Region 9
  • Nathan Proctor, U.S.PIRG – Right to Repair
  • Leah Tischler, SBM Management – TRUE Zero Waste Implementation
  • Samantha Sommer, UPSTREAM – Reusable Foodware Models
  • Jacky Brown, Goodwill Industries of San Diego County – The Road to Zero Waste is Paved with Jobs
  • Dave Bennink, Building Deconstruction Institute – Deconstruction and Building Materials Reuse

Webinar Recording

Presentations

ReThink and ReDesign

October 22, 2020

Panelists:

Webinar Recording

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Zero Waste Community Planning

October 22, 2020

Panelists:

Webinar Recording

Presentations

National Policy Town Hall on National Legislation and Regulations

November 5, 2020

Panelists and Topics

  • Fran McPoland, Colling Swift & Hynes and NRC Board – Moderator
  • Anja Malawi Brandon, Senator Jeff Merkley Science Fellow, Break Free from Plastics Pollution Act” (invited)
  • Sarah Peery, representing Senator Portma, “Recycle Act”
  • Patrick Currier, representing Senator Stabenow, “Protecting America’s Paper for Recycling (PAPER) Act”
  • Jill Hamilton, Senator Whitehouse Legislative Assistant, “Save Our Seas Act 2.0”
  • Shane Trimmer, Senior Policy Advisor, Congressman Lowenthal
  • Stephen Bantillo, NRC Policy Committee
  • Gary Liss, Organizer

Webinar Recording

Presentations