The monthly programming Series is provided through live webinar format on the third Tuesday of each month from 1:30pm to 2:45pm EDT. Recordings of the Sustainable Materials Management Webinar Series will be available for those who cannot attend or need to reference the Webinar. Topic matter and webinar schedules are subject to change. Stay in contact for programming announcements
For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Recycling Markets Center, www.pennrmc.org.
Past, Present and Future of MRF Equipment
A representative of a leading MRF design/ build/ consulting firm provides a perspective on the evolution of recycling processing equipment and the key drivers that will determine what a MRF of the future will look like.
Tuesday June 19, 2018/1:30 – 2:45PM EDT
Presenter: Nathiel Egosi, P.E., President, RRT Design & Construction/RRT SIGMA
Topic Subject Matter – MRF Equipment
Technical Complexity – Moderate/ High
Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8398475921781104385
Zero Waste: Markets for a Circular Economy
Join industry leaders Rick Anthony and Kate Bailey to discover how recyclers that embrace Zero Waste are achieving higher than average market prices for all materials collected in curbside recycling programs today. We’ll discuss how businesses and communities that have adopted Zero Waste goals and policies are better able to meet current and future market demand, while improving and decreasing operational costs.
Wednesday, Jun 27, 2018, 11:30-12:30 PST
Presenters: Rick Anthony and Kate Bailey
Topic Subject Matter – Zero Waste – Markets
Technical Complexity – Low/Medium
Registration Link: https://greeneducation.us/zero-waste-economy/
What Do We Do With Hard-to-Recycle Plastics and Other Materials
Recycling plastics specifically has become very difficult with the shakeup in China and the hold that the country recently placed on plastics. For this Webinar, GreenEducation will have a speaker who knows plastics and can help us understand the different outlets for plastics. In addition, we will talk about wood, metals, and best practices with different materials. This session will focus on identifying outlets for those hard-to-recycle items.
This session moderated by Sue Beets-Atkinson. Sue is director of Sustainability at SBM Management and she is the current Chair of GBCI’ s TRUE Zero Waste Advisory Council. Sue has extensive experience working with and for businesses to implement Zero Waste Best Known Methods (BKMs) in the industry
Who should attend? Recycling or sustainability coordinators responsible for increased diversion, cost savings, and recycling programs should attend this session. Individuals will learn techniques to find outlets for their hard-to-recycle items.
Wednesday, July 11, 2018/8:30 – 9:30 AM EDT
Presenter: Sue Beets-Atkinson, Director, SBM Management and Chair, GBCI, TRUE Zero Waste Advisory Council
Topic Subject Matter – Hard to Recycle Plastics
Technical Complexity – Low/Medium
Zero Waste and Climate Change
Much of the discussion of climate change has focused on ‘smokestack and tailpipe’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, due to the way standard (a.k.a. ‘production’ or ‘sector-based’) GHG inventories are designed conducted: measuring GHG’s emitted within a geopolitical boundary (e.g., country, state, county, city). Therefore climate protection solutions and policies have focused on energy and transportation (i.e., ‘smokestacks and tailpipes’). However, an alternative ‘consumption’ (a.k.a. ‘systems-based’) GHG inventory approach reveals that over 40% of global GHG emissions come from production, consumption, and disposition of food and manufactured products. In this class, you will learn about the different types of GHG inventories, and how and why Zero Waste Climate Protection (ZWCP) is a significant yet overlooked solution. For a good ZWCP primer, see the great video here and visit the CRRA Recycler’s Global Warming Council web site
This session is moderated by Mark Gagliardi. Mark is with the City of Oakland, CA Public Works Agency’s Environmental Services Division, and has an academic background in quantitative analysis, finance, and resource economics. Mark’s primary project work is developing and implementing Oakland’s Zero Waste Sustainability Initiative (www.zerowasteoakland.com). Mark chairs the Executive Committee of the Recyclers Global Warming Council (http://www.crra.com/rgwc/) of the California Resources Recovery Assn. (http://www.crra.com/) since 2009.
Wednesday July 18, 2018/8:30 – 9:30AM EDT
Presenter: Mark Gagliardi, City of Oakland, Environmental Services Division
Topic Subject Matter – Zero Waste and Climate Change
Technical Complexity – Moderate/High
Registration Link: https://greeneducation.us/zero-waste-and-climate-change/
EPA’s Responsible Appliance Disposal Program: Recycling the RAD Way!
Is your organization disposing of refrigerated appliances using best environmental practices? The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) program is raising awareness about best environmental practices for the disposal of refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioning units, and dehumidifiers. Join us for a free webinar at 11:30 am on Wednesday, July 25 as Sally Hamlin, the EPA RAD Program Manager, explains the concerns over appliance disposal today and how RAD partners help by implementing best practices that go beyond federal requirements to protect Earth’s climate and ozone layer. The RAD program invites utilities, retailers, manufacturers, state and local governments, universities, and other qualifying organizations to become partners. Join us to learn how your organization can recycle the RAD way too!
Wednesday, July 25, 2018/11:30 – 12:30 AM EDT
Presenter: Sally Hamlin, EPA RAD Program Manager
Topic Subject Matter – RAD Program
Technical Complexity – Low/Moderate
Registration Link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_CukMSHn3TD-IvkibNLEAQA
Tracking What Doesn’t Exist – The Waste Reduction Dilemma
Waste reduction is no doubt the best way to reduce unnecessary costs and avoid disposal, but it can really wreak havoc on your diversion reporting. If you’re tracking recycling and Zero Waste activities, you may have scratched your head a few times wondering why your diversion remains stagnant despite your efforts. It could be that waste reduction is the culprit. This session will focus on identifying creative waste reduction programs and how to properly track them for maximum diversion credit.
Who should attend? Recycling or sustainability coordinators responsible for tracking and reporting waste diversion and recycling programs should attend this session. Individuals will learn techniques to capture all the data necessary for accurate accounting of Zero Waste efforts, including how to monetize associated savings.
This session is moderated by Judi Gregory. Judi is the President of Go2Zero Strategies, a California based consulting firm that specializes in Zero Waste programs for businesses and communities. She has helped hundreds of businesses implement successful Zero Waste efforts and ensure that reporting accurately reflects the correct waste diversion. Judi is also the founder of GreenEducation.US and works to develop creative training solutions for professionals working in solid waste and recycling.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018/8:30 – 9:30 AM EDT
Presenter: Judi Gregory, President, Go2Zero Strategies
Topic Subject Matter – Waste Reduction
Technical Complexity – Low/Moderate
Registration Link: https://greeneducation.us/tracking-what-doesnt-exist/
September 12, 2018 through November 28, 2018
The Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) certification course has been designed by leading experts in order to provide information on the policies, programs and infrastructure that support Zero Waste. Through SRM strategies, individuals, communities and businesses can learn how to reduce wasted resources, avoid product and transportation related greenhouse gas emissions and work to create a green economy.
The training covers a broad range of topics including: solid waste, recycling, reuse, composting and Zero Waste. This course is ideal for anyone working in these fields looking to gain a solid understanding of the policies, programs, systems, economics and infrastructure to collect, process and manage material resources.
The completed certification program includes:
*Certification valid for 3 years from completion; thereafter, 10 hours instruction per year required to maintain current.
The following tracks are currently available:
Enrollment information can be found here.