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In preparation for the National Sustainable Materials Management Summit, NRC conducted four webinars to assist our members in better understanding the definition and applications for SMM in their own programs and communities. These informational webinars are designed to help members prepare for active participation in the Summit. Members are encouraged to attend both, as together they are designed to help build knowledge and expertise in SMM in advance of the Summit.

Previous Webinars

Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part I

Date: February 11, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST

Cost: Free


“Why NRC has organized the SMM Summit” Mark Lichtenstein, President and CEO, National Recycling Coalition and Executive Director, Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions

“EPA’s SMM definition, policies, and programs” Elizabeth Resek, Chief, Municipal Source Reduction Branch, USEPA HQ | Download Elizabeth’s Presentation

“What do NRC members currently do with SMM” Julie L. Rhodes, Co-Chair, NRC Sustainable Materials Management Summit Committee and President, Julie L. Rhodes Consulting | Download Julie’s Presentation

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Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part II

Date: February 18, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST

Cost: Free


“How recycling managers can best contribute to achieving SMM” David Allaway, Policy and Program Analyst, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality | Download David’s Presentation

“What support for local SMM initiatives should be in a National SMM Plan” Gary Liss, Co-Chair, NRC Sustainable Materials Management Summit Committee and President, Gary Liss & Associates | Download Gary’s Presentation

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Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part III

Life Cycle Analyses and Redesign for Sustainable Materials Management

Dates: April 23, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST

Cost: Free


Moderator, Julie L. Rhodes, Co-Chair, NRC SMM Summit Committee and President, Julie L. Rhodes Consulting

“Redesigning for SMM and a Closed Circle Economy” Lawrence Black, Senior Advisor, Waste Management McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaboration | Download Lawrence’s Presentation

Lawrence Black is an entrepreneur, consultant and business leader who has worked across a wide range of industries, including environmental, waste and recycling, energy, retail, manufacturing and commercial real estate. Lawrence has conducted sessions on how to integrate strategy and sustainability at companies such as Nike, Disney, 3M, Johnson & Johnson, Coca-Cola, Walmart and Nestle. He has held numerous senior leadership positions, including Director Global Business Development at Waste Management, VP National Retail Services Grubb & Ellis Commercial Real Estate and Chief Merchant Sport Chalet. Lawrence has sold over one billion dollars of products and services, primarily in the environmental services sector and presently advises startups and Fortune 200 companies on how to create business development strategies. As a professional member of the National Speakers Association, Lawrence enjoys delivering presentations, training and executive coaching. Currently Lawrence is serving as Senior Advisor to the Waste Management McDonough Sustainable Innovation Collaboration and working with governments, urban planners, major corporations and thought leaders globally to solve waste and recycling challenges.

“US EPA WARM Model and Other Life Cycle Analysis Calculators” Keith Weitz, Director of Sustainability and Resources Management, RTI International | Download Keith’s Presentation

Keith Weitz is a director in RTI International’s Sustainability and Resources Management program who specializes in solid waste management, energy technology assessment, global climate change research, and life-cycle assessment for government, commercial and international clients. Mr. Weitz has been working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to develop data and tools to analyze the cost and environmental aspects of solid waste management systems for more than 22 years. Mr. Weitz holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University (1992) and a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from Augustana College (1990).

“Life Cycle Analyses that Recognize Upstream and Environmental Impacts” Jeffrey Morris, Ph.D., Economics, Principal, Sound Resource Management Group | Download Jeffrey’s Presentation

Jeffrey Morris, Ph.D. economist (University of California – Berkeley), has taught economics and econometrics at the Universities of Washington and Colorado, and economic and ecological sustainability at The Evergreen State College. He has 25 years’ experience in economic and environmental life cycle analysis of solid waste systems, as well as consumer and governmental agency purchases. Dr. Morris’ Measuring Environmental Benefits Calculator (MEBCalcTM) is used by entities such as Seattle Public Utilities, King County Department of Natural Resources, Portland Metro and Battelle Memorial Institute) for computing waste system life cycle climate, human and ecosystem health impacts, and greenhouse gas inventories. Dr. Morris has published in peer-reviewed journals including Environmental Science & Technology, Waste Management, Journal of Industrial Ecology, International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment, Journal of Hazardous Materials and The Review of Economics and Statistics, as well as trade journals BioCycle, Resource Recycling and Solid Waste & Recycling (Canada). He has authored or co-authored significant research reports for state environmental agencies, including Environmental Costs and Externalities for Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and The Washington State Consumer Environmental Index (CEI) for Washington State Department of Ecology.

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Recyclers Guide to Understanding SMM, Part IV

How NRC Policies and Principles Support Sustainable Materials Management (SMM)

Dates: April 29, 2015

Time: 1:00 – 2:00pm EST

Cost: Free


Moderator, Gary Liss, Co-Chair NRC SMM Summit Committee and President, Gary Liss and Associates

“Support for SMM in 1986 National Policy on Recycling” Rick Anthony, First NRC Policy Chair and Principal, Richard Anthony Associates | Download Rick’s Presentation

Richard V. Anthony began his career in Public Administration in 1971 as a manager of the California State University Long Beach Recycling Center. He received a MS in Public Administration in 1974. Mr. Anthony has worked his entire career in environmental program management positions. As a Manager he wrote and then implemented Solid Waste plans for Fresno (1979-87) and San Diego (1987-1998) Counties. He has participated in developing zero waste plans as a consultant since 1998.   Richard Anthony is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Zero Waste International Alliance, U.S. . Zero Waste Business Council and Zero Waste San Diego.

“Support for SMM in Current Policies and Principles” Stephen Bantillo, Current NRC Policy Co-Chair and Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute | Download Stephen’s Presentation

Stephen M Bantillo has been involved in the recycling industry for more than 25 years—mostly with local and state government and more recently with non-profits. His experience covers a broad range of topics related to all aspects of the procurement and administration of solid waste and recyclables programs and services, including energy and water. In the early 2000’s he created the nation’s first program that documented and certified construction & demolition (C&D) material recycling facilities and now, as Executive Director of the Recycling Certification Institute (RCI), is implementing a National Standard of Certification that audits and verifies actual recovery of materials. He also served on the Bond Oversight Committee for the largest school district in San Jose, establishing protocols on construction funding and driving the greening of the District’s construction projects. Prior to his work with RCI, Bantillo was appointed by former Governor Schwarzenegger to oversee California’s beverage container recycling program, one of the world’s largest container recycling programs. Former NRC Policy Chair, Bantillo has served NRC in a policy capacity since 2004 and has a long history of applying policy to drive and support the advancement of innovative Sustainable Materials Management programs.

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