9am-11am PST / 12-2pm EST
Adopting a formal Zero Waste goal and action plan is a watershed moment for a large organization’s waste reduction program. They mark the point where a university, corporate or other type of large institution sets a course moving beyond a simple waste management program toward a sustainable materials management system rooted in the circular economy. Of course goals and a plan are just the starting point. The next challenge is to implement them.
This webinar will feature a panel of speakers from universities and corporations at different stages of implementing Zero Waste plans. The program will start with an introduction to each institution’s planning to date, followed by a roundtable discussion on the various challenges and opportunities each has faced along the way.
- 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
As the Global Head of Energy and Sustainability for HP’s corporate real estate, Mary is responsible for developing and driving HP’s strategy for all matters related to sustainability in the global portfolio. HP has established a goal of 100% renewable electricity as well as a 60% reduction on carbon emissions by 2025. As an experienced industry leader, Mary represents HP at many events to speak on behalf of HP’s sustainability programs. Sustainability is core to our values at HP and is demonstrated in how we do business.
Alec Cooley has been involved in the recycling and waste reduction field for over 25 years. He got his start as a student recycling coordinator at Humboldt State University in Northern California, and later worked for several years as a collections and operations manager for the Arcata Community Recycling Center.
Cooley returned to HSU in 1997, serving as the university’s Solid Waste Reduction Manager for 9 years. He next worked for the National Recycling Coalition as a program manager for three years, before joining the national office of Keep America Beautiful in 2009. Through his time with the National Recycling Coalition and Keep America Beautiful, Cooley managed the national RecycleMania competition as well as technical programs for the College and University Recycling Council (CURC). During his 9 years with Keep America Beautiful, Cooley also oversaw the organization’s public space recycling initiatives including grant programs and research agenda
In August 2018, Alec joined the Canadian company, Busch Systems. In his role as Senior Advisor, Alec works provides consulting services and develops technical resources to improve recycling and waste reduction programs.
Alec has previously served as a board member of both the California Resource Recovery Association and Carolina Recycling Association. He is a current board member of the National Recycling Coalition, and a co-organizer of the 2020 National Zero Waste Conference.
As the Zero Waste Manager, Kaity is responsible for collaborating with stakeholders across the University to design and implement a Zero Waste program to support the University’s carbon neutrality goal. Before joining BU, Kaity was an Account Manager at RiverRoad Waste Solutions, where she worked hand in hand with clients and haulers nationwide to implement customized, efficient and cost-effective waste and recycling programs to achieve client sustainability goals. Prior to that, Kaity worked at Two Owls Sustainability Consultants coordinating and executing waste audits and large scale diversion initiatives. She graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a degree in Environmental Studies and a double minor in Social Innovation and Business Management.
Danner Doud-Martin brings her passion for sustainability into her professional environment to effect lasting and tangible change. As the leader of the Chou Hall Zero Waste Initiative and the Haas Sustainability Task Force, Danner has steadily incorporated sustainability practices into the operations of the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, from reducing energy and water consumption to promoting reuse of existing furniture and green events. Her efforts contributed to Chou Hall’s trifecta of sustainability certifications: TRUE Zero Waste Platinum, LEED Platinum, and WELL. Danner continues to lead the effort to make sure the building operates sustainably with a particular focus on zero waste. Her team’s work has borne fruit: 90% or more of the materials leaving the building can be recycled or composted.
Ms. Muir has managed Stanford University’s Waste Reduction, Recycling, and Composting Program for the last 25 years. She leads Stanford University toward a zero waste campus through a rigorous and comprehensive program of waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting. Julie has led over 30 audits of the campus trash to determine what can be done to further reduce waste to landfill and return more material back to industry. She enjoys most working with students and the campus community on waste reduction and educating on the connection between zero waste, sustainable materials management, the circular economy, and climate change. Julie Muir is Past-President and current Senior Adviser to the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) and Chair of the Zero Waste Campus Council of CRRA.
Sue Beets-Atkinson is the Senior Director of Sustainability for SBM Management, LLC. With more than 26 years of resource management and recycling experience, she has successfully designed and implemented many large and complex recycling programs for a multitude of Fortune 500 companies throughout the United States.
An integral leader in the Zero Waste movement and industry expert, Beets-Atkinson’s involvement has included her current role as Chair of the Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) Zero Waste Advisory Council and Chair of the zero waste professional accreditation and 3rd party Facility Scorecard.