Free Online Zero Waste Education Opportunities

Details and registration links for free online training opportunities are provided below. Almost half of the speakers on the Container Deposit Laws livestream were going to speak at the NRC National Zero Waste Conference.  All of these trainings are addressing topics and involving networks that were going to be addressed at the NRC National Zero Waste Conference. These are being sent to you to provide additional support for you as you strive for Zero Waste.

Monday, March 16, 2020 (9 am-3 pm PST), Livestream

Best Practices in Container Deposit Laws
Registration & Details:

Livestream this special conference, a gathering of international experts with the goal of creating a guide for model beverage container deposit legislation. This livestream is being offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of Container Recycling Institute (CRI) sponsor Re-Fold. This livestream will be recorded and available following the event. Susan V. Collins, President of CRI, will be joined by several panels of experts and moderators including:
• Shane Trimmer, Senior Legislative Assistant, U.S. House of Representatives, Office of Representative Lowenthal
• Clarissa Morawski, CEO, Reloop Platform, Barcelona, Spain
• Jeff Linton, President, Beverage Container Management Board (BCMB), Alberta, Canada
• Kate Bailey, Program Director, Eco-Cycle
• Mike Smaha, U.S. Government Affairs, Owens-Illinois
• Kirstie Pecci, Senior Fellow, Conservation Law Foundation
• Jules Bailey, Chief Stewardship Officer, Oregon Beverage Recycling Cooperative
• Scott Breen, Vice President of Sustainability, Can Manufacturers Institute
• Martin Bourque, Executive Director, Ecology Center
• Mandi McKay, Sustainability Director, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
• Sarah Edwards, CEO, Eunomia
• Caren McNamara, Founder/CEO, Conscious Container
• Phil Grant, Chief Information Officer, CLYNK
• Richard Valle, President/CEO, Tri-CED Community Recycling
• Alasdair Carmichael, NAPCOR
• Kate Eagles, Association of Plastic Recyclers
• Stephen Bantillo, Executive Director, Recycling Certification Institute
• Kim Holmes, 4R Sustainability
• Joseph Button, Director of Sustainability, Straus Family Creamery and more to be announced!!

Monday, March 16, 2020 (12-1 pm EST) EPA Webinar

Reducing Supply Chain Embodied Greenhouse Gas Emissions with Local Economic Benefits: The Urban Wood Project

As more companies set goals to reduce their supply chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—especially from their manufactured goods and services—new collaborative opportunities and innovative approaches can help them achieve their targets. This webinar explores a new partnership in reducing a product’s embodied GHG emissions that also achieves additional community benefits. In 2018, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service brought together Humanim, a social services enterprise, and the U.S.-based furniture retailer and founding member of SFC Room & Board in a unique partnership aimed at improving American communities environmentally, socially and economically. Through its Urban Wood Project, reclaimed wood from Baltimore’s former housing stock was incorporated into one of Room & Board’s product lines, while also increasing local employment. In the webinar, representatives from USDA’s Forest Service, Humanim, and Room and Board discuss the partnership model, its successes, and current opportunities and challenges for scaling up. Register Here. Speakers include: 

  • Sarah Hines – Urban Field Station Network Coordinator, USDA Forest Service
  • Jeff Carroll – Vice-President, Humani
  • Steve Freeman – Vendor Resource Manager, Room & Board

Monday, March 24, 2020 (1–2:30 pm EST) EPA Webinar

Getting Your “Food” in the Door:  Strategies to Engage Food and Beverage Manufacturers in Pollution Prevention Technical Assistance

Food and beverage manufacturers have real opportunities to save money and reduce pollution through pollution prevention (P2). But many Pollution Prevention technical assistance providers (TAPs) struggle to effectively engage and recruit companies to accept assistance. This webinar will provide effective strategies and lessons learned to help TAPs market technical assistance to manufacturers and get ‘in the door’ with companies. It will feature two seasoned P2 assistance programs sharing their experiences, and one food manufacturer providing their perspective on what makes for successful assistance. Details & Free Registration:  Speakers:

  • Bruce Dvorak, University of Nebraska – Partners for Pollution Prevention
  • Derek Boer, CO Department of Public Health and Environment
  • Brian Morgan, Engineering Manager, Kerry Inc.

EPA Webinar Recordings — learn any time

U.S. EPA has recorded Sustainable Materials Management webinar YouTube recordings on reducing waste, deconstruction, recycling, composting, and much more available online:  Our most recent webinar, After Disaster:  Deconstruction, Rebuilding and Resilience Lessons from Hurricanes Katrina and Irma,” is now available online:


Timonie Hood, LEED AP
Zero Waste & Green Building Coordinator
U.S. EPA Region 9 | 415-972-3282

Disclaimer: Some of the webinars listed in this email are not sponsored by EPA. EPA is listing them for your information only. EPA is not responsible for their content and does not endorse any commercial product, service, enterprise or policy that may be included. 

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