Candidate Statements for the 2020 NCRA Board of Directors

Eleven (11) NCRA members have submitted ballot statements to serve on the 2020 NCRA Board of Directors. There are six (6) positions to fill. Voting opens November 15, 2019, and ends December 4, 2019, at 11:59 pm.

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CANDIDATES for 2020 NCRA BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Susan Blachman (Incumbent), member since 2011

I am running for re-election to the NCRA board in order to help NCRA better support our members, further promote zero food waste and generally serve this great organization.

I arranged for NCRA to receive assistance from UC Berkeley’s Haas Business School’s Berkeley Board Fellows (BBF) program, which matches graduate-level students with relevant non-profits. We are working with our two BBFs to refine their scope of work focused on evaluating how NCRA can better serve our members and expand our outreach. I am the primary board mentor to our Fellows and would appreciate your vote in supporting my continued commitment to this effort.

In 2014, inspired by the Zero Food Waste Forum, I helped establish NCRA’s Zero Food Waste Committee, contributed to producing the Commercial Food Waste Reduction in Alameda County report, and in 2018 led our Zero Food Waste Committee in organizing the second Zero Food Waste Forum. This year Portia Sinnot and I hosted NCRA’s first-ever Zero Food Waste Webinar. If re-elected, I will continue to support NCRA’s zero food waste education programming, including sharing local jurisdictions’ SB1383 best compliance strategies.

Thank you for allowing me to serve on the NCRA board; I would be honored if you would vote for me.

Tim Dewey-Mattia (Incumbent)

I’m happy to submit my statement for reelection to the NCRA Board.

I was first elected to the NCRA Board 4 years ago, and I kindly ask the membership for a chance to serve another term.  I’m the Recycling & Public Education Manager for Napa Recycling & Waste Services. Napa Recycling is the local franchise hauler in Napa, as well as the operator of Napa’s Recycling & Composting Facility (come visit if you’ve never been!).

I got my start in Zero Waste over 20 years ago – first with the Middlebury College recycling program, and then for non-profit recycling organizations in San Francisco.  I’ve been at Napa Recycling for 14 years and work on all aspects of program development, implementation and outreach…plus I talk about earthquakes, chickens & fires at Recycling Update.

As NCRA board member and co-chair of the Outreach & Activities Committee, I’ve helped coordinate events, organize facility tours, & fundraise for Recycling Update.  I believe NCRA can and should be a leader on the many hot topics of the day, including increasing organics diversion through more infrastructure and program participation, finding sustainable solutions to the current recycling market woes, and supporting the Zero Waste industry going forward.

NCRA and our members are Zero Waste pioneers, and I am honored to help carry that forward.   We are a collaborative, exciting, and down-to-earth bunch, and I’d be pleased to continue to serve on the Board.

Alexandra Hoffman-Bradley (Incumbent)

My passion for recycling ignited when I won a school contest for the launch of CRV recycling in the ’80s.

Since that time I’ve sought to spark that passion in others.

I began my Zero Waste career as a Recycling Coordinator for Waste Management in 2008. I later worked in electronics recycling, then for a non-profit working on getting textiles out of landfill. I’m adept at grant writing. I was awarded and then managed two SFE Zero Waste grants totaling $100,000. This year I achieved my dream of getting a position in public service, working for the County of Alameda’s Zone 7 Water Agency where I manage strategic communications, education and public outreach. I’m excited to transfer my skills in communication and community engagement to help widen NCRA’s message to a greater audience.

I’ve loved serving on the board the past 4 ½ years. I’ve served on the ZW Advocacy Committee and I’m the Co-Chair of the Activities Committee playing a large role in organizing mixers, mentorships, tours, and RU. I ensure everyone is fed and happy at our events.

I appreciate your continued support and faith in my ability to represent you through my service on the Board.

Jim Knight

I humbly submit my candidacy to join the NCRA Board, in service to expand and broaden your educational outreach and also help grow your current NCRA members and future new partnerships.

As a Zero Waste advocate and online educator, I bring the ability to help you educate young and old alike regarding the importance of not only recycling but doing it in all the right ways using instructional videos and other educational content.

Retired K12 Teacher and CoFounder of Digital Learning Tree in Silicon Valley

http://digitallearningtree2.com/course-marketplace/

I would appreciate the chance to offer my extensive background and experience as an educator and entrepreneur to your NCRA board as an experienced, passionate, creative person to help you in any way I can expand your outreach and educational needs moving forward.

If elected to your Board  my goals would be to:

  • Expand your Education and Training Outreach with my Online Course Development Skills and background and CoFounder of Digital Learning Tree.
  • Facilitate new and creative ways the growth of your membership with my Business Skills and background in Silicon Valley.
  • Develop new partnerships with related organizations to deepen and expand your current outreach and membership.

David Krueger (Incumbent)

I am submitting my candidacy for the NCRA Board of Directors.  It has been an honor to serve on the Board since 2015, contributing first as the Treasurer and this year as the President.  I have nearly 30 years of professional experience in the recycling industry, having worked for a college recycling program, local governments, consulting firms, and a private recycling facility.  I am currently the Environmental Programs Manager for the City of San Ramon where we are implementing a new franchise agreement that will provide organics recycling services to all generators and aims to be one of the first SB 1383 compliant programs in the State.

I welcome the opportunity to help build upon NCRA’s successful history as leaders in the Zero Waste movement.  NCRA has increased its reputation and influence over the years and built strong alliances with like-minded organizations.  The next step for NCRA is to become even more effective at advocating for laws and policies that reduce waste, such as the elimination of single-use disposable plastics. NCRA already provides excellent educational, information-sharing, and networking opportunities to its members, and I will work to expand those, such as NCRA’s co-sponsorship of the 2020 National Zero Waste Conference in Berkeley. I am committed to NCRA being an open, growing, inclusive organization that welcomes diversity of all kinds, including diversity of opinion. I will work with the Board to find more ways to actively involve our membership, and to support NCRA members in obtaining the knowledge, tools, and contacts they need to further their Zero Waste goals,  One of my goals is to expand NCRA geographically beyond it’s East Bay core and sponsor more activities for our members throughout all of Northern California. I look forward to continuing working with you all in our shared commitment to Zero Waste. I humbly ask for your vote.

Shova Ale Magar

I am submitting my candidacy for the NCRA board. I have six years of experience in the waste reduction field, ranging from working for an electronics recycling startup to the largest waste hauler in the country, and serving the County of San Mateo as a Sustainability Specialist to increase their waste reduction efforts.

One of my projects at the County of San Mateo is exploring proper disposal methods for difficult to recycle items such as solar panels.  Effective January 1, 2020, all new homes in California are required to be equipped with a solar electric system. The average lifespan for solar panels is 10 – 15 years; however, there is currently no infrastructure for recycling these panels, resulting in the stockpiling and illegal disposal of them.

We need a policy change and market to properly recycle solar panels. The way to get there is by connecting producers, policymakers, consumers, and recyclers. As a board member, I will start conversations on solar panel recycling at NCRA events including the annual RU conference. Success means keeping toxic materials from entering landfills and reusing valuable resources.

Public agencies like NCRA are in a unique position to bring diverse groups together to solve environmental issues. I see this every day in my work as a Sustainability Specialist on the County of San Mateo’s Waste Reduction Team. I am excited to bring my skills, experience, and network to the NCRA board.

John Moore (Incumbent)

In my 12 years on the Board, I have consistently advocated for a younger leadership group. Watching the third-grade class from Oxford School in Berkeley tell the City Council how much they personally reduced their waste ( one half mason jar per class per year)tells me we are on the right track. But we need to do more advocacy and engage more members to help reduce and reverse climate change and plastic pollution. If elected, that is what I will work on. John

Nicole Panditi

With gratitude, I submit myself for consideration for the Board of Directors. I hope to bring energy, diligence, and a fresh perspective to the important duties involved. Although I just recently made my membership official, you may remember me from the 2018 Recycling Update conference, where I presented about my initiative to recycle 3D printing waste at the UC Berkeley Zero Waste Research Center. After graduation, I continued to push for positive waste-stream change. In my current role as a Technician at the campus maker space in Jacobs Hall, I am spearheading efforts to introduce reusable, green and recyclable materials for students’ projects. Outside of work, I have served as the Waste Manager for several housing co-ops. In all, I am familiar with both the micro and the macro experience of waste stream management.

If elected to the Board, I would:

  1.   Prioritize waste reduction efforts, as reducing waste is almost always lower-impact than processing it later. This may include letters to decision-makers and industry players expressing support for waste reduction measures.
  2.     Support environmental justice and equity
  3.     In recognition of recent shifts in recycling infrastructure, and the resultant public confusion, support efforts to clarify the recycling process and educate the public. Thank you.

Kerry Parker

I would be honored to be considered for a term on the NCRA Board to lend a hand in our work toward source reduction in the region.

For almost 13 years I have been a NCRA member whilst working as a zero waste specialist for the City of Alameda, running myriad programs to change habits and minds of how to consume less and reuse more.  Over the years I’ve found myself figuring out how to track Alameda’s construction and demolition (C&D) debris better, designed an internal program to certify Alameda’s city facilities as Green Businesses, and led the team that updated Alameda’s Zero Waste Implementation Plan in 2018.

I rewrote Alameda’s 2008 polystyrene ban in 2017 with a plan to simply reduce the use of plastic straws in the Island City and instead found myself on a regional team of brilliant minds working to figure out how to talk Californians out of their disposable addictions.

I geek out on the ins and outs of reusable infrastructure, co-conspire to outlaw cigarette butts, and am constantly dreaming of new and approachable ideas of how we can respond to zero waste issues regionally.  I would be thrilled to perform this role for the NCRA Board.

Annette Poliwka

San Francisco’s goal of Zero Waste was the reason why I moved here right after college. Through AmeriCorps, I dedicated a year of driving a truck, picking up recyclables, sorting them, and selling them back on the market.  This hands-on and dirty experience was probably my favorite job of all time.

Since then, I’ve worked for SF Environment on both the School Education and Commercial Zero Waste teams. At the USEPA in both Washington DC, I focused on international sustainability & e-waste, and while in New York City (Region 2), for the political appointee, launching Trash Free Waters.

Since returning to the SF Bay Area, I’ve Chair-ed the California Sustainable Business Technical Council for CRRA, was a juror for Think Beyond Plastic, an accelerator to harness innovation & entrepreneurship to address global challenges with plastic pollution, and am on the Berkeley Zero Waste Commission, serving on the Single-Use Disposables, Education & Outreach Subcommittees.

I want to serve on the board to foster interest and further development and implementation of zero waste principles and best practices, as the Bay Area has long been a leader and trend-setter for recycling, regeneration, and innovation.

Portia Sinnott, member since 1980

I believe NCRA’s close-knit progressive membership, innovative programming, legislative efforts and its willingness to rock boats are some of the reasons California leads the country in high diversion and Zero Waste.

In the last decade we have made great organizational strides – attracting a younger and more diverse board and membership, developing an eye-catching user-friendly website and newsletter and expanding from Recycling Update to Zero Waste Week, as well as improving our methods of operating, staffing and outreach. I am proud to say that I had a hand in all of these efforts.

Important innovations continue to be needed – such as developing meaningful social justice and DEI policies and procedures, getting our mentorship program rolling, holding meetings to discuss and debate new and controversial topics, expanding committee membership (yes you!) so the Board can organize less/lead more, and to systematically reach out to entry-level recycling and reuse workers.

A long-term advocate-consultant and non-profit director, I was the NCRA president during much of the 1980s. I rejoined the board in 2010, became the NCRA News editor and webmaster in 2011 and served as VP from 2012-2015. I currently co-teach Introduction to Recycling and co-lead the new DEI Committee.

Ready to serve again, I would appreciate your vote.

Thank you 2019 Recycling Update Sponsors!

THANK YOU TO OUR 2019 RECYCLING UPDATE SPONSORS!

Sponsorship makes low-cost tickets and scholarships for Zero Waste Week events possible!

GOLD: City of Fremont, City of Vallejo, StopWasteNapa Recycling & Waste ServicesCity of NapaSan Francisco Department of the EnvironmentHF&H ConsultantsR3 Consulting GroupZero Waste SonomaRethinkWasteMt. Diablo Resource Recovery, County of San Mateo Office of Sustainability

SILVERSCS Engineers, Ecology Center, Gigantic Idea Studio, Zero Waste Marin, Marin Sanitary Service

BRONZEAmador Valley IndustriesPleasanton Garbage ServiceCity of StocktonCRRA, City of Sunnyvale, RecycleSmart, CRRC – Northern District, Stanford Recycling/PSSI, Sure-Close, South San Francisco Scavenger, City of Livermore, Recycle For Change, RecycleMore

The Devil We Know – Film Screening and Panel

The Devil We Know Film and Panel Discussion, The New Parkway Oakland, Thursday, 3/21/19, 6:15-8:30pm

From cosmetics to ski wax, frying pans to waterproof jackets, take-out foodware to stain-resistant fabrics, Teflon-like chemicals are found in hundreds of consumer products — and now in the blood of nearly every American. We invite you to learn more about these chemicals so you can protect yourself and your family, and take action to demand protective policies and safer products. The Devil We Know is a documentary that was a favorite at the Sundance Film Festival last year.

Event Schedule:

6:15pm   Arrive early to claim your spot and to purchase delicious food and drink!

6:30pm   Screening Begins!

8:00pm   Brief discussion about what you can do!

RSVP and be sure to arrive by 6:15pm to claim your reserved spot. After 6:15pm, seats will be on a first come, first served basis during the screening.

Co-hosted with SFEnvironment, Clean Water Action Oakland, Center for Environmental Health

Recycling Update 2019 Speakers Announced!

Over 20 presenters will inform and inspire the 24th Annual Recycling Update conference.  See our ZWW/Recycling Update page under our Events Tab to register.

Here is our partial 2019 Recycling Update Conference line-up, in alphabetical order:

Peter Schultze-Allen, CPSWQ, QSP/QSD, BFQP, LEED AP – Peter Schultze-Allen is a Senior Scientist at EOA Inc. with extensive experience in the environmental field. He specializes in green stormwater infrastructure, litter reduction, zero waste policy, complete and green streets, sustainable landscaping, and urban forestry practices. His past experience includes two years with Recology in SF, eleven years managing the environmental programs for the City of Emeryville and five years at EOA where he has been providing GI, LID and litter-related technical assistance and program support to municipalities around the Bay Area.

The design of buildings has a large impact on the levels of waste and litter generated during operation. Mr. Schultze-Allen will present a summary of findings from a recent Bay Area report on designing buildings to meet stormwater and zero waste goals.

Jennifer Arbuckle, Recycling and Public Education Manager, Northern Recycling and Waste Services – Jennifer is a Northern California Native, Master’s Degree from CSU Chico in Environmental Geography, been working in the environmental field for the last 17 years, the last 12 being with Northern Recycling and Waste Services as Recycling and Public Outreach Manager.

Jennifer will highlight the statistics and various situations resulting from the unprecedented disaster of the Camp fire.

Timothy Bouldry, Director, ISWA Scholarship Programme –  Timothy photographs and documents open dumpsite activity in developing countries, as well as the communities informally recycling in these areas. He has pointed attention to the topic of environmental and humanitarian injustices for ten years. He currently resides in Nicaragua where he is directing The ISWA Scholarship Programme that provides education to youths that agreed to not return to the dumpsite in order to pursue an education. More info about can be found at TimothyBouldry.com and ISWAkids.com.

Timothy Bouldry will be presenting The ISWA Scholarship Programme that is providing education for 70 youths and parents who are transitioning from a life of informally recycling at a dumpsite in Nicaragua, towards education and planning their futures. Nicaragua has been experiencing a lot of civil unrest due to their administration and the authorities they control. Human rights injustices will also be discussed, along with how politics and corruption affect municipal waste. 

Martin Bourque, Executive Director, Ecology Center – Since 2000, Martin has led the Ecology Center, a community-based organization incorporated on Earth Day in 1970. Under Martin’s leadership, the Ecology Center is leveraging local direct community service programs to have state and national impact. Martin has spearheaded innovative efforts such as creating a farmers’ market industry group, pioneering electronic food stamp access and incentives at farmers’ markets, and passing the nation’s first Soda Tax. By linking local grassroots grit with highly competent program implementation, and increasingly effective policy advocacy, Martin has led the Ecology Center to become a high impact engine for change.

Kourtnii Brown, Founder, Common Compost – Kourtnii is an environmental policy analyst and worm composting enthusiast, and the founder of Common Compost in Oakland, California.  Her idea for a community compost cooperative won the Living the New Economy’s Hackathon in November 2014, from which she received entrepreneurship support to launch a 3-year compost pilot project with funding from local grants and partnerships throughout the Oakland farm-to-fork community. She currently serves as a compost policy consultant to the Sustainable Economies Law Center and is also the Steering Committee Chair of the California Alliance for Community Composting.

The Ins and Outs of Community Composting – Community composting is an important facet of a diverse composting infrastructure and provides education to help catalyze larger scale municipal efforts. Kourtnii Brown, policy consultant with the Sustainable Economies Law Center, will address what policymakers and stakeholders can do to support community-scale composting efforts in terms of identifying legislative definitions, best management practices, and regulatory exemptions that standardize and ensure well-operated community composting sites. The presentation will provide a short overview of the legal and policy trends impacting each stage of the composting process, including 1) organic material generation, 2) hauling, 3) composting, and 4) distribution of compost.

Maricelle Cardenas, Community Outreach and Education Specialist, StopWaste – Maricelle is a community educator who has supported various education and outreach projects at StopWaste since 2010 and Jeanne Nader Program Manager, StopWaste – Jeanne runs the Community Based Outreach Project, which includes SWEET. Previously, Jeanne led the Master Composter training and residential outreach on sustainable gardening. She has been a Program Manager at StopWaste since 2001. Her background is in environmental education and community organizing.

SWEET – StopWaste Environmental Educator Training – StopWaste staff, Jeanne Nader and Maricelle Cardenas, will present the story of SWEET – an innovative and nimble train the trainer model that certifies Alameda County residents as environmental educators and community connectors. Jeanne will provide an overview of the SWEET training goals and nuts and bolts. Maricelle will share how StopWaste and SWEET grads have leveraged the Food Waste Reduction program focus into community outreach, education and mobilization opportunities.

Joshua Perez-Cramer, Operator, Independent Recycling Services – Joshua is the Operator of a Construction & Demolition Facility in East Oakland, who has been working in the environmental industry for the past five years, starting out working for a Solar Company as well as selling Energy Efficient Home Improvements. He is also an Environmental Educator with Stopwaste and enjoys volunteering with NCRA and Zero Waste Youth Events.

Josh will be discussing experiences working with different departments and jurisdictions; the pro’s & con’s with C&D Regulations and working with several departments; hauling vs. processing- source separation; education and community outreach; and the importance of 3rd party verification.

Lisa Duba, Principal, Gigantic Idea Studio – Lisa is a founder and principal at Gigantic Idea Studio, Inc in Oakland, California. She has worked to promote environmental programs and behaviors since 1995. Her work includes campaign planning, messaging and creative concepts in the areas of waste reduction, recycling, and pollution prevention. Current and past clients include City of Palo Alto, Livermore, Oakland, County of Santa Clara, and the Clean Water Program Alameda County.

Outreach Campaigns to Combat Curbside Contamination – Global markets require recycling feedstocks that are significantly cleaner than what’s typically collected curbside in the blue cart. Municipalities are responding with outreach to address wish-cycling and proper preparation of recyclables. Stefanie will share two campaigns created for two Bay Area cities.

Roland Geyer, Professor, UCSB’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management – Prior to joining the Bren School Roland held research positions in Germany, France, and the UK. Since 2000 he has worked with a wide range of governmental organizations, trade associations, and companies on environmental sustainability issues. In his research he uses the approaches and methods of industrial ecology, such as life cycle assessment and material flow analysis, to study pollution prevention strategies based on reuse, recycling, and material and technology substitution. Roland has a graduate degree in physics and a Ph.D. in engineering.

Making Recycling Work – Reuse and recycling have the potential to significantly reduce the environmental impacts of industrial production, but suffer from widespread misunderstandings and have so far fallen short of their promise. This presentation will discuss how common misconceptions about recycling have been preventing it from reaching its full environmental potential and explore strategies to change this.

James Green, Founder, FixmyKix – James Green is a 19-year-old African American born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, Ca. His passion for sneakers and entrepreneurship led him to found FixmyKix.  FixmyKix is a mobile marketplace app for the service of sneaker restoration and customization to be bought and sold, to promote artistic entrepreneurship among young people and to reduce shoe waste in our landfills. James believes Entrepreneurship transforms lives and founded FixmyKix so that sneaker restoration and customization services can be more accessible to all and sneaker artists can now better access their customers.

Patrick Hayes, Recycling Specialist, City of Oakland – Patrick is the Former Director of the California Straw Building Association, and has now worked with the City of Oakland for 18 years, leading development of the C&D Ordinance, and introduced online submittals, developed green building ordinances, and was the Technical lead on the Non-Exclusive Franchise system for C&D. Currently, Patrick is developing a biodynamic farm with blackwater recycling and goats, and his biggest effort is now teaching an 11-year-old how to disregard the box.  

Patrick will outline the highlights of Oakland’s C&D non-exclusive franchise system.

Rob Hilton, President, HF&H Consultants – As President of HF&H Consultants, Rob has provided recycling and solid waste consulting services to more than 150 public agencies across the United States. He has been involved in over 350 projects covering a wide range of strategic, operational, programmatic, contractual, and financial issues. He has already negotiated four franchise agreements that had to anticipate the requirements of SB 1383 before it was complete and has been engaged by several other agencies around the state to develop SB 1383 plans.

It’s Not As Scary As You Thought: How to Start Implementing SB 1383 Programs – SB 1383 is being described as the biggest legislative milestone since the adoption of AB 939. Many jurisdictions across the state (particularly ones without organics collection programs) are anxiously anticipating the final adoptions of SB 1383, but implementing SB 1383 may not be as bad as they think.  This presentation will: Provide a big-picture summary of SB 1383, highlighting requirements that will likely have the biggest impact on local jurisdictions; describe practical steps local jurisdictions can do now to ensure their agencies are SB 1383-compliant; spotlight local governments that have recently adopted or modified franchise agreements to meet SB 1383 requirements.

Jen Jackson, Toxics Reduction & Healthy Ecosystems Programs Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment – Jen and her team lead a variety of programs and implement policies that reduce toxic pollution and improve environmental and public health, such as an ordinance banning the use of food service ware containing fluorinated chemicals, a first-in-the-nation requirement for grocers to report antibiotic use in meat and poultry production, an award-winning Integrated Pest Management Program, a municipal Green Purchasing Program, an urban biodiversity program, and an extensive residential household hazardous waste disposal program. Prior to joining San Francisco in 2015, Jen worked in wastewater and stormwater pollution prevention for almost eight years in the public sector, and began her environmental career in the non-profit sector at Sierra Club and Save The Bay. Jen earned her master’s degree in Resource Management & Environmental Planning with a focus on water resources.

Fluorinated chemicals are a class of more than 5000 chemicals that are persistent and some have been shown to harm human health. The City of San Francisco is tackling the myriad uses of these persistent organic pollutants, including in food service ware, carpet, furniture, and firefighting foam.

Doug Kobold, Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council – Doug has worked in the Solid Waste and Recycling industry and “talking trash” for over 26 years.  The past 18+ years, prior to taking the helm as the Executive Director at the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) in August 2018, were spent at Sacramento County where he held the position of Waste Management Program Manager in charge of the Business Development & Special Waste division. He has served on the Northern California SWANA Chapter Board of Directors as Chapter President and currently serves as Vice Chair on the California Chapters Legislative Task Force (LTF).

With the passage of SB 212 (Jackson, 2018), California will have safe, free, and convenient unused/unwanted medicine disposal options in every county in just a few short years.  SB 212 also creates a requirement for safe return containers to be distributed free of charge with every sharp/needle sold. This presentation will cover the important features of SB 212, an update on the ensuing regulations drafting process, a rough timeline for the roll-out of the statewide program, and other pertinent information.

Gina Lee, Founder, Circular CoLab – Gina is the author of The State of the Circular Economy in America, the first United States focused Circular Economy landscape study which analyzes over 200 Circular Economy initiatives.  Gina has over 15 years of experience working in Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Impact in the United States, China, and Germany.  Her past roles include overseeing partnerships with Fortune 500 corporations and top-tier business schools for the Aspen Institute, working with the Schwarz Group in materials management, and leading programming and corporate relations for Mercy Corps Beijing. She is skilled in engaging with organizations from across the policy, government and private sector and has managed workshops and pilot programs with organizations including TATA, the American Sustainable Business Council, TEDxLA, and the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator.

My presentation will provide an overview of the guiding principles of the Circular Economy and highlight innovative American businesses and organizations that have already built circular solutions.  The presentation will also include trends and challenges facing the development of the Circular Economy here in the states and provide some ideas for moving forward.

Brennan Madden, Senior Consultant, RRS – Brennan’s technical skill set provides economic, modeling, and data analysis to a wide range of clients within our waste recovery, materials recovery facility (MRF), renewable energy, and organics sectors. Brennan’s background is steeped in renewable energy, industrial ecology, and project management, with specialization in life cycle analysis, life-cycle design, integrated assessment, as well as photovoltaic, biodiesel, and anaerobic digestion energy. Brennan has also been integral in refining the TruCycle recyclability/compostability assessment in multiple countries. His expertise includes economic and material feasibility, GIS analyses, as well as tool, database, and model development. Brennan holds an MS in Sustainable Systems and a graduate certificate in Industrial Ecology, both from the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability.

Robin Franz Martin, Executive Director, Joint Venture Silicon Valley – Robin came to Joint Venture’s Food Rescue Initiative in 2017 to head the A La Carte pilot program, bringing 20 years of experience in public health and community team building. Most recently she led volunteer building projects for LifeMoves, Bay Area, an organization committed to ending the cycle of homelessness in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

Robin started her career with the NAACP working on urban environmental health issues, later working in Boston at the Education Development Center on national and international public health issues, and as Executive Director of the Central Square Business Association. She also founded a summer camp program for at-risk middle school students, fostering personal and social change through exposure to sustainable agriculture and healthy food options.

Robin will discuss A La Carte, a fleet of refrigerated food trucks that resemble their trendy food truck cousins, but without cooking and washing facilities. Every day the trucks collect surplus edible food from university and corporate campuses and drive directly into neighborhoods where a high concentration of people living with daily food insecurity can have a normal, dignified experience as they select meals free of charge. To alleviate any barriers, no personal information is gathered.

Teresa Montgomery, Sustainability Manager, South San Francisco Scavenger Co.Teresa has over twenty years of experience in the solid waste and recycling field. She has a broad background in marketing and has developed and carried out a number of successful public information campaigns. She has extensive experience in the public and private sectors. From 2005-2015 she worked as the Director of Communications for the Pellegrini group of companies: Alameda County Industries, Garden City Sanitation, Livermore Sanitation, Mission Trail Waste Systems, and SAFE. In 2016, Teresa moved over to the South San Francisco Scavenger Company where she now works as the Sustainability Manager. She also maintains a part-time role at Garden City Sanitation.

Using Magic to Clean up Commercial Organics – During the summer of 2017, Blue Line Transfer added a Scott Turbo Separator to its arsenal of processing equipment. Loads of commercial waste containing a high volume of food scraps, food-soiled paper, and plastic & bioplastic bags are directed to the Scott and magically transformed. A significant amount of material previously sorted manually, sent out for processing, or hauled directly to landfill is recovered for on-site anaerobic digestion. The magic “salsa” created by the Scott allows Blue Line to landfill less, digest more, and increase gas production for their CNG fleet. Win. Win. Win.

Dr. Molly Morse, CEO, and co-founder of Mango Materials – Molly received her Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering–with an emphasis on anaerobic biodegradation of biocomposites for the building industry–from Stanford University, and her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. Dr. Morse has contributed to multiple patents, publications, and presentations. Along with other Mango Materials team members, she is currently working to up-scale the biomanufacturing technology of using methane gas to produce biodegradable materials.

Molly will be talking about next generation biopolymers and their potential for addressing closed-loop carbon cycles.

Julie Muir, Zero Waste Manager, Peninsula Sanitary Service/Stanford Recycling – Julie Muir works for Peninsula Sanitary Service/Stanford Recycling and 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. She enjoys most working with students and the campus community on waste reduction and educating on the connection between materials management, the economy, and climate change.  Julie Muir is Past-President and current Senior Advisor to the California Resource Recovery Association and Chair of the Zero Waste Campus Council.

Tailgating Zero Waste at the Stanford Stadium – As Stanford University moves towards its goal of Zero Waste by 2030, Stanford’s Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation (DAPER)  has focused on the adoption of new Zero Waste initiatives to further its commitment to sustainability.  This presentation will present the opportunities and challenges of supporting sustainable tailgating including using new dumpster trailers, green tailgate checklist, and fan engagement. Stanford won the Most Improvement award in 2017 from the PAC 12 Conference’s Zero Waste Bowl for its expanded tailgate recycling and composting initiatives.

Roxanne Murray, Recycling Programs Coordinator, City of San Mateo –  Roxanne has 17 years of experience working in the solid waste field, five years in the private sector as a Recycling Coordinator for Allied Waste and the last 12 years as the City of San Mateo Solid Waste/Recycling Programs Coordinator. Roxanne oversees the City’s solid waste contract with Recology San Mateo County; is responsible for all the City’s waste reduction programs; and works with the City Council, County and South Bayside Waste Management Authority regarding the City’s waste reduction efforts.

Ron Kasper, Recycling Coordinator, City of San Mateo – In Ron’s 33 years with the City of San Mateo, he has served many roles in both the Parks and Public Works Departments. For the past nine years, Ron has been the City’s Recycling Coordinator. The focus of his time at work is tackling the City’s illegal dumping issues. For the past four years, due to Ron’s efforts, they have seen close to a 50% reduction where the City had to take the responsibility for removing illegally dumped debris.

Ron and Roxanne’s presentation will highlight the efforts to reduce illegal dumping over the past few years in our City. Due to these efforts, we have reduced the number of times the City has had to take responsibility for the removal of illegal dumping by close to 50%.

Jerame Renteria, Organics Marketing Specialist, Zanker Road Resource Management – Jerame is a seasoned member of the marketing team with over 6 years of experience focusing on recycled commodities markets and branding for outbound inert/organic products such as Class II Base Rock and Soil Amendment.  Some of his key roles include the managing of installations for recycled landscape products for client projects while maintaining customer relations for more than 1,600 Demolition Contractors, Debris Box Companies, and General Construction Contractors. Jerame works closely with Operations at Zanker Recycling making sure material being recycled is non-hazardous and acceptable in accordance with Zanker’s Class III landfill designation.

Advanced C&D Processing SystemSilicon Valley is known as the land of innovation when it comes to computers and information technology, but few people know that it is also the land of recycling innovation. Case in point: Zanker Recycling’s newest operation, the Advanced C&D Processing System which is using AI technology to sort C&D debris into marketable commodities.  Robots are the driving force of this advancement which will lead the C&D world to its next level.

Susan Robinson, Senior Director of Policy and Sustainability, Waste Management – Susan Robinson is Senior Director of Policy and Sustainability at WM.  Her 30+ years in the industry includes work in the public sector, non-profit environmental work, consultancy, and over 25 years in the private sector.  Susan’s experience includes global commodity marketing, research, and analysis of industry trends, and twenty years managing municipal solid waste and recycling contracts. She currently leads WM’s Sustainability Team.

Over the past three years, using US EPA’s Facts and Figures tonnage data, WM’s national average cost information, and EPA’s WARM tool, WM created a GHG abatement curve for the solid waste and recycling industry.  More recently, we used updated pricing and tonnage information to focus on the recyclables processed at single-stream MRFs to understand the environmental impacts and cost of the materials that we manage. Our goal for this exercise was to understand how we might prioritize our efforts for maximum environmental benefits, and at what cost.

Roberto Sabatini, President, Environmental Novociclo S.A. – Roberto has worked previously with mathematical modeling for flood forecasting at the Working Group on Hydrology and Environment. In 1998, Sabatini founded Ethermidia, one of Brazil’s first internet companies which became a leader in the Santa Catarina market. He also founded EnsinoWeb, a web-based education company, as well as Gincana Premiada, which focused on educational entertainment. Since 2008, Sabatini has been involved with Lixo Zero, a waste management and recycling program for companies, complexes, and communities. He is a member of Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA) and serves as the president of Instituto Lixo Zero Brasil. He has a degree in civil engineering from the Federal University of Santa Catarina.

Roberto will discuss the most recents updates in Zero Waste in Brazil.

Steven Sherman, Principal, Steven Sherman Consulting – Steven has worked on organics program planning and implementation–yard trimmings since 1988; food scraps since 1992–as a consultant to local governments, haulers, and processors across the country. He has helped to develop or further the success of several leading municipalities in our field, including San Francisco, StopWaste, Berkeley, Metro (Oregon), the East Bay Municipal Utility District, Portland, and the South Bayside Waste Management Authority. Steven’s skills cover program and project planning, budgeting, and implementation; economic and data analysis; policy evaluation; long-range program planning; survey development; meeting facilitation; staff management and mentoring; contractor selection and contract management; and organizational development. Steven earned an M.S. in Resource Economics from Cornell University and a B.A. in Environmental History from Yale College; he also holds graduate certificates in Financial Planning and in Advanced Indonesian Language. 

Picking Plastics in Paradise: Using Citizen Scientists to Characterize Marine-Borne Plastics in Indonesia — Steven Sherman participated in a citizen science-based initiative, led by the non-profit organization 5 Gyres, to document and characterize plastics in the marine and coastal environment in Indonesia. This presentation addresses the waste characterization methods employed and results found.

Kristin DiLallo Sherrill, Chief Marketing Consultant for California Electronic Asset Recovery, Inc. (CEAR) – Kristin has worked with CEAR for over 11 years. She oversees customer relations and marketing strategies. Kristin has played a vital role in the relationship with many of CEAR’s largest customer acquisitions. She holds her BA in Communications with an emphasis in Environmental Public Relations. Her industry knowledge and customer relations have helped CEAR become a leader in IT Asset Disposition, Data Security and electronics recycling.

Kristin will discuss lithium battery hazards from a recyclers perspective.

Nate Stein, CEO, PS Creations LLC – Nate grew up in the restaurant industry, and his dad moved to California in the 70’s from New York where he attended the Culinary Institute of America. He started off with a bagel company that he sold to Otis Spunkmeyer and then moved into Delis and restaurants and then finally having a catering company. And that’s where it all started for Nate. 3.5 years ago Nate was working a 300 person wedding event and had over 600 plates he needed to wash…from those plates the Platescrape innovation was born.

Nate will discuss Platescrape’s journey and how it can influence California.

Zero Food Waste Forum – Presentations, Program Guide, and SB1383 Summary

Thank you Zero Food Waste Forum Attendees, Speakers, Volunteers and Sponsors!

Your presence helped to make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun.  We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with ensuring food goes to its highest and best use and organics stay out of landfill.  Stay tuned for upcoming events from NCRA and please consider becoming a member.

As promised, we have linked here the presentations, the Program Guide, and the Summary of SB1383.

1 – MartineBoswell

2 – JustinMalan

3 – MelissaRomero

4 – BarbaraHamilton

5 – IeshaSiler-AlysonSchill

6 – RobinMartin

7 – AnnalisaBelliss-NancyDeming

8 – DanaFrasz

9 – DarbyHoover

10a – WendyShafir

10b – WendyShafir

11 – NateClark

12 – StevenFinn

ZFWF Program Guide

SB1383 Summary