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Session Descriptions

Wednesday, August 6th
Session #1       8:30 - 9:45 am

Using Your Assets Wisely - the Challenge for Rural and Small Cities - Regency Ballroom A
Okay, so you are not a large city or district with lots of staff. How can you make programs work with limited resources? Learn how to make the most of the resources you have and create programs would even make the big city proud. In this session, you will hear how a rural jurisdiction established a brand new compost and recycling program, the challenges of enforcing C&D ordinance and realizing a significant diversion rate with minimum staff, and how small jurisdictions can assess their carbon footprint, consolidate environmental programs and fund energy efficiency efforts devoted to making a big change.

Medical Waste, Sharps and Pharmaceuticals Management - Regency Ballroom B
Are you ready for some sharp ideas? Starting September 1, 2008, California residents will no longer be able to dispose of needles or sharps in their refuse carts or the landfill. Learn what other professionals are doing to keep pharmaceuticals out of the landfills and from contaminating our water. Get a grip on how to successfully implement a mandatory Sharps take back program in your city. Attendees will learn educational outreach efforts that will maximize your impact on the public.

Cool Programs for Cities and Counties - Regency Ballroom C
Climate change requires solutions at every level. Cool Cities and Counties are looking at action at local levels that showcase options for others to model. This session provides several examples of programs that encourage smart energy solutions to save money and help build a cleaner, safer future.

Special Event Recycling — Large Venue and Special Events - Harbour Room A
Large venues and special events can have a significant impact on local government disposal rates. Learn how several jurisdictions use innovative strategies and partnerships involving venue operators, government, local conservation corps, and haulers to maximize their score. Are you in the game?

Grab Bag for Programs - Harbour Room B
Conference sessions are built around a unifying theme for all participating speakers. Sometimes not enough submittals come in to make a full session, yet, there are subjects that we feel just can't be left out. That's why we created the "Grab Bag." Here are three diverse subjects that will provide a wonderful variety of program themes.

Session #2       10:00 - 11:15 am

Making Programs Work in Rural Areas and Small Cities - Regency Ballroom A
Successful diversion programs can only work when you are located close to the markets — right? Maybe not! This session will examine how two rural counties have approached material recovery. Del Norte County closed its landfill in 2005 and replaced it with a materials recovery facility that could possibly reach zero waste when fully built. Nevada County established a Construction and Demolition Facility that has moved the county towards a 60% diversion rate. Come and hear insights on how design and management elements reward customers who source separate — no matter how far from traditional markets.

  • Del Norte County's Resource Recovery Park and Transfer Station, Daniel Knapp, Ph.D., Urban Ore, Inc. & Tedd Ward, Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority & Kevin Hendrick, Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority
  • Nevada County C&D Facility (PPT) (31.93 MB)
    Tracey Harper, Nevada County
  • Moderator: Julie Haas-Wajdowicz, City of Antioch

Universal Waste Management — Product Stewardship Options - Regency Ballroom B
Are you looking for a way to handle your u-waste? Universal waste is low-hazard waste, such as batteries, fluorescent tubes, electronic devices and goods containing small amounts of mercury, generated by residents and small businesses, as opposed to highly-toxic material generated by industry. The speakers will offer solutions in handling these materials, both through product stewardship and effective collection programs.

Working Together Toward Zero - Grassroot Outreach Efforts/Coalitions With National Impact - Regency Ballroom C
In Carbonopoly, whatever card you select, collaboration is the key. To pass Go and to collect a functional future, coalitions, grassroots efforts and the new media — social networking websites like YouTube, Myspace, Facebook, YouTube as well as email and even cell phones, are some of the best ways to implement change in your community.

  • Sierra Club National Zero Waste Committee, Ann Schneider,
  • Clorox/Britta - Take Back The Filter, Beth Terry, Take Back the Filter.org
  • Zero Waste, the "New Media" and The Success Of The Story Of Stuff, Portia Sinnott, LITE Initiatives/Waste Reduction Project
  • Zero Waste Los Angeles, Reina Pereira, City of Los Angeles
  • Moderator: Stephanie Barger, Earth Resource Foundation

Commercial Recycling Opportunities - Harbour Room A
Commercial recycling programs continue to provide large diversion potential. This session will focus on how to turn that potential into tonnage. Whether you provide collection services, monitor diversion efforts, or provide businesses with tangible reasons to recycle, this is the session for you! Providing Green Business Programs or establishing how small businesses can reduce their carbon footprint can really offer ways to improve commercial recycling efforts.

  • Keys to a Successful Commercial Recycling Program, Peter Cron, SLO County IWMA / Glass Packaging Institute
  • Measuring GHG Reductions from Small Businesses, Sushma D. Bhatia, San Francisco Dept. of Environment
  • San Jose's Commercial Solid Waste System: Re-envisioned for Zero Waste, Michael Foster, City of San Jose
  • Moderator: Kristina Gallegos, City of San Jose

Colleges and Universities Recycling and Sustainability - Harbour Room B
Are you ready to go back to college? Is your local college involved in RecycleMania? Learn something new as we visit college campuses by highlighting successful programs, demonstrating unique challenges and even more unique solutions. In this session, you can learn about programs that reuse surplus items, opportunities for technical assistance to reduce your facility's carbon footprint, and promoting friendly recycling and waste diversion competition among college and university nationwide.

Session #3       1:00 - 5:30 pm

CRRA Certification Class* - Clean Business - Michael Huls - Harbour Room A
*(separate fee applies)

This advanced course is intended to provide participants with an advanced understanding of Clean Production principles including the triple bottom line.  As a vital component of zero waste, clean production represents best practices utilized by a growing number of businesses to avoid wasting and achive local, state, and federal legal requirements including international ISO 14001 environmental standards.  Many companies in California have adopted these clean production principles, and are making money while protecting the environment. 

View full Clean Business course description.

Separate fee applies, as follows:

Certification Classes only:
Member: $85 + $15 for certification c.e.u.'s
Non-member: $100 + $15 for certification c.e.u.'s

Certification Classes added to full conference registration:
Member: $60 + $15 for certification c.e.u.'s
Non-member: $75 + $15 for certification c.e.u.'s