2017 Symposium Program


2017 Zero Waste Symposium Program

7:30 am –  Registration opens with coffee and breakfast breads.  Come early to network before the Symposium.
8:00 am –  Welcome

  • Mayor Jake Mackenzie – Mayor of Rohnert Park:  Symposium Welcome
  • Senator Mike McGuire – Second District Senator: Video Welcome

8:20 am – Setting the Stage for Zero Waste

  • Leslie Lukacs – Board Member, Zero Waste International Alliance, Director of Zero Waste, SCS Engineers: Setting the Stage for Zero Waste; Global and Local

8:30 am – Maximizing Carbon Through Compost

  • John Wick, Marin Carbon Project – Video From the Ranch
  • Calla Rose Ostrander, Marin Carbon Project: Maximizing Carbon Planning and Compost Utilization
  • Dan Noble – Executive Director of Association of Compost Producers & Compost Coalition of Sonoma County: Building Market-Based Renewable   Carbon Economics, One County at a Time

9:20 am – Break
9:35 am – Government Leading the Way

  • Nick Lapis – Director, Californians Against Waste: California Materials Management Legislative Update & What to Expect
  • Kevin Drew – Senior Residential & Special Projects Zero Waste Coordinator Program Manager, City and County of San Francisco: San Francisco’s Zero Waste Successes and Challenges in Reaching Zero Waste by 2020
  • Patrick Carter – Executive Director, Sonoma County Waste Management Agency: State of Recycling and Composting in Sonoma County

10:30 am – RePurpose to Zero

  • JoAnn Moser – Director of Operations, Goodwill Industries of the Redwood Empire: Doing What’s Right with What’s Left
  • Barbara Oldershaw – Business Outreach Coordinator & Community Liaison, Solar Works (formerly Sustainability Director, Sonoma-USA): Divert, Design, Deliver: Rethinking Waste & Strengthening our Local Economy

11:00 am – Youth Setting the Pace

  • Kyle Conway, Amelia Stock-Cummings & Jacob Slone, Credo High School Zero Waste Committee: Credo Reaching for Zero Waste
  • Sunny Galbraith – Apple Blossom School & Orchard View HS: Student-led Lunchtime Composting and Recycling

11:30 am – Round Table Discussion Led by Oren Wool
11:45 am – Lunch
12:45 pm – Zero Waste Business Certification

  • Stephanie Barger – Director of Market Development, Zero Waste Programs, U.S. Green Business Council:  The New Frontier – Zero Waste, USGBC, GBCI, and YOU!

1:10 pm – Cutting-Edge Business Initiatives    

  • Brad Baker – CEO, SOMO Village:  One Planet and Zero Waste Principles in Action
  • Josh Prigge – Director of Regenerative Development, Fetzer Vineyard: Commitment to Regenerate
  • Renaud des Rosiers –  Sustainability Manager, Amy’s Kitchen, Inc: Material Lifecycle Management Considerations for Food Packaging

2:10 pm – Sustaining Communities through Food Recovery

  • Mimi Enright – Program Manager, Community Food Systems & UC Master Gardener Program of Sonoma County: Food Waste & Recovery Opportunities in Sonoma County
  • Aaron Aguirre – Director of Operations, COPIA: Solving the World’s Dumbest Problem: Food Waste 
  • Jude Frates – Founder and CEO, Sustainable Business Solutions: Cutting Cost via Landfill Diversion

3:00 – Break
3:10 pm –  Environmental Justice and Emerging Trends

  • Marty Bennett, Co-Chair, North Bay Jobs with Justice & Local 665 Good Jobs and Equitable Zero Waste
  • Michael Siminitus – Owner/Operator, WasteBusters:  Culture Shift, Appropriate Technology and Zero Waste Event
  • Craig Litwin –  Principal, 421 Group: Sustainability and the Cannabis Industry

4:00 pm – Closing Keynote

  • Paul Kaiser – Singing Frogs Farm: Regenerative Agriculture that Improves Soil Health

4:30 pm – Roundtable Closing

  • Oren Wool – Executive Director, Sustainable North Bay: Interactive Roundtable Discussion of Zero Waste Principles by Business Sector

5:00 pm – Networking at Sally Tomatoes
*Program subject to change

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