Federal Green Challenge Webinar – July 8, 2009
Waste Prevention 202 – Connecting Climate Change and Waste Management
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PDT
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Phone: (916) 233-3089, code 430-152-785
In 2007, 245.1 million tons of municipal solid waste (more commonly known as trash or garbage) was generated in the United States. Significant strides in greenhouse gas reductions can be made by applying waste reduction strategies, composting, and recycling.
More than two-thirds of the solid waste stream is made up of organic materials such as yard trimmings, food scraps, wood waste and paper products. The decomposition of organic waste in landfills produces methane. Landfills are the largest human-related source of methane in the United States, accounting for 34 percent of all methane emissions. Methane is a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Considerable reductions in methane emissions can occur through reducing the amount of organic materials in landfills through these measures.
Source: EPA, http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/conserve/materials/organics/food/fd-basic.htm
Connecting Climate Change and Waste Management webinar presenters will discuss the following:
- The connection between waste and organics management and climate change through greenhouse gas reduction;
- How a military base is implementing waste management practices such as source reduction, recycling, and composting; and
- The multifaceted benefits of composting.
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Sara Willis Hartwell
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
Sara Hartwell works in EPA's Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery on recycling and waste reduction issues. She is an analytical chemist, and has worked in environmental toxicology, hazardous waste methods development, flexible packaging R&D, as well as MSW recycling. Her work focuses on helping companies, trade associations, local governments and individuals estimate the energy and climate impact of package design alternatives, purchasing decisions, and waste management alternatives. The primary tools used for those estimates are the Waste Reduction Model (WARM), the Recycled Content Tool (ReCON), and the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator. She is currently engaged in an effort of update the WARM and ReCON Life Cycle Inventory data for a number of materials related to packaging applications (plastics, paper & corrugated cardboard, aluminum, steel and glass).
Fort Lewis PW/ED, Versar Inc.
Solid Waste and Recycling Program Manager
Ron Norton is a Solid Waste and Recycling Program Manager in the Environmental Division with Versar, Inc., a contractor for the Directorate of Public Works at Fort Lewis, Washington. Ron developed and facilitated the permitting and implementation of a medium-scale composting and industrial recycling program at Fort Lewis and is an active member of the Fort Lewis Installation Sustainability Program Products and Materials Team. He writes solid waste and recycling policy and procedures for the installation including the Integrated Solid Waste Management Plan (ISWMP). As part of his work, Ron conducts the following: benchmarking, process flow studies, and waste stream analyses. He also handles data collection and technology research to identify opportunities and alternatives to disposal of solid waste streams in order to achieve sustainability and recycling goals. Ron is in the process of developing and implementing a Qualified Recycling Program at Fort Lewis.
Prior to his position at Fort Lewis, Ron worked as a solid waste regulator and project manager with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department where he was responsible for permitting and regulating solid waste facilities in accordance with Washington State laws. Ron received his Bachelor of Science degree from Pacific Lutheran University. He is also a certified compost facility operator, Registered Sanitarian, and holder of other certificates related to solid waste facility management.
North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA)
Ned Beecher is Director of the North East Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA), a non-governmental professional membership organization that tracks research, legislation, and regulations and disseminates information to members and the public. Ned was the Principal Investigator for Water Environment Research Foundation projects on biosolids public perception and Public Partnering Protocols for Research. He was lead author of the 2007 national survey of biosolids regulation, quality, use, and disposal in the U.S., as well as a study of the GHG emissions from biosolids management options at Merrimack New Hampshire and the summary chapter of the 2008 Global Atlas of Excreta, Wastewater Sludge, and Biosolids Management published by the UN in 2008. Most recently, he helped developed a greenhouse gas emissions analysis tool for the Canadian government. He has an MS in Resource Management and Administration from Antioch University and a BA in Geology from Amherst College. He is married to Christine Clyne, MS, ARNP, has children ages 25 and 19, and lives in central New Hampshire.