Recycle on the Go Webinars
Recycling in Parks: Waste Reduction and Prevention in Parks Large and Small
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009
Time: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm (Pacific)
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Recycle on the Go Initiative seeks to maximize recycling infrastructure as well as increase recycling behavior at large public venues, to get Americans to recycle at play the way they do at work and at home. This webinar will feature three speakers covering the spectrum from small city parks to national parks. Showcased in this webinar will be success stories of recycling and food composting in addition to several challenges and the discovery of solutions to many roadblocks.
Specifically, in this webinar, you will learn:
National Park Service
Solid Waste Consultant
D. A. Kahl Consulting, Inc. is an engineering consulting firm specializing in solid waste management solutions. In this role, David Kahl has worked extensively as a contractor for the National Park Service for over ten years, providing services including solid waste management technical assistance, training, individual park program and facility development and national program and policy development assistance. Specific project work has included developing training tools, conducting training workshops, development of recycling facilities, composting facilities, recycling education and collection programs, and preparing Integrated Solid Waste Alternative Plans for over 70 National Parks in the Intermountain, Midwest, Alaska and Pacific West regions.
Washington State Parks
Billie-Gwen Russell joined State Parks in 1996 to manage the litter and recycling program and then became the Parks Sustainability Coordinator in 2003. After developing the agency's sustainability goals, policies and plan as the agency's Sustainability Team leader, she now implements the plan and conducts outreach to the agency and the public on energy efficiency, illegal dumping, recycling and sustainability topics. Billie-Gwen brought energy efficiency and building operations experience to State Parks from the Washington State Energy Office where she conducted research, outreach and project management for the first online technical support program for energy professionals, the EnergyIdeas Clearinghouse. Her career and interest in sustainability began over thirty years ago while she pioneered environmental education projects as staff and board member for institutes in Colorado, Wyoming and Washington.
Seattle Parks and Recreation
Leah Tivoli is a Strategic Advisor for Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Parks Division. As a Strategic Advisor, Leah monitors a $50 million budget and coordinates research and policy development for Parks Division’s various units including park cleaning, forestry, horticulture, facility maintenance and environmental stewardship. Leah recently graduated from University of Washington with a concurrent Master Degree in Environmental Health and Public Affairs. Leah enjoys working beside staff and management to figure out solutions to operational questions, particularly questions surrounding solid waste disposal, park cleaning, fleet management and restoration. In this presentation, she will discuss ways parks departments can boost the performance of their outdoor recycling program using Seattle as a test case.
- How to implement new recycling and food composting programs in parks and ways to improve existing programs through education;
- Ways to partner with organizations and agencies to run a successful program; and
- Future goals and pathways to achieve sustainability standards.