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Registration & Continental Breakfast (provided)


Introductions - Robert Isner, Director, Waste Engineering and Enforcement Division, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and President, NERC’s Board of Directors


Welcoming Remarks - Commissioner Martin Suuberg, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection


Keynote: Materials Management in a Sustainable Economy - David Levine, Co-founder & CEO, American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC).   The ASBC is a coalition of business organizations and companies, representing over 250,000 businesses, committed to advancing a new framework for market shifts and policies that support a vibrant and sustainable economy. Mr. Levine will share his expertise and perspective about the sustainability of economic development and materials management.

Questions to be Addressed by the Presenter

  • What is a sustainable economy?
  • What economic development opportunities exist for sustainable materials management (SMM)?
  • What do you see as the role of business and government to advance SMM?
  • What are the needed drivers for re-incentivizing and developing systems to advance SMM?


Networking Break with Exhibitors


Sustainability of Materials Management 

Session Facilitator: David Refkin, Senior Affiliate Consultant, Resource Recycling Systems


Question to be Addressed by the Presenters

  • What strategies can advance SMM?


Lunch (provided) Advisory Member Lunch (by invitation only)


How Brand Name Companies’ Recycling Involvement & Impact Have Changed Over the Past 30 Years 

Session Facilitator: Liz Bedard,Director Rigid Plastics Recycling Program, Association of Plastics Recyclers 


  • Monique Oxender, Chief Sustainability Officer, Keurig Green Mountain 
  • Kathleen Niesen, Director of Sustainability, Pepsico
  • Julie Zaniewski, Packaging Sustainability Manager, Unilever

Questions to be Addressed by the Presenters

  • What are the primary deciding factors for brand name companies to be involved with recycling?
  • Has the trend of their business to become more involved in the recyclability of their product packaging just begun? Will it continue to grow? Has it peaked?
  • What is the plan for your company's future design of products for recycling?


Networking Break with Exhibitors


Extended Producer Responsibility - Perspectives on EPR for Different Industry Sectors

Session Facilitator: Debra Darby, Program & Marketing Director, Organix Solutions


Questions to be Addressed by the Presenters

  • Has EPR positively impacted the quantity and quality of diverted materials?
  • How do EPR programs help prevent the release of potentially harmful materials into the environment?
  • Have there been upstream impacts on the design of new products as a result of EPR programs?
  • Have the lessons learned from mandated EPR programs helped to inform and positively impact revisions to individual programs?
  • How can EPR programs result in greater diversion of quality materials?


Wrap Up - Networking with Exhibitors


NERC’s 30th Anniversary & Awards Celebration 

Sponsored by Casella-Blue  



Continental Breakfast (provided)


Introductions & Welcoming Remarks - Kaley Laleker, Acting Deputy Director, Land Management Administration, Maryland Department of the Environment & Vice President, NERC's Board of Directors


Electronics Reuse

Right to Repair - Gary Cook, Senior IT Sector Analyst, Greenpeace - Greenpeace is calling on the IT sector to design products that can be more easily repaired or upgraded and offer adequate post-sale support.

Economics of Electronics Reuse - Kyle Wiens, CEO, iFixit - Electronics reuse creates jobs and revenues. 

Questions to be Addressed by the Presenters

  • What are the primary factors impacting electronics reuse?
  • What are the barriers to increasing reuse of electronics?
  • Have the markets for reusable electronics changed?
  • What is the existing capacity for electronics reuse in the region and nationally?

Reuse of Surplus Furnishings Mark Lennon, President & CEO, The Reuse Network – Approaching surplus furnishings as assets instead of liabilities.

Questions to be Addressed by the Presenter

  • What markets exist for surplus furnishings and where are they?
  • Are there furnishings for which no markets exist?
  • What are the related costs and liabilities of diverting surplus furnishings to reuse?


Networking Break with Exhibitors






Breakout Sessions

SESSION 1. RECYCLING TRAIN THE TRAINERS - Assisting people working directly with the public with conveying a positive message about recycling.

Speaker - Ray Dube, Sustainability Manager, Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England

Questions to be Addressed by the Presenter

  • How can recycling coordinators grab the attention of the public to focus on recycling?
  • What strategies can be used to help the public understand why recycling is important?
  • What recycling facts have the greatest impact when telling the story of how recyclables are used for making new products?


SESSION 2. PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS - Different experiences and perspectives about managing plastic grocery bags.  

Session Facilitator: Samara Norman, Senior Materials Buyer, Trex Company


Questions to be Addressed by the Presenters 

  • What are the critical factors that should be considered when deciding on creating a plastic bag ban or fee?
  • What are the pros and cons of plastic bag bans/fees vs. recycling programs?
  • What are the economics of a plastic bag ban/fee vs. recycling programs?


State of C&D Recycling in the Northeast - Successful approaches to C&D recovery, the status of C&D markets, and what might be next to improve the sustainability of managing C&D waste in the region.

Session Facilitator: Christine Beling, Project Engineer, Assistance and Pollution Prevention Unit, EPA Region I 

Speakers - Ted Siegler, President & Natalie Starr, Principal, DSM Environmental Services

Questions to be Addressed by the Presenters 

  • What are some of the primary factors that have contributed to the current state of C&D markets in the region?
  • Does the region have the capacity to manage C&D in a sustainable manner?


Wrap Up

Lodging: The Lord Jeffery Inn is the venue for NERC's Conference. **The Lord Jeff has a limited number of sleeping rooms. Be sure to make your reservation early by calling (413) 256-8200. The rooms still available in the block are doubles ($200) and deluxe doubles ($222).

Conference Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received on or before October 27, 2017 are subject to a $75 fee. Absolutely no refunds will be given for cancellations after October 27th.

For more information about the Conference, email Mary Ann Remolador, or call (802) 254-3636.

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