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April 30 - May 1, 2024
Crowne Plaza Hotel | King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Agenda - Subject to Change

Tuesday, April 30, 2024 


Registration & Continental Breakfast (provided)


Introduction: Megan Schulz-Fontes, Executive Director, NERC


Welcome Remarks: Lawrence E. Holley, Director, Bureau of Waste Management, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection


Keynote Address: Rey Banatao, Director/ Project Lead, X - The Moonshot Factory, Google


How Sustainable Materials Management Fits Into the ‘E’ in ‘ESG’

  • Kaley Laleker, Sustainability and Circular Economy Policy and Advocacy Manager, Saint-Gobain North America
  • Susan Robinson, Consultant, ISRI
  • Brian Singer, Managing Director, Global Head of GS SUSTAIN, Global Investment Research, Goldman Sachs
  • Rey Banatao, Director/ Project Lead, X - The Moonshot Factory, Google *Moderator


Networking Break | Exhibitor Hall


Safety in Material Recovery and Processing Workplaces

  • Ryan Fogelman, Partner, Fire Rover
  • George R. Thompson, President & CEO, Chemical Compliance Systems, Inc.
  • Bradley Baker, Program Manager, Maryland MDE *Moderator

Lunch (provided)
Emerging Professionals Roundtable


Highlighting Actions for Sustainable Food Management

  • Holden Cookson, Director of Business Development, Agri-Cycle Energy
  • John Fay, Project Manager, NEWMOA
  • Laxmi Wordham, Chief Growth Officer, Bright Feeds
  • Melissa Pennington, Sustainability Coordinator Region 3, EPA *Moderator

Networking Break | Exhibitor Hall


Impacts of Mining and Extraction Subsidies  

  • Aaron Mintzes, Senior Policy Counsel, Earthworks
  • Robin Ingenthron, CEO/President, Good Point Recycling *Moderator

Closing Remarks: Josh Kelly, President, NERC Board; Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

5:15 Open Reception
6:30 Reception Concludes

WEDNESDAY, May 1, 2024 


Registration & Continental Breakfast (provided)


Introduction: Michael Nork, Vice President, NERC; New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services


Welcome Remarks: Kyle J. Lewis, Recycling Program Director City of Philadelphia

Keynote Address: Jennifer Louie, Managing Director, Closed Loop Partners


Understanding Complexities of Supply and Markets

  • Susan Church, Procurement Manager, EFS-Plastics
  • Nishil Soni, CEO, RiteSize
  • Anne Johnson, VP, Resource Recycling Systems
  • Rita Philip, Program Director - PCR Certification, APR *Moderator
10:20 Networking Break | Sponsor Exhibit Hall

Unveiling Chemical Recycling

  • Carla Toth, Senior VP Business Development, Nexus Circular
  • Lucy Mullany, National Policy Director, Alliance for Mission-Based Recycling
  • Holli Alexander, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Circularity, Eastman
  • Debra Darby, Organics Recycling and Sustainability Solutions, Client Manager, Tetra Tech *Moderator
12:20 Closing Remarks: Josh Kelly, President, NERC Board; Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation
12:30 NERC Board Meeting (lunch provided)


Conference Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received by April 12 are subject to a $50 administrative fee.
Absolutely no refunds will be given for cancellations after April 12.


NERC’s Conferences offer presentations and discussions on a wide variety of topics from many different points of view. Presenters and attendees have the opportunity to discuss their opinions so all sides of an issue are heard. Neither the expressed nor the implied opinions of any individual Conference presenter, attendee, exhibitor, or sponsor should be considered as an endorsement by NERC or reflective of its position.

For more information about the Conference, please contact Mary Ann Remolador at or (802) 451-8852. For questions about registration, please contact Sophie Leone at or 802-490-9854.