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8th Networking Conference Call Series
October - December 2009


Boosting Battery Recycling in the US: Setting Goals and Measuring Progress

     Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
    2:00 - 3:30 PM EST
Overview   Batteries contain heavy metals such as lead, cadmium, nickel, and mercury that contaminate the environment when improperly disposed.  As more US jurisdictions seek to relieve the waste disposal burdens of municipalities, the number of proposed product stewardship programs for batteries has increased.  This call will explore how battery recycling can be increased, ways to measure recycling performance, and the challenges encountered along the way.  It will address developments in Canada to establish performance goals and metrics for batteries and consider steps battery manufacturers are taking to strengthen recycling programs.  Recommendations from PSI’s new report on battery performance metrics will also be shared.
Moderator   Jennifer Nash, Product Stewardship Institute

Carl Smith, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
Gemma Zecchini, Stewardship Ontario
Glenda Gies, Waste Diversion Ontario

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Jennifer Nash, Product Stewardship Institute
Jennifer Nash is Director for Policy and Programs at the Product Stewardship Institute.  Before joining PSI, Jennifer was Executive Director of the Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Director of the School’s Regulatory Policy Program. She is the co-editor of two books on environmental policy innovation including Leveraging the Private Sector (2006) and Regulating from the Inside (2001), and recently completed the report, “Beyond Compliance: Business Decision Making and the US EPA’s Performance Track Program.” She is a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and co-chaired the group’s environmental stewardship work group. Before coming to the Kennedy School in 2001, Jennifer was Associate Director and Acting Director of the Technology, Business, and Environment Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research addressed environmental management practices in firms and included a review of the American Chemistry Council’s Responsible Care initiative. She was also Program Director and Executive Director of the Clean Air Council, a leading environmental advocacy organization in the Philadelphia area. Jennifer has published in numerous journals such as Environmental Science and Technology; Issues in Science and Technology; Pollution Prevention Review; and Resources, Conservation, and Recycling.  She has presented policy recommendations to EPA’s Innovation Action Council, the National Environmental Partnership Summit, and the Environmental Evaluators Networking Forum, and is on the board of directors of the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance.  Jennifer was recently appointed to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Subcommittee on Promoting Environmental Stewardship to advise EPA on ways it can encourage private sector firms, organizations, and individuals to take actions that complement and go beyond environmental regulatory requirements.

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Carl Smith, Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
Mr. Smith heads RBRC, which operates Call2Recycle®, North America’s first and most successful battery recycling program.  In this capacity, he oversees the organization’s strategy, partnerships and management of its national promotion and education efforts.  Working directly with its Board of Directors, Mr. Smith leads the overall direction of the company.  Mr. Smith has extensive experience in strategic marketing, brand positioning, product / business development and environmental leadership.  He previously served as the CEO of GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, a non-profit organization that develops and promotes indoor air quality standards and programs.  Before that, he was a senior marketing and general management executive with a Fortune 500 company and served in various capacities on Capitol Hill.

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Gemma Zecchini, Stewardship Ontario
Gemma Zecchini was appointed CEO of Stewardship Ontario in May 2009 after serving as a consultant to the organization since last year. Stewardship Ontario is an industry organization created by provincial statute for the purpose of developing, implementing and operating waste diversion programs for paper and packaging wastes and municipal hazardous and special wastes.  Stewardship Ontario administers and operates $100 million of diversion programs in the province of Ontario. Funds are collected from industry product stewards for this purpose. Prior to joining Stewardship Ontario as CEO in November 2008, Gemma served in senior leadership roles with the food and consumer products industry as Senior Vice President, Public and Regulatory Affairs for the Food and Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) and CEO of Refreshments Canada, the non-alcoholic beverage industry’s trade association.  In both organizations Gemma was responsible for leading advocacy initiatives and negotiations on behalf of Canadian-based multinational companies in the areas of non-competitive trade, taxation, environmental stewardship and food/drug regulations with all levels of government across Canada. Gemma is accredited through the International Association of Business Communicators; is certified as a chartered director (C.Dir.) through the Director’s College; and, holds a certificate in Change Management through Rotman School of Business. Gemma has a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Western Ontario.

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Glenda Gies, Waste Diversion Ontario
During the early years of recycling in Ontario, Glenda guided the growth of a community recycling program in the Region of Durham from a drop off depot to region wide collection of recyclables with centralized processing at a material recovery facility.  Prior to joining Waste Diversion Ontario, Glenda worked for as a consultant with Canadian and international organizations, governments and private companies to develop waste diversion policies, plans and operating systems.  Glenda joined Waste Diversion Ontario as its first Executive Director in April 2003 and has supported development and implementation of diversion programs for Blue Box Waste, Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment and Used Tires. 

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