PSI Web Conference 5/21 - Product Stewardship for Rural Areas: Lessons Learned (PP Page)

Product Stewardship in Rural Areas:

Lessons Learned

An Expert Panel Discussion via Web Conference

Wednesday, May 21st

1:30 - 3:00 p.m. ET / 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. PT

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Topic Summary:
If product stewardship is going to work for America, it has to work for rural America. While rural counties have low populations, on a per-capita basis they generate a significant amount of household hazardous waste, very little of which is diverted from the waste stream. However, the dispersed nature of rural populations presents distinct challenges to recycling logistics and outreach and education campaigns. This web conference will summarize lessons learned from PSI’s three years of USDA-funded work to maximize the use of voluntary take-back programs in rural parts of 10 states. Attendees will benefit from a first-person account and advice from a local PSI partner doing on-the-ground outreach, as well as an overview of New Mexico’s touted "hub-and-spoke” recycling program. The web conference will then will explore how producer responsibility can play out in rural areas, and how post-consumer products can be collected in rural communities as part of a legislated EPR program.

Scott Cassel, Founder & CEO, Product Stewardship Institute
Speakers: Alison Keane, Vice President for Government Affairs, American Coatings Association
Christopher Hudgins, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy, International Sleep Products Association
Linda Gabor, Vice President of Marketing and Customer Service, Call2Recycle
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Scott Cassel, Founder & CEO, Product Stewardship Institute

Scott Cassel is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the Product Stewardship Institute (PSI). Prior to founding the Institute in 2000, Scott served seven years as the Director of Waste Policy and Planning for the Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. He is a founding Board Member and past-President of the North American Hazardous Materials Management Association, whose mission is to reduce the toxicity of the municipal waste stream. He is also a founding Board Member of the Global Product Stewardship Council, which harmonizes product stewardship programs internationally. Scott has worked on product and waste management issues for the past 30 years, for a start-up solid waste management company, a non-profit statewide environmental group, and several other government agencies, including the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority. He is author of a comprehensive book chapter on product stewardship in the 2008 Handbook on Household Hazardous Waste. He was also a syndicated newspaper columnist in Massachusetts, and a former columnist for the Boston Business Journal. Scott has a master's degree in environmental policy and dispute resolution from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an undergraduate degree in Geology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.







Alison Keane, Vice President for Government Affairs, American Coatings Association

Alison Keane is an environmental attorney with over 15 years experience in both the private and governmental sectors. She is currently the Vice President for Government Affairs with the American Coatings Association and responsible for the Architectural Coatings and Government Affairs Committees. She also served as the Executive Director and now General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the newly formed PaintCare stewardship organization. Other employment experience includes the Environmental Protection Agency’s Headquarters office, the Maryland State Senate and private practice. Alison has her BA in Biology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and her JD from Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is admitted to the practice of law in both Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Christopher Hudgins, Vice President of Government Relations and Policy, International Sleep Products Association

Christopher Hudgins is the Vice President, Government Relations and Policy for the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA). Mr. Hudgins is responsible for all of ISPA’s government affairs activities and serves as the face of the organization before policy makers. In 2013, Mr. Hudgins was integral in negotiating the enactment of the nation’s first mattress recycling law in Connecticut. Prior to joining ISPA, Mr. Hudgins served as Manager of Government Relations for the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM). While at AHAM, he oversaw all of the organization’s state legislative activities and also served as the lead on several federal and international legislative and regulatory initiatives, including revamping the EnergyGuide label on appliances. Mr. Hudgins was also successful in influencing Congress on energy, tax, and environmental legislation along with efforts to revamp the Consumer Product Safety Act. Mr. Hudgins was employed by the National Prostate Cancer Coalition from 2001 to 2006 where he lobbied Congress on appropriations and health care issues. There he created the Coalition’s state government affairs program where he was successful in advocating for and enacting legislation in a number of states. Mr. Hudgins graduated from the University of Richmond with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. During his time at the University, Mr. Hudgins worked to influence the Virginia General Assembly while supporting lobbyists with the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.



Linda Gabor, Vice President of Marketing & Customer Service, Call2Recycle

Linda Gabor has been with Call2Recycle® since 2005, bringing a strong background in marketing, media and public relations to the organization. Serving on the organization’s executive team, as vice president of marketing & customer service, Gabor is responsible for the successful integration of marketing strategies that enhance the Call2Recycle brand and grow the program’s collection efforts through a customer-focused philosophy. Gabor oversees the marketing department’s efforts to raise public awareness for battery recycling through advertising, public relations, special events, and cooperative outreach initiatives with its collection partners. She also leads a team dedicated to the delivery of a best-in-class customer experience.



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