PSI Packaging Call Series - Call 3

PSI Packaging Call Series

Call #3: Key Strategies - voluntary and regulatory approaches

Thursday, August 2, 2012

1:00-3:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM PT

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A number of existing initiatives focus on improving the recovery of packaging and printed materials in North America, ranging from purely voluntary strategies (e.g., pilot projects, educational strategies, and consumer incentives) to regulatory initiatives (e.g., pay-as-you-throw, disposal bans, recycling mandates, recycled content standards, and EPR). We will hear brief updates from key participants in these initiatives, including the progress made to date, the strategies they use to address key barriers to achieving their goals, current progress, and the potential to scale up the effort. During the last half of the call, PSI will facilitate discussion among participants about priority strategies that the group believes are needed to make the greatest progress, whether current initiatives are already focused on these strategies, and whether those efforts need to be supplemented or gaps need to be filled. We will also explore opportunities for coordinating the various strategies and build a comprehensive approach to meeting over-arching goals. Prior to the call, participants will receive a summary of strategies for consideration on the call. The call will end with a discussion of next steps based on the 3 call series.

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Scott Cassel, CEO/Founder, 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.

Paul Gardner, Recycling Reinvented
Paul Gardner is the Executive Director of Recycling Reinvented. He served as a state legislator in the Minnesota House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011. From 1997 to 2006 Gardner served as Executive Director of the Recycling Association of Minnesota (RAM) in St. Paul. Gardner holds a B.A. in history with a concentration in Russian and East European Studies from Grinnell College of Grinnell, Iowa and a Masters of Public Affairs from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota.

Allison Buchanan, Alcoa

Allison is the Marketing and Communications Manager for Alcoa Global Packaging. She has been with Alcoa for seven years, initially holding positions within the sales group prior to assuming a Marketing role in 2008. Allison has a leadership role in creating and driving marketing initiatives, sustainability goals, and increased aluminum can recycling both within Alcoa and at the industry level through collaboration with customers and competitors. She is currently serving as the Chair of the US Aluminum Association’s Can Committee and is an active participant with the Can Manufacturers Institute. Allison represents both her company and aluminum packaging interests within GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) packaging sector team. In her free time, Allison enjoys snowboarding, fishing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.

Joan Pierce, Ameripen

Joan has spent 40 years in the packaging industry. She is a graduate of the Michigan State University and inducted into the MSU School of Packaging Alumni Hall of Fame in 2012. She spent 20 years with Eastman Kodak Company where she worked at the Kodak Apparatus Division, Distribution Division, Kodak Park and Ultra Technologies. She has spent a number of years in sales forecasting and supply chain management and is APICS certified. She was awarded three patents for package design and work flow innovations while at Bausch & Lomb. At the Dial Corporation, Joan was the Vice President of Package Development, Process Development and Corporate Quality Assurance. While at the Coca Cola Company, she was the Director of Package Development and Design. During her years at Colgate- Palmolive she was the Vice President of Global Packaging and Vice President of Packaging Sustainability. Currently Joan is the Executive Director of AMERIPEN. Joan was instrumental in the formation of AMERIPEN and helped set the initial strategic direction of the organization, both as a founding member and as the group’s first president. As Executive Director of AMERIPEN she works closely with the Executive Committee to achieve the organizations’ goals, overseeing existing work streams and managing priorities.

Nina Goodrich, PAC NEXT

Nina Goodrich currently holds the positions of Program Director for PAC NEXT an initiative of PAC and is the principal in Sustainnovation Solutions a consultancy combining innovation and sustainability. At PAC NEXT she acts as coach and facilitator for the six industry projects leading the journey towards "a world without packaging waste.” Prior to forming Sustainnovation Solutions, Nina held the position of Director, Sustainovation, a position created for her in the Growth and Innovation Organization of Alcan Packaging. Previously she was the Director, Innovation, Alcan Global Pharmaceutical Packaging, General Manager Amcor PET Technologies and Technology Management Director for The Guelph Food Technology. Nina has done graduate work in technology management and has a BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. She is the co-author with Richard Lee of a recently published book "Value Innovation Works” available on

Cathy Jamieson, VT Department of Environmental Conservation

Cathy Jamieson has worked in the environmental field for over 25 years, focusing on wastewater and solid waste issues. Since 2007, she has been the Solid Waste Program Manager at Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. While in this position, the VT Solid Waste Program conducted the Waste Reduction Initiative, promoted sustainable materials management, and supported product stewardship proposals.

Susan Collins, Container Recycling Institute

Ms. Collins is the Executive Director of the Container Recycling Institute and has worked exclusively on recycling and sustainability issues for 20 years. Ms. Collins leads research projects for the Container Recycling Institute and works with environmental organizations, activists and state and federal governments throughout the United States and around the world to educate the public on the benefits of packaging recycling. Ms. Collins co-developed and co-teaches a course in Extended Producer Responsibility through the CRRA training and certification program, and occasionally guest-lectures at universities. While a consultant, she assisted over 80 public agencies with their solid waste and recycling programs. She served on four California (state-wide) recycling advisory groups. Ms. Collins is currently a board member of the National Recycling Coalition, and previously served on the Board of the California Resource Recovery Association for nine years. She is now also a senior advisor to that organization, and received the CRRA service award in 2009. She holds degrees in Manufacturing Engineering from Boston University and Business Administration (MBA) from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).

Anne Bedarf, Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Anne Bedarf joined GreenBlue in September 2007 as a Project Manager for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and is now a Senior Manager. Anne leads the SPC’s How2Recycle Label project, which was soft launched nationally in 2012. She also manages and teaches the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging curriculum. She was previously the Environmental and Safety Manager for the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority and Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority in Charlottesville, VA, where she led the implementation of an Environmental Management System at a wastewater plant, water treatment plants, and solid waste/recycling facilities. In her free time, Anne enjoys gardening, keeping chickens, and working at music festivals to implement recycling and composting.

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