2018 Waste Management Sustainability Forum: Big Ideas. Bold Action. Better World.

Take your ideas to the next level at the Waste Management Sustainability Forum – the nexus for environmental best practices.

The morning session features business leaders and entrepreneurs from every business and civic sector providing real-world inspiration for turning world-changing ideas into transformative actions. In the afternoon, you’ll get a recycling update that covers market trends and technologies, discussions on sustainable materials management (SMM) and whether SMM/lifecycle assessment (LCA) complements or conflicts with recycling-focused efforts. And to round it out, we’ll end the afternoon with a workshop on U.S. EPA’s Waste Reduction Model (WARM).


Mountain Standard Time

7:55 a.m.  Sidebar Welcome

8:00 a.m.

  • Welcome: Tara Hemmer, Senior Vice President Operations, Safety and Environmental Compliance, Waste Management

8:15 a.m.

  • Keynote: Jim Fish, President and CEO, Waste Management

8:45 a.m.     

  • Mike Rowe, Executive Producer and Show Host  [ONLY AVAILABLE LIVE AT THE FORUM]

9:55 a.m.     Social Sidebar

10:10 a.m.     

  • Keller Rinaudo, Founder and CEO of Zipline

11:10 a.m.

  • Mayor Rahm Emanuel, City of Chicago - Interviewed by Toni Beck, 

    Vice President, Corporate Communications & Community Relations, Waste Management

12:00 p.m.     Social Sidebar

1:00 p.m.

Recycling update: Market Trends and Technologies

  • Brent Bell, Vice President Recycling Operations, Waste Management
  • Myles Cohen, President, Pratt Recycling
  • Ross Li, Executive Director, Lee and Man Paper Manufacturing

1:45 p.m.

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Overview and Panel

  • Cheryl Coleman, US EPA
  • David Allaway, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
  • Dr. Tim Townsend, University of Florida
  • Mayor Denny Doyle, City of Beaverton, Oregon

3:00 p.m.

Digging deeper into Sustainable Materials Management/Lifecycle Assessment and recycling-focused efforts along the supply chain: a discussion of how they complement each other.

  • David Allaway, Oregon Dept. of Environmental Quality
  • Steve Alexander, Association of Plastics Recyclers

3:15 p.m.  Social Sidebar

3:20 p.m.

Lifecycle Assessment Workshop

  • Jarrod Bridge, Environmental Scientist and Waste Reduction Specialist, U.S. EPA

4:00 p.m.  Farewell


Event Organization: 
Waste Management