2019 Waste Management Sustainability Forum: Big Ideas. Bold Action. Better World

The Waste Management Sustainability Forum is a place where we bring business leaders, government officials and entrepreneurs into the same room to exchange ideas and create innovative strategies to tackle issues around sustainability.

This year, we discuss Plastic Waste and Cities of the Future, facilitated by impactful speakers who have spent years deep diving into these topics with thoughtful moderation from David Pogue. Be captivated by National Geographic’s in-depth coverage of both topics. Be inspired by Dr. Leyla Acarogula’s and Mick Ebling’s experiences using design for good, and motivated by Andrew Winston on how cities navigate some of humanity’s biggest challenges.

It’s going to be a thought-provoking, engaging day so join us as we discover big ideas, bold action to create a better world.

AGENDA

Mountain Standard Time

8:20 am – 8:30 am: Social Sidebar

8:30 am – 8:45 am: Welcome

Tara Hemmer, Senior Vice President Operations, Waste Management 

8:45 am – 9:05 am: People and Planet:  Sustainability starts with each of us

Jim Fish, President & CEO, Waste Management

9:05 am – 9:35 am: Why Plastics? Why Now?

Valerie Craig, Deputy to the Chief Scientist & Vice President, Impact Initiatives, National Geographic Society

9:35 am – 10:35 am: Plastic Waste in the Environment

Valerie Craig, Deputy to the Chief Scientist & Vice President, Impact Initiatives, National Geographic Society

Nicholas Mallos, Director of Trash Free Seas, Ocean Conservancy

Steve Sikra, Materials & Technology Manager, P&G

Jason Hale, Communications &  Recycling Professional, SYSTEMIQ

Panel moderated by: David Pogue, Disruptive & Future Technology Columnist, New York Times Columnist, CBS Tech Contributor & NOVA Host

10:35 am – 11:00 am: Social Sidebar

11:00 am – 11:30 am: The Fallacy of Impossible

Mick Ebeling, Founder & CEO, Not Impossible Labs

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Changing the Status Quo by Design

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, Designer & Sociologist

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Social Sidebar

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm: Recycling Update

Brent Bell, President, Waste Management Recycling Services

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm: Global Environmental Trends and Local Impacts

Andrew Winston, Advisor & Author

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Cities of the Future

Andrew Winston, Advisor & Author

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu, Designer & Sociologist

Clarence Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities

Robert Kunzig, Senior Environment Editor, National Geographic Magazine

Panel moderated by: David Pogue, Disruptive & Future Technology Columnist, New York Times Columnist, CBS Tech Contributor & NOVA Host

Event Organization: 
Waste Management