Road to Zero Waste Concurrent Educational Sessions

Community Showcase

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Location TBD

Moderator: John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Senior Vice President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.

Zero Waste means different things to different people and organizations. As we go down the road to zero waste, there are several paths to take, and they don’t necessarily lead to the same place. The term “Zero Waste” is arguably more about defining a vision of a world without waste. This panel discussion will include representatives from communities that are on the road to Zero Waste.


At the Starting Line on the Road to Zero Waste for Bexley, Ohio

The biggest challenge to getting off the starting line on the Road to Zero Waste for a municipality is educating elected officials, gaining acceptance, achieving adequate funding, putting in the time to organize and educate your Green Team, obtaining key data to make commitments and recommendations and critically understand that a city is not a business and operates differently with different motivations. Overall, it is gaining trust with a group of diverse interests, opinions and goals.

Michael Greenberg, President, GT Environmental, Inc.

Michael Greenberg

Michael Greenberg is an environmental planner with 35 years of experience with environmental issues in the state of Ohio. He is president of GT Environmental, Inc. (GT), an environmental consulting firm focused on air, water, brownfields and solid waste management. Mr. Greenberg began his career as an environmental scientist with the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency in 1981. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a Master’s degree in city and regional planning. Mr. Greenberg is the Treasurer for the SWANA International Board.

Optimizing Residential Recycling: Moving Beyond Recovery Plateaus

Denver sits on a high plateau, both geographically and in terms of its residential recycling program. Last year, the City and County of Denver, in tandem with The Recycling Partnership, pushed material recovery upward and moved beyond that plateau. How? Solid data and targeted communications. Learn all the details and gain access to their resources in this action-oriented session.

Karen Bandhauer, Strategic Partnerships Lead, The Recycling Partnership

Karen Bandhauer

With a decade of recycling experience, Karen Bandhauer previously worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and as a senior consultant for RRS, where she helped build The Recycling Partnership model. Ms. Bandhauer is a versatile teammate who loves to check off a to-do list, pitching in to support various work across The Partnership.

Courtney Cotton, Recycling Program Manager, City and County of Denver, Colorado

Courtney Cotton

Courtney Cotton is the recycling program manager for the City and County of Denver. Formerly, Ms. Cotton served as the recycling and sustainability manager for the Virginia Department of Corrections and was a senior chemist for the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland. Ms. Cotton has a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and a graduate certificate in environmental science from Towson University.

Your Full Conference Registration Includes:

One (1) ticket to Opening Reception

One (1) ticket to the Chapter Networking Event

Access to technical sessions

Exhibit Hall Access

Conference proceedings