Concurrent Education Session

Evolving Technology Produces Smart Cities (1 CEU)

Tuesday, August 21
3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Delta D

Technology and data can be used to make collections more efficient, ensure services are provided only when needed, and reduce environmental impacts through fewer vehicle emissions. Bin sensors. GIS. GPS. Routing optimization. RFID. On-board computers. Bring your challenges and experiences to share with our panel. Learn how to use creative technologies to engineer your own Smart City, waste management style.

Who should attend: solid waste system managers; elected officials; regulators.

By attending this session, you will be able to:

  • Understand how the Internet of Things (IoT) can be used to improve solid waste management in Smart Cities
  • Get examples of technologies being employed in Smart Cities or will be in the near future
  • Learn how the sample technologies are performing

John Carlton, P.E., BCEE, Solid Waste Program Lead, HDR, Inc.

John Carlton

John Carlton serves as the solid waste consulting and planning practice leader for HDR. In his over 28 years of industry experience, Mr. Carlton has served as both a consultant and public authority executive. He spent nine years as the executive director of the Pollution Control Financing Authority of Warren County, New Jersey, overseeing an integrated solid waste management system including a waste-to-energy facility, landfill and recycling program. Mr. Carlton is a registered engineer in four states with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University. He’s a Board Certified Environmental Engineer by the American Academy of Environmental Engineers, and is a member of the Academy’s solid waste committee. A long-time member of the Solid Waste Association of North America, Mr. Carlton has served as SWANA’s Planning and Management Technical Division representative to the International Board, Planning and Management Division Director, and has served as both New Jersey Chapter director and president.

Michael Allegretti, Senior Vice President, Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Rubicon Global, LLC

Michael Allegretti

As Rubicon Global’s SVP for Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Michael Allegretti is re-imagining how communities can achieve a zero-waste future and deliver more efficient and effective government services, powered by the latest technology and the free market. In this role, Mr. Allegretti leads the company’s rapidly growing RUBICONSmartCity business, while also overseeing all public policy, public relations and sustainability work companywide. Previously, he oversaw public policy for Uber Technologies in the company’s largest global market, New York City, leading successful campaigns to allow the company to continue to grow and innovate in the face of multiple regulatory obstacles. Mr. Allegretti has also served as a senior advisor to The Climate Group, where he advised the Rt. Honorable Tony Blair; organized the historic C40 Large Cities Climate Summit in May 2007; and led public policy for the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, a national think tank focused on solving urban issues with free market solutions. He has also worked on numerous high-profile campaigns, including his own U.S. Congressional run in 2010. Mr. Allegretti holds a B.A. in History from Boston College and a M.A. In Public Policy from Harvard University. Mr. Allegretti is currently US Chair of the British American Project, a transatlantic fellowship focused on strengthening the “special relationship” between the U.S. and the U.K.; is an Advisory Board Member of Citizen, a rapidly expanding app that brings real-time crime alerts to your smartphone to help build a safer society; is a Board Member of the New York State League of Conservation Voters; and is a Member of the Citizen’s Advisory Committee to the Hudson River Park Trust.

Lisa Duncan, Acting Director, Collections & Litter Operations, City of Toronto Solid Waste Management Services Division

Lisa Duncan

Lisa Duncan is currently the Acting Director in the City of Toronto’s Solid Waste Management Services Division. In this capacity, she is responsible for single family and multi-residential collections, overseeing both city unionized employees and three separate contract operators. Ms. Duncan also oversees the city-wide cleaning activities, including special events clean up as well as street and parks litter bin collections for Canada’s largest city and the fourth largest municipal waste management system in North America. Ms. Duncan has been with the City of Toronto for 33 years in various roles. Prior to joining Solid Waste Management Services Division in 2009, she was the Manager of the City’s 24/7 Call Centre and Dispatch operation. Ms. Duncan was responsible for managing the front-line customer service representatives, responding to public inquiries and service requests for six public works operating divisions.