Concurrent Education Session

My Output is Your Input: Sustainable Business Parks (1 CEU)

Thursday, August 23
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Delta C

Using synergies to support zero waste policies

To create a sustainable business park (a.k.a. eco-industrial park), you need more than just financial incentives. This panel of experts will explore how public and private sectors are cooperating to develop their infrastructures to turn their visions into realities. Come listen to those going through the process firsthand as they describe their efforts and successes in developing integrated sustainable business parks (SBPs) focused upon upending the linear model of production by turning waste materials from one industrial process into useable inputs/feedstocks for others. Walk away with avenues for pursuing SBPs in your own community and how they align with zero-waste goals.


Stephen Simmons, Senior Vice President, Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.

Stephen Simmons

Stephen Simmons is a sustainable development business leader with more than 30 years of experience in the energy and environmental services sectors. He is highly experienced in program and project management, new business development, waste and power marketing, technology evaluation, business financial modeling, profit and loss management, facility design, procurement, and construction having worked with leading international energy operating companies and engineering/consulting firms. Throughout his career, he has helped communities and companies develop programs and projects implementing the 3 E’s of sustainability: ecology, economy and equity. He has extensive renewable energy experience, having managed the development, construction, and operation of power generation projects with capital budgets in the hundreds of millions of dollars. These facilities have produced millions of megawatt-hours of renewable energy, displacing millions of tons of fossil fuels.

Meredith Roberts, Director of External Relations, Sierra Energy

Meredith Roberts

Meredith Roberts is the Director of External Relations at Sierra Energy, a waste gasification and renewable energy company. Ms. Roberts earned her bachelor’s degree in Entomology from the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at University of California, Davis, and has over 10 years of experience, in sales, regulatory compliance, strategic planning, transportation and fundraising. She has effectively built and maintained private-public partnerships, managed collaborative environmental mitigation projects, and mobilized regional waste cleanup efforts. She has served on land preservation and environmental ecology non-profit boards and committees in the greater Philadelphia region, and is engaged in local environmental and business development initiatives.

R. David McConnell, Vice President, Business Development, Enerkem

David McConnell

David McConnell joined Enerkem’s management team as vice president, business development, North America, in April 2015. He has more than 25 years of experience in operations, sales and procurement in the solid and hazardous waste industry. Mr. McConnell was most recently vice president of supply chain at Waste Management, where he was responsible for the alignment between corporate functions and field operations to achieve WM’s transformation goals. Previously, Mr. McConnell was area vice president overseeing the financial and operations of the Waste Management of North Florida and Puerto Rico. The area consisted of solid waste hauling operations, transfer stations, landfills, material recovery facilities and business development. He has held positions in the hazardous and solid waste industry across the United States, Puerto Rico, Canada and Mexico. Mr. McConnell holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Louisiana State University.

Stacy Hettmansperger, Public Works Operations Manager, Phoenix Arizona Public Works Department

Stacy Hettmansperger

Stacy Hettmansperger serves as the Operations Manager for the City of Phoenix Public Works Department. In that role she oversees the transfer station, recycling facility, compost facility and palm frond diversion operations at the City’s Resource Innovation Campus. Ms. Hettmansperger has worked for the City of Phoenix for seven years, six of which have been in the Public Works Department. Ms. Hettmansperger holds a Master’s Arts Degree in Public Administration from Arizona State University with a concentration in Urban Management. She also has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from Arizona State University in Political Science. She was also awarded 2017 Operations Manager of the Year by the Arizona Chapter of Solid Waste Association of North America.

Kristen Wieland, Marketing and Communications Manager, Kent County Department of Public Works, Michigan

Kristen Wieland

Kristen Wieland has served the Kent County Department of Public Works in several capacities over the last 13 years including Resource Recovery Specialist and Resource Recovery and Recycling Manager, overseeing the operations of the Kent County Recycling and Education Center Ms. Wieland currently works as a communications and marketing manager overseeing outreach and education, while maintaining stakeholder communications.

Hotel Info

SWANA has negotiated discounted hotel rates for WASTECON® 2019 attendees. Hotel reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served, space available basis. Submit your request as soon as possible for the best opportunity of receiving your hotel choice.