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Meet the Keynote

Originally from Sweden, Lisa Bjerke gained her interest in discarded resource management while working as the compost manager during her undergraduate study at College of the Atlantic. She received a Watson Fellowship in 2013 to travel to Germany, India, China, and Japan, exploring human conceptions of waste and resources. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk about embracing the need to discard and addressing waste as verb, not a noun. Lisa’s address will be titled “Discarded Resources: Moving beyond waste on a college campus.”


Friday, November 11th 2016

Location TBA

3:00 pm: Open Space Meeting Conversations

Topics to be decided on in the style of Open Space Technology. Those in attendance: speakers, conference goers, sponsor representatives and PLAN staff will weigh topics of importance to the Zero Waste Movement. Together we will choose breakout session topics, divide into groups, and move among them as they interest us. See more info on the meeting style in the link above.

5:30 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Movie + Concurrent Affinity Group Break-outs

Saturday, November 12th 2016

University of New Hampshire – Memorial Union Building

8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30am: Keynote, Lisa Bjerke

10:30 – 10:45am: Coffee Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Global Waste Crisis Plenary

Food Waste and Hunger
The Food Recovery Network

Plastic Pollution and Toxicity in the Oceans
Jenna Jambeck from The University of Georgia

The Hijacking of Zero Waste
Mike Ewall from The Energy Justice Network

Climate Change and Waste
Kate Bailey from EcoCycle

Environmental Justice and Community Action
Angie Reed and Jan Paul from The Penobscot Nation DNR

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Skill Building Workshop

Creative Composting: a Comprehensive Approach to Food Surplus Diversion
Students from Green Mountain College

Strengthen Your Movement With Retention and Recruitment
Students from Divest University of New Hampshire

Fundraising 101
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

Fun, Structure, and Burnout; Learning to Lead Together
Students from Rochester Institute of Technology

Redesigning for Regeneration (working with stakeholders, policy makers, designers, etc.)
Green Point EcoSchools

Gaining Administrative Support for Innovative Student-Led Initiatives
Staff from UMass Amherst

Advancing Your Program with Low-cost Digital Technology
Students from Bates College/Co-Founders of ReFridge

Communication Beyond Waste: Language & Image
Students from College of the Atlantic

Identifying the Gaps in Campus Waste Management
Students from Clark University

Students Starting Up
Students from NYU/Co-Founders of Return Recycling

And more…

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Networking Break

2:15 - 3:30 pm: Solutions Fire Round Plenary

Expanded Recycling
Ed Frechette from UTEC
Robin Ingenthron from Good Point Recycling
Kate Bailey from Eco-Cycle
Steve Herring from Creative Salvage

Repair and Reuse
Nellie Cohen from Patagonia Worn Wear

Business Innovation
Annie Davis from World Centric
Nicole Tocco from Bon Appétit Management Company

Zero Waste Lifestyle
Anamarie Shreeves from Fort Negrita
Sonya Buglion Gluck from the University of Vermont

Community Engagement and Empowerment
Andy Jones from Toxics Action Center
Ella Baker from Saugus Wheelabrater Resistance
Ed Spencer from Juniper Ridge Landfill Resistance
Jane Patton from the Plastic Pollution Coalition


Each topic will have multiple experts represented, one representative from each topic will speak to all conference attendees for 2 minutes. We will then break up into topic groups for 45 minute, in depth, conversations. Conference attendees are welcome to attend any of these conversation groups.

3:30 - 4:30 pm: Networking and Activity Break

Frisbee/Yoga/Play break

Make a Zero Waste Napkin Before your Next Meal
Anamarie Shreeves from Fort Negrita 

Quick and Dirty Campaign Planning
Jane Patton and Sandra Curtis from the Plastic Pollution Coalition

Move Out Program Support and Visioning Group
Any and All Current and Future Move Out Programs

Electronic Disassembly for Recycling and Repair Demonstration
Creative Salvage and Eco-Cycle

Creative Problem Solving: Mattress Reuse and Recycling

4:30 - 5:30 pm: Action and Implementation Workshop

Improving Recycling & Composting Rates through Procurement
Staff from Arizona State University

How to Carryout a Waste Audit and What to Do with the Results
Students from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Waste is Everyone’s Responsibility
Staff from Dalhousie University

Leading by Example
Students from Western Washington University

Integrating Zero Waste Practices into Existing Campus Events
Students from The University of Wyoming

Zero Waste in an Open, Urban Campus
Students from George Washington University

Institutionalized Zero Waste
Students from Ohio University

How to Start and Run a Campus Thrift Store
Students from Clark University

The Countdown to Zero: How an Effective Club Wins the Race to Zero Waste
Students from American University

Running a Sorting Facility/Hard to Recycle Center
Eco-Cycle and Creative Salvage

Plastic Free Campus Campaigns
Students from UMass Amherst and staff from Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation

7:00 pm: Dinner

Thanks to our Founding Sponsor!

World Centric is a socially responsible company that provides zero waste solutions in the form of compostable cutlery and tablewares to reduce environmental impact. Thanks for supporting this event as it has grown each year!

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