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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 at SZW16 was titled “Discarded Resources: Moving beyond waste on a college campus.”


Friday, November 11th 2016

Location: Durham Community Church
17 Main St. Durham, NH

3:00 pm: Open Space Meeting Conversations
Location: Durham Community Church

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

Location: Durham Community Church
8:00 pm: Movie Screening

Saturday, November 12th 2016

Location: University of New Hampshire (UNH) – Memorial Union Building (MUB)
83 Main St. Durham, NH

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

Location: MUB — Granite State Room

9:00 – 10:30am: Welcome & Keynote, Lisa Bjerke

Location: MUB — Granite State Room

10:30 – 10:45am: Coffee Break

Location: MUB — Granite State Room
10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Global Waste Crisis Plenary
Location: MUB — Granite State Room

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

Location: MUB — Granite State Room
1:00 - 2:00 pm: Skill Building Workshop

Creative Composting: a Comprehensive Approach to Food Surplus Diversion – MUB 240
Students from Green Mountain College

Strengthen Your Movement With Retention and Recruitment – MUB 154 (Wildcat Den)
Students from Divest University of New Hampshire

Fundraising 101 – MUB Theater 1
New England Grassroots Environmental Fund

Fun, Structure, and Burnout; Learning to Lead Together – MUB 332
Students from Rochester Institute of Technology

Redesigning for Regeneration (working with stakeholders, policy makers, designers, etc.) – MUB 334
Green Point EcoSchools

Gaining Administrative Support for Innovative Student-Led Initiatives – MUB 154
Staff from UMass Amherst

Advancing Your Program with Low-cost Digital Technology – MUB 340
Students from Bates College/Co-Founders of ReFridge

Communication Beyond Waste: Language & Image – MUB 338
Students from College of the Atlantic

Identifying the Gaps in Campus Waste Management – MUB Granite State Room (GSR)
Students from Clark University

Students Starting Up – MUB 330
Students from NYU/Co-Founders of Return Recycling

Zero Waste Activation at your Favorite Business – MUB 156
Fort Negrita

Leadership and Student Turnover – MUB 336
Students from William & Mary and Recent grad of UNH

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Networking Break

Location: MUB — Granite State Room
2:15 - 3:30 pm: Solutions Fire Round Plenary
Location: This event begins in the MUB — Granite State Room. Breakout rooms are listed by each topic.

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 out into topic groups for 45 minute, in depth, conversations. Conference attendees are welcome to attend any of these conversation groups. Please re-locate to your chosen group quickly!


Expanded Recycling – MUB 240
Ed Frechette, Chief Innovation Officer at UTEC
Robin Ingenthron, CEO and Founder of Good Point Recycling
Kate Bailey, Director of Eco-Cycle Solutions
Steve Herring, Professor at Edgecombe Community College and Operator of Creative Salvage Designs
Arthur Atkinson, Manager of University of San Diego Recycling Center

Repair and Reuse – MUB Theater 1
Nellie Cohen, Patagonia Worn Wear Coordinator
Alex Fried, Founder and Executive Director of Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)
Jennifer Moore, Blogger at RecoverGirl
Ruth Davis, Manager of Recycling & Materials Management Office at MIT

Business Innovation – MUB 158
Annie Davis, Director of Partnerships for World Centric
Will Collins, Purchasing & Sustainable Sourcing Manager at Badger Balm
Nicole Cardwell, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Bon Appétit Management Company

Zero Waste Lifestyle – MUB 156
Anamarie Shreeves, Founder of Fort Negrita
Sonya Buglion Gluck, Student at the University of Vermont
Christin Walth, Founder and Project Manager of Toward Zero Waste Communities

Community Engagement and Empowerment – MUB 154 (Wildcat Den)
Andy Jones, Maine Community Organizer at the Toxics Action Center
Elle Baker, Saugus Wheelabrater Ash Landfill Resistance
Jan Paul, Water Resources Field & Lab Technician at Penobscot Nation Department of Natural Resources
Jane Patton, Managing Director of the Plastic Pollution Coalition


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

This is break time for you to shake things up! Play a game, take a walk, go outside, chat with a conference partner or go to some of the planned activities.

Make a Zero Waste Napkin Before your Next Meal – MUB 240
Anamarie Shreeves from Fort Negrita 

Screen Printing (BYO Item to print on!)– MUB 240
PLAN Staff

Quick and Dirty Campaign Planning – MUB 156
Jane Patton and Sandra Curtis from the Plastic Pollution Coalition

Move Out Program Support and Visioning Group – MUB 154 (Wildcat Den)
Any current and future move out programs welcome
Sophie Rathjen and Marissa Newlove of UNH Trash 2 Treasure

Electronic Disassembly for Recycling and Repair Demonstration – MUB 158
Creative Salvage and Eco-Cycle

Creative Problem Solving: Mattress Reuse and Recycling – GSR

Frisbee/Soccer/Outdoor Games – Meet-up and equipment in GSR

Quiet Recharge/Napping Room – MUB 340

Homework Room – MUB 338

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

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle…Redesign: Developing an Intuitive Waste Sorting Experience – MUB 334
Students from Cornell University

Using Partnership Development to Strengthen Zero Waste Programs – MUB Theater 1
Staff from Arizona State University

How to Carryout a Waste Audit and What to Do with the Results – Granite State Room (GSR)
Students from University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Waste is Everyone’s Responsibility – MUB 338
Staff from Dalhousie University

Leading by Example – Granite State Room (GSR)
Students from Western Washington University

Integrating Zero Waste Practices into Existing Campus Events – MUB 156
Students from The University of Wyoming

Zero Waste in an Open, Urban Campus – MUB 330
Students from George Washington University

Institutionalized Zero Waste – MUB 332
Students from Ohio University

How to Start and Run a Campus Thrift Store – MUB 336
Students from Clark University

The Countdown to Zero: How an Effective Club Wins the Race to Zero Waste – MUB 158
Students from American University

Running a Sorting Facility/Hard to Recycle Center – MUB 240
Eco-Cycle and Creative Salvage

Plastic Free Campus Campaigns – MUB 154 (Wildcat Den)
Students from UMass Amherst and staff from Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation

Surplus with a Purpose: Funding university-wide recycling through reuse – MUB 340
Staff from Michigan State University

7:00 pm: Dinner

Location: Durham Community Church

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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