Samantha MacBride: Author of Recycling Reconsidered, and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York.
Brian Tippetts is the Director of the Solid Waste Division at Applied Ecological Services in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Kate Vasquez is a Senior Consultant at Gershman, Brickner & Bratton Inc. (GBB)
Scott Kaufman, a former research associate of the Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University will moderate this panel. He was also a Professor of Industrial Ecology at Columbia University’s Earth and Environmental Engineering department. His research includes paper recycling in North America and quantifying the sustainability of waste management systems using both recycling rates and waste-to-energy recovery rates. You can download these two reports from WTERT’s Publications page. He recently Co-founded PeerAspect LLC.
Shawn L. Otto is the Author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America, where he wrote about opposition to waste treatment technologies like waste-to-energy in the U.S. The book won 2012 Minnesota Book Award and has been referred to as one of the most important books published in America in the last decade. He is also an award winning filmmaker, speaker and the Co-founder and Producer of the U.S. Presidential Science Debates. His article Why Burning Waste Fights Climate Change was recently published on Huffington Post and other media organizations.
Dr. Eileen Berenyi is the Founder and President of Governmental Advisory Associates, where she consults and publishes about waste management. Their publications can be downloaded by clicking here. She is also Research Associate of the Earth Engineering Center, Columbia University. In 2008, she published her research (updated in 2009) on recycling rates and waste-to-energy data from all across the United States. The report is called Recycling and Waste-to-Energy: Are They Compatible? and can be downloaded from here.
Priti Ambani is the Managing Editor of Ecopreneurist. She is a thought leader, a prominent writer on corporate social responsibility and the triple bottom line, and a sustainability consultant at GreenDen Consultancy.
Tom Szaky is the CEO and Founder of Terracycle, which is an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products.
Perinaz Bhada-Tata is the Editor of World Bank’s publication Cities and Climate Change: Responding to an Urgent Agenda and is the Co-author of What a Waste – A Global Review of Solid Waste Management.
Prof. Nickolas Themelis is the Founder and Director of the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University and the Global Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council.
Prof. Paul H. Brunner is considered to be the father of material flow analysis methodology in urban metabolism and industrial ecology. He is the Head of the Institute for Water Quality, Resource and Waste Management at Vienna University of Technology.Learn More