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.
Jill Boughton is the President and CEO of W2Worth Innovations. She was also the President and CEO of Sustainable WasteResources International (SWRI), before which, she led a corporate-wide effort called “Waste-to-Worth” at Procter and Gamble’s global product development team emphasizing on disruptive and transformational innovation. She is some times referred to as the “Queen of Waste”.
Mike Biddle is the Founder and President of MBA Polymers, President of Waste Free Oceans Americas and well known TED Speaker (his TED talk). He is the recipient of 2012 Gothenburg Award for Sustainable Development, sometimes called the Nobel Prize for Environment and many other awards. MBA Polymers is a world leading recycler of plastics from complex waste streams.
Luis Diaz is the President of CalRecovery Inc. During over 30 years in the solid waste management field, Dr. Diaz pioneered the integration of solid waste systems, which is now the standard for all new waste management systems. Dr. Diaz has more than 350 publications and has co-authored 15 books. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Waste Management, Consulting Editor for BioCycle, and Chair of the Working Group on Developing Countries of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).
David A. McCarthy is the Principal and Co-Founder of JUM Global, LLC. Mr. McCarthy brings 15 years of developing strategic partners for independently funded projects to JUM Global. David works with JAX Utilities Management, where they design and construct landfills. He has been involved in the launch of multiple start-up divisions and companies, as President, CEO and Director, successfully establishing national marketing partners, securing investment capital, and creating new vertical market opportunities and brand development. He also has years of experience working with different energy related national and international government agencies.