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Conference Program


Monday, December 12  
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Reception and Poster Session

Tuesday, December 13  
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Registration
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM Coffee and Networking
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Julie Chen, Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation, UMass Lowell

8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Keynote Talk 

Libby Bernick, Trucost. "The True Cost of a Circular Economy"

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Session 1: Co-Product Availability & Utilization 

Chair: David Grewell, Iowa State University

  • Douglas Bousfield, University of Maine. "The Conversion of Waste Paper to Cellulose Nanofibers and to High Value Products"
  • Bruce Dien, USDA ARS. "Switchgrass for Ethanol and Lipid Production"
  • Rachel Brenc, LanzaTech. "Innovating for a Carbon Smart Future"
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Session 2: Conversion of Feedstock from Biochemical Perspective

Chair: Jim Barber, Barber Advisors LLC

  • Molly MorseMango Materials. "The Use of Waste Methane Gas to Manufacture Bioplastics"
  • JoAnn Ratto, US Army Natick Labs. "Multilayer Films from Soy Protein and for Food Packaging"
  • Carl Lawton, UMass Lowell, GC3. "Conversion of Waste Cardboard to Itaconic Acid"
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Coffee Break and Poster Session
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 3: Co-Product Utilization and Toxics Use Reduction 

Chair: Pamela Eliason, TURI

  • Ramaswamy NagarajanUMass Lowell. “Utilization of Co-products for Toxics Use Reduction”
  • Philip Demokritou, Harvard University. "Nano Waste: Lessons from a Decade of Nanotechnology and Nanotoxicology Research" 
  • Dhimiter Bello, UMass Lowell. "Managing Waste in the Context of Emerging Technologies: EHS Considerations"
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Lunch
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 4: Lifecycle Assessment 

Chair: Joel Tickner, UMass Lowell, GC3 

  • Lise LaurinEarthShift Global, LLC. "Modeling End of Life in LCA using an Ideal World Approach"
  • Jonathan Krones, Yale University. "Using Industrial Ecology Methods to Estimate Economy-Wide Potential of Waste Valorization"
  • Debra DarbyOrganix Solutions. "Layered Approach for Waste Management and Energy Recovery"
3:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Workshop: Priorities and Next Steps

Chairs: Debra DarbyOrganix Solutions; Nina Goodrich, GreenBlue