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Technical Program

Updated 12/16/2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

11:00 AM 11:30 AM Registration
11:30 AM 11:45 AM Opening Ceremony
    Welcome remarks from the Chairs: Mike Levy, First Environment & Minal Mistry, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)
11:45 AM 1:30 PM Technical Session 1 Packaging Sustainability Today
    Caroline Taylor, EarthShift Global: Bouncing Back? Single Use Plastic Bans and the Potential for Rebound Effects
    Todd Gasparik, Smart Planet Technologies: Top 5 Pillars of Sustainable Paper-Based Barrier Packaging
    Geoffrey Lonca, CIRAIG, Canada: The US PET Bottle Market: A Mismatch between Product Circularity, Material and Environmental Efficiency
1:30 PM 2:30 PM Lunch
2:30 PM 4:00 PM Panel 1: Sustainability Frameworks - what are we fighting for?

Since 1987 sustainability has been described as a way to balance the environmental, social, and economic considerations related to human enterprise worldwide. Since then several sustainability frameworks including Zero Waste, Sustainable Materials Management (SMM), and Circular Economy have promoted versions highlighting slices of the whole sustainability story. None working for the whole. Each framework has attributes important to specific areas of industrial activities. Yet the solutions are in common. This session will discuss the focus areas of each framework and highlight how to fill various gaps to achieve deeper sustainability. In addition, expert panelists will discuss high-level approaches including policy suggestions that can level the playing field and move us collectively towards improved materials stewardship.
    Moderator: Wendy Young, Chemstations
    Minal Mistry, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    Q&A and discussion
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Welcome Reception

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

8:30 AM 9:00 AM Registration
9:00 AM 10:15 AM Panel 2: Scale Matters – Packaging, MSW and GHG Emissions
    Moderator: Mike Levy, First Environment
    Minal Mistry, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    Martin Brown, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    Q&A and discussion
10:15 AM 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM 12:25 PM Panel 3: Measurable Progress in Packaging Sustainability

Today’s seemingly important discourse about material recovery, landfill diversion, recycling/circularity, and material substitution is in fact decades old. Historically, packaging has been front and center in the material sustainability conversations. Early LCA of competing materials for packaging beverage container types goes back 50 years with Coke Cola evaluating the then new material – plastic – for conveying its soft-drink products. As both roadside and marine litter became a visible concern, it triggered the material recycling ethos as a solution to littering that continues in full force today. Yet, the solutions and actions across the value chain remain essentially the same. What’s the change we seek to make a measurable difference? Are we agreed on the outcomes? Are the actions appropriate to the issues at hand? This session will take a brief look into the history, the deep thinking that has taken place, and the actions implemented to understand what’s missing for deeper material stewardship for the industry.
    Part 1: Industry Commitments
    Moderator: Mike Levy, First Environment
    Christoph Koffler, thinkstep Inc.
    Kyla Fisher, AMERIPEN
    Conrad MacKerron, As You Sow
    Q&A and discussion
12:25 PM 1:25 PM Lunch
1:25 PM 2:55 PM Part 2: Source Reduction
    Moderator: Minal Mistry, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
    David Wagger, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries: A Different View of Source Reduction
    Adam Peer, American Chemistry Council
    Christopher Richard, Lockheed Martin: Using Streamlined LCA to Assess Packaging Requirements in Aerospace and Defense
    Q&A and discussion
2:55 PM 3:20 PM Coffee Break
3:20 PM 4:20 PM Technical Session 2 Research in Packaging Sustainability
    Shannon Thoits and Chuck Frazier, Apeel Sciences: LCA of an Innovative Shelf Life Extension Technology
    Christoph Koffler, thinkstep Inc., Liviri | Otter Products LLC: The Environmental Advantages of Reusable and Insulated Plastic Containers for Shipping Perishable Food Items
    Ghasideh Pourhashem, North Dakota State University: Life Cycle Environmental Impact Assessment of Epoxidized Sucrose Soyate: A Soy-Based Adhesive

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

9:00 AM 9:15 AM Registration
9:15 AM 10:00 AM Plenary Session 
    Mike Levy, First Environment: Harmonizing Circular Economy Practices in an ISO Global Standard - Implications for Sustainable Packaging
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Technical Session 3 Innovative Technologies
    Teresa Clark, ENSO Plastics: The Sustainable Plastics Economy
    Caroline Taylor, EarthShift Global: Keeping our eyes on the prize: including  measurable design targets and avoiding unintended consequences 
11:00 AM 11:45 AM

Interactive Workshop: Call to action and Next steps

Led by: Mike Levy, First Environment & Minal Mistry, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

    Open to all SPS participants
11:45 AM 12:00 PM Closing Remarks