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2012 HHW + Used Oil + WSPPN Training and Conference

The Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) and The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) cohosted the 2012 Used Oil + HHW + WSPPN Training and Conference, held May 15-17, 2012 at the Sheraton Grand in Sacramento. The theme for the joint conference was: “Come Together – New Partnerships, New Strategies for a Healthier Environment.

The conference brought together federal, state and local agencies; nonprofit organizations; and businesses to share information and attend technical training concerning pollution prevention, resource conservation and the appropriate management of used oil, household hazardous waste, and other toxins.

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Articles about the 2012 Conference

A Good Conference – for a Change 

By Nikki Florio, Green with NV

During a recent conference in Sacramento, several state leaders and a variety of environmental agencies came together to help propel the region forward in the areas of toxic pollutant prevention, energy and water conservation, and smarter procurement of products. As leadership groups ranging from Cal Recycle, to Department of Toxic Substances, WSPPN and EPA came together, their relationship spoke of their combined goal: New Partnerships for a Healthier Environment. The cornerstone of this conference was its focus on the first of the Three R’s of sustainability; Reduction. For those who are unfamiliar, the three R’s of environmental sustainability include, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle; the latter of which, is the most widely known, however, not the principal of the three – regarding effectiveness.

The conference included a variety of workshops including the design, use, and effectiveness of E-waste programs, used oil regulation and enforcement, producer responsibility, motivating behavioral change, consumer safety regulations, pharmaceutical ordinances regarding disposal legislation, and a host of other informative and important issues.

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Starbucks: Coffee Cups, Consumption, and Conflicts

By Nikki Florio, reprinted with permission

As the irrefutable champion in global coffee industry, Starbucks has been looked at skeptically by sustainability professionals everywhere. Being one of the skeptics myself, when I had the opportunity to attend a recent conference where their CSR Director was presenting, I decided to attend and do an article.

Starbuck’s Director of Environmental Impact, Jim Hanna (pictured), presented as a keynote speaker during the recent 2012 Used Oil + HHW + WSSPN Conference in Sacramento. The conference focused on reduction of resources and chemicals in industries ranging from used oil to pharmaceuticals; with other work- shops related to sustainable packaging, recycling, up-cycling & more.

Armed with a directional power-point presentation, Mr. Hanna covered issues related to Starbucks overall energy consumption, new store energy and water conservation measures, community outreach, and cups. The latter of which, remains a looming issue as Starbuck’s customers go through roughly 4 billion cups per year. Starbucks, Mr. Hanna says, is aware of the impact of these cups, both in the fact that they do not require cup manufacturers to source from FSC certified forests, and in the fact that they all have the potential to be recycled. One of the steps Starbucks had made already, is to insure their cups contain 10 percent post-consumer content. Starbucks is right on track with their napkins, made from 100 percent recycled paper; manufactured in a Wisconsin plant where recycled content comes from a variety of resources within a 500 mile radius.

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