2013 Conference


Pollution Prevention Highlights of the 2013 Used Oil & HHW Training and Conference

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), invite you to attend the 2013 Used Oil/HHW Training & Conference entitled “Sharing Our Success for a Greener Future”.

WSPPN is sponsoring the Emerging Issues Track for the Conference.  WSPPN advisory board members and P2 colleagues designed much of the content for the track.  It is a strong track featuring many P2 sessions of interest and we encourage P2 professionals to attend this year’s conference.

The training and conference is being held October 28-31, 2013 at the Sacramento Convention Center, 1400 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Please be sure to book your registration and hotel early.

Pricing and Registration

Trainings on October 28 and 29:

$125 for one session

$200 for two sessions

$275 for three sessions

Conference Registration:

$300 on or before October 11

$350 after October 11

Check the Conference Site for up-to-date conference information:

Book your reservation today to receive the $95 (single occupancy) rate! Residence Inn Sacramento Downtown at Capitol Park

Green Chemistry 101 Training

Tuesday, October 29 from 8am to 12pm

WSPPN and EPA are hosting an introduction to green chemistry training taught by Rich Williams, a recognized instructor for the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute.

This 4-hour course explores the 12 principals of green chemistry. Participants will exit the course with a good foundational understanding of green chemistry and receive a P2 Certificate from WSPPN.

To register.



Emerging Issues/P2 Track

The Emerging Issues Sessions focus on topical and emerging issues such as green chemistry, universal waste, extended producer responsibility, problematic waste streams such as sharps and pharmaceuticals, legislative issues, program measurement, pollution prevention, and effective communication for behavior change. Below are some sessions of interest to P2 Practitioners.

Practical Approaches to Making Decisions on Alternative Products (Tuesday, October 29 – 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.)

Many products manufactured today generate large quantities of waste and wastewater and contain Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that contribute to smog.  These toxic materials pose a threat to workers and community members. This panel will feature practical approaches to making decisions on alternative products: 1) Nine Ways to Avoid Household Toxins and 2) Safer Alternative Graffiti Management Methods.

Moderated by Jessica Counts-Arnold, US EPA, Region 9

Presenters: Nabil Yacoub, Ph.D., Sr. HSS, Cal/EPA-DTSC and Katy Wolf, Ph.D., Institute for Research and Technical Assistance


Moderated by Natalie Hummel, US EPA

Turning Waste Into Profit through Material Exchange Networks (Wednesday, October 30, from 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)

The Earth’s regenerative ability can no longer keep pace with human demand-people are turning resources into waste faster than nature can turn waste back into resources. To restore equilibrium, businesses, government, nonprofits, trade associations, and academia are recognizing the economic and environmental value of their waste streams. Through the use of material exchange networks entities generate new revenue and savings by re-using undervalued materials.

In addition, material exchange networks slow the pace of extracting virgin materials resulting in energy, water, hazardous pollutants and GHG reductions.

The Truth About Hydraulic Fracturing (Wednesday, October 30, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

Moderated by Alan Hurt from Sullivan International Group, San Diego.  This session brings together environmentalists and energy 1professionals to discuss pros and cons of the expansion of natural gas drilling in California.   How might fracking be regulated and what can be done to preserve water and other natural resources? This panel of experts explores the tremendous energy opportunity and exposes potential hazards for water contamination and waste management.  It is a balanced dialog with several speakers representing different jurisdictions and viewpoints about an inevitable future.


Andrew Grinberg, Clean Water Action, Oakland, CA; Don Clarke, Petroleum Technology Transfer Council, Lakewood, CA; Andrew Stone, American Ground Water Trust, Concord, NH; Katharine Moore, Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, Sacramento, CA (representing California Senator Fran Pavley).

Green Products: Making Decisions with Imperfect Knowledge (Wednesday, October 30 – 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

3lAlicia Culver, Executive Director, Responsible Purchasing Network4r

John Katz, Pollution Prevention Coordinator, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

The purpose of Emerging Issues Session 5 is to explore how the evolving fields of Alternative Assessment, Product Standards, and Product Certifications can help purchasers, consumers, and policy makers make better decisions about what makes a “greener” product. Where is the state of the art now, and what challenges remain? How should these tools e wielded to avoid pitfalls and lead us toward a greener future?

Attendees will come away with a better understanding of the practical application of the emerging practice of chemical alternative assessment; useful approaches for evaluating ecolabels and product certifications; and pitfalls to avoid when trying to make decisions about environmentally preferable products.

Green Business Programs Update (Thursday, October 31 at 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.)


Kristen Liske

Gail Suzuki Jones

Gail Suzuki Jones

Green business program experts from the City of Placentia, the State of Hawaii and the California Green Business Program will share cutting edge program information that can benefit any environmental or pollution prevention program manager. Presenters will orient attendees to how today’s Green Business Programs help businesses and their agencies achieve environmental compliance and then go beyond to increase the sustainability of their operations.

Innovations that are supporting the start up, expansion, and increased effectiveness of these programs include leveraging partnerships, focusing on economic development and job training, and gathering and using metrics to measure performance and increase program support.businesses and their agencies achieve environmental compliance and then go beyond to increase the sustainability of their operations.

WSPPN Winners of 2013 P2 Advocate of the Year Award to be Announced

Wednesday, October 30 during the Lunch Time Awards Ceremony

It’s a WSPPN tradition to give awards to noteworthy individuals who have made an impact in the P2 community. Winners will be announced on October 30 during the 2013 Used Oil and HHW Conference lunchtime awards ceremony.