2014 Proceedings – Recycling in the Rockies: A Waste Reduction Expedition

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Proceedings by Speaker

Wednesday, October 1

9:30 am – 12:00 pm Alberta Council for Environmental Education (ACEE) – Waste Education Community of Practice Meeting
If you’re interested in discussing current waste education topics, finding out how others are making a difference and exploring solutions to current waste education issues, join ACEE at this meeting!
10:00 am Conference Registration / Welcoming Refreshments
12:00 pm TOURS:
Lake Agnes Hike
For those wanting a bit more of a cardio workout, join our President, Sharon Howland, for a hike to Lake Agnes. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Chateau Environmental Tour
This behind-the-scenes look at the Chateau’s environmental programs will allow delegates to see how The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise operates as a steward in a national park environment.

Guided Nature Walk – led by naturalist Peter Duck
Just another pretty face? It was once called Lake of the Little Fishes, then Emerald Lake, now Lake Louise. Since 1882, this place has been an icon for Canada and the Canadian Rockies. On the shore is the dedication plaque that recognizes this place as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But do you really know why? Join local naturalist Peter Duck for a walk and talk along the lake shore trail to find out about the elements of natural and human history that combine to make this location one of the special places on earth.
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm PLENARY: Charting Our Course
On this journey to waste reduction, we need a clear understanding of where we are starting and what our destination is, so we can track our journey along the way. This session sets the stage for the conference by discussing the latest national waste management statistics, as well as examples of those who have made significant progress in waste diversion.
Moderator: Skip Kerr (MCL Waste Systems & Environmental Inc.)

5:30 pm Alberta Recycling Collection Site Awards
7:00 pm The Expedition Begins – Merlin Plastics Welcome Reception
Amazing Race – Expedition

Thursday, October 2

7:45 am – 8:30 am Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
8:30 am Conference Opening and Welcome

  • Sharon Howland (RCA President)
  • Special Guest: Shannon Flint, Assistant Deputy Minister (Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development)
8:45 am – 10:30 am PLENARY: Exploring Business Waste
Communities are increasingly recognizing that it is impossible to meet waste reduction targets without significant progress in diverting waste from the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors. At the same time, businesses and institutions are increasingly embracing their role in this regard. In this session, we will look at this important challenge.
Moderator: Sharon Howland (Town of Cochrane)

10:30 am – 11:00 am Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
11:00 am – 12:00 pm OPENING KEYNOTE: Jen Rustemeyer & Grant Baldwin (Just Eat It – A Food Waste Story)
Jen and Grant created Just Eat It, a documentary film about food waste and food rescue. In the making of the film, Jen and Grant dove into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledged to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. Jen and Grant will share their experiences during the making of this shocking and compelling film.
Moderator: Dick Ebersohn (City of Calgary)
12:00 am – 1:30 pm Lunch and Recycling Council of Alberta AGM
Featuring RCA Patron Awards
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSION: From Tents to Forts – The Issue of C&D Waste
Construction and demolition waste continues to represent a significant portion of the MSW stream, but is also often overlooked. This session discusses the current state of C&D waste management, and gives examples of programs that have successfully tackled this waste.
Moderator: Gary Wilson (ECCO Recycling & Energy Corporation)

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSION: Sustenance and Waste – Managing Food Waste
As yard waste programs are becoming increasingly prevalent, food waste is more commonly identified as the next big opportunity to divert organic materials. Building on the opening keynote presentation, this session looks further into food waste and the diversion opportunity it presents.
Moderator: Dave Douglas (VisionQuest Environmental Strategies Corp.)

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSION: The Home Front – Recycling at the Community Level
Waste diversion really happens at the community level, with a wide range of programs offering solutions for individual communities. In this session, we look at various approaches to tackling waste in individual communities.
Moderator: Dave Schaaf (City of Lethbridge)

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CONCURRENT SESSION: Fun and Games – Recreational Recycling and Reuse
We love our recreational time, but what about the waste implications of these activities and public events? Here we look at potential solutions to reduce the waste impact associated with sports and recreation events, as well as opportunities for reuse of various items.
Moderator: Anne Auriat (Edson & District Recycling Society)

6:30 pm Reception
7:00 pm On the Trail – Expedition Dinner Party
This year we are all coming together as explorers, so dress up as your favourite explorer for our Thursday evening banquet.

2014 Rs of Excellence Awards
Sponsor Tribute

MC: Donovan Workun
Featuring musical entertainment by The Pluckin’ Holler Boys

10:00 pm Tent Party in the Glacier Saloon

Friday, October 3

7:45 am – 8:45 am Flapjacks & Backbacon and Exhibit Viewing
8:45 am – 10:45 am PLENARY: Exploring Responsibility – An EPR Program for Alberta
As Alberta looks down the EPR road, we are taking this opportunity to discuss what models we could be looking at for the implementation of EPR in this province.
Moderator: Glenda Gies (Glenda Gies & Associates)

10:45 am – 11:15 am Exhibit Viewing & Refreshments
11:15 am – 12:15 pm CLOSING KEYNOTE: Brad Rabiey (The Carbon Farmer)
The Carbon Farmer’s story began with a dream to sustain their family farm, create habitat and address climate change. This led to a business planting trees for carbon credits. From a successful pitch on Dragons’ Den to receiving an Emerald Award, hear about this interesting and rewarding journey.
Moderator: Leo Girard (City of Edmonton)
Sponsored by the City of Edmonton
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Working Lunch