See You at the California Resource Recovery Association’s 36th Annual Conference


ESA to participate and present at the upcoming waste reduction and recycling conference August 5-8th at the Oakland Marriott.

ESA’s Renewable Resources group will moderate four speaker panels at the 36th annual California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) Conference held at the Oakland Marriott from August 5-8th. ESA’s krunyon [at] esassoc [dot] com (Kelly Runyon), rschidlowski [at] esassoc [dot] com (Robin Schidlowski), jsilver [at] esassoc [dot] com (Judith Silver), and jhanscom [at] esassoc [dot] com (John Hanscom) have assembled expert panelists with varying points of view for informed and interactive discussions on the goals of waste reduction and sustainability.

Estimating GHG Benefits: Why, How, and What’s New, Monday, August 6th 10am-10:30am.
ESA’s Kelly Runyon will lead a panel of experts who provide insight on developments in the field of estimating the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction benefits of recycling and waste reduction. The panel will illustrate the current version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “WARM” model, other related modeling tools, their uses, and recent improvements. Panelists: Marshalle Graham, CalRecycle; Laura Moreno, EPA Region IX; John Davis, Mojave Desert & Mountain Recycling Authority; and Evan Edgar, Edgar Associates.

Plastic and Paper Bag Bans and Charges: How To Do It Right, Monday, August 6th 1:15pm-2:45pm.
ESA’s Robin Schidlowski will facilitate a discussion about crafting plastic bag ban legislation that avoids loopholes to maximize the impact of an ordinance. This session will prepare attendees who want to move forward with legislation that bans single-use plastic bags, and places a charge on paper bags at local retailers. Panelists: Jennie Romer,; Emily Utter, Consultant; and Sue Vang, California’s Against Waste.

Urban Organics: Closing the Loop in Oakland and Beyond, Monday, August 6th 3:15pm-4:45pm.
Join ESA’s Judith Silver who will moderate a panel discussing urban agriculture and food production that provides education and employment opportunities while replacing blight in vacant urban lots. The panel will present the elements of a vibrant urban agriculture infrastructure that offers a way to utilize compost locally, creates a strong demand for a renewable resource, and improves communities. Panelists: Heather Klein, City of Oakland; Barbara Finnin, City Slicker Farms; Nikki Henderson, People’s Grocery; and Peter Cron, San Luis Obispo County Integrated Waste Management Authority.

School Organics and Recycling Program Planning and Implementation, Wednesday, August 8th 8:30am-10am.
ESA’s John Hanscom combines his school campus recycling experience with a panel of waste reduction outreach specialists to discuss the elements of a successful school organics recycling program. Panelists will provide insights on engaging and collaborating with school district administrators and successful tips for building consensus and implementing a sustainable and cost-effective school organics collection program. Panelists: Jesse Tieger, AVI Schools Recycling Coordinator; Brad Vereen, Dublin Unified School District; and Nancy Deming, Oakland Unified School District.

For more information on any of the sessions above please contact ESA’s John Hanscom at jhanscom [at] esassoc [dot] com or at 415.896.5900. For additional information on the conference visit the CRRA Conference website.