SPEAKER BIOGRAPHIES

 

David Allaway
David Allaway is a policy analyst in the Solid Waste Program of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality. He serves as DEQ’s technical specialist in solid waste prevention and is leading several projects to reduce waste generation and the environmental impacts of materials and waste in Oregon.

David is the Solid Waste Program’s lead staff on greenhouse gas, energy, and life cycle analysis related issues. He also works on projects related to household hazardous waste and is currently the lead government negotiator on a collaborative national project with the paint industry to evaluate life cycle impacts and full costs and benefits of management options for unwanted latex paint.

Prior to joining DEQ, David was employed for over ten years at an environmental consulting firm where he served as project manager for solid waste planning, waste reduction, hazardous waste, and energy and water conservation projects throughout the United States. David has a B.A. in physics and a concentration in science, technology, and public policy from Carleton College, Minnesota.

Arnold Barlow, UPS
Arnold Barlow is Senior Manager of Sustainability Solutions at UPS. In this role, he leads product development and the teams that handle carbon calculation and client relationships. He was the lead creator of UPS’s patented Eco Responsible Packaging Program.

Arnold began his career at UPS in 1992, with marketing and development responsibilities for return services. More recently, he has focused on developing product offerings related to fleet efficiency, materials procurement, and packaging sustainability.

Prior to joining UPS, Arnold was a marketing manager with Exxon. He also worked in Eastern Europe as a trainer for an NGO.

Arnold received a B.A. from the University of Oregon and an M.B.A. from Washington State University. He is an active member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and is a global director of the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), chairing the Sustainability Solutions Division. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Sustainable Brands. In 2010, Arnold was honored by Packaging Strategies as one of the year’s “Most Influential in Packaging.”

Nina Goodrich, Sustainable Packaging Council
Nina Goodrich is Director of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Executive Director of GreenBlue. GreenBlue is dedicated to researching and promoting the principles of sustainable materials management that seek to help industry: use materials wisely, promote material health and recover more. She believes in the power of the circular economy to provide growth without waste.

Nina came to GreenBlue with an industry and consultancy background in R&D management, innovation and sustainability strategy. She has held leadership positions in R&D with Alcan Packaging, Amcor, The Guelph Food Technology Center and Magic Pantry Foods.

While in industry, she worked to develop a value innovation process for re-invention. This process has provided a key framework to link innovation and sustainability. At Alcan Packaging she held the position of Director, Sustainnovation in their Growth and Innovation Organization. It was in this role that she came to understand the opportunity side of sustainability and the role it can play in re-inventing competitive corporate strategy.

She has done graduate work in technology management and holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Regarded as a thought leader in the field, Nina speaks and writes frequently on the convergence of sustainability, innovation, and technology.

Sego Jackson, City of Seattle
Prior to his current Seattle Public Utilities position, Sego worked for 25 years for Snohomish County Washington, where his first project involved establishing curbside recycling and yard debris services, coordinating with five private collection companies and nineteen cities and towns. Soon thereafter as an early observer of Germany’s “Green Dot” system, Sego became an enthusiastic proponent of product stewardship systems in the U.S., and helped form the Northwest Product Stewardship Council in the late 90s. He continues to serve on its Steering Committee and to chair its Packaging and Policy Committees.

Sego served as one of fifteen government negotiators in the National Electronic Product Stewardship Initiative which ultimately lead to him playing a key role in the development and passage of Washington’s landmark producer responsibility law for electronics in 2006. He has also worked on stewardship policies for batteries, carpet, mercury lighting, paint, pharmaceuticals, solar arrays, and framework approaches. He has participated in many regional and national processes on a variety of products and packaging, such as the EPA Dialogue on Sustainable Financing of Municipal Recycling of Packaging Materials. He participates in activities of SPC, Pac Next, and the Product Stewardship Institute, and generally looks for opportunities for sharing information between diverse stakeholders.

His position at Seattle Public Utilities includes, in part, programmatic and policy work to significantly increase the diversion of food scraps, compostable paper and compostable packaging from waste disposal as well as work with industry to steward their products. SPU’s primary strategic approach is “Solving Problems at Their Source” which supports looking upstream for packaging solutions.

Since 2012 Sego has been involved with the NW WA Commingled Recycling Work Group, assessing ways to improve the residential commingled recycling system. Their report will be posted in June 2016. Sego is also active with the WA State Compost Contamination Work Group and has drafted BMPs related to food service packaging.

Michelle Leonard, SCS Engineers
Michelle Leonard is a Vice President of SCS Engineers with expertise in Sustainable Materials Management. She has 30 years of experience in environmental consulting and project management, with an emphasis in solid waste management planning and facilities.

Ms. Leonard has a strong working knowledge of solid waste management regulations and practices and has presented numerous successful projects to city, county, and state regulators.

Ms. Leonard is a member of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), including International Board President; Past Director of SWANA’s Recycling and Special Waste Technical Division; and is on the Board of Directors of SWANA’s Southern California Founding Chapter (2009 to present). She is also a former director of the Southern California Waste Management Forum, and former president of the Women’s Environmental Council.

Scott Mouw, State of North Carolina
Scott Mouw directs the state of North Carolina’s recycling program, which works to improve material collection, expand material markets, increase public recycling participation, and improve the state’s overall recycling infrastructure. Scott has participated in a wide range of regional and national initiatives to advance recycling and materials management, working with groups such as the Southeast Recycling Development Council, the Product Stewardship Institute, the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, the Association of Plastics Recyclers, AMERIPEN, and the Recycling Partnership.

Elizabeth Resek, U.S. EPA
Elizabeth Resek is the Chief of the Municipal Source Reduction Branch within the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (ORCR).  She is assisting in redirecting ORCR program efforts from waste management to sustainable materials management (SMM).

Ms. Resek also manages work related to broader Agency-wide sustainability initiatives, SMM international efforts, lifecycle assessment data and tools development, and electronics initiatives.  Prior to coming to ORCR, she was the Deputy Director for the EPA office that administered the Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program and she led efforts to develop first of its kind community based exposure and risk assessment software and tools, focusing on tribal communities.

Susan Robinson, Waste Management
As Federal Public Affairs Director for Waste Management, Susan has worked in the environmental industry for 30 years in roles that span the public sector, non-profit, consultancy, and over twenty years in the private sector. She brokered plastic from the PNW, helped implement recycling programs in the West and since joining Waste Management in1999,

Susan has been instrumental in the company’s implementation of cutting edge new recycling programs throughout the Western U.S. She currently supports the company’s public policy efforts associated with materials management technologies.

Susan is on the Board of Directors of AMERIPEN, served on the Washington State Governor’s Beyond Waste Working Group and is past president of the Washington State Recycling Association. She attended Stanford University and the University of Washington, and holds degrees in Applied Earth Sciences and English. Her Masters work in Environmental Studies is from the Evergreen State College.

Philip Rozenski, NOVOLEX
Phil is the Senior Director of Sustainability for NOVOLEX, North America’s leading sustainable flexible packaging manufacturer. Day-to-day, he’s responsible for guiding sustainability policy; corporate branding; public relations; government affairs and community outreach programs.  Phil’s greatest sustainability achievement was the launch of the “Gray is the New Green” plastic retail bag, the first branded plastic retail bag to be made from post-consumer recycled content.

Over the past nine years he helped guide NOVOLEX to move its entire manufacturing portfolio to a sustainability focused portfolio based in recycled content, recyclable designs, low impact paper products, and compostable offerings that have established NOVOLEX as the industry leader in sustainability.

Phil is a retired Air Force Officer with cultural exposure to more than twenty countries and a fluency in Chinese Mandarin. He holds multiple masters degrees and has been a featured guest on National Public Radio, national sustainability forums and industry panels and is frequently quoted on sustainability policy and strategy in publications such as the Washington Post, LA Times and other national media outlets.

Meghan Stasz, Grocery Manufacturers Association
Meghan Stasz is the Senior Director, Sustainability for the Grocery Manufacturers Association in Washington, D.C.  In this role, she works on issues such as waste, water, sourcing, energy, and other topics as they pertain to the food, beverage, and consumer products industry. Among other initiatives, Meghan is currently leading the Food Waste Reduction Alliance initiative- a three-year, collaborative, cross-industry initiative to reduce food waste sent to landfill and increase food donation to food banks in the U.S. She also is working extensively on packaging and recycling efforts.

Meghan has over ten years of experience in the environmental sustainability field. Prior to GMA, she spent several years with the Environmental Defense Fund where she was the Project Manager of the organization’s Farm and Food Policy Reform campaign. Meghan received her B.A. from Hamilton College and her M.B.A. from Boston College.

Emily Woglom, Ocean Conservancy
As Vice President, Conservation Policy & Programs, Emily oversees strategy development and execution of Ocean Conservancy’s programs and policies to promote a healthy ocean. Her focus includes smart planning for ocean uses and reduction of trash flowing into the ocean.

In addition, Emily oversees the organization’s engagement with Congress and the Administration to promote a full range of policy solutions for all of our issue areas. Emily joined the organization as the Director of Government Relations in 2010, bringing deep expertise in ocean policy, governance, and the federal budget and appropriations process. She started her career at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, where she oversaw budget and policy issues related to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

More recently she continued her work for the oceans as Senior Policy Advisor to The Nature Conservancy’s marine program. She is a graduate of Yale University and has a Masters Degree from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke.