This year's WasteExpo educational program features three topics across several tracks.
Facing the Economy
On Tues., June 9, as part of the Business and Energy track, there are two sessions looking at economic issues. “Take Charge of Fuel Prices: Effective Risk Management” examines the fluctuation in fuel prices and how to plan for it. In “From Crisis to Paradigm Shift: A Visionary Business Approach for the Waste Industry,” Heil Environmental teaches how turn the economic crisis to your firm's advantage.
On Wed., June 10, the Business track features “Waste Industry Contracts: Practical Advice in Uncertain Times,” focusing on contractual provisions that enable flexibility based on economic variables. “Haulers Roundtable: Opportunities for Small Companies,” is a panel discussion featuring small companies that are prospering despite the recession.
Boxed lunches on Mon., June 8, and Wed., June 10, look at the issues facing today's leadership. First, former Waste Industries president and CEO Jim Perry and Republic Services chairman and CEO Jim O'Connor discuss company positioning and management in “Growth and Posterity, Waste Industry Transitions.” On Wednesday, popular speaker Ken Baylor, owner of Advanced Leadership Solutions, will talk about how to manage employees in this “crazy economy.”
Sustainability and the Environment
Monday's Green Management track includes four sessions addressing long-term environmental issues impacting the waste and recycling industry. “LEED — U.S. Green Building Practices” provides information on developing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified buildings per the U.S. Green Building Council. “Measuring and Reducing Your Facility's Carbon Footprint” focuses on increasing efficiency while reducing greenhouse gases. Learn how to position your company in the green economy and get credit for your environmental stewardship efforts in “Green Initiatives and Your Company's Image.” Finally, “Solid Waste Perspectives on Climate Change” examines the politics of climate change specific to our industry.
The Green Technology track on Tuesday includes three sessions on equipment issues and the environment, including “Waste Conversion Technologies: Fact or Fiction,” where experts will share information on marketable alternatives to landfills and incinerators. “Implementing Zero Waste Initiatives,” is a discussion of best practices in reducing the generation and disposal of waste. While waste-to-energy has been a popular topic at previous WasteExpos, “Waste-to-Energy Plants: Are They Coming Back,” focuses on the changing role of waste-to-energy plants in the current environment and economy.
Tuesday's boxed lunch, “Environmentalists Every Day — Improve Your Community Profile,” is about the Environmental Industry Associations' campaign to improve the waste industry's image and how your company can get involved.
Don't forget the special breakfast forum on Wednesday, “Landfill Success Stories: A Roundtable,” where municipal and private landfill operators and consultants will talk about greenhouse gases, bioreactors, carbon emission trading and other interesting landfill topics.
Recycling topics are perhaps the most popular at WasteExpo. Tracks on Monday and Tuesday offer expert assessments of markets for e-waste, food waste, glass, metal, paper, plastic, and construction and demolition debris. A session on safety issues specific to recycling operations will be featured on Monday.
By 2008 attendee request, we have included two tracks on safety on two different days. Tuesday includes sessions on how government views waste industry safety, effective work observation and route hazard analyses, and a new topic on fire protection systems. Wednesday's track covers coaching your drivers into safer practices and a new session on temporary sleep disorders (sleep apnea) and workplace implications.
Monday's business and labor sessions cover a range of topics: billing practices, new tax rules, leveraging end-of-life assets, how financial experts view the industry, dealing with temporary workers, immigration, using technology in employee training, and employee monitoring, harassment and retaliation. Wednesday's program includes an expert perspective on the federal “Employee Free Choice Act” and unions, and an examination of high-tech systems for the waste industry.
Alice Jacobsohn is director, education at the Environmental Industry Associations. She can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com .