Liz Shoch, Closing the Loop Project Lead of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Package Coalition
Thursday, May 10, 2012
2 p.m. ET | 11 a.m. PT
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As a measure of sustainability performance, packaging’s end-of-life fate has become a topic of great interest to the packaging industry. Accordingly, Extended Producer Responsibility schemes for packaging are attracting attention in the U.S. Material recovery is also a highly visible issue to the general public and a financial burden to local and state governments. Despite this high level of interest, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, in 2009, packaging materials and printed paper represented, by weight, just under half of all the municipal solid waste generated in the U.S. Where is the disconnect?
GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition is partnering with Industry Intelligence to present a complimentary webcast on this topic, covering the latest research findings from the Closing the Loop project. This webcast session is designed to add extra insights to the original presentation given at the Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2012, with a focus on material value recovery systems. This webinar will be presented by Liz Shoch, Closing the Loop Project Lead of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Package Coalition and a featured speaker at the Sustainable Packaging Symposium 2012. This presentation will benefit all companies along the packaging supply chain who are interested in sustainability, good stewardship of materials, learning from the experiences of others, and who see value in “waste.”
ABOUT “CLOSING THE LOOP” PROJECT
Supported by a research grant from CalRecycle and funding from the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, GreenBlue set out to determine the barriers to an effective material value recovery system in the U.S. and use that information to dramatically increase the quantity of materials recovered. The resulting suite of “Closing the Loop” reports covers topics, including establishing a clear and consistent packaging vocabulary, providing design guidance for recyclability, proposing an effective recycling label to communicate to consumers, and analyzing the best (and worst) packaging recovery practices, infrastructure, and policies around the world. Efficient and modern recycling infrastructure is critical, but a systems approach to waste management policy is a prerequisite to putting effective packaging recovery into action.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Liz Shoch joined GreenBlue in 2008 as a Project Manager for both the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and the Closing the Loop project, coming from a natural resource conservation and policy background. Liz’s work primarily focuses on packaging end of life, including recovery system infrastructure, recycling, and composting, as well as Extended Producer Responsibility and other influential packaging legislation. Liz was previously Invasive Species Program Specialist at the U.S. Geological Survey and Program Coordinator for the Global Invasive Species Initiative at the Nature Conservancy. She has also consulted on issues relating to both non-native invasive species and migratory species for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation of North America. Liz has a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University, where she focused on the growing environmental issue of non-native invasive species, and a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. While completing her Master’s research, Liz learned to identify all of the terrestrial plants of Bermuda. Liz was also a White House intern during her undergraduate studies.