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Sustain OC’s Waste Stream Management Conference

October 23, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 1:30 pm


Sustain OC 9th Annual Conference

Waste Stream Management

October 23, 2018, 8 am to 1:30 pm

The Cove at UC Irvine Applied Innovation

Title Sponsors:

Orange County Waste & Recycling

Knobbe Martens


Innovations, technologies and new approaches being developed to undertake the tremendous challenges of Waste Stream Management.

The challenges – and potential solutions – include evolving goals and requirements created by legislative mandates for landfill diversion, the rapidly changing economics of recycling and organic waste handling and recycling, as well as waste-to-energy transformation processes.

The California State Legislature and the Governor’s Office have set an ambitious goal of 75 percent recycling, composting or source reduction of solid waste by 2020, calling for a statewide approach to decreasing California’s reliance on landfills. This is initiating the next evolutionary phase of waste management in California: an approach that makes current landfill diversion programs equal partners with materials management program to achieve the highest and best use of all materials in California.

Mandates to divert waste from landfills presents unique challenges, but also drives recent innovations and creates new business opportunities.

The Sustain OC Waste Stream Management Conference will examine the impact of AB 1826, SB 1383 and other legislative actions on businesses in Orange County and throughout Southern California and review the recent technical developments and programs that have achieved success in waste stream diversion through recycling, source reduction, waste-to-energy transformation process and more.

Agenda (subject to change)

8 – 8:20 – Registration & Networking

8:20 – 8:25 – Welcome Remarks
Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain OC

8:25 – 8:40 – Thought Leader Presentation: Waste Not, Want Not, Why Not: Human Behavior and Recycling Program Design – Jean-Daniel Saphores, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, UC Irvine

8:40 – 9:00 am – Waste Stream Management Key Stakeholder Perspective – Series of specialists providing brief overviews of new developments, issues and legislative mandates impacting waste stream management, recycling and landfill diversion efforts in Southern California
Antonia Graham, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Huntington Beach
Anne Brown Krieghoff, Facilities Management Sustainability Program Manager, UC Irvine

9:00 – 9:20 – CalRecycle Perspective & Update
Mallory Burden, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), Local Assistance and Market Development Division – South Branch

9:20 – 9:40 – Corporate Perspective on Waste Stream Management & Sustainability
Dimitri Shanin, Environmental Sustainability & Social Responsibility Leader, Raytheon Company

9:40 – 10:05 – Materials Commodities Markets and their Impact on Recycling
Dan Domonoske, Executive VP, Potential Industries

10:05 – 10:20– Networking Break

10:20 – 11:20 – Panel: California Landfill Diversion Requirements: A Perfect Storm on the Horizon? 

Brian Probolsky, Contract and Program Support Manager (Panel Moderator) / County of Orange OCWR

Clarke Pauley, Vice President, Organics & Biogas Division / CR&R Environmental Services

Kevin Mattson, Sr. Manager, Organics Project Development / Waste Management

Mike Learakos, Executive Director / Waste Not OC

11:20 to 11:40 – Waste Stream Management Mini-Film Festival – Samples of short videos addressing waste stream & landfill issues

11:40 to 12 noon – Innovation Showcase – Presentations of new products and innovative approaches for addressing waste management and recycling challenges.

12 noon – 12:15 pm – Sustain OC Awards presentation

Cleantech Company of the Year

Sustain Orange County Chairperson’s Award

Government of the Year

Van Vlahakis Environmental Excellence Award

12:15 – 1:30 pm – Networking Lunch

The Sustain OC Annual Conference is a highly successfully yearly event that highlights local companies and regional business innovators that are leading the way to a more sustainable future by pioneering solutions and approaches to the region’s most significant sustainability issues.

Title Sponsors:


Supporting Sponsor:


About the Speakers & Panelists:[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Aldrin Lupisan, Co-CEO, Closed Loop Plastics (Innovation Showcase)

Aldrin recently graduated from UC Irvine with a B.S. degree in environmental engineering and is a co-founder of Closed Loop Plastic. Aldrin is a steward of the ocean and envisions a world with less waste ever since his days of volunteering at the Aquarium of the Pacific and actively participating in beach clean ups. With over 3 years of experience and 1000+ hours of 3D printing experience, Aldrin’s comprehensive knowledge in both areas of environmentalism and engineering bring many ideas to Closed Loop Plastics.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Anne Krieghoff, LEED Green Associate, Facilities Management Sustainability Program Manager, University of California, Irvine

Anne Krieghoff is the University of California Irvine, Facilities Management Sustainability Manager, responsible
for the campus Diversion Rate and Waste Minimization. Anne earned a B.A. in Social Ecology from UCI. She
has worked on campus for 13 years. She mentors students in the FM Sustainability team, Field Study
Internship program as well as Students in the Campus as a Living Lab program. Anne’s passion for keeping
UCI as a leader in the Sustainability forefront has resulted in a campus Diversion Rate of 83%.
Anne has won many personal and professional awards in her career and was awarded the Zero Waste
Achievement Award from the California Resource Recovery Association, the UCI Social Ecology Mentor of the
Year award, recognized by the EPA for achievements developing the campus food waste program and
awarded the Community Partners Award from the Goodwill of Orange County.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Antonia Castro-Graham, Assistant to the City Manager, City of Huntington Beach

Antonia has 18 years of experience working for local government. Currently she is the Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Huntington Beach where she oversees a variety of administrative programs including leading the City’s Citizen Academy, Intergovernmental Relations, and all environmental and sustainability related programs. Ms. Graham also leads regional efforts and leads the award winning Orange County Recycling Market Development Zone, which is an economic development program aimed at creating an innovative circular economy. Ms. Graham has successfully secured millions of dollars in grant funds for the City of Huntington Beach and recently partnered with the University of California, Irvine and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to create an advanced energy community in a disadvantaged part of the City. Additionally, Ms. Graham oversees the City’s Smart City program one of the only ones in the County. After leading the acquisition of 11,000 streetlights from Southern California Edison, she led the effort to work with telecommunications carriers to embark on deploying smart city solutions that will improve city services and connectivity for residents. This includes the deployment of 200 Smart Fusion Poles, a first-of-its-kind smart pole that will be deployed in the City – the 1st in the nation. She holds a BA in Political Science and American Studies, an MPA with a concentration in Public Finance, and a Master’s degree in Sustainability from Arizona State University. Ms. Graham also teaches courses focused on sustainability at California State University Fullerton and Irvine Valley College. Ms. Graham recently had a case study published in the book, Sustainable World: Approaches to Analyzing & Resolving Wicked Problems.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Brian Probolsky, Contract and Program Support Manager, County of Orange OCWR

Brian manages disposal contracts, franchise agreements, household hazardous waste, recycling programs, legislative affairs and grant programs for the Orange County Landfill System. A dedicated public servant, he also serves as an elected director of the Moulton Niguel Water District. MNWD provides drinking water, recycled water, and wastewater treatment service to more than 170,000 customers in Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, Dana Point, and San Juan Capistrano. Before joining the County of Orange eight years ago, Brian worked for two decades as a serial entrepreneur in the financial services and technology sectors.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]C. Scott Kitcher, President & CEO, Sustain Orange County, Principal, EcoFin Consulting, LLC

Scott has 28 years of financial services experience in investment banking, investment management, private equity, and consulting. Just over 13 years ago, he began focusing on clean technologies. Today, he is President & CEO at Sustain OC, Principal at EcoFin Consulting, LLC, and serves on various corporate, non-profit and academic boards and committees in various roles almost all related to cleantech and sustainability.

Other affiliations:
Samueli School of Engineering at UCI: Member, Advisory Board
Advanced Transportation Center (LAEDC): Director, Orange County
biix, Inc.: Member, Board of Directors
BlueFire Renewables: Advisor, Board of Directors
Stomp Motors: Member, Advisory Board
Indi.com: Member, Advisory Board
UCI Masters in Public Policy Program: Member, Advisory Board
Capital Market Access: Member, Advisory Board
US Green Building Council: Market Leaders Advisory Board, Orange County Community
Closed Loop Plastics: Member, Advisory Board

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Clarke Pauley, Vice President, Organics & Biogas Division, CR&R Environmental Services

Clarke Pauley is a Vice President in CR&R Environmental Services’ Organics & Biogas division which presently encompasses organic waste recycling, anaerobic digestion, and composting. CR&R is a privately held integrated waste management company based in Orange County, CA with 50 municipal contracts and over 3 million customers in 5 counties. Clarke’s primary focus at CR&R is managing the product side of their Anaerobic Digestion projects: sales of Renewable CNG, Carbon Credits, and organic soil products. Clarke has a diverse background in renewable energy, environmental science, marketing, and business development. He has worked in the fields of environmental engineering, Gasification, Biochar, and most recently Anaerobic Digestion of organic wastes. Clarke has previously worked for Merged Energy Solutions, Tetra Tech-San Francisco, and has owned his own marketing services company. Clarke is a graduate of UC Berkeley and aside from his extensive travels has been a California resident for his entire life[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Daniel Domonoske, Executive Vice President, Potential Industries

Daniel J. Domonoske, Executive Vice President of Potential Industries, Inc. has more than 30 years of experience in recycling.  With Potential Industries, Dan has been closing the loop through all aspects of recycling including sorting-processing at their regional Material Recovery Facility (MRF), municipal operating and marketing contracts, trans-loading, exporting, transfer station, and traditional recycling.  Dan has a BS in Economics, a Masters in International Business Management and a PhD in Environmental Policy.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Dimitri Shanin, Environmental Sustainability & Social Responsibility Leader, Raytheon Company

Dimitri Shanin is a high-energy leader with a passion and a demonstrated business acumen to drive financial growth, enhance reputational equity and meet long-term strategic objectives, paired with ability to inspire others within organization to make measurable progress towards achieving Economic, Environmental and Social sustainability. Areas of corporate sustainability practice include: Sustainability materiality and risk assessments – Corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting and disclosure – Goal setting, program design and benefit-cost analysis – Cross functional sustainability team management – Supplier engagement and contract negotiation – Resource conservation with emphasis on energy, water, waste and chemical usage – Smart manufacturing and Zero Waste systems – Quality systems based on Six Sigma, Kaizen and Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) methods – Design for Sustainability (DfS) methods and product life cycle assessments – Sustainability sales enablement for business capture and marketing teams[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Ian Bryan, Co-founder, Agave Surf (Innovation Showcase)

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Jean-Daniel Saphores, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Saphores focuses on transportation and environmental systems, which he analyzes using statistical and economic methods, combined with simulation and optimization tools. His active research interests include transportation and the environment (especially as it relates to air pollution and energy use), travel behavior analysis, alternative fuel vehicles, automated vehicles, transit use, sustainable infrastructure management, as well as decision making under uncertainty using real options.

Ph.D., Resource and Environmental Economics, Cornell University, 1997
M.A., Economics, Cornell University, 1994
M.S., Environmental Systems Engineering, Cornell University, 1994
M.S., Geotechnical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1989
Ingénieur Civil, Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), 1988

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Kevin Mattson, Organics Project Development Manager, Waste Management 

Kevin Mattson, Organics Project Development Manager: With seven (7) years of experience in the waste
management and sustainability profession, Kevin successfully advises and provides knowledgeable guidance on
organic solutions. Kevin is actively involved in all organic projects throughout Southern California, ensuring solutions
to achieve California’s aggressive diversion rates and legislation.

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Lisa Ryder Moore, Waste Reduction Consultant to Waste Management (Innovation Showcase)

Lisa Ryder has been working for Waste Management as a waste reduction consultant inspiring businesses, schools and the public to participate in environmental programs related to recycling, reuse and conservation for 20 years. She developed and launched the first Green Business Certification Program (CAGBN) in Orange County for the City of Laguna Beach’s in 2014 and has also developed and manages the CAGBN for the City of Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach. As both a board member of the California Green Business Network and Director of the nonprofit, the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC), she hosts the annual SEED awards; an event that recognizes green business leaders. She has greened over 100+ companies and won the 2018 Environmental Steward Award from Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi for her work in the business community. Lisa also is a master gardener, composter and has taught backyard and vermi-composting classes to thousands of residents in LA and Orange County over the past 20 years. Lisa holds a BS from Syracuse University, a certificate in Solid Waste Management from UCLA and a certificate in resource management from the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA).[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Mallory Burden, LEED Green Associate, Environmental Scientist, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), Local Assistance and Market Development Division – South Branch

Mallory Burden is an Environmental Scientist for CalRecycle, where she participates in many hands on projects teams including the Schools Team, the Tired Derived Products Team, the Prisons Team, and she’s staff lead of the Organics Team. Mallory, a frequent speaker at local industry events, earned her M.S. in Green Technologies from the University of Southern California as well as a Certificate of Specialization in Recycling and Resource Management from Golden West College.  When Mallory isn’t working she is an avid home gardener and composter, and enjoys accomplishing change with local nonprofits such as Algalita and OC Harvest Club.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Mike Learakos, Executive Director, Waste Not OC

Mike Learakos has been involved with Waste Not OC since 2012. In addition to being the architect of the Food Recovery Model, Mike has served as the Executive Director of Waste Not OC since 2016. Mike is an Orange County native, a local restaurateur and has a long history in food service sales, marketing and distribution.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Nathan Headrick, Founder, Agave Surf (Innovation Showcase)

[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Patrick Thompson, CEO, EcoPAS, LLC (Innovation Showcase)

Patrick Thompson is an OC-based serial entrepreneur, currently serving as CEO of EcoPAS, a cleantech startup serving the CA wine industry.  He also serves as EVP of strategy for CoorsTek Sensors, following CoorsTek’s acquisition of EmiSense, co-founded by Patrick to develop next-generation combustion and air-quality sensors.  Prior to EmiSense, Mr. Thompson founded Innovate! Technology, a leader in exhaust-gas sensors (acquired by Dover Corporation in 2009).  Prior to Innovate, Mr. Thompson was a founder of InterWorks Computer Products, a leading supplier of modular VOIP subsystems for internetworking equipment vendors (acquired by Sanmina in 2000).  Prior to InterWorks, Mr. Thompson was a founding employee and VP of Operations at New Media Corporation, a supplier of laptop peripherals, including sound, Ethernet, and memory card products (acquired by AMP/Tyco in 1993).  Mr. Thompson graduated from UC Berkeley.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]Todd Gasparik, Vice President of Business Development, Smart Planet Technologies (Innovation Showcase)

Todd Gasparik is Vice President of Business Development at Smart Planet Technologies, a materials engineering and intellectual property company. Todd prides himself on being a change agent within the packaging industry, encouraging the adoption of innovative technologies in support of plastic reduction and paper-based barrier packaging recycling initiatives. As a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over a decade in the industry, Todd has championed breaking down the barriers of the status quo with a belief that searching for the perfect solution shouldn’t stand in the way of adopting great material advancements as they become available.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][vc_column_text]William Amos, Co-Founder, Closed Loop Plastics (Innovation Showcase)

Will is a recent graduate of UC Irvine’s Environmental Engineering program, Recipient of the Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership, Eagle Scout, and a co-founder of Closed Loop Plastics. He knows that designing our sustainable future requires the integration of new technology, policy, activism and education. To achieve this goal he believes we need to foster a spirit of cooperation and innovation across all disciplines.[/vc_column_text][vc_empty_space height=”12px”][/vc_column][/vc_row]


October 23, 2018
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