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Sustainable Oregon 2019, AOR’s 41st annual conference, will be held June 19th - 21st, 2019 at The Riverhouse in Bend, Oregon. 

This year we are seeking enthusiastic and dynamic presenters that can share ideas and innovations in the recycling, reuse, waste reduction, and resource and materials management industry or workshops on issues impacting our industry.

We are especially interested in presentations from outside Oregon to bring new, fresh perspectives to our attendees. 

Session Specifics

Concurrent Sessions
Sessions are comprised of multiple 15-20 minute presentations totalling 60 minutes with an additional 15 minutes of Q&A/Discussion time. The AOR conference committee will combine proposals that address similar areas and topics to form a full 75-minute session.

Workshops are intended to be hands-on and interactive, with attendees leaving the workshop with tangible skills they can take back to implement in their workplace. Past/suggested workshop ideas include: using social media to promote programs; how to develop end-of-year giving campaigns; how to identify and track metrics to gauge program success. This is by no means an exhaustive list, the ideas are endless, so long as they leave attendees with a new found skill/s to enhance their work productivity.

Workshops are generally held the morning of the first day of the conference and are 2-3 hours in length.

Proposals are due October 1, 2018 and will be decided on by our Conference Planning Committee.Selected proposals will be selected and speakers notified no later than December 15, 2018.


The Washington State Recycling Association (WSRA) would like to invite AOR members to attend their upcoming WRED event at the WSRA member rate!                     The Paper Chase - The Ins and Outs of Paper Recycling Tuesday, September 11, 2018 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM Lacey Community Center | 6729 Pacific Ave SE, Olympia, WA 98503...

The 32nd Annual Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show will be held in Orlando, Florida from February 24-27, 2019  and the organizers are seeking proposals for speakers. 

DEADLINE: November 1, 2018. 

If you have an interest in presenting please click here. 



Nominations for the National Recycling Coalition Awards are due Sept 7. 

Outstanding Community programs, businesses, non-profits, individuals, elected officials, emerging leaders, Recycling Organizations and Higher Education programs are all potential winners. 

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The Washington Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference is seeking proposals for its 2019 conference to be held at the University of Washington February 25-27.

The Washington & Oregon Higher Education Sustainability Conference (WOHESC) is an opportunity for collective direction and solidarity in higher...


CBS News Sunday presents a special report on the impact of plastic piling up in our environment and the effects on recycling from China's National Sword.

Author David Pogue poses, "So, what happens now to the plastic we used to ship to China? Nothing. It's just piling up."

"We still have large volumes of the types...