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Continuing the Pacific Coast Collaborative Conversation on Food Scraps Management

Association of Oregon Recyclers (AOR) Spring Forum, April 12th, 2017

McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR  97211

This AOR forum on food management is intended to provide an opportunity to continue the momentum of the food waste meetings as a part of the Pacific Coast Collaborative. The collaboration is made up of cities and states on the west coast, including British Columbia and Vancouver BC.

Participants can expect high-quality presentations from experts in the field, an update on the PCC effort and plenty of opportunities to connect ideas about development of food scraps management.

The group exercise will be small conversations targeting areas of food scraps management. When you sign up at the beginning of the forum, you will be asked to identify the topic of your choice. Seats for each topic are limited, so first come, first serve. 


8:00 – 8:50               Coffee

9:00 – 9:05               AOR Introduction. Pete Chism-Winfield, AOR Chair.

9:05 – 9:25               Forum introduction and PCC event recap, David Allaway, Oregon DEQ

9:25 – 10:10             Waste Prevention research. DEQ to share with group research done focused on behavioral aspects of food consumption and potential to manage our food more efficiently. Elaine Blatt & Ashley Zanolli, DEQ.

10:10 - 10:45            Local food scraps management update. The current landscape of food scraps in the Metro region: facility update, commercial and residential programs. Pam Peck, AOR Education Chair and Metro.

10:45 – 11:00           Break

11:00 – 12:00           Group exercise, part 1. Identify barriers.

12:00 – 1:00             Lunch

1:00 – 1:50               Group exercise, part 2. Discuss solutions.

1:50 – 2:10               Break

2:10 – 2:40                Food Scraps Collection, Processing in Washington. Mary Harrington, Washington Department of Ecology.

2:40 – 3:10                Waste Composition and Food Donation Opportunities in Washington. Gretchen Newman, Washington Department of Ecology.

3:10 – 3:40                Food waste prevention and healthy eating in Multifamily complexes. Laura Kutner, Trash for Peace.

3:40 – 4:00                Q & A for afternoon presenters.

Recap and post event - Boiler Room

4:00 – 6:00               Networking


David Allaway, Oregon DEQ

David is a senior policy analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s Materials Management Program, where he coordinates projects related to sustainable production and consumption, materials (including waste) management, and climate change. Before joining DEQ in 2000, David worked for 11 years in the solid waste consulting industry. David has a B.A. in physics from Carleton College, Minnesota.

Elaine Blatt, Oregon DEQ

Elaine is a Senior Policy and Program Analyst at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) focusing on sustainable consumption and production of materials, emphasizing food waste prevention. Her prior experience includes consulting and managing a variety of projects related to sustainable production and consumption, biodiversity, energy efficiency, finance, and supply chain management. She has a MA in Public Policy from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political Science from Carleton College.

Mary Harrington, Washington Department of Ecology

Mary Harrington is the Organic Materials Management Lead for the Washington Department of Ecology (HQ- Lacey) where she is currently working to improve statewide diversion of all organics to beneficial end uses.

Laura Kutner Tokarski, Trash for Peace

Laura was born and raised in Portland, OR. She earned her BA in Anthropology and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and shortly after graduation joined the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where she lived from 2007-2010. Upon her return to the US, she started Trash for Peace, a 501c3 nonprofit organization, while earning her Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University. She is currently the Executive Director of Trash for Peace and an ABE-GED Instructor at Mt. Hood Community College.

Gretchen Newman, Washington Department of Ecology

Gretchen is the Lead Data Analyst for the Waste 2 Resources Program at the Washington State Department of Ecology.  There she coordinates solid waste and material recovery data collection efforts, waste characterization projects, and performance measure planning.  She also leads the agency’s Spanish translation team.  Gretchen has 18 years of experience in state and local government, focusing on solid waste and recycling policy and performance measures.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Business Administration and Global Studies. 

Pam Peck, Metro

Pam is the Resource Conservation and Recycling Manager at Metro where she oversees regional waste reduction policy and planning projects. She leads planning teams and supervises professional staff working on a range of materials management projects, including toxics reduction, food waste prevention and food scraps collection, product stewardship, multifamily recycling, and market development. Ms. Peck has more than 25 years professional experience in the areas of regional planning, team leadership, project management, program development, and community engagement and is a graduate of the University of Vermont where she studied political science and communications.

Ashley Zanolli, Oregon DEQ

Ashley is a national expert and “thought leader” on consumer food waste prevention,  currently on assignment from the U.S. EPA to Oregon DEQ as a policy and program advisor for DEQ’s Materials Management Program. Her main focus is to help a team at DEQ to develop a statewide strategy to prevent the wasting of food and to engage stakeholders. Previously, Ashley co-led the West Coast Climate & Materials Management Forum.  She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and a graduate certificate in Decision Making for Climate Change and serves on various advisory councils.