Sustainable Oregon 2022 Agenda

Sustainable Oregon 2022

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Tuesday, 10/11

Time Session/Activity

1:00pm-2:15pm

PRE-CONFERENCE WEBINAR: Using Co-Design to Develop Equitable Circular Economies

Wednesday, 10/26

Time Session/Activity Room Sponsored By

7:00am-10:30am

Exhibit Hall Set-Up

EFGHI

 

11:00am-6:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

EFGHI

 

11:00am

Silent Auction Opens

EFGHI

 

11:00pm-12:00pm

Networking in Exhibit Hall

EFGHI

 

12:00pm-1:00pm

Welcome and Keynote with Rhodes Perry: Imagine the Power of Belonging at Work

ABJ

Oregon DEQ

1:00pm-2:15pm

AOR Member EDI Discussion with Start Consulting

ABJ

 

2:15pm-3:00pm

Break

EFGHI

City of Hillsboro

Gresham Sanitary Service

Southern Oregon Sanitation

3:00pm-4:30pm

EDI Workshop with Rhodes Perry: Build Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take

ABJ

Oregon DEQ

4:30pm-6:00pm

Meet the Board Candidates and Welcome Reception (Hosted Bar & Food)

EFGHI

Republic Services

6:00pm-8:00pm

Networking & Tours at GoodLife Brewing (Food Available for Purchase) 

 

Thompson's Sanitary Service

8:00pm-10:00pm

On-Site Games & Networking

EFGHI

 

 

Thursday, 10/27

Time Session/Activity Room Sponsored By

7:30am-10:00pm

Exhibit Hall Open

EFGHI

 

8:00am-9:15am

Networking Breakfast

EFGHI

B&B Leasing

9:15am-10:30am

Plenary: Understanding Oregon's Recycling Modernization Act

ABJ

OBRC BottleDrop

Rogue Disposal & Recycling

10:30am-10:45am

Break

EFGHI

Denton Plastics

10:45am-12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

   

 

How to Incorporate Equity into Policy & Program Design

C

Clackamas County

 

Rebuilding for Justice: Equity in Reuse Operations

D

City of Portland BPS

12:00pm-1:15pm

Networking Lunch

EFGHI

EFI Recycling

1:15pm-2:00pm

Sustainable Oregon Awards

ABJ

 

2:00pm-3:00pm

Break

EFGHI

City of Beaverton

ORRA

RSS

3:00pm-4:30pm

Concurrent Sessions

   

 

Prioritizing Reuse: Where Are We Now?

C

City of Eugene

 

Recycling Challenges: Mattress EPR, Wood, and Refrigerators

D

Mattress Recycling Council

4:30pm-6:00pm

Cocktail Reception

EFGHI

Swire Coca-Cola

6:00pm

Silent Auction Closes

EFGHI

 

6:30pm-8:00pm

Hosted Dinner On-Site (Election Results)

EFGHI

OBRC

 

Friday, 10/28

Time Session/Activity Room Sponsored By

7:30am-9:30am

Exhibit Hall Open

EFGHI

 

8:00am-9:15am

Networking Breakfast

EFGHI

Waste Management

9:15am-10:15am

Concurrent Sessions

   

 

Market Forces: Material Pricing and the Trajectory of Recycling

C

Recology

 

Equity in Rate Setting

D

Pride Disposal Company

9:30am-11:00am

Exhibit Hall Breakdown

EFGHI

 

10:15am-10:30am

Break

EFGHI

Denton Plastics

10:30am-12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions

   

 

Addressing the Bulky Item in the Room

C

Lane County

 

Oregon Food Systems: Building on Insights from DEQ Strategic Planning Listening Sessions

D

Dirt Hugger

12:00pm-12:30pm

Closing Remarks, Raffle Draw, & Grab Bag Pickup

ABJ

APR

 

Keynote and Workshop Descriptions

Welcome and Keynote with Rhodes Perry: Imagine the Power of Belonging at Work

Wednesday, 10/26, 12:00pm-1:00pm

Sponsored By

Oregon DEQ

In this keynote, Rhodes Perry teaches how to imagine and then build an emotional outcome of belonging at work. He will show you how to lead inclusively by offering tips on how to build psychological safety and trust at work. These are the building blocks to creating a workplace culture of belonging that leads to innovation, business success, and even industry breakthroughs. The most important question you will explore in this keynote is: “Who are you intentionally including, and who might you be unintentionally excluding?”

Rhodes shares distinctive stories from his extensive career as an equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) thought leader in this high impact keynote address. He provides the specific inclusive leadership competencies that every leader must embrace to stand out, move up, and inspire the next generation of high-potential talent. And, he will show you how to avoid the mistake of siloing your organization’s EDI commitments into one department, one role, or outsourcing this work altogether.

Rhodes’ powerful insights on current inclusive leadership trends are nationally recognized as cutting edge and impactful. His heartfelt storytelling ability means your attendees will remain engaged throughout his speech – and implement the leadership strategies offered. Your outcome will be an audience prepared to lead inclusively and build cultures of belonging no matter their role – for themselves and for their colleagues.

Key Takeaways

  • Improved business outcomes from learning the belonging foundations of safety and trust.
  • Recognizing the core elements of a belonging culture, the costs of failing to build it.
  • Appreciation of the personal actions any employee can take to enhance workplace culture.
  • Expanded professional skills and thinking on the important issue of inclusive leadership.
  • Enhanced clarity about what it will take to build workplace cultures of belonging.
  • Knowledge of communication approaches that transcend differences.
  • Discovery of the specific steps required to build belonging at work.

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EDI Workshop with Rhodes Perry: Build Belonging at Work: Everyday Actions You Can Take

Wednesday, 10/26, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sponsored By

Oregon DEQ

Do you want to build a healthier workplace culture where each person on your team feels a greater sense of psychological safety, trust, and belonging? Do you feel overwhelmed by all that you could do to improve your workplace culture, or are you generally confused about where to start? If so, join fellow colleagues in gaining a better understanding of the powerful role you can play in taking simple, everyday actions that can help build a more inclusive organization. During this introductory workshop, you’ll discover what it truly takes to put your organization’s equity, diversity, and inclusion commitments into action.

Goal
Clarify why belonging at work matters and learn how any professional in the workplace can take personal actions to cultivate it.

Objectives
The following objectives will be met during this introductory session:

  • Learn what psychologically safety, trust, and belonging at work means.
  • Recognize why belonging at work is essential for the future of your organization.
  • Gain & practice simple, everyday action strategies you can adapt and implement on the job.
  • Commit to one personal action you can take after this learning opportunity.

Key Ideas Presented

  • Recognition of the four ingredients of belonging and the four pitfalls of social exclusion.
  • Improved results from learning the belonging foundations of psychological safety and trust.
  • Appreciation of the personal actions any person can take to enhance workplace culture.
  • Expanded inclusion skills and thinking on the important issue of building belonging.
  • Enhanced clarity about the personal responsibility required to build belonging.
  • Knowledge of communication approaches that transcend power dynamics & differences.
  • Discovery of the specific actions required to build belonging at work.

Pre-Session Materials

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Session Descriptions

Addressing the Bulky Item in the Room

Friday, 10/28, 10:30am-12:00pm

Sponsored By

Lane County

For too long multifamily communities have been left in a gray area with no clear pathway of how to handle certain wastes coming out of their communities. It's impossible to acknowledge this gap in service and not also acknowledge the inequities that it so loudly tells. Yet as we collectively start to realize the inequities within our industry, the time has finally come to see and deal with the rather large, and quite bulky "elephant" in the room. In this session we will learn about the response to this service gap, which is a new empowering pathway being forged by local governments and community organizations to create new solutions for these communities. These solutions include meeting and accepting multifamily residents where they are at (both physically and in life), enabling them to declutter their lives, and keep their communities clean and clutter free, all while properly handling bulky waste through proper disposal and reuse.

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MODERATOR


Equity in Rate Setting

Friday, 10/28, 9:15am-10:15am

Sponsored ByPride Disposal Company

Washington County set out to modernize the pay as you throw model by building equitable access to garbage and recycling collections services as a core component of the collection rates offered to community members.  Development of a residential reduced rate program that’s meaningful, impactful, and sustainable required a depth of foundational work. This session will highlight collaborator experiences in researching an effective rate model and the outcomes that will lead to the program's long-term success. Allowing all community members to have access to and maintain essential collections services by ensuring the rate system provides equity and balance is exemplified in this bold, long-term systematic approach to advance equity.

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MODERATOR


How to Incorporate Equity into Policy & Program Design

Thursday, 10/27, 10:45am-12:00pm

Sponsored By

Clackamas County

Rolling out operational policy changes and programs is always a challenge. Centering equity in those changes can feel even more fraught. Join this session to learn from the experiences of Portland-area jurisdictions that have centered equity in recent program and policy developments to better include underserved communities in solid waste services and procurement practices.

Topics will cover "Integrating Equity into Cleanup Programs During a Public Trash Emergency" and highlights from the pre-conference webinar: "Using Co-Design to Develop Equitable Circular Economies."

SPEAKERS

MODERATOR


Market Forces: Material Pricing and the Trajectory of Recycling

Friday, 10/28, 9:15am-10:15am

Sponsored By

Recology

Today, significant forces are reshaping markets and prices for recycled materials at a scale not seen for decades. Most of those forces have touchpoints in the wider packaging sector. From pandemic disruptions (and opportunities!) to recent legislation (like Oregon's Recycling Modernization Act), state markets are experiencing major changes, and will undoubtedly see more in the coming years. During this session, Resource Recycling managing editor Dan Leif will provide insight into the swirl of economic and political factors shaping recycling markets and explore how these forces might impact efforts to enhance community materials recovery.

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MODERATOR


Oregon Food Systems: Building on Insights from DEQ Strategic Planning Listening Sessions

Friday, 10/28, 10:30am-12:00pm

Sponsored By

Dirt Hugger

Food. Perhaps no other material is so central to human well-being – access to safe and healthy food is critical for human existence – but food also plays a central role in our culture and community, and growing it is an important part of Oregon’s economy. Food is, however, a highly impactful material, generating environmental burdens in production, processing, consumption, and disposal. Join us for an interactive and collaborative working session exploring solutions to mitigate food waste and food impacts in Oregon. Following brief presentations to jump start thinking, we’ll break into subgroups structured by the key findings uncovered in DEQ’s statewide stakeholder food system listening sessions.

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Prioritizing Reuse: Where Are We Now?

Thursday, 10/27, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sponsored By

City of Eugene

The more we know about our field, the more we know how important it is to prioritize reuse and repair. The pandemic threw a wrench in a lot of our plans. Hear from a few groups about their upcoming projects, and how they built resiliency during and beyond the pandemic. Anna Kurnizki with Community Warehouse will talk about their current and future efforts for the furniture bank, Deveron Musgrave will share the City of Eugene's efforts to increase reuse at events, and Jocelyn Quarrell with Bold Reuse (previously GoBox) will share their recent and upcoming projects.

SPEAKERS

MODERATOR


Rebuilding for Justice: Equity in Reuse Operations

Thursday, 10/27, 10:45am-12:00pm

Sponsored ByCity of Portland BPS

Reuse and repair are so much more than climate-friendly acts - they are also tools to build racial equity and economic resilience in your community. Join us to learn how ReBuilding Center, a building materials reuse nonprofit in Portland, Oregon, has transformed its operations, programming, hiring, communications, and fundraising to better serve people who are most at risk of displacement and housing insecurity in a rapidly gentrifying city, and how you can adopt some of these tactics to build resilience through reuse in your community.

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Recycling Challenges: Mattress EPR, Wood, and Refrigerators

Thursday, 10/27, 3:00pm-4:30pm

Sponsored By

Mattress Recycling Council

This session provides an opportunity to learn about three different initiatives being implemented for "difficult to manage" materials. In March 2022 the legislature passed SB 1576, which requires the mattress industry to establish a product stewardship program similar to successful statewide programs in California, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Mike O'Donnell, Managing Director of the Mattress Recycling Council, will provide a roadmap for launching Oregon’s program.

The hog fuel market has been a primary, though often undependable, end use for reclaimed urban wood. Using a Metro Innovation Grant, Sankofa Lumber (a BIPOC-owned small business) developed a system for reusing salvaged lumber from current/new construction activities. Valerie Carey, the founder of Sankofa Lumber, will share insights and practices for better managing a high volume of this valuable resource.

Throughout the state, refrigerators (as well as freezers and air conditioners) are frequently abandoned or illegally dumped items, presumably because of the costs associated with properly managing the refrigerants. These gases, if not properly managed and recycled, are a significant contributor to greenhouse gases that impact our climate. David Skakel, former Manager of the Tri-County Hazardous Waste and Recycling Program, will detail results and data yielded from a one-year pilot effort to subsidize disposal costs to overcoming the (hypothesized) cost barrier.

SPEAKERS

MODERATOR


Understanding Oregon's Recycling Modernization Act

Thursday, 10/27, 9:15am-10:30am

Sponsored By

OBRC BottleDrop

Rogue Disposal & Recycling

Oregon's Recycling Modernization Act (RMA) is, once again, putting Oregon at the forefront of the national Extended Producer Responsibility movement. But even for those who've been closely involved, it can be hard to understand and follow it all. This session, presented by DEQ, will provide a complete overview of each part of the RMA, how the different parts work together, what their status is, what the schedule is, who is working on them, and what will come next. You'll leave with a better understanding of what RMA means for your industry, jurisdiction, or organization, and when, where, and how you'll want to get plugged in.

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MODERATOR


PRE-CONFERENCE WEBINAR: Using Co-Design to Develop Equitable Circular Economies

Tuesday, 10/11, 1pm-2:15pm

 

PLEASE NOTE: Conference attendees are automatically registered for the pre-conference webinar at no additional charge. Others that wish to attend the webinar will be able to register for a fee. NON-CONFERENCE ATTENDEES REGISTER HERE!

Co-design is about creation, inclusion, and collaboration. It is a methodology that brings together a diverse group of stakeholders to provide input and make decisions in creating solutions that will meet the needs of those stakeholders. By involving stakeholders from various sectors, geographies, backgrounds, and economic levels, the end solution is designed with the people, not at or for the people. Recently, co-design was used as a tool to build a program that will impact recycling resiliency through market development in Washington State - NextCycle Washington. Traversal Design led the participatory process alongside other project partners to customize the program to meet the needs and context in Washington. The co-design team included representatives from communities, businesses, and organizations across the state. This session will explore the co-design process and how it can be used as a tool to improve recycling market resilience and advance the reuse and repair economy.

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