9 Reasons to Attend the Measurement Matters Summit

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Consistent and accurate measurement should be at the heart of every materials management system. Measurement is critical to the effective management of resources, efforts, and results. It’s also important that industry leaders and program managers speak the same language.

Register to attend the Measurement Matters Summit to learn new reporting strategies, network with industry leaders, and discuss metrics to improve waste & recycling programs. Leaders from across North America will meet at the Downtown Marriott Event Center in Chattanooga, TN to discuss the future of measurement in materials management systems.

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If you’re still on the fence, here are 9 reasons why you should attend this national event:


1. The Speakers

Don’t miss your chance to see industry leaders and waste management professionals speak on a range of topics about measurement.

Day 1 will feature presentations about state data collection methods, improving waste and recycling programs using better metrics, and enhancing the quality of collected data.

Presentations on Day 2 will focus on identifying new metrics for success, harmonizing measurement systems, and sharing best practices for material management.

The last day will be reserved for developing an action plan and timetable.

Steve Alexander

President and Chief Executive

The Association of Plastic Recyclers

Day 2

Martin Brown

Goals & Measures Specialist

Oregon DEQ

Day 2

Cheryl T. Coleman

Director for the RCSD

US EPA

Day 1

Dylan de Thomas

VP of Industry Collaboration

The Recycling Partnership

Day 3

Dieter Eckels

Senior Associate

Cascadia Consulting Group

Day 2

Adam Gendell

Associate Director

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Day 2

Terri Goldberg

MSW Disposal and C&D Debris Data for the Northeast States

NEWMOA

Day 1

James Goldstein

Associate Fellow

Tellus Institute

Day 2

Nora Goldstein

Editor

BioCycle

Day 2

Kanika Greenlee

Executive Director

City of Atlanta

Day 2

Robert Hallenbeck

Manager Corporate Venturing

Waste Management

Day 2

Matt Hittle

Environmental Specialist

Ohio EPA

Day 1

Debra Kantner

Data & Policy Program Manager

Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Day 2

Chris Ronson

Senior Sales & Marketing Manager

Re-TRAC Connect

Day 1

Wolf Kray

Environmental Protection Specialist

Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment

Day 1

Cody Marshall

VP of Technical Assistance

The Recycling Partnership

Day 2

Trina Matta

Senior Manager

Sustainable Packaging Coalition

Day 1

Seth McCormick

Environmental Consultant

TDEC

Day 1

Dr. Shari Meghreblian

Deputy Commissioner

TDEC

Day 1

Karen Moore

Environmental Administrator

Florida DEP

Scott Mouw

Senior Director of Technical Assistance

The Recycling Partnership

Day 2

Gretchen Newman

Lead Data Analyst

Washington Department of Ecology

Day 1

Scott Pasternak

Associate

Burns & McDonnell

Day 2

Rick Penner

President

Re-TRAC Connect

Day 2

Joseph Pickard

Chief Economist and Director of Commodities

ISRI

Day 2

Jerry Powell

President

Resource Recycling, Inc.

Day 2

Rhonda Rollins

US EPA Region 4

Day 1

Will Sagar

Executive Director

SERDC

Day 2

Kathleen Salyer

Deputy Director of the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

US EPA

Day 1

Betsy Spetich

Recycling/Reuse Specialist Organization

Arkansas DEQ

Day 1

Ron Vance

Chief of the Resource Conservation Branch in the Office of Land and Emergency Management

US EPA

Day 2


2. Technical Tours

The Summit offers four technical tours on Monday, February 26. Entry fees include transportation from the Downtown Chattanooga Marriott Hotel and space is limited so reserve your spot today.

Lodge Manufacturing Furnace

Feb 26, 2018
8am - 12pm
$30 entry fee

Nestled alongside the Cumberland Plateau of the Appalachian Mountains is the town of South Pittsburg, Tennessee (population 3,300). It was here that Joseph Lodge and his wife settled and, in 1896 opened his first foundry. Iron foundries have been recycling long before "being green" was cool.

The guided tour will visit the house and foundry to see how the Lodge family created the company and how their famous products are made.

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Chickamauga Lock and Dam

Feb 26, 2018
8am - 11am
$30 entry fee

Chickamauga Navigation Lock, seven miles upstream of Chattanooga, Tenn., at river mile 471, is owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Upstream of Chickamauga Lock are 318 miles of navigable waterway used to transport materials to and from industries, TVA facilities, and the Department of Energy facilities at Oak Ridge.

Chickamauga Dam has four generating units with a net dependable capacity of 119 megawatts. It lies just north of Chattanooga, and is instrumental in preventing the flooding of the city.

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Raccoon Mountain Hydroelectric Facility

Feb 26, 2018
1pm - 4pm
$30 entry fee

The Raccoon Mountain project is TVA’s largest hydroelectric facility. Water is pumped to the reservoir on top of the mountain and then used to generate electricity when additional power is needed by the TVA system. The plant works like a large storage battery. During periods of low demand, water is pumped from Nickajack Reservoir at the base of the mountain to the reservoir built at the top. It takes 28 hours to fill the upper reservoir. When demand is high, water is released via a tunnel drilled through the center of the mountain to drive generators in the mountain’s underground power plant.

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Chattanooga HHW and Mulch Facility

Feb 26, 2018
1pm - 4pm
$30 entry fee

The Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility allows City and Hamilton County residents to dispose of common hazardous materials generated within their residence. Trained staff members are on site and ready to unload all acceptable household hazardous materials. All of the items collected are properly managed to be reused, recycled, or disposed in compliance with all federal, state, and local laws.

The Wood Recycling Center recycles organic yard waste which is collected at the curbside by city collection crews, contractors, and homeowners. Wood waste from trees and trimmings as well as leaves may be disposed of at the wood recycle center at a standard rate for non-city residents and businesses.

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3. Networking Reception

Attend the networking reception to connect with industry leaders, trade organizations, and professionals from across North America. The reception will be held at the Tennessee Aquarium after the Summit’s sessions on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Free city shuttle service is provided directly outside the hotel on an ongoing rotation (about every 10 minutes) daily until 11:00pm.


4. The Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall is a great place to strike up a conversation with sponsors, exhibitors, and fellow attendees. Explore the hall to find products and services that can help you improve measurement and enhance your materials management systems.


5. SWANA's Continuing Education Units

Swing by the registration desk to pick up forms for SWANA’s Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Earn CEUs by attending technical sessions at the Summit. It’s a great way to update and expand your job knowledge while also earning CEUs.


6. The State Measurement Program

Learn everything you need to know about the State Measurement Program (SMP). At 9am on February 27th, Cheryl T. Coleman of the US EPA will provide an introduction to the SMP.

Following that session, Re-TRAC’s own Chris Ronson will provide a demonstration of the SMP including reporting, upgrades, and options.

The afternoon will include a session presented by Matt Hittle of Ohio EPA and Seth McCormick of TDEC which demonstrates how states are using the SMP for state planning, benchmarking, and improving programs. The second half of this session, presented by Trina Matta of Sustainable Packaging Coalition, will highlight why the industry needs the data and how it’s used.


7. The Municipal Measurement Program

Make sure to catch the Innovative Tools for Measuring Local Recycling Performance session on Wednesday, February 28th at 1pm. Rick Penner, president of Re-TRAC Connect, will deliver a presentation about a powerful new data management, program assessment, and public outreach service: the Municipal Measurement Program (MMP).


8. The Measurement Movement

This event marks an important turning point in materials management in North America. Over the years, there has been a growing effort to share data, improve benchmarking, and communicate performance across multiple levels of government. The Summit will welcome national and state program managers to discuss material data capture, analysis, and how to use it to reform, improve, and change public policy.

It will encourage local government solid waste and public works managers to join in on the discussion and discover emerging technologies to improve programs. Trade organizations, recovered materials end-users, scrap buyers and brokers, and recycling business managers will have the opportunity to contribute to measurement conversations, build regional partnerships, and network with industry leaders.


9. The Summit LiveStream

Can’t make it to the Measurement Matters Summit? Re-TRAC Connect is sponsoring the Measurement Matters Summit LiveStream which allows virtual attendees to experience the Summit from the comfort of their desks or boardrooms.

Access a LiveStream feed of all sessions and participate in discussions by asking questions and providing feedback. After the event, you will have access to recordings from both days as well as presentations from all sessions. While you won't be able to attend the social events, you will have the satisfaction of reducing your GHG emissions. Act quickly! Early bird pricing ends February 17, 2018.


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