Events Details

Education and Outreach

As part of the SPC's education and outreach, it holds several in-person and online meetings and educational events a year. The SPC believes it will require collaboration throughout the supply chain to affect the change needed to realize sustainable packaging. As a result, the SPC continually looks for opportunities to advance its mission through participation in and hosting of conferences and meetings.


SPC Spring Meeting 2010


SPC Spring Meeting Recap

Thank you for attending the SPC Spring Meeting 2010.  SPC members can access the presentations and attendee list here.  

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, April 19

2:00 - 5:00 pm: Workshops on Life Cycle Assessment, Paper Procurement with EPAT, and 
Using the SPC's Sustainable Packaging Indicators and Metrics Framework.  
NOTE: The pre-meeting workshops are full, but you can be added to the waiting list by emailing us.  

6:00 - 8:00 pm: Opening Reception

Tuesday, April 20

8:00 am - 5:30 pm: Meeting plenary and breakout sessions

5:45 - 8:00 pm: Metabolix Lab and Greenhouse Tour

Wednesday, April 21

8:00 am - 12:15 pm: Meeting plenary and breakout sessions

12:30 - 2:30 pm: SPC Members-Only Lunch

Program Agenda

Download the full meeting agenda and session descriptions.
Download the press release about the meeting.


Eric Abraham, Packaging Manager, REI
Mark Barthel, Director, Waste Minimisation, WRAP
Alan Blake, Associate Director, Procter & Gamble
Ron Buckhalt, Program Manager, USDA BioPreferred
Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, WWF
John Dunn, Group Sustainability Leader, Avery Dennison
Jim Hanna, Director of Environmental Impact, Starbucks Coffee Company
Hilburn Hillestad, Ph.D., President, Geoplasma LLC
Stephen Hofmann, President, Oxo Biodegradable Plastic Alliance
David Lee, Researcher, MIT SENSEable City Lab
Anders Linde, Chairman, ISO TC 122/SC4
Shane Monkman, Buying Manager - Packaging and the Environment, ASDA Stores Ltd
Greg Norris, Director, Sylvatica
Karen Proctor, Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology
Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Leader, Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas
Helene Roberts, Head of Packaging, Marks & Spencer
Brad Rodgers, R&D Manager, Sustainable Packaging & Advanced Materials Research, Frito Lay
Paul Sellew, CEO, Harvest Power, Inc.
Derek Stephenson, President, StewardEdge Inc.
Rick Stone, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Foodbuy/Compass
Andrew Sweetman, Chairman, European Bioplastics
Matt Theilmann, Innovation Center Manager, CHEP
Susan Thoman, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Cedar Grove Composting
Scott Vitters, Global Director, Sustainable Packaging, The Coca-Cola Company
Annie White, Director, Coalition for Resource Recovery, Global Green USA
Rhodes Yepsen, Organics Recycling Consultant
Roger Zellner, Director, RDQ Sustainability, Kraft Foods

Program Highlights

  • Product packaging challenges associated with delivering products in different socio-demographic markets
  • Closing the loop in markets that lack basic waste management infrastructures
  • Managing supply chains that span multiple countries
  • Measuring packaging sustainability
  • Emerging international packaging sustainability standards
  • Making informed procurement choices
  • Innovations in Waste-to-Energy
  • Unique challenges in foodservice packaging
  • Making composting a reality
  • Making sense of biodegradables
  • Lessons learned from the Courtauld Commitment

Register Now

Registration costs $895.00 for non-members. 
SPC members receive one or two complementary registrations, depending on membership level. Additional 
member registrations are $695.00. 

Registration is now closed.

Hotel Reservations

The SPC room blocks at the Boston Marriott Long Wharf Hotel and Omni Parker House have expired and rooms are no 
longer available.

We have secured additional rooms at the Fairmont Battery Wharf, which is a 10-minute walk away from the meeting location 
at the Marriott Long Wharf.  Make your reservation online or call 800-441-1414 and reference the GreenBlue/Sustainable 
Packaging Coalition block to receive the $229/night rate.  Reserve your room at the Fairmont by Friday, April 16 to receive 
the meeting rate.


We are pleased to announce that we have added a tour for the meeting.

Metabolix Lab and Greenhouse Tour

Tuesday, April 20, 5:45 - 8:00 pm
This tour of Metabolix’s facility in Cambridge, MA, will offer the opportunity to meet Metabolix’s bioscientists and 
learn about developing bioplastics from microbes. Light refreshments, including soda, beer and wine, will be provided.

Transportation will be provided to and from the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. No recording devices will be allowed, and 
Metabolix will provide protective safety eyeglasses that will need to be returned at the end of the tour.

Tour Registration

The tour will be limited to 80 people. To sign up, please email Caitlin Coomas at Metabolix to reserve your spot. 
In your email, include:
  • Name
  • Business title
  • Company
  • Email address

Thank you to Metabolix for hosting this tour!

If you have any questions about the SPC Spring Meeting 2010, please email us.