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 2011

Thank you for joining us!
March 28 - 30, 2011
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, San Diego, CA

Thank you to all who joined us for the SPC's largest event ever. The SPC Spring Meeting 2011 brought together over 315 packaging professionals for a variety of cutting-edge conversations about packaging sustainability. We would like to extend our thanks as well to our meeting hosts: Amcor, Bemis Company, CHEP, and Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.


All SPC members can download presentations from the meeting here. If you attended the meeting and are not a member, please contact us and we can give you access to any presentations.


Meeting Agenda
Session and Workshop Descriptions
Final Attendee List

Schedule at a Glance

Monday, March 28
1:00 – 3:00 pm: SPC Packaging Recovery Label Update and Participation in the Pilot Projects with Anne Bedarf, Project Manager, GreenBlue and Nina Goodrich, Principal, Sustainovation

1:00 – 4:30 pm: Workshop on Life Cycle Assessment and the Earthster Tool with Greg Norris, Director, Sylvatica
*This workshop is full. If you'd like to join the waiting list, please email us.

5:00 - 6:00 pm: An Introduction to the SPC - Is this your first SPC meeting or are you interested in becoming a member? Join us for a special reception to learn more about the SPC and meet SPC staff and Executive Committee members.

6:00 – 8:00 pm: Meeting Welcome Reception

Tuesday, March 29

8:00 am – 5:45 pm: Meeting Plenary and Breakout Sessions

Wednesday, March 30

8:00 am – 12:00 pm: Meeting Plenary and Breakout Sessions

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

Program Highlights

  • Global Sustainability Scenarios to 2050
  • How Ambitious Corporate Sustainability Goals Translate to Packaging
  • Applying the Global Packaging Project Standardized Metrics
  • Packaging LCAs: How to Select the "Right" Data for the Job
  • The Future of Waste Management 
  • Biodegradation in Landfills
  • Extended Producer Responsibility: Things to Expect in 2011
  • Green Chemistry and Material Health
  • The Green Guides: The Influence of Consumer Testing and Implications for Corporate Marketers
  • Making a Sea Change with Ocean Debris
  • Applying Design Thinking to the SPC Definition

Speakers Include:

Morton Barlaz, Professor and Head, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, North Carolina State University
Scott Carpenter, Senior Research Engineer, SC Johnson
Robert Ewing, Director, Strategic Planning, Weyerhaeuser Company
Adam Gendell, Project Associate, GreenBlue
Judy Guo, Package Design Engineer, IDEO
Nancy Hirshberg, Vice President of Natural Resources, Stonyfield Farm Inc.
David Holst, Marine Debris Division Chief (Acting), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Michael Hughes, Senior Manager - Packaging, Unilever
Laura Koss, Senior Attorney, Federal Trade Commission
Allen Langdon, Vice President Sustainability, Retail Council of Canada
Dan Lawson, Sustainability Manager, SC Johnson
Kim Lymn, Senior Manager of Packaging, Target
Bruce MacGregor, Managing Partner and Chief Capabilities Officer, IDEO
Ronald McCracken, Principal, RJM Associates
Jessica McGlyn, Director, World Business Council for Sustainable Development U.S. Inc.
Chris Miller, Manager of Corporate Consciousness, Seventh Generation
Skye Morét-Ferguson, Research Associate, Sea Education Association
Greg Norris, Director, Sylvatica
Michael Overcash, Bloomfield Professor of Sustainability, Wichita State University
Matthew Realff, Associate Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Gerald Rebitzer, Sustainability Leader, Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas
Heidi Sanborn, Executive Director, California Product Stewardship Council
Kelly Scott, Packaging Working Group Coordinator, The Sustainability Consortium
Vikki Spruill, President and CEO, Ocean Conservancy
Bryan Staley, President, Environmental Research and Education Foundation
Peter Swaine, Director of Global Strategic Sourcing, Seventh Generation
Roger Zellner, Director, RD&Q Sustainability, Kraft Foods Global Inc.


Attendees must register by Wednesday, March 16 to avoid a $150 late registration fee.

Registration cost is $895 for non-members.

SPC members receive one or two complimentary registrations, depending on membership level. Additional member registrations are $695. 
$11,000 and $6,000-level corporate members: Two complimentary attendees.
$2,500-level corporate members, academic institutions and government agency members: One complimentary attendee.
To register, you will need to login to the website.  If you forgot your login information, you can reset your password to have a new password sent to you via email (your user name is your email address).  

Hotel Reservations

The room block at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort has expired, and rooms are no longer available. There are two additional hotels on Coronado Island with rooms available for the dates of our meeting:

Hotel del Coronado

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

Please make your room reservations as soon as possible to ensure accommodations. 

Travel Arrangements

The Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located 20 minutes away from the San Diego International Airport. Please click here for information on available transportation options from the airport.

Meeting Hosts

The SPC offers our thanks to our generous meeting hosts:

Hosting Opportunities Remain

We are currently seeking a few more SPC member companies to act as meeting hosts for the SPC Spring Meeting. As a host, your company will be featured in all meeting promotional materials and will receive two complimentary registrations. For more information on becoming a host, please contact Erin Malec by email or at 434.817.1424 ext. 302.

If you have any questions about the SPC Spring Meeting 2011, please feel free to email us.