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.


Essentials of Sustainable Packaging: November 12, Oakland, CA

November 12, 2013
Oakland, CA
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging offers a comprehensive introduction to sustainability considerations that apply to the entire packaging life cycle: material sourcing, packaging design, manufacturing, transport, and recovery/disposal.

Through this one-day seminar, packaging professionals and corporate sustainability decision-makers will learn about the essential sustainability considerations for packaging and the strategies needed to create packaging that is beneficial for people and the planet. Using real world examples and interactive discussions, attendees will learn how a holistic view of sustainability applies to their packaging operations.

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Please register as soon as possible to guarantee a spot in the upcoming ESP!

SPC Members: $650

Nonmembers: $995

Location Headquarters
1537 Webster St.
Oakland, CA 94612

Recommended Hotels:

Oakland Marriott City Center

Address: 1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94607

Phone: (510) 451-4000

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Washington Inn:

495 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607
Phone:(510) 452-1776

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Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager

Anne Bedarf joined GreenBlue in September 2007 as a Project Manager for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and is now a Senior Manager. Anne leads the SPC's How2Recycle Label Project, and also manages and teaches the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging curriculum. She was previously the Environmental and Safety Manager for the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority and Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority in Charlottesville, VA, where she led the implementation of an Environmental Management System at a wastewater plant, water treatment plants, and solid waste/recycling facilities. In addition, she managed a landfill bioremediation project to include groundwater and air quality monitoring. Anne has also been a Project Manager and Environmental Scientist for the Environmental Company, Inc. (TEC) as well as a Fellow with the Virginia Natural Resources Leadership Institute. She holds a Master of Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, with a focus on Sustainable Food System Planning, an MS in Environmental Science and Ecology from the University of Maryland, and a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia. In her free time, Anne enjoys gardening, keeping chickens, and working at music festivals to implement recycling and composting.


Adam Gendell, Project Manager

Adam Gendell is a Project Manager with the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and has been with GreenBlue since early 2010. His work is primarily focused on generating awareness of sustainability considerations within the packaging community and he has special expertise on end-of-life considerations for packaging. Adam most recently co-led the development of Packaging Design for Sustainability, an online guide for designing more sustainable packaging. He also coordinates the SPC's Industry Leadership Committees and contributes to several other GreenBlue initiatives, including development and delivery of the SPC’s domestic and international sustainable packaging education courses and performing lead research for many Advisory Services projects. In 2011, Adam authored the SPC's report entitled Assessing the Greenhouse Gas Impacts of Biodegradation in Landfills. Prior to joining GreenBlue, Adam worked with a consulting firm specializing in water resources management within the Rocky Mountain region. Outside of GreenBlue, Adam enjoys traveling, reading, jazz, bluegrass, wine, and piano.