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 5-6, Oakland, CA

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 special two-day training course, 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.

Day one on November 5th will give a complete overview of sustainability considerations throughout the life cycle, and day two on November 6th will feature an extensive look at packaging waste and recovery, including a special guided tour of Waste Management's Davis Street Transfer Station. Participants attending both days receive a discounted registration.

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

Full two-day registration:

SPC Members: $1,000

Nonmembers: $1,300

Registration for day one - November 5th only:

SPC Members: $650

Nonmembers: $995

Registration for day two - November 6th only:

SPC Members: $500

Nonmembers: $700

Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Agenda

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 8:30 – 9:45 am Introduction 
Sustainability Game
The Global Case
The SPC Definition

9:45 – 10:45 am Recovery Overview 
Sustainable Materials Management
Recovery Models

10:45 - 11:00 am Break

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Sourcing and Optimizing Materials and Energy: Part 1 
Sourcing Considerations

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm Sourcing and Optimizing Materials and Energy: Part 2 
Recycled content
Eco-efficiency vs. the Circular Economy

2:00 – 2:45 pm Material Health & Production Sustainability 
Definition and Examples
The Role of the Precautionary Principle
Environmental Management Systems

2:45 - 3:00 pm Break

3:00 – 3:45 pm Measuring & Communication 
Understanding Life Cycle Analysis
Metrics & Indicators
Marketing Claims

3:45 - 4:30 pm Exercise & Wrap-up
November 6, 2014
8:30 am - 4:30 pm Meet at Hotel
Tour and Exercise: Davis Street Transfer Station
In-depth Recovery Session
Biodegredation vs. Compostability
The How2Recycle Label
What's Really Recyclable



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 Program, and also manages and teaches the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging curriculum. Currently she is also leading the SPC's Foodservice Industry Leadership Committee. 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 encompasses a wide range of corporate sustainability initiatives and leverages his expertise in stakeholder engagement, supply chain education, material recovery considerations, and life cycle-oriented design. Adam has worked with a diverse group of companies both in one-on-one advisory capacities and in focused groups to uncover common challenges and proliferate best practices. As a teacher, speaker, and writer, Adam has taught seminars on sustainability to hundreds of professionals in three countries and is a frequent writer of technical publications and popular articles. In addition, Adam has overseen the strategic development of several of GreenBlue's conferences and stakeholder engagement events. Prior to joining GreenBlue, Adam worked with a consulting firm specializing in water resources management within the Rocky Mountain region. Adam has an extensive academic background encompassing physical and aquatic chemistry, materials science, toxicology and risk assessment, and hydrologic and environmental systems management. Adam holds a BS in Physics from James Madison University, and conducted extensive graduate studies in the Department of Geophysics at the Colorado School of Mines. Outside of GreenBlue, Adam enjoys traveling, playing the piano, wine, jazz, bluegrass, and the perpetual disappointments of being a Washington Redskins fan.


Justin Lehrer, Senior Program Manager

Justin Lehrer is a Senior Program Manager at StopWaste, a public agency in Oaklanda, CA. He leads efforts on waste prevention strategies for commercial/industrial organizations, including sustainable packaging, prevention of food waste, and market development for recycled content materials. Prior to his work at StopWaste, Justin was an environmental consultant with Booz Allen, and recycling coordinator for the County of San Mateo. Justin served four years on the Board of Directors of the Northern California Recycling Association. He is a graduate in Natural Resources and Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

Location Headquarters
1537 Webster St.
Oakland, CA 94612

Waste Management's Davis Street Transfer Station
2615 Davis St.
San Leandro, CA 94577

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Washington Inn:

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