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: April 21, Oak Brook, IL

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 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.

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SPC Members: $650

Nonmembers: $995

Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Agenda

Tuesday, April 21 , 20158:00 – 8:30 amBreakfast
  8:30 - 9:15Introduction to Sustainability and Packaging
Sustainable Materials Management framework
Corporate Social Responsibility
The SPC Definition

9:15 – 10:30 am Recovery Overview 
The Recovery Supply Chain
Current Trends and Recycling Data
Biodegradation vs Compostability

10:30 - 10:45 amBreak

10:45 am – 12:00 pm Sourcing and Optimizing Materials part 1
Sourcing Strategies
Bio-based Plastics
Packaging Optimization

12:00 - 1:00 pmLunch

1:00 – 2:15 pmSourcing and Optimizing Materials and Energy part 2 
Design for Recovery
Recycled Content

2:15 – 2:45 pmMaterial Health & Production Sustainability 
Definition and Examples
The Role of the Precautionary Principle
Environmental Management Systems

2:45 - 3:00 pmBreak

3:00 – 4:15 pm Measuring & Communicating
Metrics and Attributes
Understanding Life Cycle Analysis
Certifications, Labels, and Claims
The SPC's How2Recycle Label

4:15 - 4:45 pmExercise & Wrap-up



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 which is developing a Design Guide. 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.


Danielle Peacock, Project Manager

Danielle joined the GreenBlue team in August 2011 and is now a Project Manager for the Sustainable Packaging Coalition. In this role, she provides research and support for various SPC projects and initiatives, including project management for the How2Recycle Label, the SPC Executive Committee, and the Meaningful Marketing Claims Industry Leadership Committee. She also provides research and support for various projects, including the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging and COMPASS. Prior to joining GreenBlue, Danielle earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina, where she wrote her graduate thesis on developing the construction and demolition recycling industry in the state of North Carolina. While in graduate school, Danielle interned with North Carolina’s non-regulatory recycling office, the NC Division of Environmental Assistance and Outreach. There she worked with local governments and businesses to develop recycling programs and materials markets, as well as evaluated the effectiveness of state and local policy. Danielle also holds a BA in Political Science from North Carolina State University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and being outdoors.


McDonald’s – Plaza Building

2111 McDonald’s Drive

Oak Brook, IL 60523

Recommended Hotels

Here is a list of area hotels. Most of the hotels listed either have a McDonald’s vendor rate or a McDonald’s rate. You can speak with the Front Desk at your hotel to make arrangements for shuttle service to and from the Plaza Building. 


The Hyatt Lodge at McDonald’s Campus  - (Ask for the McDonald’s vendor rate)
2815 Jorie Boulevard

Oak Brook, IL 60523


Doubletree by Hilton Chicago-Oak Brook 
1909 Spring Road

Oak Brook, IL 60523



Chicago Marriott Oak Brook
1401 West 22nd Street
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Hilton Chicago Oak Brook Hills Resort 
3500 Midwest Road
Oak Brook, IL, 60523


Le Méridien Chicago - Oakbrook Center
2100 Spring Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

Residence Inn Chicago Oak Brook
790 Jorie Boulevard
Oak Brook, IL 60523