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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 3rd, Detroit, MI

The Essentials of Sustainable Packaging offers a comprehensive introduction to sustainability considerations that apply to the entire packaging life cycle including: material sourcing, packaging design, manufacturing, transportation and recovery/disposal. This session will also cover material health considerations and sustainable materials management in greater detail. 

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 packaging sustainability.

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SPC Members: $699

Nonmembers: $999

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Essentials of Sustainable Packaging Working Agenda

Thursday, November 3rd8:00 – 8:30 amBreakfast
  8:30 - 8:45Introductions
  8:45 - 9:45 amIntroduction to Sustainable Materials Management
Sustainable Materials Management framework
A global case for sustainability 
Corporate goal-setting
The SPC Definition

9:45 – 11 am Recovery 
The recovery supply chain
Current trends and recycling data
Biodegradation vs compostability
Design for recycling

11 - 11:15 amBreak

11:15 am – 12:15 pm Sourcing and Materials 
Bio-based plastics
Understanding tradeoffs

12 :15- 1:15 pmLunch

1:15 – 2:15 pmMaterial Health
Green Chemistry
Material IQ
The role of the precautionary principle
  2:15 – 2:30 pm Production sustainability

2:30 – 2:45 pmBreak

2:45 – 3:45 pm Measuring & Communication 
Understanding life cycle analysis
Certifications, labels, and claims
The SPC's How2Recycle Label

3:45 - 4:15 pmDiscussion & Wrap-up Exercise



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 initiated the SPC’s How2Recycle Label Program, which was launched nationally in 2012 and continues to grow rapidly. She manages and teaches the Essentials of Sustainable Packaging curriculum. Currently she is also leading GreenBlue’s composting efforts, which include collaborating with industry and government on building the composting infrastructure; understanding the value of compostable packaging; and managing the local Charlottesville City Market citizen compostables drop-off program.
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 and managed a landfill bioremediation project. 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 and other events to implement recycling and composting. Anne is also a professional hula-hoop dancer. 


James Ewell, Sustainable Materials Director

As Director of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Materials program, James is responsible for managing the development and practical implementation of its sustainable materials management framework. He has extensive knowledge and experience in sustainable product design and manufacturing, chemical transparency and supply chain management. As Director of Consulting for McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC), James developed and implemented Cradle-to-Cradle criteria for designing and manufacturing sustainable products and improving corporate practices. He has worked with numerous corporate clients from a diversity of industrial sectors.

Prior to his tenure at MBDC, James has held positions at organizations such as the Piedmont Environmental Council, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the International Center for Development Policy. In addition, James has a long history of advocacy work in social justice and international development issues. He holds an MA in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia, and a BA in History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.



Nichols - Greater Detroit
1685 Northfield Drive
Rochester HIlls, Michigan 

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