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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.


SPC Open Forum - Recycling Expert Rebuttal of the New York Times - November 2015


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST

A Special SPC Open Forum: Recycling Expert Rebuttal of the New York Times
On Tuesday November 10th the SPC will hold a special roundtable discussion to refute the opinions expressed by the New York Times in its article The Reign of Recycling. The recycling community has been nearly unanimous in voicing its opposition to the author's outlook on the health of recycling systems, and the November Open Forum will be an opportunity for all SPC members to learn why experts believe that our recycling systems are alive and well. This special edition of the SPC Open Forum will feature Nina Butler, Managing Director of Moore Recycling Associates; Ron Gonen, Co-Founder and CEO of the Closed Loop Fund; and Keefe Harrison, Executive Director of the Recycling Partnership in a robust roundtable discussion moderated by GreenBlue and SPC Director Nina Goodrich. All SPC members will receive registration instructions via email.

Nina Butler, Managing Director of Moore Recycling Associates
Nina Bellucci Butler joined Moore Recycling in 2000 with a drive to identify solutions to waste, particularly plastic, and is eternally inspired by biomimicry, or the innovations inspired by nature, where waste does not happen. Like all on the Moore Team, Nina puts her priority on quality data collection and integrity in order to facilitate better decision making. To that end, Nina spearheaded the development of key plastic resources including,, Moore's in-house survey instrument, and integrated information management system. Nina oversees the company's direction in providing critical information, tools, and continued engagement with stakeholders that influence system improvements. She serves as a technical and strategic advisor to the American Chemistry Council and was integral in the development of the Wrap Recycling Action Program, a public/private partnership to increase plastic film recycling. 

Nina received her Masters of Environmental Management degree from Duke University. Her accomplishments at Duke included the development of a decision-making tool used to analyze the tradeoffs in switching from conventional plastics to bio-based plastics. Since there are always tradeoffs, Nina is passionate about bringing transparency to society's big decisions around material use given the global objectives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and toxic materials. 

Nina holds leadership roles in her local PTA and HOA in order to improve local resource management practices in Carrboro, NC. Beyond recycling, Nina is passionate about community gardens and has one in her front yard to enjoy with her two young daughters, husband, and friends.         

Ron Gonen, Co-Founder and CEO of the Closed Loop Fund
Ron is the Co-Founder and CEO of the Closed Loop Fund. The Closed Loop Fund was formed by a group of the world’s largest manufacturers, consumer goods companies and retailers to invest in municipal recycling and waste diversion programs.

Prior to the Closed Loop Fund, Ron was the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability for New York City. He joined the Bloomberg administration with the task of rebuilding NYC’s recycling program and developing a plan to divert over 30% of New York’s waste stream from landfills by 2017 and over 70% by 2025. He was responsible for New York’s recycling programs, which include paper, metal, glass, plastic, organics, textiles, electronics, the management of household hazardous waste and related legislation.

In 2013, NRDC and Earth Day New York named Ron as the Public Official of the Year in New York City.

Ron has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia Business School since 2010. In 2012, he was the recipient of the Social Enterprise Teaching Award for Excellence in Teaching.

From 2004-2010, Ron was the Co-Founder and CEO of RecycleBank. During his tenure as CEO, the company grew from an idea into a company that serviced over 50 cities and over 1 million households. RecycleBank was recognized with a number of business and environmental awards including the Philadelphia Sustainability Award, The Conference of Mayors – Public/Private Partnership of the Year Award and a Technology Pioneer award from the World Economic Forum.

From 1998-2002, Ron was a management consultant at Accenture and Deloitte.

Ron has been a recipient of a number of environmental and business awards including being recognized as a ‘Champion of the Earth’ by the United Nations Environment Program which is the highest distinction for environmental protection given by the United Nations and recognizes outstanding visionaries and leaders in the fields of policy, science and entrepreneurship and the Medal of Excellence from Columbia University which recognizes alumnus under the age of 45 for excellence in scholarship, public service and professional life.

Ron was a Henry Catto Fellow at the Aspen Institute is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

He holds patents in the recycling industry and rewards/loyalty industry.

Ron received an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Keefe Harrison, Executive Director of the Recycling Partnership

Keefe Harrison is the Executive Director of The Recycling Partnership, a national nonprofit with a twelve-year track record of increasing recycling rates.  Formerly, Keefe served as a senior consultant for Resource Recycling Systems, the director of communications for the Association of Postconsumer Plastic Recyclers, the project director for the Southeast Recycling Development Council, and as a local government assistance team member for the North Carolina State Recycling Office. She has worked in the waste reduction and recycling field since 1998 and is an active national speaker and published author on recycling issues. She lives with her husband and two children in Walpole, NH.

To Attend
SPC members can register here.