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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.


Webinar: Strides Toward Sorting and Recycling Flexible Packaging: Materials Recovery for

Strides Toward Sorting and Recycling Flexible Packaging: Materials Recovery for the Future

October 27th
11 am - Noon EST
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About the presenters

Walter Peterson
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Walter Peterson is the Manager, Packaging Innovation and Sustainability at Nestlé USA.  The Packaging Engineering function at Nestlé USA falls under the Technical and Production team at Nestle.  Prior to joining Nestlé in 2006, Walter was in a variety of packaging roles in manufacturing, sales and product development both in the U.S. and abroad.  Walter holds at B.S. Degree in Industrial Technology-Packaging Engineering from University of Wisconsin-Stout and an M.B.A. from California State University-Bakersfield.   

Diane Herndon
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Diane Herndon works with expert teams across Purina in the US to improve and communicate the sustainability of the company. She works with purchasing teams and non-governmental groups to track Purina’s priority supply chains and invest in projects that add value to agricultural systems.  She works with the operations teams as they implement energy, greenhouse gas, water and waste reduction projects.  Package recycling is an important area for Purina as a way to connect with consumers.  With Packaging colleagues, Diane developed an online pet food package recycling tool, is incorporating How2Recycle labels onto pet food and litter packages and she is currently working with a cross-industry group to find ways to recycle flexible plastic pet food bags through community recyclers.  She is also working with a brand team and the on-line store to pilot a carbon neutral shipping program for online orders.   

Susan Graff
Susan Graff is Principal and Vice President of Global Corporate Sustainability at RRS.  She is responsible for corporate materials recovery and sustainability programs, and leads collaborative projects to recover plastics and other commodity recyclables. Prior to RRS, Susan was Principal of ERS Global, a sustainability consultancy serving the Fortune 200 with corporate sustainability strategies and reporting. She is a former senior official at US EPA, where she was responsible for waste management, environmental risk assessment and public/private partnership programs.  Susan holds a Master of Science in Technology and Science Policy from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Western Illinois University.