SPC Advance 2017

Sustainable Packaging Coalition members will gather in Pittsburgh for presentations, workshops, and tours that advance the conversation on sustainable packaging

Oct 17, 2017 - Oct 18, 2017 Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh PA

The ideas, conversation, and connections you need to advance sustainability in your organization.

SPC Advance is the event for sustainability professionals across the packaging value chain to come together to collaborate, learn, engage, and ask questions about the issues that matter most for moving sustainability forward. The event is designed to inspire action and drive solutions by connecting sustainability professionals with diverse perspectives in an open, collaborative environment. Our goal is for attendees to leave with a shared sense of what’s possible, with actionable insights, tools, and best practices for integrating sustainability into core business practices.

SPC Advance was designed to deliver a well-rounded conference experience, focused on offering opportunities to learn, and take home practical, actionable information while also ensuring attendees have a good time.


SPC Advance 2016

Event Speakers

Ryan L’Abbe

GreenMantra Technologies

Monique Oxender

Keurig Green Mountain

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Omni William Penn Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA

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Composting Workshop

Price: Free for SPC Advance attendees, $200 to attend the workshop separately from SPC Advance.

To RSVP as a SPC Advance attendee, fill out this brief form. To register as an attendee for the Composting Workshop alone and not attend the full SPC Advance conference, please register here.


Registration starts at 7:15, breakfast will be served at 7:30 and lunch will be served after the workshop

Sessions will begin at 8 am


How can we set common goals to work towards the end game of sustainability? Every stakeholder in the composting supply chain has a particular perspective on where efficiencies can be made and the best places to leverage compostable packaging and food serviceware. Let’s apply design thinking to the composting and compostable packaging relationship and speed date through different scenarios to problem solve.


  • Susan Thoman, Managing Director, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
  • Lara Seng, Regional Sustainability Manager, Sodexo
  • Tim Goodman, Cradle-to-Cradle Manager, NatureWorks
  • Brian Fleury, WeCare Organics
  • David Fridland, Eco-Products
  • Michele Riggs, Cedar Grove
  • Rod Tyler, Green Horizons Environmental


Description of the 4 stations

  • Composters & Haulers: Discuss the challenges and opportunities that compost manufacturers and haulers face during processing like materials to accept, educating the public, mitigating contaminants, and meeting new market demand.
  • Compost End Users: Talk end use for compost ranging from agricultural and environmental applications that are sensitive to product quality, stormwater management, and erosion control.
  • Packaging & Resin Manufacturers: Consider availability of composting infrastructure, methods to increase and strengthen legislation that supports compost markets, build towards standards and on the ground composting, as well as performance, and cost difference between conventional products.
  • Food Scrap Generators & Compostables Users: Explore product sourcing that meets standards and processing abilities, setting up effective sorting stations, “fan” or attendee engagement opportunities, transitioning to an “all compostables” model, and the cost associated with doing so.



While both compostable packaging producers and composters are manufacturers in the same supply chain, compostable packaging manufacturers are particularly dependent on the operations and existence of compost manufacturers. Despite this significant reliance, the challenges that each manufacturer faces are often discussed in isolation. A panel of stakeholders from both manufacturing sectors unpack the opportunities that the industry can gain from deep collaboration and forging a circular economy.


  • Susan Thoman, Managing Director, Compost Manufacturing Alliance
  • David Fridland, Sustainability Maven, Eco-Products
  • Brian Fleury, Senior Vice President of Organics Residuals, WeCare Organics
  • Fritz Gottschalk, Maryland Certified Compost Facility Operator, Veteran Compost
  • Michele Riggs, Project Manager, Cedar Grove
  • Carla Castagnero, AgRecycle

Cancellations and Refunds

Paid registrations may receive full refunds minus 20% admin fee if requested 10 business days before conference date. No refunds will be given within 10 days of the conference. If you would like to cancel or substitute your registration, please email spcinfo@greenblue.org