SWANA will host is annual national conference, WASTECON® as a Virtual event aptly called “Embracing Disruption”, January 26-28, 2021.
SWANA’s re-engineered executive leadership summit for the solid waste and recycling industry will be more accessible than ever. Each keynote session will include high impact speakers discussing the issues that matter the most to private and public sector solid waste and recycling leaders in the United States and Canada.
Embracing Disruption. Not just the conference theme, embracing disruption is the future of our industry. The solid waste and recycling industry is being reshaped by powerful forces – fiscal uncertainty, a critical need for infrastructure investment, local governments pushed to engage in creative city-to-city and public/private partnerships in the absence of federal and state leadership, and the need to leverage technology to connect to our communities and customers.
“When we embrace disruptions, we can lean in and make decisions that help accelerate needed solutions and sunset legacy practices that can stand in the way of progress,” said SWANA Deputy Executive Director, Meri Beth Wojtaszek. “This has some leaders replacing the phrase ‘before and after’ to ‘before and faster.’”
SWANA is curating a dynamic lineup for this event that includes high-level speakers and panelists that will discuss the lessons learned and organizational changes that have been made during the COVID-19 recovery phases; the resurgence of interest in recycling as the new national recycling strategy and goals are announced in the US. Participants will hear from top executives in the public and private sector who are working hard to build resiliency in the communities that they serve.
Visit WASTECON.org for program updates and registration information as it becomes available.
The Recycling Association of Minnesota, the Minnesota chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America, and the Minnesota Solid Waste Administrator’s Association teamed up to host a series of 10 webinars running every Thursday from September 10th through November 12th.
The webinars will cover such topics as
SCS Engineers is a sponsor of the webinars.
SCS Professional Dave Hostetter will speak on “Recent Changes in Landfills and Technology”, on October 16 at 10:00 am ET, as one of the virtual webinar sessions hosted by the Virginia Recycling Association and SWANA in its 2020 Webinar series called “Navigating Changes on the Horizon.”
Dave will discuss “How IoT and SCADA are Changing Landfills”.
He will present alongside Bob Car and Mark Bertane of Blackhawk Technology Company, who will address Pumping Elevated Temp Fluids; and Jenny Johnson of LaBella Associates, who will discuss Navigating the Shortage of Landfill Operators.
The VRA-SWANA series is packed with interesting events. Click for more information and to register
President, Michele Nestor
Vice President, Denise Wessels
Secretary, Tom Lock
Treasurer, Matthew Foltz
Private Sector Directors: Jill Hamill, Carolyn Witwer
Public Sector Directors: Scott McGrath and Scot Sample
Young Professionals Director: Brandon Comer
Chapter International Board Member: Robert Watts
The Solid Waste Association of North America – SWANA organization is comprised of public and private sector professionals committed to advancing solid waste management, safety, and resource management through their shared emphasis on education, advocacy, and research. Keystone SWANA serves industry professionals through technical conferences, certifications, publications, and a large offering of technical training courses which in turn keep our communities and environmental resources healthier.
SWANA is offering educational sessions as a webinar series with CEUs available from August through November. Register for just a few or pay one flat fee to participate in as many as you would like.
This week’s Webinar is on Thursday, October 1 at 10:00 am ET, 1 CEU.
State-of-the industry practices pertaining to the design, construction, operations, monitoring, and data analytics of LFG collection and control systems, as well as investigation of the quantity (mass flux) of fugitive (uncollected) LFG emissions.
This 1 hour SWANA Training includes topics on Landfill Gas Emissions. Register through the VRA/SWANA Webinar Series. If you’d like to learn more about the services and technologies discussed during this session, try one of these links:
The Virginia Recycling Association and SWANA are hosting Sustainability in Solid Waste Management webinar on September 17 from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Eastern Time
In lieu of the 2020 Joint Solid Waste and Recycling Conference scheduled for October 28-30, SWANA is offering educational sessions as a webinar series with CEUs available from August through November. Register for just a few or pay one flat fee to participate in as many as you would like.
This week’s Webinar is on Thursday, September 10 at 10:00 am ET, 1 CEU.
SWANA recognizes members for their contributions and advancements to the Landfill Gas and Biogas Division and the industry with the Landfill Gas and Biogas Distinguished Individual Achievement Award.
This year, the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) is presenting the 2020 Landfill Gas and Biogas (LGB) Division, Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (DIAA) to Patrick Sullivan. Mr. Sullivan, an SCS Engineers’ Sr. Vice President, will receive the award at his home with recognition at SWANA WASTECON® later in December.
Pat Sullivan is one of the most knowledgeable professionals in the nation on the subjects of landfill gas (LFG), or biogas, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA), Clean Air Act regulations, as well as greenhouse gas and climate change. He serves as SCS Engineers’ expert on these topics and throughout the industry.
SWANA’s LGB Division is widely recognized as a leading authority on issues surrounding LFG recovery, control, management, utilization, system design, operation, and maintenance. Mr. Sullivan has been a participating member for decades, serving as chair and vice-chair of the rules and regulations committee; division director, vice director, and past director, and continues to serve as a member of the joint rules/regulation and advocacy committee within the LGB Division.
Mr. Sullivan generously shares his knowledge and time by publishing and presenting over 120 technical papers in industry journals, publications, conferences, seminars, and workshops. The majority of these topical materials relate to LFG, air quality, greenhouse gas, and risk assessment issues for landfills. He routinely provides high-level training to SCS’s LFG staff and professionals.
“I am honored to receive the DIAA from SWANA as it is always rewarding to get recognized by your peers for your professional accomplishments,” stated Pat Sullivan. “Although it would have been nice to share the award with my colleagues in person at SWANAPalooza, it was a pleasant surprise to receive the award in the mail at home.”
SWANAPalooza has been rescheduled to the week of June 22, 2020, and will now be a Virtual Event titled “Connecting our Resources”. SWANA’s leadership anticipates that the virtual conference will allow even more of the solid waste community to participate in this important industry event.
SWANApalooza is SWANA’s leading conference for solid waste professionals to explore environmental solutions for integrated solid waste management. SWANA is working around the clock to organize this important virtual event.
Numerous SCS professionals will deliver presentations, including these and on-demand at the SCS Booth.
The men and women of the solid waste industry have been continuing their jobs throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In recognition of their hard work and sacrifice, SWANA is collaborating with Glad to support sanitation workers across the United States and Canada personally affected by COVID-19 through the Sanitation Workers Support Fund (Fund). The Fund is providing financial assistance to eligible front-line solid waste and recycling collection workers in the United States and Canada adversely impacted by COVID-19.
“The solid waste industry is considered essential, and its workers have been on the front line, without failure, making sure waste is collected and disposed of since the onset of COVID-19. This fund is an important recognition of their contribution to our communities, and is a way of providing support when they are personally impacted by the pandemic,” stated Suzanne Sturgeon, Health & Safety Program Manager for SCS Field Services and SWANA Safety Committee Chair.