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Track Session Schedule 

as of 2/20/24
WEDNESDAY, February 28th
Option 1: FIELD TRIP12:30 pm - 5:00 pm  **SOLD OUT**
Meet at the main entrance of Chula Vista; we will tour Poynette Ironworks and Penda Corporation.  See more about the tour here.  This event is available to any registrant for an extra fee of $25 and space is limited.  Please note that these tours occur on foot in mostly indoor spaces.
Option 2: WORKSHOP1:30 pm - 5:00 pm (this event is open to any Full-conference registrant)
Workshop 1, 1:30 - 3 pm:
  • Forward Focused - The Power of Positive Leadership (Anne Uecker, AnneU Speaks) 
    • ​​​​This session will focus on how to work with and transform Energy Vampires into positive energy bus drivers.  It is a choice we make every day to be positive or negative.  It is hard to stay focused when all the energy is sucked up with negativity, but we can do it!  Whether you lead from the top down or the bottom up, your positive energy can impact your organization for the better.  Moderated by John Peralta

Workshop 2, 3:30 - 5:00 pm:
  • Improve Engagement in Your Meetings (Barb Bickford, Bickford Collaboration)
    • Are you tired of meetings where only a few people contribute, when you know there are other opinions and good ideas in the room? In this session, you will experience three versatile easy-to-learn activities that can increase participation in your meetings. Come ready to actively collaborate!  Moderated by Abby Lichtscheidl

THURSDAY, February 29th
KEYNOTE - 9:00 - 10:00am 
TRACK SESSION I - 10:45 - 11:45am
  • Applying Behavior Change Strategies to Improve Single Family Recycling (Samantha Longshore and Taylor Sorenson, The Recycling Partnership)
    • ​​​​If every U.S. home had adequate access to recycling, we would STILL lose more than half of all residential recyclable material –roughly 15 million tons of economic value and environmental benefit annually. The reason: Americans are confused about what and how to recycle. To improve, we need to strengthen behavior.  Moderated by Jennifer Semrau

  • Black Goo: Response and Proactive Designs  (Lee Daigle, Tetra Tech; Craig Benson, UW-Madison)​
    • Municipal solid waste landfills are facing a new challenge: the fouling of leachate systems through non-traditional clogging media, referred to as Black Goo, Flubber, and Taffy. This presentation will discuss our current understanding of the materials, reactive efforts to its occurrence, and proactive, preventative designs that could reduce potential issues.  Moderated by Nate Schneider ​

  • What is your impact? (Daniel Hartsig, WasteCap Resource Solutions)
    • WasteCap has been recording our waste diversion efforts for the last 18 years, and we use a variety of tools to show the effects and bring meaning to the numbers for ourselves and our clients.  Today we'll walk through how you leverage them for your own sustainability reporting.  Moderated by Ali Rathsack​

TRACK SESSION II - 2:30 - 3:30pm 
  • Engaging New Strategies and New Audiences to Increase Waste Reduction (Samantha Worden, Sustain Dane; Baltazar De Anda Santana, Latino Academy of Workforce Development, Inc.; Chris Jimieson, SCS Engineers)
    • Active participation and engagement in waste reduction efforts increases recycling. Three projects will highlight the role of engaging education strategies, workshops, and community events in empowering Latinx, school, and neighborhood communities. Learn how the tools used can be replicated in your waste reduction efforts, spreading the ripple effect of impact.  Moderated by Debbi Dodson​

  • Tire Derived Aggregate as an Alternate for Landfill Infrastructure (Sara Beine and Dan Michiels, Foth)
    • According to the USDOT, approximately 45% of the 250 million tires generated annually are disposed of in landfills, stockpiles, or illegal dumps. This presentation explores the potential beneficial use of tire derived aggregate in construction of landfill infrastructure as an alternate aggregate material.  Moderated by Chad Doverspike​

  • State of the Industry Update: New Perspectives (Maddie Palubicki, Tom Ludwick, Dillon Peters, Lee Daigle, Tetra Tech)
    • This panel will consist of three young professionals and one human resources manager, moderated by a professional engineer with years of experience in the industry. These unique perspectives will provide insight into the solid waste world through the eyes of young consultants and an overview of industry hiring trends.  Moderated by Lee Daigle​

TRACK SESSION III - 3:45 - 4:45pm 
  • Methods and Mayhem: Striving for Zero Waste (Susan Schuller and MaKayla Galecki, Recycling Connections)
    • Waste can simply be considered a sign of inefficiencies. We know there are many inefficiencies at events, big and small. Learn how a non-profit has developed services and support to minimize event waste. Lessons we learned and practical tips will be shared.  Moderated by Allison Birr​

  • Remediation of PFAS using White Rot Fungus (Jerome Segura III, Segura & Sons Mushroom Farm)
    • Remediation of contamination by means of fungus, mycoremediation, is a growing field. We present a case study carried out by Marathon County Solid Waste and Segura & Sons Mushroom Farm.  Moderated by Jon Reisenbuechler​

  • SWIFR and REO Grant Funds - What we've learned and what's to come  (Jennifer Semrau, WI DNR; Susan Mooney, US EPA; Lupe Gutierrez, Foth; Linda Ngyuen, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa)
    • Round One of the Solid Waste Infrastructure For Recycling (SWIFR) grant and the Recycling Outreach and Education (REO) grant is over and projects are funded and underway. This session will look at what the distribution of that funding looks like and what infrastructure and education projects are in the works for Wisconsin, the Midwest, and nationally. We will also share tips, tools, and things to consider for those looking to submit a grant in future rounds.  Moderated by Angie Lemar​

FRIDAY, March 1st
TRACK SESSION IV - 9:00am - 10:00am 
  • Test Your Knowledge - WI DNR Compliance Quiz and Best Practices (Tess Brester, Marcy McGrath, Casey Krausensky, DNR)
    • The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources offers an opportunity to participate in an interactive presentation discussing common compliance issues and best practices to address them. Representatives from three sectors of the solid waste program will present, covering landfills, non-landfill facilities (e.g., transfer, processing, compost and woodburning) and electronics collection sites.​

  • Decoding Groundwater Analytical Results (Teri Daigle and Logan Dwyer, Tetra Tech; Paul Junio, Pace Analytical Laboratory)
    • Understanding and interpreting groundwater monitoring analytical results can be challenging. This presentation, led by Tetra Tech and Pace Analytical Laboratories, will provide the information needed to decode this data, including an overview of groundwater sampling lab reports and the background and detection monitoring requirements for municipal solid waste (MSW) landfills.  Moderated by Abby Lichtscheidl​

  • Glass Processing, What it takes (Joe Meierhoff, Strategic Materials Inc.)
    • In depth explanation of glass processing and how contaminations affects the process.  Moderated by Jennifer Semrau​

HOTEL CHECK OUT & MORNING BREAK - 10:00 am- 10:30am 
TRACK SESSION V - 10:30am - 11:30a
  • Opportunities for Ag Plastics Recycling (Melissa Kono, UW - Extension)
    • Farmers are eager to participate in recycling programs, particularly if programs are convenient and come at no cost. Providing sustainable agricultural plastics recycling programs requires collaboration of private companies as well as state and local governments and agencies to avoid the externalities caused by the use of plastics in agriculture.  Moderated by Allison Birr​

  • Geosynthetic Closure Solutions for Waste Sites (Now with Solar!) (John Herrmann, )
    • As waste sites reach end of life, the owner must consider closure options for the site. Traditional soil closure systems may be ET caps, or consist of a clay cap with vegetation layer on top. Clay caps have been known to leak and require significant maintenance and care. Geosynthetic systems have been used for 40+ years and provide high quality containment and drainage in place of soils. Geosynthetics are manufactured to high quality control standards and are proven as reliable and consistent in the solid waste market. There are also geosynthetics used in waste consolidation closures near 2:1 slopes that achieve extremely high interface shear strength where soil materials would erode. Newer geosynthetic technology to the closure market includes synthetic turf systems where a solar array can be deployed over top without penetrating the liner system below. These solar panels can be installed on 2.5:1 slopes along with solar installation on the flat top deck to achieve high solar output by maximizing panel density. This presentation will explore these various closure options on the market.  Moderated by Ali Rathsack.

  • Hauler here, Hauler there, Hauler everywhere (John Peralta & David Hagenbucher, Marathon County Solid Waste Department; Larry Hougom & Kat Thoeny, Hilltopper Refuse and Recycling Service Inc.; Abby Lichtscheidl, Portage County Solid Waste Department; Brent Flikkema, Johns Disposal Service, Inc.)
    • This panel will be comprised of members of the Badger Safety Committee from various parts of the industry. Each member will have a short presentation on a topic related to haulers that has been discussed in the committee, and then open the discussion up with questions with members of the audience for additional stories, suggestions, and best practices to share with the group.  Moderated by John Peralta​

CLOSING  -11:30am - Noon 
  • Closing remarks and door prizes
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