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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT: ARE YOU IN OR OUT?. Laurie Batchelder Adams October 2, 2008 2008 Annual Conference Colorado Rocky Mountain SWANA Chapter. The Work Environment – Work Force Diversity. Greater that 25% will be Hispanic & Asian Increased training Staff – hands-on & specialized, ESL

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tomorrow s environment are you in or out

TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT:ARE YOU IN OR OUT?

Laurie Batchelder Adams

October 2, 2008

2008 Annual Conference Colorado Rocky Mountain SWANA Chapter

the work environment work force diversity
The Work Environment – Work Force Diversity
  • Greater that 25% will be Hispanic & Asian
  • Increased training
    • Staff – hands-on & specialized, ESL
    • Supervisors – cultural awareness, languages
  • Improved communication skills & media needed (digital, on-line forums, blogging, link-ins)
  • Retention needs will increase
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Comprehensive health benefits
    • Absenteeism & safety incentives
the waste environment new materials in waste stream
The Waste Environment – New Materials in Waste Stream
  • Materials from displaced products
  • Materials from new technology
      • Nanotechnology
        • Health issues?
        • Equipment & ops issues?

Fullerene = simplest carbon structure

the regulatory environment lfgte wte
The Regulatory Environment –LFGTE & WTE
  • LFG classified as renewable energy - eligible for production tax credit
  • WTE defined as renewable in 15 states
  • Reduces methane & provides alternative to fossil fuels
  • Approx 500 LFGTE projects
  • 90 WTE projects
  • Both expected to increase
the environment environment
The Environment Environment
  • Global water shortage – over I billion people lack access to potable water
  • Air quality – 130M in the U.S. live with “unhealthy” air
  • Global warming – climate change, compromised ecosystems, health affects

But really – what’s the big deal??

just the facts ma am
Just the Facts, Ma’am

American West has warmed 70% more than planet as a whole (Colorado River Basin 2X global average)

global warming basics
Greenhouse gases – carbon dioxide, methane, ozone, nitrous oxide & CFCs

Biogenic & anthropogenic sources

CO2 has “global warming potential” of 1 (baseline)

Measured as metric tons of CO2 equivalent (MTCE)

Global Warming Basics
what s the relevance
What’s the Relevance?
  • MTCE = a balloon filled to a 30-ft diameter
  • Annual US per capita generation = 20 to 25 MTCE
us climate change movement
US Climate Change Movement
  • 24 states require electric utilities to use renewables
  • 11 states to reduce GHGs by 80% from 1990 levels
  • > 600 mayors signed climate protection agreement
  • > 1000 companies participate in GHG reduction & renewable power procurement programs
  • EPA programs - Climate Leaders Program, Green Power Partnership, Energy Star, Methane to Markets, etc.
will congress ever catch up
Will Congress Ever Catch Up?
  • America’s Climate Security Act of 2007 (S. 2191)
    • Requires caps for manufacturing, transportation & electric
    • Offset trading from agricultural, forest & other land-use
  • Efforts to Modify S. 2191 by coalition including SWANA to recognize recycling as GHG stabilizer
  • House Climate Change Bill (in progress) – SWANA coalition wants to study direct $$ to recycling
  • Many new renewable energy bills
role of solid waste industry
Role of Solid Waste Industry
  • < 5% of total US GHGs from solid waste
  • Collection = largest emission process
  • Landfill disposal = largest methane generator
  • Recycling reduces resource consumption of virgin materials
  • Recycling & composting improve carbon sequestration & reduce disposal, avoid landfilling
  • LFG & WTE create energy that replaces fossil fuels
swana s role
SWANA’s Role
  • Recently Added Services & Programs
    • Joined Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX)
    • Offset footprints for SWANA events beginning 2007
    • Monthly E-sessions on solid waste + climate change
    • Partnered with Clinton Climate Initiative
    • New “ning” site social network at iamswana.ning.com
    • WASTECON 2008
swana con t
SWANA, con’t
  • Increased role for Technical Divisions
  • Training – new updates for Transfer Stations, C&D and Recycling
  • Continued advocacy
    • Part of Renewable Energy Business Alliance
    • Action Alerts on SWANA home page
    • America’s Climate Security Act of 2007 2009
    • Interstate Waste – Rail-Based Solid Waste Facilities – Flow Control
you swana
You & SWANA?
  • Join a Technical Division
  • Become a training instructor
  • Join SWANA’s Applied Research Foundation
  • Take the SWANA Climate Change Challenge today
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Expect
  • Question
  • Participate in Change

Laurie Batchelder Adams

LBA Associates & SWANA

lbaassoc@qwest.net