March 31, 2013 “The Recycling Paradigm” Crossing over the Bridge (Fifty Nine in Series)

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033113BRIDGE59Crossing over the Bridge (59) “The Recycling Paradigm” Panel: Buddy Boyd Founder Gibsons Recycling Depot Vancouver Canada, Jeffrey Morris Economist Sound Resource Management Group, Paul Connett Ph.D Professor of Chemistry St. Lawrence University, Erich Schwartz Consultant Greenomics

bb1Buddy Boyd and his partner Barb Hetherington spend every day of their lives trying to better their community and their environment. There aren’t many people who can say that they wake up in the morning with the one goal: to improve the world around them. And for that reason that Buddy and Barb were recognized with the Best Green Business Award from Small Business BC for the work they do through their small business Gibsons Recycling Depot. Gibsons Recycling Depot is so much more than a privately owned recycling facility on the Sunshine Coast – it‘s a small business with the big goal of making a difference by promoting sustainability, while also creating employment opportunities in the local community.

Owner Buddy Boyd’s passion for the environment stems from over four decades of entrepreneurial experience. As a teenager on the streets with little education or focus, he was selected for the Bank of Montreal Youth Project – a program geared toward helping youth build self-esteem and find their passion. “This one thing changed the course of my life,” says Buddy. “Each student was required to develop their own individual presentation on something that we cared deeply about. I formed a chapter of STOP (Society to Overcome Pollution).”

Jeffrey Morris – Current research and consulting interests – Economic cost/benefit valuation of pollutant emissions, life cycle assessment emissions impact categories (e.g., global warming, acidification, eutrophication, criteria air pollutants,
human toxicity and ecological toxicity), natural capital, and nonmarket services (e.g., litter control, graffiti control, illegal dumping cleanup, watershed ecological management, and recycling) that often are bundled with traditional market-based services such as water supply, wastewater management, and garbage collection. Particular expertise and interest in accounting for externalities and nonmarket products & services in decision-making.

Clients include the US Department of Justice, Washington State Department of Ecology, Washington State Clean Washington Center, Massachusetts Executive Office of Environmental Affairs, Seattle Public Utilities, New York City, San Francisco, Toronto, Halifax (Nova Scotia), Tacoma (WA), Bellevue (WA), King County (WA) Department of Natural Resources, San Luis Obispo County (CA) Integrated Waste Management Authority, Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, Rhode Island Clean Water Fund, Pollution Probe (Toronto), and New Jersey Environmental Federation.

connett1Professor of Chemistry Paul Connett’s environmental activism goes beyond his classes. Investigations into the scientific evidence against the practice of water fluoridation has become a family affair for the Connett household. His son Michael ’99 is the research director and Webmaster for the Fluoride Action Network (http://www.fluoridealert.org), and his wife, Ellen, is also involved in researching the topic. All three presented scientific papers at the 26th Conference of the International Society for Fluoride Research, held in Wiesbaden, Germany, recently. Paul Connett has received numerous awards and citations for his work, and frequently participates in community discussions on fluoridation. A graduate of Cambridge University, Connett holds a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College and joined the faculty at St. Lawrence in 1983. Connett’s opposition to incineration as a method of managing solid waste, based on his chemical analysis of the byproducts of the process, has taken him to 49 states, five Canadian provinces and 44 other countries. He has given over 1,700 public presentations, written many articles on dioxin and waste management and co-produced several videotapes on those topics, as a result of that research. Connett says that he has devoted a great deal of time and effort to grass-roots environmental organizations during his career, because “that is the place where we can effect genuine change.”

erich1Erich Schwartz is a consultant and entrepreneur focused in developing and implementing strategic plans and solutions for a variety of organizations globally and across industries. Specifically, he has been highly successful with sustainability programs, large-scale information and educational technology projects, and telecommunications infrastructure integration projects for Fortune 500, Crown Corporations, Governments, and mid-size businesses throughout the world. Erich is an experienced leader, working with business, government, and community stakeholders to develop long-term strategies and influence policy. He has managed globally distributed teams of professionals across functions, including hardware and software engineering, program and project management, training, communications and marketing, and business owners. Working with these teams Erich has been able to successfully conceive, design, implement, and transition projects while meeting quality, time and budget requirements. Over the last few years, Erich combined the breadth and depth of his business experience with a life-long passion for a sustainable environment by establishing and running Greenomics Corporation, a consultancy that combines business, education, and community leadership to help transition businesses and communities to sustainable practices while maintaining or increasing profitability.

trashedposterTrashed The Movie

“Trashed” is a provocative investigation of one of the fastest growing industries in North America. The garbage business. The film examines a fundamental element of modern American culture…the disposal of what our society defines as “waste.” It is an issue influenced by every American, most of whom never consider the consequences. Nor, it seems, the implications to our biosphere. At times humorous, but deeply poignant, “Trashed” examines the American waste stream fast approaching a half billion tons annually.

What are the effects all this waste will have on already strained natural resources? Why is so much of it produced? While every American creates almost 5 pounds of it every day, who is affected most? And who wants America to make more?

The film analyzes the causes and effects of the seemingly innocuous act of “taking out the garbage” while showcasing the individuals, activists, corporate and advocacy groups working to affect change and reform the current model. “Trashed” is an informative and thought-provoking film everyone interested in the future of sustainability should see.

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