Waste Wise Offers a Series of Online Talks to Promote Dialogue on Waste Management

Waste Wise will conduct online video panels with experts from across the waste spectrum using Google+ Hangouts, broadcast them live, and then publish content for ready use by decision makers, policy analysts, experts and advocates.

About Waste Wise

Waste Wise is a simple and innovative idea. By using 21st century tools it shares expertise globally; opening up high-quality, leading edge thinking to those who have not had access to this expertise, while also eliminating the environmental and financial costs of global conferences. Waste Wise will conduct online video panels with experts from across the waste spectrum using Google+ Hangouts, broadcast them live, and then publish content for ready use by decision makers, policy analysts, experts and advocates.

Why Waste Wise?            

The need for real, actionable, sustainable expertise about waste solutions is critical. However, practical expertise has been slow to spread. Thought leadership is concentrated in only a few parts of the world and the current methods of sharing expertise and knowledge such as, dense and lengthy reports and global conferences are limited in their ability to reach a wide variety and number of stakeholders. Many people lack access to the global conferences on waste solutions; time, financial resources, level of literacy and language, and lack of credentials get in the way of participation in global idea exchanges. The Internet, streaming video and, specifically, Google+ Hangout are powerful and scalable methods to effectively address the scope of today’s waste challenges through sharing solutions.

Who Started This?

Katrina Mitchell Co-Founder of Waste Wise and Strategist, Planner and Researcher at Katrina Mitchell LLC.

Katrina has been engaged in waste management since 2008 when she began studying the informal recycling sector in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Since then she has sought to create a global dialogue with thought leaders, experts, activists, and grassroots practitioners who recognize the power and growing importance of waste pickers, junk shops, scavengers — the informal sector – to solve the global waste crisis. She has a Masters in Urban Planning from the Humphrey Institute of Public Affair. She has provided strategy, planning and research to many social innovators and has analyzed industry clusters and the green economy for regional economic development.

Ranjith Annepu 

Ranjith Annepu has worked as a consultant for the World Bank and advises Sustainable WasteResources International on solid waste management. Annepu is also the Coordinator of the Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council (WTERT) – India at Columbia University. His work focuses on integrated solid waste management and his most recent publication was Observations from India’s Waste Crisis, which was republished by many newspapers and magazines. Earlier to this, two years of his research was published as Sustainable Solid Waste Management in India, which the Open Magazine described as “one of the most detailed reports yet on (Indian) urban waste”. A research blog based on this report is a recommended reading for a sustainable development course in University of Minnesota. The report and the blog were also widely cited, included as a resource in many databases and republished in the form of various abridged versions.

He holds a Master’s degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He is the Co-Founder of WasteWise.Be, writes at blog.wtert.org and maintained swmindia.blogspot.com.

Aims of Waste Wise

1)     To provide a nearly zero cost, zero environmental impact solution to sharing leading edge thinking on waste management.

2)     To bring together though leaders, industry experts, and others in the field to share their knowledge and bring about a discussion on the various topics.

The first series of panels will run weekly in July and August of 2013. The final product is an online repository of these recorded panels (edited down to short segments), including the complete context for the videos: full transcripts, a space for dialog, summary and background, panelist bios, and any sources or resources referenced during the panel. We have arranged for journalists to write and publish an article for each panel for broad distribution. 

Schedule (all times are Eastern US, -4:00 GMT) 

1)      Recycling in North American cities (July 10, 2:00pm – 2:45pm)

2)      Compatibility between recycling and waste-to-energy (July 17, 2:00pm – 2:45pm)

3)      Entrepreneurship in Solid Waste Management (July 24, 2:00pm – 2:45pm)

4)      Managing plastic waste and mitigating the garbage patches (July 31, 2:00pm – 2:45pm)

5)      Integrating the informal waste recycling sector in Latin America (August 7, 2:00pm – 2:45pm)

6)      Solid waste management and climate change (August 14, 11:00am – 11:45am)

7)      Solving the global waste management challenge (August 21, 11:00am – 11:45am)

Our list of panellists and moderators include Samantha MacBride, author of Recycling Reconsidered: the Present Failure and Future Promise of Environmental Action; Jane Olley, Senior Advisor on Solid Waste Management to the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); Prof. Nickolas Themelis, Founder and Director of the Earth Engineering Center at Columbia University and the Global Waste-to-Energy Research and Technology Council; Tom Szaky, founder of TerraCycle; Mike Biddle, founder of MBA Polymers; and many other thought leaders in the field.

Join the conversation at www.wastewise.be


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Please contact Akhila Vijayaraghavan of GreenDen Consultancy at akhila@thegreenden.net if you need further information and if you would like to interview Ranjith Annepu and Katrina Mitchell.


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