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4/24/2017 | 2 MINUTE READ

PLASTICS Offers Registration Price Break For Earth Day

Originally titled 'PLASTICS Offers Registration Price Break in Honor of Earth Day'
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This applicable to registration for the organization’s second annual Re/Focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit.

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Honoring Earth Day 2017 this past Saturday, PLASTICS, in partnership with the sustainability division of SPE, offered attendees $50 off of registration to its upcoming Re/Focus Sustainability & Recycling Summit using the code EARTHDAY, which will expire April 30.

This is the second annual such summit, which will be held June 27-29 at the Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando, Fla. The event, which aims to help the plastics industry take its sustainability goals from aspirational to operational, promises to be an information-packed affair.

There are two key conference tracks through the three-day event:

Sustainability in Technology & Engineering (SPE). This track will feature speakers that address the latest in recycling technology for recycling plastics as well as innovations in processing with recycled content and other alternative sustainable materials. The aim is to provide attendees with perspective on the technology that will push use of recycled content in manufacturing to new heights.

Sustainability Opportunities in Manufacturing. This track will emphasize the many opportunities that exist to drive sustainability in the manufacturing of plastic products. From use of recycled content, to energy and water reduction and managing waste streams during the manufacturing process, brand owners and processors have a number of strategies at their disposal to reduce the environmental impact of their products throughout their lifecycle. As such, this track’s presentations will highlight these opportunity areas and introduce strategies and resources that brand owners and processors can take advantage of to drive their environmental efforts.

Among the initially announced speakers of 2017 Re/Focus are:

  • Charles Martin, president/general manager of Leistritz Extrusion
  • Cory Keich, plant manager, Berry Global, Inc.
  • Chris Surbrook, Midland Compounding & Consulting
  • David Clark, v.p., safety, environment & sustainability, Amcor
  • Holli Alexander, application engineer manager, Eastman Chemical
  • James Burke, v.p. business development, Ecodesk
  • Kevin Cronin, v.p. sustainability and R&D, Ultra-Poly Corp.
  • Kiersten Muehchinger, University of Oregon
  • Leon Farahnik, founder, chairman and CEO, CarbonLITE
  • Libby Bernick, Trucost
  • Mark Richardson, instructor and special consultant to the dean on engineering, Oakland University and Series One, LLC
  • Naji Kasem, sustainability department corporate affairs, SABIC
  • Patrick Krieger, assistant director regulatory & technical affairs, PLASTICS
  • Paul Maguire, CEO, Riverdale Global
  • Rick Wagner, global sustainability manager, Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.
  • Slayton Altenburg, application specialist, TPEI
  • Stanley Dudek, managing member, Polymer Processing Tech LLC
  • Terry Gebhardt, v.p., Sher Company
  • William Schreiber, technical director, Lehigh Technologies


PLASTICS’s recently-announced additional speakers are:

  • Deborah Mielewski, senior technical leader of materials sustainability, Fort Motor Company’s Research & Innovation Center
  • Michael McKittrick, technology manager, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Advanced Manufacturing Office
  • Sandeep Kulkami, senior principal scientist, PepsiCo
  • Matthew Banks, manager, climate & business, World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  • Susan Graff, v.p. and partner, Resource Recycling Systems
  • Scott Wood, manager EDF business, EDF Climate Corps


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