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Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2014

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Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: Facts and Figures 2014 – Assessing Trends in Materials Generation, Recycling, Composting, Combustion with Energy Recovery and Landfilling in the United States

Thursday December 15, 1:00pm-2:00pm EST

Through a discussion of the upcoming Facts and Figures Report, participants in this webinar heard about the updated Advancing Sustainable Materials Management (SMM): Facts and Figures 2014 report. Previously called the Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Characterization Report, this report provides national solid waste generation, recycling, composting, combustion with energy recovery and landfilling numbers. The new report also includes data on construction and demolition debris generation and economic analysis.

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Swarupa Ganguli, Measurement Team Leader, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
Swarupa Ganguli is the Measurement Team Lead at the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Resource Conservation and Sustainability Division (RCSD) within the Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM). She directs detailed analysis of program policies, major issues and strategies related to Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) and serves as a senior spokesperson and liaison with Federal agencies, States, Local Government, industry representatives, non-governmental organizations, and the public in developing policy, guidance and regulation related to SMM. Prior to this position, she was the Team Lead for the Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP) at EPA’s Climate Change Division (CCD) within the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), a voluntary program that encourages methane emissions reductions through the capture and beneficial use of landfill gas. She managed LMOP’s domestic and international programs by providing technical assistance on landfill gas energy and creating alliances between the EPA and states, the landfill gas industry and communities.

Swarupa has an M.A. in International Relations and Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at the Johns Hopkins University, a B.Sc. in Economics and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School, and a Certificate in Environmental Law and Policy from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Graduate Programs.

Hope Pillsbury, Analyst, U.S. EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery
Hope Pillsbury is an analyst in EPA’s Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery. She has managed the work on the Advancing Sustainable Materials Management report series for over 10 years. Other work at EPA has included working with the National Park Service to encourage recycling at national parks, working to improve scrap tire management and acting as technical coordinator of a cross-media environmental study in Baltimore. She has a master’s in environmental studies from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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