Sustainable packaging experts will discuss public policies, innovations, trends, best practices at Sustainable Packaging Coalition's annual spring meeting in Toronto, on April 23-25, 2012

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia , December 6, 2011 (press release) – The Sustainable Packaging Coalition has opened registration and announced the initial speakers for its annual Spring Meeting, which will be held April 23-25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, ON.

The conference, open to all and with over 300 attendees expected, is recognized as the leading educational forum on sustainable packaging solutions. This year’s meeting will feature two days of keynote presentations and breakout sessions, a welcome reception, and small group dinners on key topics of interest for the packaging industry.

Attendees are also invited to join tours in the Toronto area, including a tour to Peel Integrated Waste Management, the largest facility of its kind in Canada that houses a single stream MRF, waste transfer station, and an organics composting plant; and the Steam Whistle Brewery, a microbrewery that was named one of Toronto’s greenest buildings.

Presenters confirmed so far include Bob Willard, the founder of Sustainability Advantage and an internationally recognized speaker and advisor on corporate aspects of sustainability. To set the stage for two days of discussion around innovation, best practices, emerging trends and tools and resources, he will link his broad perspective ideas to opportunities and challenges in the packaging world.

Other presenters include Erin Schrode, co-founder of Teens Turning Green, who will talk about the influence the millennial generation has on corporate sustainability brands of which packaging is an essential element; and leaders from the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, a groundbreaking collaboration among forest products companies and environmental organizations, who will discuss how the agreement affects the packaging sector.

There also will be sessions on EPR and Canadian Product Stewardship, transnational shipping and pallet regulation, and alternative end-of-life options for plastic recovery.

“For our eighth annual spring meeting, we are looking forward to bringing together the leading voices in the industry to discuss the most cutting-edge topics related to sustainability and packaging,” said Anne Johnson, director of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. “We believe this agenda will result in our most successful and engaging meeting to date.”

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About the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and GreenBlue
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition, a project of GreenBlue, is an industry working group of over 200 companies from across the packaging supply chain. GreenBlue® is a nonprofit that equips business with the science and resources to make products more sustainable.

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