Sustainable Packaging Coalition announces final agenda for its spring meeting in Toronto on April 23-25, featuring sessions on reducing packaging waste, sustainability strategies, among other topics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia , March 19, 2012 (press release) – The Sustainable Packaging Coalition has announced the final agenda for its Spring Meeting 2012, the group’s largest annual event and one of the longest running sustainable packaging conference. The SPC’s eight annual Spring Meeting will be held April 23-25, 2012 at the Fairmont Royal York in Toronto, ON.

The meeting is generously hosted by SPC member companies BASF Corporation, Be Green Packaging, MWV (MeadWestvaco), Shanghai Luxin Packing Materials Science & Technology Co., Ltd., and TricorBraun.

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 features an exciting agenda with sessions on reducing packaging waste, packaging’s role in corporate sustainability strategies, forest ecosystems and packaging, by-product synergy for packaging materials, and extended producer responsibility.

Agenda highlights include:

A keynote session with Bob Willard, author of Sustainability Advantage and a leading expert on quantifying and selling the business value of corporate sustainability strategies
Mike Biddle, founder and president of MBA Polymers, will discuss “A War on Waste,” with additional sessions on food waste and packaging and PAC NEXT’s initiatives for a world without packaging waste
Erin Schrode, co-founder of Teens Turning Green, on the importance of the younger generation on corporate sustainability brands in “Millenials, Social Media & Packaging”
A conversation with corporate sustainability leaders, including Mark Weick of The Dow Chemical Company and Kim Frankovich of Solo Cup Company
A session of by-product synergy as another value-added end of life option for packaging with representatives from the US Business Council for Sustainable Development, General Motors, and MTD Products
Sessions on forests and packaging, including a plenary by Andrew Bevan, executive director of Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement, and additional sessions on changing regulations for wood packaging materials and valuing forest ecosystems
Discussion of Extended Producer Responsibility with a focus on how host country Canada manages their EPR system

The meeting will offer 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.

For event details and to register, please visit: http://sustainablepackaging.org/events/details.aspx?eventid=10044

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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