Materials Management: Solutions for Waste Reduction, Waste Diversion and Managing Food Waste


The 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge encourages organizations to reduce waste and increase waste diversion from the landfill.  Participants learned how their organizations could earn recognition for waste reduction strategies already in place, and how to take waste diversion and reduction even further, helping to potentially reduce costs.  This workshop introduced participants to waste minimization strategies and the organizations that could help implement them. 

Topics included developing a Zero Waste strategy, how to schedule and conduct a waste audit, and how to enter waste information into Portfolio Manager’s waste tracking tool.  Participants also gained insights on donating used materials to organizations like Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse, Construction Junction and 412 Food Rescue.  Participants also learned about a new tool, called ReUse Central, for donating office wares and other materials to nonprofit organizations.

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Thursday, May 17


8:30 am - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast

9:00 am - 11:30 am Workshop


Energy Innovation Center, Room 115

1435 Bedford Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15219


8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration, Networking, and Breakfast

Breakfast provided by Bistro to Go Cafe & Catering

9:00 am – 9:05 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Autumn Secrest, Sustainable Business Programs Manager, Sustainable Pittsburgh

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9:05 am – 9:25 am Zero Waste: How it Works, Where to Start

Teresa Bradley, Zero Waste Services Coordinator, Pennsylvania Resources Council

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9:25 am – 9:30 am Zero Waste Q&A

9:30 am – 9:45 am ReUse Central: Reducing Waste with in-kind Donations

Stacy Albin, Environmental Program Coordinator, Pennsylvania Resources Council

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9:45 am – 9:50 am ReUse Central Q&A

9:50 am – 10:05 am 412 Food Rescue: Diverting Food Waste by Sharing with Communities

Tara Sherry-Torres, Program Manager, Volunteer Engagement & Mobilization, 412 Food Rescue

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10:05 am – 10:10 am 412 Food Rescue Q&A

10:10 am – 10:25 am Re-Purposing Materials for Creative Reuse

Ash Andrews, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse

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10:25 am – 10:30 am Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse Q&A

10:30 am – 10:45 am Case Study: How University of Pittsburgh is Reducing Food Waste in its Dining Services Operations

Nick Goodfellow, Sustainability Coordinator, University of Pittsburgh Dining Services by Sodexo

10:45 am – 10:50 am University of Pittsburgh Q&A

10:50 am – 11:05 am  Steel City Soils: A Compost Cooperative Supporting Urban Farming

Jeff Newman, Owner, Steel City Soils

11:05 am – 11:10 am Steel City Soils Q&A

11:10 am – 11:25 am E-Waste Collection, Recycling and Data Security

Ned Eldridge, President / CEO, eLoop, LLC

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11:25 – 11:30 am Q&A and Program Close

SP Challenge Actions

Participants in this workshop could have gained sufficient information to complete the following actions in the 2018 Sustainable Pittsburgh Challenge:

MM1: Create your Materials Meters in Portfolio Manager (5 points)

MM2: Enter your materials management baseline quarter (20 points)

MM4: Write a waste reduction or zero-waste plan and strategy (10 to 20 points)

MM5: Reduce your organization’s waste production (5 to 1,350 points)

MM6: Increase your organization’s waste diversion (5 to 1,350 points)

MM8: Conduct a waste audit (20 points)

MM11: Achieve a high, or Zero-Waste comparable, diversion rate (10 to 50 points)

MM12: Host a zero-waste event by utilizing PRC’s Zero-Waste Services or other methods to achieve a sustainable event.

MM25: Donate unneeded or surplus materials and items (1 to 10 points)

MM30: Collect organic materials for compost (10 points)

MM31: Participate in a compost hauling program (5 points)

Q20: Volunteer with local organizations (5 to 50 points)