DoubleTree by Hilton Ontario Airport

222 N. Vineyard Avenue, Ontario, CA 91764

November 10, 2021                 


Lecture Room

The Annual Waste Management Conference and Exhibit is the highlight of The Forum’s regularly scheduled events. 
A Planning Committee is hard at work developing a timely and informative program and an impressive roster of speakers.  A program announcement and registration flier will be e-mailed to those on the Forum’s mailing list.
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Conference Schedule

8:00AM—9:00AM   Check in  -  Coffee  - Networking

9:00AM—9:15AM   Welcome 
Phillip Mainolfi, HF& H Consultants LLC
Peggi Hazlett - Greater Ontario Chamber of Commerce

9:15AM—9:45AM     Keynote Speaker
Moderator: David Davis, MSW Consultants
Keynote ~ Richard Coupland, Republic Services


9:45AM—10:30PM   Enforcement
Moderator: Cynthia Vant Hul, Mariposa Eco Consulting

Speakers:    Trevor Blythe, EcoNomics
                      Judi Gregory, Go2Zero


10:30AM—11:15AM  Edible Food Recovery
Moderator: Isabel Rios-Kahn, Republic Services
Speakers:    Debbie Espinosa - Find Food Bank
                      Mike Learakos - Abound Food Care

11:15AM– 12:00PM Lunch

12:00PM—12-45PM  Local Procurement
Moderator: Nick Morell, LACSD
Speakers:    Tracy Sato - City of Riverside
                      Kawsar Vazifdar - County of Los Angeles


12:45PM—1:15PM      County Perspective : Implementing 1383
Moderator: David Davis, MSW Consultants

Speakers:    Greg Reyes - Riverside County
                       Caitlin Lelles - San Diego County

1:15PM— 2:00Pm      Legislative Update: Analysis & What to Expect
Moderator: Hans Kernkamp, Riverside County DWR

Speaker:      Doug Kobold - CPSC/SWANA LTF 


2:00PM—2:15PM     Wrap up / Raffle



Trevor S Blythe, MBA, Vice President EcoNomics, Inc.

Trevor Blythe has over 15 years of consulting experience with EcoNomics, Inc. in the sustainable materials management industry. Trevor works daily with local governments and private industry to overcome operational and financial barriers to implementing state-mandated sustainability programs at the municipal scale. With the passage of SB 1383 and its organics recycling mandate, Mr. Blythe has assisted several cities in developing state-mandated organics diversion programs through hauling contract negotiations and competitive procurements as well as through extensive financial modeling as a means to develop sustainable and fair rate structures that ensure all parties involved have an incentive to participate. Trevor holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in sustainable management from the Presidio Graduate School in San Francisco. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara with an emphasis on Geographic Information Systems.  


Richard Coupland III is the vice president of Municipal Sales for Republic Services, responsible for partnerships with approximately 2400 municipalities across 42 states. His team provides consultative support to their Municipal partners, to understand and navigate changes in the industry, as well as emerging technology and methods. Richard joined Republic Services in 2015, following a 20 year career in the defense industry with Fortune 100 companies including General Dynamics and Motorola. Richard received his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Virginia Military Institute, and his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

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Debbie Espinosa is the President & CEO of FIND Food Bank, the Feeding America food bank that serves the Palm Springs desert region of California. Serving in the NonProfit sector for over 25 years at the local, regional, national and international levels, her experiences include the Strategic Programs and Operations Consultant for the Global Foodbanking Network for the national food banking networks of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador, Special Assistant to the CEO of Fair Trade USA and President of the Certified NonProfit Professionals Association. In ‘15 Baylor Univ. Business Review featured her for her business acumen in cross sector management. Currently, Debbie serves on the Feeding America National Advisory Council and the EDI National Advisory Cabinet, as an Officer of the NonProfit Leadership Alliance Board of Directors, and is a member of the Riverside County Emergency Food and Shelter Board of Directors. She has her BA in Comparative Religion and Sociology with a minor in Human Service from Rockhurst University, a Masters in Community and Economic Development from Penn State, and is a Certified NonProfit Professional (CNP). She is a native to the Pacific Northwest, and has 2 teenage daughters

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Judi Gregory, owner of Go2Zero Strategies, LLC, has worked in the recycling and solid waste management field for over 30 years. In 2013, Go2Zero was awarded Small Business of the Year by the CA Small Business Administration.  More recently, Senator Portantino’s Office recognized Ms. Gregory as a 2018 Woman in Business Honoree in Environment and Sustainability. Her experience includes work in various industry sectors with a strong focus in solid waste operations, Zero Waste planning, and educational design and development.

Ms. Gregory has an extensive background in operations and management of waste hauling and recycling firms, and from 1998 through 2012 owned a Los Angeles-based hauling firm, Global Waste Recycling. In this capacity she was responsible for setting up recycling programs at some of the largest movie studios in the world, including Paramount Studios, NBC, ABC, CBS, and Warner.

From 2005 through 2013 Judi worked as the Interim Executive Director and Certification Manager for the CA Resource Recovery Association. There she developed an industry certification that was used as the foundation for a $4.87M grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, alongside project partners Irvine Valley College, Golden West College, and Santa Monica College. 

Ms. Gregory received the “Recycler of the Year” award from CRRA in 2007. Ms. Gregory’s firm holds multiple small and disadvantaged business certifications, and Ms. Gregory is a former Lieutenant who served in the Army National Guard.


Mike Learakos serves as the Executive Director of Abound Food Care, an organization that provides solutions and facilitates collaboration with the public, private and non-profit sectors to guide and support the implementation of regional food care programs that optimize food systems in an effort to end hunger and food waste. Mike has a 30+ year career across all spectrums of the food industry. In addition to being a Restaurateur since 1993, Mike also has extensive experience in food processing, procurement and distribution. Beyond the food industry, Mike has a long history of community involvement supporting a wide variety of civic and non-profit organizations. Starting 2013 as a volunteer with Waste Not OC, Mike used his experience to develop a food recovery model recognized nationally for its innovation and effectiveness. Under Mike's guidance, the organization became known as Abound Food Care, working to develop solutions across the country and beyond.


Doug Kobold has worked in the Solid Waste and Recycling industry for over 28 years. He accepted the position of Executive Director for the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC) in August 2018. He worked at Sacramento County for over 18 years, where he last held the position of Waste Management Program Manager. Doug received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from California State University, Chico, with a minor in Planning in 1992. He also received SWANA certifications for Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) in 1997, Manager of Collection Systems (MOCS), and Manager of MSW Management (MMSWM), both in 2008. He currently serves as Vice-Chair on the SWANA California Chapters Legislative Task Force (LTF).


Greg J. Reyes is the Program Chief manager for the Department of Environmental Health with Riverside County. Greg has been with the County for seventeen years. Obtaining his degree from Cal State Fresno. He oversees the following programs; Local Enforcement Agency, Land Development, Drinking Water, Medical Waste, Industrial Hygiene, Body Art, Environmental Clean Up, and Solid Waste Collection/Removal.


Tracy Sato is a Power Resource Manager with Riverside Public Utilities overseeing the Customer Partnerships and Strategies division of the electric utility as well as being an active member of the City of Riverside’s Office of Sustainability.  Her 20+ year career spans two states and both the urban planning and electric utility fields.  Her service has focused on helping the community and City organizations understand and implement complex climate change and housing policy and regulation and to implement new community level programs to mitigate and adapt to the changing world.  She has worked in Arizona and California as an urban planner with specializations in GIS, demographic forecasting and housing policy.  In the utility field, she has managed and implemented programs covering cap and trade, low carbon fuel standard, and greenhouse gas emissions reporting and provided policy analysis in the area of energy efficiency.  She currently oversees a team that is focused on transportation electrification, customer renewable energy projects, and visioning efforts to take the utility and community into the future and works to promote environmental stewardship through the City.


Tracy has a B.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from Cal Poly Pomona, and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech, both with specializations in environmental planning.

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Kawsar Vazifdar is an Associate Civil Engineer managing the Zero Waste Planning Unit in the Environmental Programs Division at Los Angeles County Public Works. Her Unit works on The Southern California Conversion Technology Project, which promotes the development of infrastructure creating renewable energy and fuels from municipal solid waste.  Ms. Vazifdar also works on environmental policy relating to solid waste, organic waste, and renewable energy and fuels. In addition, she is involved in planning for the County of Los Angeles to comply with California Senate Bill 1383 (2016) which establishes statewide targets for organic waste landfill disposal reduction. Ms. Vazifdar is registered as a Professional Civil Engineer in California and received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from UCLA.  


The Senate Bill 1383 (2016) organic waste disposal reduction requirements are coming into effect January 1, 2022.  The regulations require Cities and Counties to procure a minimum amount of one or more recovered organic waste products such as compost, mulch, renewable electricity, and/or renewable fuel.  Meeting the procurement target will reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants and promote infrastructure development by creating markets for end products.  Attendees will learn about the procurement requirements, various options and considerations for complying, and Los Angeles County's plan for compliance. 

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  • SCWMF Association Office
    21520 Yorba Linda Blvd., Ste. G-428
    Yorba Linda CA 92887 

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