ISRI2021, ISRI’s virtual convention, will feature several sessions on Federal, state, or local issues including the environment and community relations.. Here’s a sneak peek at some of those sessions and the speakers to keep an eye out for.

What Can We Gain from Being Local and Vocal, April 20, 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Recycling creates jobs in communities, clears neighborhoods of goods and materials no longer wanted, and returns commodities back into productive use. This session will feature experts and ISRI members discussing issues on engaging communities to promote sustainability and environmental justice, and how to effectively tell stories locally and vocally.

Julius M. Redd

Julius M. Redd is a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond’s Washington, D.C. office. A litigator and counselor who maintains a national practice, Redd leads the firm’s environmental justice (EJ) practice and counsels companies in various industries on EJ issues. He is considered an EJ expert.

Policy + Community Engagement = Business Value, April 22, 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Getting involved in the local community and with the policymakers whose decisions impact business are key for companies looking to stand out. Civic engagement and making a difference in the community translate into business success. During this session, ISRI Chair Gary Champlin, will sit down with his state senator, Elaine Bowers, for an open discussion about the importance of community engagement.

Angela McConnell Andrews

Angela McConnell Andrews is the group director for the National Conference of State Legislatures’ (NCSL) Legislative Staff Services Program. Having worked in or for legislatures for almost two decades, Andrews’ team provides high-quality programs, services, and resources to legislative staff—of which there are more than 25,000 working in America’s state legislatures.

Youth Engagement: Educating Our Future on Recycling is Essential, April 27, 2:45 – 3:30 p.m. EDT

For years, ISRI and JASON Learning have worked together on a national campaign to help students and educators understand the importance of the recycling industry and the required Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) skills. This session will feature educators, ISRI members, and JASON Learning administrators, as they discuss ways to engage school districts and build relationships within local communities centered on recycling is essential.

Amy O’Neal

Amy O’Neal works for JASON Learning, where she focuses on professional learning, program design and implementation, and building and cultivating relationships with districts using JASON. One of the primary liaisons between ISRI and JASON, O’Neal has worked with ISRI since 2015 on youth recycling programs, outreach, and the annual recycling contest.

Stormwater: Federal 2021 MSGP and More, April 28, 4:15 – 5:00 p.m. EDT

Considered one of the most important and far-reaching issues for the recycling industry, stormwater management affects almost every aspect of recycling operations and requires continual attention and activity. This session will provide attendees with an understanding of the implications of the Federal 2021 Multi-Sector General Permit for Stormwater Discharges Associated with Industrial Activity (MSGP) and other developments in stormwater permitting, and their effects on stormwater management for the recycling industry.

Fred P. Andes, Esq.

Fred P. Andes, Esq. is a partner in the Chicago and Washington, D.C. offices of the law firm Barnes & Thornburg, and leads the firm’s Water Team. Andes represents industries and municipalities in addressing compliance, regulatory, and enforcement issues under the Clean Water Act. He also leads the efforts of the Federal Water Quality Coalition, a group of regulated entities that participates in developing EPA guidance and regulations on Clean Water Act issues.


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