On Monday September 23, ISRI’s New York Chapter President Leonard Formato, Jr. represented ISRI at a very intimate luncheon of ten guests featuring United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler. In addition to Lenny Formato of Empire Metal Trading in Brooklyn, NY, were representatives of the chemical, agricultural, and oil industries, as well as some of the nations’ largest corporations.
The lunch was sponsored by the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) of which ISRI is a member. The discussion addressed American innovation and initiatives to tackle global environmental challenges. Also discussed were opportunities for public/private partnerships to advance U.S. competitiveness through investment in environmental infrastructure and cleaner technologies.
Administrator Wheeler advised the guests that EPA is aware of the challenges facing the recycling industry today. Subsequent to the meeting, Formato was able to spend a few minutes with Mr. Wheeler.
“On behalf of ISRI and its 1,300 plus members, I thanked the Administrator for coming to speak at ISRI’s July Board meeting, and for recognizing the challenges facing our industry today. I found the luncheon to be very informative and productive. The opportunity to have lunch with Administrator Wheeler and a small group of major industry executives and discuss environmental issues facing all of our industries was unique for me. I got to experience a small slice of what our Association’s staff does for us – to whom they are exposed and the kind of discussions they have.”
If you are a Chapter President or a leader of the industry in other capacities, and would like to participate in similar types of meetings that may occur near your business and for which ISRI has been invited to participate, please let us know. ISRI staff will look out for those opportunities in your backyards and try to get you a seat at the table. Contact Mark Reiter
for further details.