ISRI2024: The Inside Track on Track One: Advocacy & Public Relations

Mar 21, 2024, 14:53 PM
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In less than a month, members and vendors from across the recycled materials industry will gather for the largest industry event in the world in Las Vegas. ISRI2024 is not only the place to be for unlimited networking opportunities, but it is also known for its strategic and unmatched educational tracks. ISRI2024 consists of seven specialized, educational tracks that offer something for everyone.

Audience: Those responsible for government relations and those who manage and disseminate information with a goal to influence public policy, build and maintain a strong reputation, and find common ground with stakeholders within their companies and communities.

Partnering in Building a Strong Foundation of Future Leaders
Tuesday, April 16, 10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This session will demonstrate the real-life experience of how ISRI and our members partner with local elementary, middle, and high schools to create an impact not only in their school, but also for their community. This impact also extends to the state-level and policymakers to inform about how recycling is critical to manufacturing, infrastructure, and sustainability.

Our panel, which consists of an educator, student ambassador, ISRI member, and JASON Learning professional, will share how they organized a Recycling Club in which 19 students in 5th and 6th grade, dedicated to the idea of our government making smarter choices about recycled materials, visited with policymakers and met with 16 Senators and four U.S. representatives on the topic of Rubber Asphalt Concrete (RAC). Attendees will gain a playbook of how they can partner with their local schools in the building of Recycling Clubs.

Moderator: Peter Van Houten General Manager, Bob’s Metals and ISRI Youth Outreach Committee Co-Chair
Speakers: Baya Ben Yahia, 6th Grader, Willow Springs Elementary School, Ani Nishanian, 7th Grade Student, Rocky Run Middle School, Matt Sieloff,
Vice President of Implementation and Development, JASON Learning, Barry Takallou, President & CEO, CRM Co, LLC; Logan Williams, 5th Grade AAP Teacher, Willow Springs ES/Fairfax County Public School


Operational Cost Savings – Electrification Grants, Tax Incentives, & More
Tuesday, April 16, 2:00 – 3:15 p.m.
The Inflation Reduction Act offers several lucrative ways to add innovative technologies, reduce operational costs, and take advantage of the opportunities available through the bipartisan Infrastructure Act, CHIPs Act, ReMade, and more. These incentives in combination with depreciation and other tax mechanisms, can greatly reduce expenses. Gain the knowledge needed to effectively participate in the grant process and potentially save hundreds of thousands of dollars. The panelists will include experts who helped craft the legislation, winning grant writing tips, and success stories from recipients in the industry.

Speakers: Kari Bliss, Principal Sustainability, PADNOS, Matthew Korey, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Colleen Miller, Sales and National Accounts Manager, Sennebogen LLC


Sparking Sustainable Futures: Empowering Tomorrow’s Eco-Champions
Wednesday, April 17, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Join us for an inspiring session where we embark on a journey to empower the eco-champions of tomorrow through a dynamic blend of technology-driven education and local outreach. In this session, we will explore innovative approaches to engage children and young minds in sustainable practices. Harnessing the power of technology, speakers will showcase interactive tools, educational apps, and virtual experiences designed to captivate young audiences and instill a passion for environmental stewardship.

Moderator: Mel Tally, SWEED Machinery Inc.
Speakers: Sophie Boel, Internal Communications & Public Affairs Manager, Redwood Materials, Matt Sieloff, Vice President of Implementation and Development, JASON Learning, Richard Chesley, Program Manager S.C., Department of Health and Environmental Control

Register today for ISRI2024 and be part of the excitement of Track One!


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