NYC Materials Exchange Development Program 2009 Reuse Sector Conference

  Welcome to the Third Annual Reuse Sector Conference !

Overcoming Shared Challenges:

Rebuilding the Economy Through Reuse


Concerns about climate change and the economy make it the right time to see how NYC’s materials exchange and reuse sector can come together to effect positive and sustainable changes.

On November 17th 2009, NYC Materials Exchange Development Program (MEDP)* will hosting its Third Annual NYC Reuse Sector Conference for members and affiliates of New York's Materials Exchange and Reuse Sector. The focus of the conference will be the challenges, successes, opportunities and topics of concern shared by regional materials exchanges and reuse/donation programs.  

The Reuse Sector Conference is an opportunity to discuss best practices, weigh in on sector strategies, network with other organizations, and learn more about:


·      The Impact of Materials Reuse on the Environment

·      The Challenges, Successes and Lessons Learn from the Economic Downturn

·      The Role Volunteers in the Reuse Industry

·      The Importance of Nonprofit Financial Diversification

 The conference is by invitation only and free of charge, however advance registration is required.  For more information contact: or 212.650.8014


Conference Program

(subject to change)


9:00-9:30                   Registration, Continental Networking Breakfast

9:30-9:45                   Welcoming Remarks                                                                                 

                                 A welcome and introduction to both the conference and Keynote speaker

9:45-10:15                 Keynote Address

                                Melissa Wright Ellis

                                Policy Advisor on Energy and Special Projects,

                                NYC Mayor's Office of Operations,

                                Office of Long-Term Planning & Sustainability (PlaNYC)

10:15-10:30               Presentation: Looking Back, Moving Forward

                                A synopsis of NYC MEDP’s recent projects and future developments.

10:30-11:45               Panel: Rebuilding a Tough Economy through Reuse                                 

                                A moderated panel discussion that looks at the experiences, challenges and    

                                successes of NYC Reuse organizations in the context of the economic climate of

                                the past year. Panelists include: Eva Radke, Film Biz Recycling; Justin Green, Build it

                                Green NYC; Luis Jimenez, NYC Clothing Bank; Mauricio Hernandez, Goodwill

                                Industries of Greater NY and NJ. Moderated by: Craig Weinrich, Nonprofit

                                Coordinating Committee of New York.

11:45-12:00               Presentation: Individual Problems and Collective Solutions  

                                An overview of NY WasteMatch and its recent developments.

12:00-1:30                 Lunch

1:30-2:30                   Panel: Skills in Transition – Volunteers  

                                Whether they're displaced workers, professionals in career transitions, new 

                                graduates or retirees, volunteers are essential to the growth and vitality of the reuse

                                sector. This moderated panel discussion will feature MEDP Members sharing success 

                                stories and lessons learned on how volunteers are essential to the growth and vitality

                                of the NYC Reuse Sector. Panelists include: Aaron Minor, NYC Service; Christina

                                Datz-Romero, Lower East Side Ecology Center; Kat Selvocki, NY Cares; Tim

                                Bomgardner, World Vision; . Moderated by: Stacey Flanagan, SLF Consulting.

2:30-2:45                   Coffee Break

2:45-3:45                   Panel: Reuse, The Primary Green 

                                The connection between manufacturing and environmental issues, such as sold waste

                                disposal, climate change, and green jobs is more evident than ever. This panel will

                                examine Reuse as one of the oldest and most critical components to a greener future

                                Panelists include: Naomi Fatt, Urban Agenda; Sandy Hwang, NYSERDA;

                                Jennifer Brady, EPA Region 10; Samantha MacBride, Recycling Unit, NYC Dept. of

                                Sanitation. Moderated by: Kevin Foster, The City College of New York, School of


3:45-4:15                   Presentation: Funding Diversification and Nonprofits

                                 A presentation that takes a look at Financial Diversification and Nonprofits,

                                 presented by Gregory Cohen of Cause Effective. 

4:15-4:30                   Closing Remarks

4:30-5:30                   Visioning Session and Reception


 *NYC Materials Exchange Development Program, is a program of The City College of New York, funded by the NYC Department of Sanitation, Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling. For more information, please visit MEDP online. 

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