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Partnering with Your Local Conservation Corps
Tue 18 Aug, 2020 16:00–17:30, Room 3add to calendar
PRESENTATION TOPIC
EDUCATION & OUTREACH
ORGANICS
POLICY
SCHOOLS
ZERO WASTE PLANS
Session Description

This session will provide an overview of the unique and lasting partnerships developed by California’s fourteen Local Conservation Corps (LCCs) to expand and enhance recycling, particularly in underserved communities. CalRecycle and LCC representatives will discuss their innovative collaboration, as well as the following partnership examples:

  • Partnering to support beverage container redemption centers: The Orange County Conservation Corps, with Waste Management, operates a successful “buy-back” recycling center where the public can redeem bottles and cans for cash payment.
  • Partnering to train a new generation of recycling truck drivers: Civicorps provides free Class C and B driver training in the East Bay Area in partnership with the Teamsters Local 70 Union, Waste Management, and the City of Oakland. Known as the Teamster Truck Driver Career Pathway, this innovative partnership provided training for 24 pre-apprentices in 2018-2019.
  • Partnering to rescue edible food and divert organics: While SB 1383 establishes aggressive organic waste reduction and edible food recovery targets, LCCs are stepping up to meet the demand for new and expanded services. The San Jose Conservation Corps has partnered with the East Side Union High School District to source-separate food scraps in one of California’s largest high school districts. Additionally, the Corps is working with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley to rescue edible groceries that would otherwise be disposed of and operate a food distribution program.

Businesses, government officials, non-profits, and school districts are invited to learn more about how they can partner with their LCC to meet reduction and diversion goals.

Speakers
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Louise Bruce, San Jose Conservation Corps
Title:
Director of Zero Waste
Speaker Biography:

Louise Bruce is the San Jose Conservation Corps' Zero Waste Director. Louise previously oversaw the NYC Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) organics programs, including municipal food and yard waste collection and the City’s community composting and food scrap drop-off operations. Louise earned a Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University and Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. In 2016, she was awarded The University of California Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30 distinction.  


 

Abstract Title:
San Jose Conservation Corps' Unique Local Partnerships
Speaker Abstract:

Louise will present on the following portion of the discussion: 


Partnering to rescue edible food and divert organics: While SB 1383 establishes aggressive organic waste reduction and edible food recovery targets, LCCs are stepping up to meet the demand for new and expanded services. The San Jose Conservation Corps has partnered with the East Side Union High School District to source-separate food scraps in one of California’s largest high school districts. Additionally, the Corps is working with Second Harvest of Silicon Valley to rescue edible groceries that would otherwise be disposed of and operate a food distribution program.

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Brian Hickey, Civicorps
Title:
CFO & COO
Speaker Biography:

Brian is the Chief Financial and Operating Officer of Civicorps where he has been employed since 2008. He also currently serves as Treasurer on the board of directors at Horizon Services, Inc. and is a Finance Committee member at Vincent Academy. He holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Finance from University of California, Santa Barbara. Brian is a Certified Public Accountant with over 25 years of experience in auditing and accounting. He began his career at PriceWaterhouseCoopers but has worked in private industry since 1998.

Abstract Title:
Partnering to train a new generation of recycling truck drivers
Speaker Abstract:

Brian will present on this portion of the session: 


Partnering to train a new generation of recycling truck drivers: Civicorps provides free Class C and B driver training in the East Bay Area in partnership with the Teamsters Local 70 Union, Waste Management, and the City of Oakland. Known as the Teamster Truck Driver Career Pathway, this innovative partnership provided training for 24 pre-apprentices in 2018-2019.

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Andrew Le, Orange County Conservation Corps
Title:
Recycling Manager
Speaker Biography:

Andrew's passion for environmental advocacy has lead him to the recycling industry. Combined with his experience in Community Action Partnerships, he understands the necessity of improving communities for all. He currently implements and coordinates fee-for-service and grant-based recycling projects across Orange County while working with staff to support Orange County Conservation Corps' education and job training programs.

Abstract Title:
Partnering with Your Local Conservation Corps: Public-Private Partnerships to Support Beverage Container Recycling
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Josh Volp, Orange County Conservation Corps
Title:
Director of Operations
Speaker Biography:

Josh has spent over 15 years in operations management directing the conservation and environmental programs.  Josh has helped restore California's environment through his efforts with the Corps.  Through his work and dedication to the organization, he was promoted from crew supervisor, manager, and to his current position as Director of Operations.

Abstract Title:
Partnering with Your Local Conservation Corps: Public-Private Partnerships to Support Beverage Container Recycling
Moderator
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Derek Link, CalRecycle
Title:
Staff Services Manager I remove this moderator