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Featuring representatives from Subaru of America, US National Park Service, Teton County Wyoming, Grand Teton Lodge Company, Signal Mountain Lodge, and National Parks Conservation Association

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WEBINAR: Taking the Subaru Zero Landfill Initiative to National Parks

Recorded live on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 

For the second session in our ongoing food waste series, we dig into the Subaru National Parks Zero Landfill Initiative - Composting Pilot in Grand Teton National Park.  This project demonstrates how bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders - local and federal governments, small and large businesses both in the park and across the country, and non-profit organizations plus 1000+ seasonal employees and nearly 5M visitors from around the world is working to improve waste diversion in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  This webinar truly has something for everyone!

WEBINAR: Taking the Subaru Zero Landfill Initiative to Grand Teton National Park

Wednesay, April 24, 2019 at 10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET.  All registrants will receive a recording of the live webinar.

National parks are natural and historical treasures. These cherished and popular landscapes, historical and recreational sites are facing many pressures including the management of several 100 million pounds of waste visitors leave behind. A long standing friend and supporter of the national parks, in anticipation of the park Centennial in 2016, Subaru of America partnered with the National Parks Conservation Association to identify where they might help reduce waste in the national parks based on the success they had in their North American manufacturing plant. This resulted in a multi-year pilot project the National Parks Zero Landfill Initiative (ZLI) in three iconic national parks – Denali, Grand Teton and Yosemite.  Working closely with the National Park Service and their private concessioners (Aramark, Vail Resorts, and Forever Resorts), the ZLI since 2016 has helped all three parks to double their waste diversion by tackling significant waste management challenges complicated by their remoteness, seasonality, funding and resource challenges and impacts from gateway communities. Efforts within ZLI include expanding infrastructure; standardizing collection containers and labeling (including partnering with Recycle Across America); outreach and education with Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics; and, dynamic stakeholder partnerships with community members and vendors and suppliers.

In this session, stakeholders from all aspects of the waste diversion chain will share how their organizations are collaborating to overcome the challenges of effectively composting nearly 1,096 tons of food waste annually in a remote, national park setting.  

Attendees will learn about:

  • Subaru of America's efforts to translate their Zero Waste successes to National Park operations;

  • Jackson and Teton County, Wyoming's progressive approach to integrated solid waste management;

  • Addressing the technical challenges of food waste composting in a remote, seasonal guest service operation;

  • How the National Parks Conservation Association brought everyone together to achieve success; and ultimately

  • The Value of Stakeholder Engagement!


Denise Coogan (MA in Sustainable Development/Policy) is Environmental Partnership Manager at Subaru of America and is recognized as a leading zero landfill expert. She leads the company’s external environmental and sustainability programs, which include Subaru’s initiative to bring zero landfill to the national parks.


For the past 15 years, Heather Overholser, Superintendent of Solid Waste and Recycling for Teton County, has developed an expertise in all things solid waste-related - from landfills and trash transfer to recycling and composting. In her solid waste and recycling capacity, Heather worked to lead the Jackson Hole community down the road toward Zero Waste, an international movement that is quickly gaining momentum in the United States.


Jon Dyer is an Environmental Manager for Vail Resorts at Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Company where he leads efforts to achieve a zero net operating footprint: zero net emissions, zero waste to landfill, and zero net operating impact on forests and habitat. Prior to joining Vail, he led environmental sustainability efforts at Naropa University in Boulder, CO where he earned an MA in Environmental Leadership. Outside of work Jon enjoys running, skiing, and climbing mountains.


After working seasonally in eight national parks and two national forests, Margaret Wilson has worked as the Environmental Compliance Planner in Grand Teton National Park since October 2003. Additionally, she leads sustainability and energy related projects not only within the park, but also with other local, state, and federal agencies within the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.  Her latest project is the Subaru Zero Landfill Initiative Coordinator representing Grand Teton National Park. 


Julie Klein, Principal at Confluence Sustainability, works extensively across business, public and non-governmental sectors focusing on travel and tourism and municipal and federal environmental program development. She has delivered industry leading programs and a diverse portfolio of award-winning initiatives. A life-long traveler and lover of nature and the outdoors, she mindfully created first a career than a company to combine her personal passions and professional interests.  She is known for her energy, commitment to quality, drive to make a difference and collaborative nature.


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April 24, 2019 12:00 AM
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