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Recycling in the 21st Century: Opportunities and Challenges


Level: Advanced
Runtime: 92 minutes
Recorded Date: October 28, 2021
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Agenda

  • The Window of Opportunity
  • National Efforts
  • Creating a Circular Economy
Runtime: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Recorded: October 28, 2021

For NY - Difficulty Level: For Experienced Attorneys Only (Non-Transitional)

Description

Historically, innovations in environmental policy occur when the immediacy of an issue brings industry, consumers, environmentalists, and policy makers together in a common effort. We are at that moment in time with how to address the way we handle, dispose, use, and perhaps most importantly, how we reuse materials. Recycling in the 21 st Century presents many challenges and, with that, many opportunities for improvement. This webinar will explore legal, policy, environmental, and legislative trends influencing the global recycling movement, which can become a key component of our global transition into an integrated circular economy. It will include insights from both inside and outside counsel currently navigating this rapidly changing landscape.

Speakers will discuss international developments in China and the EU influencing U.S. recycling policies and markets. Additionally, they will address emerging technological and legislative issues and trends, such as EPA's recycling goals, chemical recycling and minimum recycled content laws. Finally, the practitioners will share practical tips learned in implementation of corporate recycling programs.

This program was recorded on October 28th, 2021.

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Panelists

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David Speaker

Managing Counsel, EH&S
Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLP

David Speaker is Managing Counsel, EH&S at Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLP, where he has worked for 16 years. Prior, he held a position as Staff Attorney at TCEQ. He earned his J.D. from Texas Tech University School of Law and his B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin.

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Jonathan Nwagbaraocha

Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S) Counsel and Compliance Leader
Xerox Corporation

Jonathan Nwagbaraocha is Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S) Counsel and Compliance Leader for Xerox Corporation. As EHS&S Counsel, he advises on various environmental, health, safety, and sustainability matters throughout operations as well as related areas within supply chain and procurement and enterprise governance on a global basis. As Compliance Leader, he ensures that the organization is in full statutory compliance with all rules and regulations related to all applicable laws in our industry as well as internal policies.

Jonathan holds a B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University, an M.P.P from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy, and a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law.

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Meaghan A. Colligan

Associate
Holland & Knight LLP

Meaghan A. Colligan is a Washington, D.C., environmental attorney and member of Holland & Knight's Public Policy & Regulation Group. She focuses her practice in the areas of environmental, land use, energy and municipal law.

Ms. Colligan advises real estate, manufacturing, transportation and corporate clients regarding a breadth of environmental matters, including providing permitting and remediation advice for real estate and brownfield development projects, litigation in state and federal courts, and regulatory compliance counseling. Ms. Colligan also performs due diligence and evaluates environmental risks in commercial transactions, drafting environmental provisions in a variety of agreements to protect clients' interests across a wide range of industries.

In addition, Ms. Colligan provides comprehensive representation regarding compliance, litigation, permitting and transactions involving the Clean Water Act (CWA), Clean Air Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and state laws. Ms. Colligan has extensive experience with issues related to emerging contaminants, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Colligan represented developers, property owners, municipalities, nonprofits, engineers, economists and scientists in New York on issues involving hazardous waste and petroleum spill cost recovery actions, brownfield development, environmental impact review under New York's State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), water pollution and wetlands, zoning and planning, project siting, alternative energy, municipal law, and real estate transactions. Ms. Colligan participated in entity formation, project development, contract negotiation, obtaining project funding sources, and permitting. Ms. Colligan second-chaired several trials and hearings, and attended public hearings before local municipal land use boards.

During law school, Ms. Colligan drafted comments and argued before an administrative law judge of the New York State Public Service Commission regarding water demand. Ms. Colligan interned for the Hon. Charles Apotheker of the Rockland County Supreme Court of New York.

In addition, she served as a junior diplomat for the Mission of the Republic of the Marshall Islands to the United Nations, assisting with developing policy and financial mechanisms to address climate change concerns. She also interned for the New York City Mayor's Office of Environmental Remediation and the City of Hudson's Corporation Counsel.

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Ame Lewis

Senior Legal Counsel
Waste Management

Ame Lewis is Senior Legal Counsel at Waste Management in Portland, Oregon. Previously, she was a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where she worked for 19 years on cases related to environmental transactions, regulatory compliance, administrative appeals, and corporate M&A. She earned her J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and her B.A. from the University of Washington.


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