• June 8, 2017
  • 9:00 am
  • Los Coyotes Country Club

Southern California SWANA Chapter Workshop
Join SoCal SWANA on June 8, 2017, at the Los Coyotes Country Club
8888 Los Coyotes Drive, Buena Park, CA
9:00 am to 3:00 pm

New exciting technologies continue to revolutionize the solid waste industry, tremendously improving diversion and public outreach. In addition, it is imperative to stay up-to-date with the growing number of solid waste legislation which impacts our local jurisdictions and communities. The June 8 SWANA workshop touches on several key topics, including successful recycling programs, key state legislation, and emerging technologies.  This workshop is structured into two tracks (Room A and Room B). The schedule is as follows:

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. ~ Track 1: Room A

The Art of Venue Event Recycling

Speaker: Eric Ritz, Global Inheritance
See how Global Inheritance, a non-profit organization, incorporates art in their large venue event programs at popular events, including the “TRASHed – Art of Recycling” cart-design program at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Food Finders: keeping good wholesome food out of the landfills, feeding hungry people, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Speaker:  Diana Lara, Vice President of Operations Food Finders
Food Finders rescues good, wholesome food from 600 plus donors in LA County, Orange County, and San Bernardino County and provides that to over 300 partner agencies. In 2016 Food Finders provided enough food for more than 7 million meals.

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. ~ Track 2: Room B

Big Data

Speaker: Alfonso Limon, UC San Diego
“Bypassing the hype to successfully implement your next machine learning project.”
There is a ton of hype about how machines have learned to learn. We will parse out what this means, what type of problems are amenable to these techniques and how to best use these new methods to answer data intensive questions.

Mobile Apps

Speaker: Ben Lucha, City of Palmdale
Hear the success story of an informational app (MyWaste) and how it is helping municipalities.


11:00 a.m. – Noon ~ Track 1: Room A

Anaerobic and Aerobic Digestion

Speaker: Mike Silva, CR&R
Learn about the largest anaerobic digester currently operational in Southern California.
Speaker: Robert Gates, ORCA
See how new technology can digest waste within 24 hours inside restaurants, hospitals, schools, hotels etc.

11:00 a.m. – Noon ~ Track 2: Room B

Cal Recycle Legislation

Speaker:  Mallory Burden – Cal Recycle
Updates on AB 1826, AB 901 and AB 1383.

Storm water Compliance

Speaker: Jonathan Meronek, SCS Engineers
Is your Industrial Generator facility compliant?


Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch: Keynote Speaker Lori Baker-Schena, MBA, EdD ~  Crisis Communications
Navigating the media landscape is incredibly complex in 2017. Are you ready to deal with reporters when they come knocking at YOUR door for a “comment” about a “situation” on a solid waste project you manage? Don’t be caught off guard. Media consultant Dr. Lori Baker-Schena will focus on crucial ground rules when working with the media while helping you develop effective messaging. About the speaker: Dr. Lori Baker-Schena, MBA, EdD, is a leadership consultant with an extensive background in media relations, crisis communications and reputation management. She brings to her clients 35 years in healthcare public relations and marketing, and 25 years as a professor of public relations and journalism.


1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ~ Track 1: Room A

Secondary MRF

Speaker: Mike Centers, Titus MRF Services
Can you get more recycling out of your residuals?

Textile Recycling

Speaker: Christine Wong, USAgain
Don’t trash your old clothes, linens shoes, handbags etc. See how programs are being set up for residences, multi-family facilities and businesses.

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ~ Track 2: Room B

A Hot Ticket – OC Landfills Tour Program

Speakers: Weena Dalby & Ruth Wardwell, OC Waste & Recycling
Learn how OC Waste & Recycling elevated its Landfill Tour Program to support the agency’s Good Neighbor Program and engage citizens in environmental stewardship as well as the County’s process of providing the essential public service of solid waste disposal.  

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. ~ Track 1 & 2: Room A

Workshop Summary and Raffle

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Lori Baker-Schena, MBA, EdD
Dr. Lori Baker-Schena, MBA, EdD, is a leadership consultant and professional speaker who works with individuals, academic institutions, small businesses and large corporations to strengthen their management and team-building skills. Her goal is to help clients achieve high levels of excellence, productivity and profitability by reclaiming passion and expertise in their industries.

Dr. Baker-Schena brings to her clients 35 years as a healthcare public relations and marketing consultant, and 25 years as a tenured university professor teaching public relations and journalism. Dr. Baker-Schena holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a MBA from California State University, Northridge, and a doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.

Dr. Baker-Schena’s website, www.doctorbs.net, supports her motivational speaking, executive coaching and team-building efforts, and features several inspirational videos on both personal and professional topics. As a professional speaker and trainer, Dr. Baker-Schena brings both inspiration and clarity to clients – especially those who feel “stuck.” Her specialty is helping identify passions, and then sharing the steps necessary to make those passions a reality. Whether life coaching individuals, providing workshops for small groups or delivering keynote speeches to large conferences, she provides concrete ways to move lives forward. She is currently writing a book “Why Not Me? A Practical Path To Joy” that is filled with both personal and professional advice.

Diana Lara is the Vice President of Operations. She has been with Food Finders for 9 years.
Previously she was a National Purchasing Manager for The Perrier Group. She finds great satisfaction knowing Food Finders is reducing green house gas emissions and feeding people struggling with food insecurity.

Alfonso Limon, UC San Diego
Before joining Noumenon Multi-Physics, Alfonso Limon served as the Director of Research at Intersection Medical. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Ph.D. in Computational Science. Alfonso has taught at Harvey Mudd and Pomona College, and published papers and patents in diverse fields.


Registration Information


To pay by check, please download the registration form, fill it out and mail it with your check to:
SWANA Founding Chapter
21520 Yorba Linda Blvd., Ste. G-428, Yorba Linda, CA 92887


Purchasing tickets online:

Purchase your tickets using the link below. Please provide name, e-mail address and company name for each ticket during check-out. Tickets will be emailed directly to designated attendees.


Questions? E-mail us at info@socalswana.org

Registration Policies: Payment must be received prior to start of event to be admitted. We no longer accept purchase orders for payment.
Payment Policy: SWANA accepts cash, checks, and money orders, Visa or MasterCard for payments of all events. Note: There is a $75 processing fee on all returned checks.
Cancellation/Refund Policy: Cancellations must be submitted 14 days prior to the event in writing.