NAEM Sustainability Solve-Its

Pragmatic Strategies for Meeting Your Zero-Waste Goals

Are you responsible for setting, tracking and meeting waste goals at your company? Through a mix of corporate case studies, subject matter expert training and peer-to-peer engagement, get a road map for managing a zero-waste initiative within your corporate operations.


  • Thursday, Sept. 32:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Sept. 102:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Sept. 17 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET
  • Thursday, Sept. 242:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, Sept. 3: Kick-Off

2:00 - 4:30 pm ET
In this opening session, meet the facilitators and your fellow Solve-It group members, as well as get homework to get you started on your journey.

  • Presentation: What Does “Zero Waste” Mean: Aligning Approaches and Definitions
    • Key terms and frameworks to utilize to manage waste
    • Frequently-used metrics to track and report zero-waste progress
    • Insights and impacts of the corporate waste and recyclable landscape


Stephanie Barger

Stephanie Barger
Director, Market Transformation & Development – TRUE , a Zero Waste Program
U.S. Green Building Council 

Thursday, Sept. 10: Advancing Along Your Roadmap Towards Zero Waste

2:00 - 4:30 pm ET
Take a deep dive on the elements of zero waste and hear from corporate leaders on how they have had put zero waste into action.

  • Presentation: A Holistic View of Waste
    • An overview of how solid and liquid waste are connected
    • The importance and benefits of taking a holistic view of waste that incorporates both solid and liquid waste
    • Effective strategies for tracking and improving solid and liquid waste
  • Panel Discussion: Zero Waste in Action
    • Best practices from corporate leaders responsible for waste programs within their companies
    • How to get buy-in from stakeholder groups for zero-waste goals
    • Strategies to take zero-waste programs from a vision to actionable results


Global Waste Management & Environmental Leader
Cummins Inc.
Linda Kurtz

Linda Kurtz
Senior Environmental Program Manager - Global HSE
Mars Wrigley 

Mary Strzempko
Environment, Health & Safety Manager
Raytheon Technologies

Thursday, Sept. 17: Peer-to-Peer Advising

2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

Get a dedicated focus on your individual challenges from your peers, and share your insights to guide others towards a solution.

  • Listen to fellow members and understand the challenges they face when setting or meeting a zero-waste goal
  • Give best practices or insights to fellow members to help them manage challenges
  • Receive advice from fellow members to address specific challenges

Thursday, Sept. 24: Action Plan

2:00 - 3:30 pm ET

  • Facilitated Reflection Discussion
    • Share biggest takeaways from the Solve-It experience
    • Discuss how the series has contributed to their corporate programs or goals
    • Establish goals or intention of next steps now that the series has concluded
  • Celebration & Networking Activity: Members of the cohort will celebrate the conclusion and completion of the Solve-It series by participating in a networking activity.

Starting Now: Your Personal Sustainability Network

Make plans to stay connected with your new network of sustainability leaders.

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