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Talking Trash: Towards A Sustainable California

Friday, August 23, 2019
10:30am - 12:30pm PDT
The California Endowment, Suite A (second floor)
1000 N Alameda St., Los Angeles, CA 90012
Members: $0.00
Non-Members: $100.00
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“Resolving our society’s trash problem is one of the major environmental challenges of our time. In Los Angeles County, this crisis has reached urgent proportions. As one of the largest waste markets in the country, Los Angeles County generates 23 million tons of waste and recyclable materials and sends over 10 million tons of waste to landfills each year.” – From Don’t Waste L.A. Report written in 2011: A Path to Green Jobs, Clean Air and Recycling for All.

In 2017, the City of Los Angeles passed a Zero Waste Program with goals to “reduce landfill disposal by 1 million tons per year by 2025 and reduce waste by 65 percent in all 11 of the City’s new service zones!" Likewise, Los Angeles County’s draft for the sustainability plan pledges to “take aggressive action towards a zero-waste future.” The county’s plan articulates “a complete, lifecycle approach to extraction, production, and consumption addresses how resources are extracted, how products are made, how they are consumed and how remaining resources are recovered and recycled.

This convening will bring together leaders from across the lifecycle to analyze how various sectors are working toward a zero-waste future in Southern California, including areas related to food waste, plastics (and their connections to fossil fuels), and their impact on the environment (in landfills, oceans, and communities). We will explore what they are learning, how they have overcome challenges, and what has had the most positive impact. You’ll also learn how they’re working in partnership across organizations and issue-areas to accomplished shared goals. After the formal program, we invite you to continue informal conversations over lunch, which will be served.

The SCG Environmental Funders Group meets a few times a year to educate prospective and current environmental funders about environmental challenges and opportunities in Southern California as well as fostering collaboration and to share successes and challenges. Please contact Katy Pelissier at [email protected] for more information.


Brett Chamberlin

Community Engagement 
Story of Stuff Project

Brett is working to end the flow of junk mail by managing Catalog Choice, a free online service that helps over 2 million users reduce paper waste. Prior to joining the Story of Stuff Project, Brett co-founded The Post-Landfill Action Network, a cooperative network of student-led projects to end waste at over 40 university communities nationwide. Brett is a proud New Hampshire native, a graduate of New York University, and a lifelong organizer for social and environmental justice. Outside of the office, Brett is an avid bicyclist with an interest in Beat literature and board games.



Bernadet Garcia-Silva

Project Manager, LA County Department of Public Health/LA County Food Redistribution Initiative

Bernadet Garcia-Silva, MPH is the Project Manager for the Los Angeles County Food Redistribution Initiative (LACFRI), a multi-stakeholder initiative housed within the LA County Department of Public Health – Environmental Health Division. Bernadet holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Health Policy and a master’s degree in Public Health from UC Irvine. She previously managed the Waste Not OC coalition in Orange County and worked for the Tohono O’Odham Nation’s Department of Health Services in Arizona. Bernadet has created educational materials and trained LA County health inspectors, school food service directors, recycling coordinators, nonprofits, businesses, and others on food waste, source reduction, and best practices for food donation since 2016. To learn more about LACFRI, visit

Greg Good 

Chief of Legislative & External Affairs, Office of Mayor Eric Garcetti

Greg Good is Chief of Legislative & External Affairs for Mayor Eric Garcetti. In this role, he oversees the Mayor’s City legislative agenda, City Council and County Board of Supervisor relations, as well as the Office of Public Engagement. Previously, he served as Executive Officer for the Mayor’s Office of City Services and, prior to that, as Director of Infrastructure. Before joining the Mayor’s Office, Greg spent 6 years at LAANE, most recently serving as Director of the Don’t Waste LA project. Greg is also a former elementary and high school teacher in the Inglewood and Compton Unified School Districts, and the former California Recruitment Director, National Managing Recruitment Director and LA Executive Director of Teach For America. Greg also spent some years in Los Angeles as an actor, writer, and producer, appearing in numerous theater productions and films, including his 2003 one-person show, Shaking in My Manhood. Other credits include The Patriot and The Fog. Greg received his B.A. degree in history from Brown University and his J.D. from UCLA School of Law. While at UCLA, he was part of the Public Interest Law Program and Co-Chair of the Public Interest Law Fund and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Program for Torture Victims (PTV). Most importantly, he is the proud husband of Alicia Hancock (a Deputy Attorney General for the State of California) and father of Ruby Jean Hancock-Good (who is eight years old – and adores Wonder Woman).

Grecia Lopez-Reyes

Senior Community Organizer, Waste & Recycling, LAANE

Grecia is the Senior Community Organizer on LAANE’s Don’t Waste Long Beach campaign. Before joining LAANE, she served as a Faith-Rooted Organizer for Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE), focusing on Long Beach’s Hospitality, Immigration, and the Clean & Safe Ports Campaigns. As an undergraduate student, she studied Global Studies and received a Master’s in Transformational Urban Leadership (MATUL) from Azusa Pacific University. Through the MATUL program, she resided in New Delhi and Kolkata (India) for two years, focusing on community organizing and development work around issues of housing, land rights, education, human trafficking, and health. She enjoys hiking, traveling, and eating.

Michael Martinez

Founder/Executive Director, L.A. Compost

Michael is a certified Master Gardener, a former elementary school teacher, and the Founder and Executive Director of L.A Compost. Michael has over 8 years of experience building gardens and compost systems throughout the County of Los Angeles as well as other parts of the country. Michael has grown LA Compost from a group of volunteers collecting organics with bikes to a decentralized network of community compost hubs that span across the most populated county in the country.




Current SCG, EGA, NCG, and SDG Members: $0
Eligible Non-members: $100

Who May Attend
Current SCG, NCG, and SDG members and eligible non-members

Accommodations for People with Disabilities
If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this activity, please contact our programs team at [email protected] or (213) 680-8866. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

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