9th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit
Thank you to everyone who made the 9th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit a success.
Watch the Keynote address by Jim Dinegar, President at CEO of the Greater Washington Board of Trade.
2014 Potomac Champion Awards were presented to:
- Branch Avenue In Bloom, a main street initiative in Prince George’s County, MD, worked to address litter through community cleanups and the Litter Campaign. They also broke ground to build an urban garden.
- Joe Chudzik has been an advocate for roadside and shoreline cleanups on Mason Neck in Southern Fairfax County for many years
- District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department’s 5th District Community Outreach Coordinators, Officers Hamilton and Vaughn-Lee, have been strong enforcement partners within Washington, DC Ward 5 with their ongoing support for our Annual Litter Enforcement Month.
- Friends of Accotink Creek, a volunteer organization in Fairfax County, VA is constantly cleaning up their creek with 24 cleanups so far this year, and have been an active cleanup partner for years, with a reported 111 cleanups and 36.3 tons removed since 2007.
- Mayor Vincent C. Gray led the effort to enact a polystyrene ban for all vendors wishing to provide food service in the District of Columbia.
- Steve Hughes, Vice President of Clark Construction in Bethesda, Maryland, is a strong supporter of the watershed not only through cleanups, but making his site available to school groups for service learning hours.
- Bill Walmsley is a Prince George’s County resident and cleanup enthusiast who is also a dedicated advocate for solutions to litter as a representative on the Prince George’s County Environmental Action Council.
- The Young Activist Club of Piney Branch Elementary in Takoma Park, MD is a group of 3rd through 7th grade students eliminated polystyrene products from the Montgomery County school system.
Taking Action: Tools for Keeping Your Neighborhood Trash Free
- Alan Pultyniewicz, Recycling Coordinator, and Leslie Wilcox, Watershed Outreach Planner, Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection. Presentation by Pultyniewicz and Presentation by Wilcox
- Brendan Shane, Policy and Sustainability Chief, District Department of the Environment. Presentation
- Shani Kruljac, Environmental Planner, Arlington County Solid Waste Bureau. Presentation
- Alfred Titus-Glover, Environmental Planner, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment. Presentation
Fostering Trash Free Communities: How Public-Private Partnerships Help Transform Neighborhoods and Businesses
- Adam Ortiz, Director, Prince George’s County Department of the Environment. Video
- Dave Feldman, CEO and Co-Founder, The Livability Project. Presentation and video
- Kyle Todd, Executive Director, RIA Main Street. Video
Marketing to Millennials: A Generational Approach to Trash Reduction
- Kara Pennino, Community Outreach Liaison, Alice Ferguson Foundation. Presentation and video
- Socialnomics video by Erik Qualman video
Measuring Success: Trash Free Solutions that Work
- Matt Robinson, Environmental Scientist, Stormwater Management Division, District Department of Environment. Presentation
- Katie Register, Executive Director, Clean Virginia Waterways. Presentation
Building Alliances: Pursuing Trash Free Policies
- Charles Allen, Councilmember-Elect, Ward 6, District of Columbia Council
- Julie Lawson, Director, Trash Free Maryland Alliance
Trash Summit Background
The Potomac Watershed Trash Summit is a gathering of key stakeholders to educate, dialogue, plan and take action on strategies that lead to a Trash Free Potomac Watershed. This event provides a venue for elected officials, government agencies, non-profits, businesses, citizens and youth leadership to collaborate on strategies to eliminate trash from our waterways, communities, streets and public lands. Over the years the Trash Summit has worked to raise awareness of the issue and build momentum in addressing it. Some notable results of past Trash Summits include:
- Organics Task Force was created as a group of government, public interest, institutional and business representatives working to expand recovery, full capture and utilization of organic materials in the metropolitan Washington, DC region.
- The Policy Task Force was created and has spun off into the Trash Free Maryland and Trash Free Virginia Alliances.
- Litter Enforcement Month was created to raise awareness of litter and illegal dumping as crimes.
- Regional Litter Prevention Campaign started as a suggestion from the Trash Summit. It creates a unified message for the residents of the Potomac Watershed.
- 161 elected officials pledge to work on the issue of trash by signing the Potomac Watershed Trash Treaty