2011 Potomac Watershed Trash Summit

October 19, 2011

On October 19th 2011 stakeholders gathered together at George Mason University’s Founders hall to honor progress, learn about initiatives, work towards solutions for a trash frees Potomac Watershed at the 6th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit. 2011 Potomac Watershed Trash Summit Program

If you missed a session or need clarification, notes from the roundtable sessions and outcomes, notes are available here:
Potomac Watershed Trash Summit

Presentations &
Roundtable Notes
Policy Issues
Containing Waste
In-Stream Trash Reduction Technologies
Odd Items in our Watershed: Cigarette Butts, Tires, Carts, and Sharps
Regional Litter Prevention Campaign
Full Summit Notes


For their leadership, vision, and dedication to develop and implement solutions for a trash free Potomac Watershed, eight Potomac Champions were honored:


  • Tracey Bowen
  • Linda Howard
  • Ted Graham

  • Community Forklift

Cleanup Partner

  • Rock Creek Conservancy


  • District of Columbia- Metropolitan Police Department


  • Mary Cheh, DC Councilmember, Ward 3
  • Office of Public Education Facilities Management

During the lunch time plenary, Christophe Tulou, the Director of DDOE, spoke about how the District will be working towards comprehensive waste reduction as part of the Sustainable D.C. program. To view his speech, click here.

The inspiring Keynote address was also delivered during the lunch time plenary by George Washington Middle school student Isabella Lovain who has been a strong advocate for a clean watershed since she began her campaign at the age of eight. She was also joined by twenty-five of her classmates as they participated in the Youth Track of the Summit where they created action items for their own school to address the trash problem, then presented their findings to the summit attendees.


  Isabella’s first anti-litter PSA     Watch Isabella's Youtube video To litter or not to litter - that is the question!
  A copy of her speech     
  Youth Track Action Items     
  Youth Track Roundtable Notes     


Special Thanks to Our Trash Summit Sponsors


    The Summit Fund of Washington    Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration  Telemundo


    Exxon Mobil


Genon     Mom's Organic Market


Additional Sponsors: REI; Arnold & Porter LLP; Buck & Associates Realtors; DC Water; HMS Host; Open City; Safeway; Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association; Wegmans Fairfax; Aries Enterprises; Winchester Homes