2012 Potomac Watershed Trash Summit

On November 7, 2012, 225 stakeholders from throughout the region gathered at the Silver Spring Civic Builiding to honor progress, learn about initiatives, and work towards solutions for a trash free Potomac Watershed at the 7th Annual Potomac Watershed Trash Summit. Read the 2012 Detailed Trash Summit Agenda here.

View the 2012 Trash Summit Program Book

If you missed a session or need clarification, notes from the concurrent sessions are available below.

Presentations & Roundtable Notes:

During the lunchtime plenary session, eleven elected officials and other regional leaders joined us to celebrate the progress over the year and speak about future efforts. Also during the session, Gywnn Park High School and Raymond Education Campus presented their inspirational action plans for how to reduce waste and litter that they developed during the morning’s Youth Track activities.

World-renowned ocean explorer, Jean-Michel Cousteau, traveled ‘upstream’ to spend time sharing his experiences and perspectives on the solutions to the pervasive problem of trash during the Summit’s Keynote address. His inspiring words help motivate us to continue tackling this tough challenge. In the conclusion of the address, Cousteau was joined by Lori Arguelles, AFF’s executive director to honor four Potomac Champions for their leadership, vision, and dedication to develop and implement solutions for a trash free Potomac Watershed.

2012 Potomac Champion Awards were presented to:

  • Clint Hogbin, Berkeley County, Solid Waste Authority– For his integral part in improving West Virginia’s solid waste collection, transportation, processing, and recycling for more than two decades.
  • Elizabeth Martin, Friends of Little Hunting Creek– For her work as a dedicated environmental steward and a champion for litter prevention in her community.
  • REI– For taking a proactive role in the health of the Potomac Watershed including partnering in the creation of the Trash Free Potomac Network, which is designed to facilitate stewardship and volunteerism in the Potomac Region.
  • Forest Height Elementary School– For their extraordinary work in tackling trash and beautifying their community through the Trash Free Schools project.


Special Thanks to Our Trash Summit Sponsors: