Green Talks, July 3rd: Is Waste Incineration in our Future?

Is a waste-to-energy incineration plant, like this one in Burnaby, in the Sea-to-Sky's future?

Is a waste-to-energy incineration plant, like this one in Burnaby, in the Sea-to-Sky’s future?

Energy, waste, recycling, land-use planning, carbon emissions, air quality, climate change… The topic of producing electricity through burning our garbage touches on many of the key environmental issues of our time. Not surprisingly, it is also quite polarizing.

There is significant movement surrounding the potential of bringing a waste incineration plant to the Sea-to-Sky (click on the photo above to link through to a relevant newspaper article).

Should we embrace this as an opportunity to produce sustainable, quasi-renewable energy? Or should we fight like hell to protect the air we breathe? IPPs and asphalt plants have already proven that these are two hot-button concerns for our region. So naturally, one should be as informed as possible.

Come on down to the Whistler Museum on Wednesday, July 3rd for the latest installment of the bi-monthly Green Talks series, organized by AWARE. The FREE talk features local environmental professional Sue Maxwell, and promises to be important, informative, and most likely contentious as well. Afterwards, everyone is encouraged to join AWARE regulars for a round of Green Drinks at Black’s Pub.

When: Wednesday, July 3rd, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Whistler Museum (4333 Main Street, behind the library)

How Much: FREE (donations to AWARE encouraged)

Why: Because it’s important!!!! 

Presenter’s Bio: Sue Maxwell is the principal of Ecoinspire. She holds an MA degree in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University with a thesis topic of Zero Waste, as well as a B. Sc. In collaboration with teams, she has developed the program plans for the first phase of the LightRecycle fluorescent lamp stewardship program and Unplugged, the small appliance recycling program and seen them through to program implementation on time and on budget. A thorough understanding of EPR in BC is complemented by knowledge of waste reduction programs and experience implementing recycling and composting programs within the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority. She co-authored Closing the Loop –Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Creating Green Jobs Through Zero Waste in BC and recently she was part of a team with EBA developing a Zero Waste Strategy for the Resort Municipality of Whistler. She is a Whistler resident and has gained a solid understanding of the local solid waste system through volunteering on the Whistler 2020 Materials and Solid Waste Task Force, the Whistler Official Community Plan Community Advisory Group and the Squamish Lillooet Regional District Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee. Other volunteer roles have been on the Board of the Recycling Council of BC and its policy committee, and with various Zero Waste and sustainability projects. She has also taken courses in the Natural Step (Level I) and Community Based Social Marketing (basic and advanced).

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