WSU to Host Recycling and Sustainability Summit

OGDEN, Utah – Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert will be the keynote speaker for the second annual Intermountain Recycling & Sustainability Summit, March 4 at Weber State University’s Ogden campus.

The summit will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Shepherd Union Building. Gov.  Herbert’s address, “Balancing Economic Growth and Sustainability,” will be at 9 a.m. in Shepherd Union Ballroom A. Ogden Mayor Matthew Godfrey will address the summit at 1 p.m. The day will conclude with an open meeting of the Utah Recycling Alliance (URA).

The goal of the summit is to educate the public regarding recycling and sustainability issues, exchange ideas on best practices, and promote innovative ways Intermountain West communities are reducing their carbon footprint.

Building on last year’s summit, event organizers have scheduled a series of presentations and breakout sessions, allowing attendees to choose between discussions on recycling and sustainability. Glass recycling, renewable energy programs, and environmental issues associated with recycling pharmaceutical products are just some of the topics planned for breakout sessions.

The event also will feature information booths staffed by agencies and companies involved with recycling and sustainability efforts.

The general public is welcome to attend the summit, which is aimed at representatives from Intermountain West communities, sustainability and recycling professionals, lawmakers and key stakeholders in solid waste management, environmental quality, recycling and alternative energy.

Admission is $15 for individuals and $100 for sponsoring businesses (which includes three registrations). The cost of admission includes breakfast and lunch, as well as annual membership in the Utah Recycling Alliance. Display booths for the conference are available for $250 each.

Students may attend the summit free of charge but need to register in advance. Students interested in lunch will need to pay $10.

The summit is sponsored by Rocky Mountain Recycling, the Utah Recycling Alliance, WSU Continuing Education, WSU Environmental Club, WSU Environmental Issues Committee and Weber State University Student Association Arts & Lectures.

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Charles Elzinga, WSU Continuing Education
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D. Leroy Christensen, WSU Environmental Club president
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John Kowalewski, director of Media Relations
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