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Speaker Bios: Recycling Programs at Apartment Complexes Webinar

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Speakers Include:

Howard Levenson, Assistant Director, Materials Management and Local Assistance, CalRecycle, State of California

  • Dr. Howard Levenson is currently Assistant Director of the Materials Management and Local Assistance Program at CalRecycle. He has held several positions at CalRecycle when it was the California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB), starting in 1991 as Advisor to Board member Paul, a position he held for seven years. Prior to his service at the Board, Howard worked from 1983 to 1991 as a Senior Associate in the Environment Program of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), a non-partisan analytical support agency of the U.S. Congress. He was the primary author of OTA’s 1989 assessment, “Facing America’s Trash: What Next for Municipal Solid Waste?” Howard has a B.S. and M.S. in Natural Resources Management from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Kansas.

Pat Quinn, Planning Program Manager, Waste Management & Recycling Department, Sacramento County

  • Pat Quinn is the Sacramento County Waste Management and Recycling Department Planning and External Relations Program Manager. He came to the County in 1991 as a planner in the Solid Waste Division. His previous consulting experience includes working in the area of waste management facility development permitting and waste management planning. Pat is also certified in hazardous materials management and compost facility operations. He has a B.Ss degree in Chemistry from U.C. Berkeley and Masters in Planning from Cal Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo.

Steve Harriman, Integrated Waste Manager, City of Rancho Cordova

  • Steve Harriman is the Integrated Waste Manager for the City of Rancho Cordova. Steve holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from U.C. Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies and Geography, and a Master of City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. In 1991 Steve accepted a Solid Waste Planner position with the Sacramento County Department of Waste Management and Recycling, where he assisted with the implementation of the 3-cart residential program. In 1998 Steve accepted a position with the consulting firm of Malcolm Pirnie Inc., and spent four years in Puerto Rico working on the privatization of the water and sewer utility. Upon his return to California in 2002, Steve co-founded R3 Consulting Group which specializes in management consulting services for public sector waste management agencies. In 2007 Steve accepted his current position with the City of Rancho Cordova, which includes management of the residential and commercial waste collection recycling franchises, administration of various grants, and oversight of the Matthew Kilgore Cemetery.

Cory Koehler, Senior Deputy Director, Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley

  • Cory Koehler is the Senior Deputy Director of the Rental Housing Association of Sacramento Valley where he manages the government affairs, media relations, compliance and fundraising programs for the association. Prior to this position, Cory was a legislative advocate for the California Department of Justice and California Student Aid Commission. Cory earned his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis and his law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.

Ken Prue, Recycling Program Manager, Environmental Services Department, City of San Diego

  • Ken Prue is the Recycling Program Manager in the Environmental Services Department of the City of San Diego. As the Recycling Program Manager, Ken is responsible for overseeing the planning, development, and implementation of citywide efforts to achieve State mandated waste diversion goals and long-term solid waste management needs. This includes the implementation of the City’s Mandatory Recycling Ordinance and the Construction and Demolition Debris Deposit Ordinance. Ken has been with the City of San Diego’s recycling program for 11 years. Before joining the City, he spent four years with the County of San Diego’s Recycling Program. Ken is a graduate of San Diego State University, with a degree in Public Administration.

Yvonne Hunter, Climate Change Program Director, Institute for Local Government

  • Yvonne Hunter is Program Director of the California Climate Action Network, a program of the Institute for Local Government. Prior to joining the Institute in 2007 launch the Institute’s Communities for Healthy Kids program, Yvonne was a Legislative Representative for the League of California Cities, emphasizing environmental issues, including solid waste and recycling – a position she held for nearly 20 years. Yvonne has a B.A. and an M.A. from the University of California, Davis.

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