Events

[Postponed] The Road to Zero Waste: Experiences from the US, Europe and Lebanon

Day 1: Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury Health Sciences Center Auditorium, Byblos campus Day 2: Order of Engineers and Architects Auditorium, Bir Hassan, Beirut


Given the prevailing political situation and the unpredictable road blockages, the conference is being postponed. New dates will be communicated in time. We remain committed to promoting the objectives of the conference and to everyone’s contribution on this critical issue in the near future.


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The Lebanese American University (LAU), the Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA) and Health & Environment Association Lebanon (HEAL) are organizing a two-day conference on the concept of “Zero Waste”, related technologies and worldwide successful case studies.

For confirmation or regrets (by October 17, 2019), contact:

Mr. Alan Kairouz |  +961 9 547 262, ext. 2536
or
Dr. Roula Basbous  +961 70 167 581

Simultaneous Arabic/English interpretation available.

Program

Day 1: Monday, October 21, 2019
Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury Health Sciences Center Auditorium, LAU Byblos campus
9:00 a.m. Registration
9:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks

  • Dr. Joseph Jabbra, President, Lebanese American University (LAU)
  • Eng. Toufic K. Sanan, Head of the Scientific Committee, Order of Engineers and Architects - Beirut
  • Mr. Hikmat Abou Zeid, Founder & President, Health & Environment Association Lebanon (HEAL)
10:00 a.m. Session 1: “Zero Waste” the Way Forward
Speaker:  Dr. Paul Connett, Environmental Chemistry & Toxicology
Topic:  Ten Steps to Zero Waste: Good Examples from Around the World
Facilitator: Dr. Makram Ouaiss, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, LAU
11:30 a.m. Coffee Break
12:00 p.m. Session 2: “Zero Waste” Best Practices from the US and Europe
Speaker 1: Mr. Jack Macy, Zero Waste Senior Coordinator, Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco
Topic: Case Study on the Zero Waste Strategy and Implementation for San Francisco, USA
Speaker 2: Mr. Enzo Favoino, Professor, Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, Italy & Scientific Coordinator, Zero Waste Europe
Topic: Overview of Zero Waste Practice in Europe: Strategic Framework, Achievements, Benefits
Facilitator: Dr. Roula Basbous, Founder & Executive Director, HEAL
2:00 p.m. Group Picture
2:15 p.m. Lunch
3:15 p.m.

Session 3: Plastics: Recycle, Decompose, & Redesign - Challenges and Solutions
The International Context
Speaker 1: Mr. Enzo Favoino, Professor, Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, Italy & Scientific Coordinator, Zero Waste Europe
Topic:  An Overview of European Strategies & Policies to Tackle the Plastic Tide
Speaker 2: Mr. Rossano Ercolini, President of Zero Waste Europe & Director of Zero Waste Research Center of Capannori, Italy
Topic: Communities and Extended Producer Responsibility - the Role of Zero Waste Research Centre

Q & A

The Lebanese Context
Speaker 3: Mr. Ziad Abichaker,  Environmental & Industrial Engineer
Topic: The Experience of Cedars Environmental in Recycling and a Case Study on Eco Board Production 
Speaker 4: Mr. Joseph Kassab, Bioconversion Manager at IBC, S.A.L
Topic: Case Study from Saida Anerobic Treatment Plant, Lebanon
Speaker 5: Mr. Mario Goraieb, Environment Program Manager, Arcenciel
Topic: The Experience of Arcenciel in Solid and Hazardous Waste with a Focus on Plastics.
Q & A
Facilitator: Dr. Mahmoud Wazne, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, LAU

5:15 p.m. Coffee Break
5:30 p.m. Session 4: Recommendations for Future Research, Evidence-Based Policies and Applied Solutions
Remarks by: Joseph Sayegh, Researcher in toxicology and pollutants, HEAL
Topic: Innovations in Plastic Decomposition
Facilitators:
  • Dr. Roula Basbous, HEAL
  • Dr. Makram Ouaiss, LAU
6:30 p.m. Closing Remarks
Day 2: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Order of Engineers and Architects (OEA) Auditorium, Bir Hassan, Beirut
4:15 p.m. Registration
4:45 p.m. Opening Remarks
5:00 p.m.

Session 5: The Governance of Waste Management: Perspectives from San Francisco, California and Lebanon
Panel 1: The Central Government’s Role in Legislating and Planning

  • H.E. Dr. Inaya EzzeddineMember of Parliament and Former Minister of OMSAR
  • Ministry of the Environment Representative
  • Dr. Najat A. Saliba, Professor of Chemistry, American University of Beirut
  • Dr. Ali Darwish, President, Green Line Association
  • Mr. Jack Macy, Zero Waste Senior Coordinator, Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco

Moderator:  Eng. Sanaa Al Sirawan, Former Coordinator of the Environmental Committee, Order of Engineers and Architects – Beirut

6:30 p.m. Coffee Break
6:45 p.m. Panel 2: The Process of Decentralization: The Role of Different Stakeholders - Municipalities, Private Sector and Civil Society
  • Hon. Ghassan Moukheiber, Former Member of Parliament
  • Dr. Nouha Ghosseini, Former President of Chouf Souyjani Federation of Municipalities, Professor at the Lebanese University
  • Dr. Fifi Kallab, Environmental Socio-economist
  • Mr. Sami Assaf, Chemical Engineer, Head of Environmental Committee, Association of Lebanese Industrialists
  • Mr. Jack Macy, Zero Waste Senior Coordinator, Department of the Environment, City and County of San Francisco

Moderator: Dr. Ali Darwish, President, Green Line Association

8:00 p.m. Closing Remarks and Dinner Buffet