Events

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 (OEA) Auditorium, Bir Hassan, Beirut

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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

  • 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