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Exploring the Impacts of Climate Change on the Solid Waste Industry

July 19, 2023 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

| Free

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the impact of climate change on the solid waste industry, where we unravel the mysteries, explore examples of climate-related risks, and dissect the reasons the solid waste industry should evaluate these risks. The conversation will include discussing climate-related risks to the industry, drawing links between climate-related risks and financial aspects of managing those risks, and hearing how municipalities are dealing with these decisions on the ground, enabling you to understand the bigger picture better.

In this Science Session, Suzie Boxman, Director of Programs, will be joined by two key industry leaders, Kristian Macoskey, the ESE/Sustainability Lead at Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., who specializes in climate change risk assessment, and Annette Synowiec, the Director of Policy, Planning & Outreach in the Solid Waste Management Services Division of the City of Toronto, whose work revolves around developing a long-term waste management strategy focused on zero waste and a circular economy.  

Whether you’re curious about what challenges the solid waste industry is facing, wondering about where to locate private corporation’s statements about its climate-related risks and opportunities, or interested in learning more about how the solid waste industry perceives climate-related risks and opportunities, this webinar is designed to answer your questions. You’ll walk away with key takeaways, actionable insights, and a more profound understanding of the importance and impact of climate change on solid waste. Join us to stay ahead of the curve in this critical area of environmental sustainability.  

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Upon successful completion of this Science Session, you will receive a Certificate of Completion via email with the relevant number of Professional Development Hours (PDH) shown on the certificate. This certificate does not automatically qualify you for professional continuing education credits. It is your responsibility to verify that the PDHs from this event are eligible for continuing education purposes for your specific credentials. The certificate is only available to those that register and attend the live Science Session. 

Kristian Macoskey is a Qualified Environmental Professional who holds BS and MS degrees in environmental science and has over 37 years of air quality consulting experience.  His early technical practice focused on air quality-related issues such as atmospheric emission characterization; air dispersion modeling; human health risk assessment; measurement of pollutant ambient concentrations and meteorological conditions; and air permitting and compliance.  Currently, Mr. Macoskey leads CEC’s ESG/sustainability team and in that capacity provides ESG strategy, greenhouse gas emission inventory, decarbonization planning, climate change risk assessment, and ESG reporting services.  Mr. Macoskey is also leading the development and implementation of CEC’s corporate ESG strategy. 


Annette Synowiec is the Director of Policy, Planning & Outreach in the Solid Waste Management Services Division of the City of Toronto. As part of its Long-Term Waste Management Strategy, the City of Toronto is working towards an aspirational goal of zero waste and a Circular Economy.  Annette oversees a number of cross-cutting waste and integrated system portfolios including extended producer responsibility transition for the City’s Blue Bin recycling program, stakeholder and community outreach,  advancement of circular economy & innovation in service delivery, future-planning solid waste programs/policies including intergovernmental advocacy and supporting environmental and health and safety compliance. She is also the current President of the Ontario Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America. Her favourite pastimes include repurposing items for use in her community garden plot and spending in nature. 



Dr. Suzie Boxman is the Director of Programs at the Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF), which directs and funds scientific research that advances sustainable waste management practices. Prior to her role at EREF, she worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Sustainable Materials Management and the America Recycles efforts. Suzie completed a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida. 




July 19, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
Event Category:


Environmental Research & Education Foundation