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Congratulations to Susan Hamilton for Winning a 2013 Rosie Award
This past summer, Waste & Recycling News
presented Susan Hamilton, Director of Recycling for the City of Baton Rouge,
Parish of East Baton Rouge, LA, with a 2013 Rosie Award recognizing women who
have dedicated their knowledge, time and energy to the recycling and waste
industry. Susan received one of 12 Rosie Awards out of almost 70 nominations.
Susan was originally hired to her current position with the City in part because
of her volunteer work organizing local environmental festivals and events. She
is the "mother" of the Louisiana Earth Day, which has grown to one of the
largest environmental festivals in the United States. Under her leadership, the
Baton Rouge recycling program grew from a grassroots volunteer drop-off program
that collected 5,000 tons of material in 1989, to a multi-faceted single-stream
curbside recycling, organics recycling, and waste reduction program that
diverted nearly 200,000 tons from the landfill in 2013 (30% of all waste).
Susan's connection to her community extends into her personal life, and is
expressed through her art. In 2004, she founded her business, Jade Light
Studios, with the vision of bringing together artists who focus on the natural
environment and its preservation. The next year brought Hurricane Katrina, and
since then Susan has been designing and producing one-of-a-kind jewelry and yard
sculptures that incorporate recycled materials from the storm debris, including
found objects and re-used glass and metal. After Hurricane Gustav destroyed
Susan's own home and garden in 2007, she re-built both using many recycled and
refurbished materials. Her home and garden were featured on the 2012 Spring
Hilltop Garden Tour.
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GBB will be present at the
following industry events. We look forward to seeing you there!
Council Annual Membership Meeting
December 10-11, 2013
SWANA's Senior Executive Seminar
Key West, FL
January 29-30, 2014
GBB, Silver Sponsor
John Carlton, Attendee
SWANA Landfill Symposium
March 24-27, 2014
John Carlton and Jim Stenborg, Speakers
"The Use of Global Positioning Systems to Improve Landfill Performance"
May 7-9, 2014
GBB, Exhibitor (Booth #920)
August 26-29, 2014
GBB, Exhibitor (Booth #1439)
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Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc.
8550 Arlington Boulevard,
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Harvey Gershman Receives 2013
Robert L. Lawrence Distinguished Service Award
At the Solid Waste
Association of North America's (SWANA) Awards Breakfast during WASTECON, Harvey
Gershman, President and Co-Founder of Gershman, Brickner & Bratton, Inc. (GBB),
was presented with the 2013 Robert L. Lawrence Distinguished Service Award, one
of the highest honors in the solid waste industry, for his significant
contribution to the solid waste management profession. The event is the annual
celebration of the best in the solid waste industry, as evaluated by peers
against rigorous professional criteria set forth by SWANA. See the award
presentation and acceptance speech:
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view award presentation and acceptance speech.
"I can't think of anyone who
is more deserving of this award. For this reason, it is a great honor to have
co-sponsored this nomination. Harvey's calling into the field of solid waste
management sprang from a desire to influence environmental decisions. He has
certainly done that! You can see the imprint of his work in communities
throughout the country and on hundreds of individuals who have benefited from
his instruction and guidance. I count myself among those individuals."
Sustainability and Environmental Services
City of Plano, TX
Recipient of the 2012 Lawrence Award
"Harvey has made significant
contributions to the solid waste management industry. It was an honor for me to
co-sponsor his name for this nomination. He is inquisitive and willing to invest
personally and professionally to solve problems and to press forward to make
programs more efficient and effective, not only for his clients, but for his
community and across the nation. We look forward to his input in the industry
for many years to come."
Monterey Regional Waste Management District, CA
GBB dinner to celebrate Harvey's award.
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Chemistry Council Publishes GBB Report on Conversion of Waste into Energy via
Emerging Gasification Technologies
The American Chemistry Council
(ACC) recently announced the publication of a new in-depth report, prepared by
GBB, that evaluates how gasification, an emerging set of technologies that could
potentially convert large-scale municipal solid waste into energy, could fit
into waste management planning in North America.
report, entitled "Gasification
of Non-Recycled Plastics from Municipal Solid Waste in the United States,"
was prepared with municipalities, investors and waste managers in mind with a
focus on identifying challenges and opportunities for stakeholders. It
highlights that there are currently 21 demonstration facilities being operated
in the United States and another 17 commercial-scale facilities under
development. It also offers an overview of gasification technologies, feedstock
flexibility, outputs and economics, licensing companies, experience with
gasification technologies, opportunities and barriers to commercialization, and
the potential role of gasification in integrated waste management systems.
Press Release from the American Chemistry Council
Download the Report
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GBB Launches Newly Redesigned Website
just launched its newly redesigned website! Have a look and let us know what you
We also invite you to follow, and
like, GBB on LinkedIn and Facebook to automatically get the latest news and
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