Rumson Garden Club

I'm returning to my roots in the Garden State: on Tuesday October 17, 2017 I"ll be presenting the power of composting to the Rumson Garden Club in New Jersey.  Looking forward to it!

Ignite Portland 9

posted Sep 17, 2010, 9:23 AM by Meredith Sorensen   [ updated Feb 12, 2011, 6:12 PM ]

The lights were bright, and I had a lot of information to share, but once again the fast-paced format of Ignite Portland got the crowd fired up: 20 slides, 15 seconds each, rolling continuously without pause.  Here's my September 2010 presentation on Harvest Power, high solids anaerobic digestion, and why biogas is the cooled thing since sliced bread.

Interview by The Urbane Way here

Multnomah County - Green Bag Lunch - January 7, 2010

posted Nov 21, 2009, 10:32 AM by Meredith Sorensen   [ updated Jan 8, 2010, 5:51 AM ]

I've been invited to give a slideshow at Multnomah County's "Green Bag Lunch Series."

DATE: Thursday, January 7, 2010
TIME: 12:10-1:30 pm
LOCATION: Multnomah County Boardroom, 1st Floor, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

The presentation is an eclectic mix of trash, community, sustainable choices, and tandem touring.  Then, for folks interested in adventure, I will run additional photos and videos (including roasting a marshmallow on a volcano).

Enjoy a slide show while you munch your lunch!  This presentation is open to the public.

GreenDrinks in Hood River, OR

posted Oct 21, 2009, 9:47 AM by Meredith Sorensen   [ updated Oct 21, 2009, 10:02 AM ]

On Thursday, October 29th, at 6:30pm, I will be speaking at the Gorge Green Drinks Event at the Double Mountain Brewery in Hood River, OR.

Download pdf flyer here.

A special guest will chime in on local (trashy) resources available.  Fun fun!

See you there.

Tandem Touring, Travel, and Trash: North Face on September 17, 2009

posted Aug 28, 2009, 11:28 AM by Meredith Sorensen

The North Face invited me to share my "Travel and Trash" story at their store in downtown Portland (1202 NW Davis Street).  The fun begins at 8pm on Thursday, September 17, 2009.  Here is a pdf version of the announcement.

There is limited seating, so arrive early.


posted Jun 9, 2009, 7:10 PM by Meredith Sorensen   [ updated Jun 13, 2009, 8:07 AM ]

On June 13, 2009 I was the keynote speaker at the Association of Oregon Recycler's Conference in Redmond, Oregon. During my talk, I referenced several articles.  You can access them on my Resources page or from the following descriptions. 

Germany's Greenpoint System
When Germany passed an Ordinance on the Avoidance of Packaging Waste in 1991, they shifted the cost of managing waste from the public to the product manufacturers.  Learn more about this greenpoint system from the greenpoint company, DSD's website, or from an article on the "Inform" website.

Ghent, Belgium: Pay As You Throw
Belgium implemented a pay-as-you-throw system.  Subsequently, they saw the residual waste collected from households decrease from 325 kg of waste per resident (1995) to 189 kg of waste per resident (1999).  View the full report.

Munich, Germany: Dry Fermentation Plant

A dry fermentation plant just north of Munich, Germany, processes organic material and produces electricity and compost.  Here is the glossy BEKON brochure describing the facility as well as the more beefy AWM document describing how the facility harvests energy from biowaste.

England: Love Food, Hate Waste
In the UK, a WRAP study found that families throw out nearly 1/3 of the food that they purchase. Here is a summary of the study, as well as the full report. 

Ignite Portland 3

posted Jun 9, 2009, 7:04 PM by Meredith Sorensen   [ updated Oct 16, 2010, 7:45 AM ]

In 2008, I gave a presentation titled "Talking Trash" at Ignite Portland (IP3) in front of a theater filled with 600 hipsters.  The format was straightforward: I had 20 slides, with 15 seconds per slide.  It was a fast, fun five minutes.  The crowd went wild when I exclaimed, "An airport that composts?  That is so cool!"

You can read my proposal.
Or watch my presentation.

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