Dr. Loys Maingon

Well-known Comox Valley naturalist and educator, Dr. Loys Maingon is a semi-retired Registered Professional Biologist, with special expertise in environmental impacts on ecosystems Loysand water quality.  Dr. Maingon has been involved in teaching environmental studies since 1990 and continues to teach and write in his retirement.  He has sat on international water quality sampling committees for the ISO and recently retired as Chair of the Canadian Committee for Water Quality Sampling.  He is currently the BC representative for the Canadian Society for Environmental Biology, and a respected member of various professional societies, including the International Association for Impact Assessments.

With this company,Aardscan, Dr. Loys Maingon has partnered with Zero Waste consultants in the impact assessment, design and siting of recycling and solid waste facilities.

Loys Maingon (MA, PhD, MSc, RPBio)

Aardscan Biological and Environmental Ltd.

Mike Ewall

mike-ewallMike Ewall is founder and director of Energy Justice Network (www.EnergyJustice.net), a U.S.-based network supporting communities threatened by unnecessary and polluting energy and waste facilities, such as biomass and waste incinerators, landfills, and nuclear and fossil fuel power plants.  Active since high school in 1990, Ewall has become a leader in the student and community environmental justice movements.  He has led winning campaigns stopping numerous incinerators, power plants, ethanol biorefineries a multi-state nuclear waste dump, a coal-to-oil refinery, a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, water fluoridation and much more.  In 2003, he predicted and warned that the rebuilding of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania trash incinerator would drive the city into bankruptcy, which it did eight years later in one of the nation’s largest city bankruptcies.  Since 2006, his efforts brought together grassroots networks to stop proposed coal power plants and biomass and waste incinerators throughout the U.S., contributing to over 100 community victories against these facilities.  In 2008, his extensive work against environmental racism earned him a “tuition-free law school for activists” scholarship to the social justice activist-run law school at the University of the District of Columbia.  Before law school, he authored the nation’s strongest mercury and dioxin air pollution ordinances and has used these local laws to stop proposed polluters in small Pennsylvania towns.  Ewall drafted the zero waste hierarchy that became the basis for the hierarchy adopted by the Zero Waste International Alliance and Zero Waste Canada.

Energy Justice

Dan Phillips

dan-phillips-profileDan Phillips is a designer/builder working in Huntsville, Texas, who, working with his wife Marsha, builds low-income housing, with unskilled workers, from free, salvage and recycled materials.  Their company is recently trying to move into a commercial market for clients who have a taste for recycling and social entrepreneurship.  Having been associated with the construction industry in many capacities for over twenty years, he is now concentrating on using one social problem to solve another, with his recycled housing initiative, The Phoenix Commotion.  Experience in his business of art and antique restoration has served him well in the reclamation of construction waste in fabricating attractive, energy-efficient houses.  Fine Homebuilding, People, The New York Times, Natural Home, Houston House and Home, Change Magazine, Reason, and many others – as well as CBS, ABC, HGTV, CNN, PBS, TNN, The Texas Country Reporter, and The Discovery Channel – have all featured his projects in their respective media, in addition to television and print media around the world.  He regularly lectures for civic groups, at regional, national, and international conferences, and at universities, including A&M School of Architecture, University of Texas – Austin School of Architecture, University of Kansas School of Architecture, Boston College, Austin Community College, Yale University and Sam Houston State University.  His website,www.phoenixcommotion.com, includes discussion of his philosophy with numerous photographs.  Spring, 2012, he lectured at the 9th International Convention on Architecture in Budapest.  He was awarded the 2003 Award for the Most Innovative Housing Model Worldwide by the Institute for Social Invention in London.  In 2009 he was awarded the Beacon of Light Award by the National Interfaith Council.  And in 2010 he received the Edison Green Award in New York, sponsored by Rutgers University, and the Environmental Excellence Award sponsored by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.   The background leading to his current activity is eclectic.  He variously rode Brahma bulls, worked in intelligence in West Berlin during the cold war, served on the dance faculty of Sam Houston State University for ten years, and has a number of degrees.   His wife, Marsha, has recently retired as an art teacher.  Their son, Ian, flies an F-16 for the Air Force, and their daughter, Phoebe, is a patent attorney in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  They have four grandchildren.

Dan Phillips at ZWIA14
Zero Waste Canada Conference Nanaimo BC Oct 2nd 2014

Pål Mårtensson

pal-zero-waste-230Pål Martensson, who also calls himself “the garbage man,” has been dealing with waste and campaigning for zero waste for more than a decade already.  He worked at the Department of Sustainable Waste and Water Department for City of Goteborg for more than ten years, Sweden where he oversaw five resources recovery centres, including the first ECO-Park in the world – Kretsloppsparken Alelyckan – that he founded and is now used as a model to public and private sectors worldwide.

Pål shares his long and internationally respected experience in waste management with different audience and networks around the world as active member of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), Zero Waste Europe and the Swedish Waste Management Group for Recycling and Export group to name a few of the advocacy groups he is involved in.

He is a valued speaker in many international events where he had shared his technical knowledge and field experience on Zero Waste concept, strategies and implementation, passing/entrance systems for recycle centres, the role of ECO Parks on waste management and waste prevention, EPR and take-back policies; recyclables redemption value (recyclables deposit systems) for electronics, PET-bottles, aluminium cans, and special packaging; household waste analyses and reduction strategies; and community waste management educational outreach programs.

Pål has not only been actively promoting the principles of zero waste among civil society groups, but has also been active in influencing the policy-makers towards making a policy shift to a more sustainable way of living and waste-free resources management through his numerous national and international speaking engagements with different stakeholders – community dwellers, youth, environmental experts, policy makers and state leaders, business, etc.  These events include Peoples’ Forums, meetings with experts, and parliamentary discussions to name a few.

He is also recognized for other important projects which benefit all sectors in the society.  He is one of the master minds of Project “ZmartZeroWasteLiving” – which aims to educate people about waste and how to reduce it to zero.  He has also been involved in many important initiatives such as Project “Living the Life” – which educates people on the need to adopt a new lifestyle and to assist them in changing their habits particularly on buying, reusing and recycling; and Project “Waste prevention with Eco parks” with the Environmental Swedish Research Institute, IVL.

Pål graduated from Technical College in Goteborg in 1972 and Goteborg University in 1976.

Douw Steyn

dsteyn-230B.Sc. University of Cape Town (Physics) 1967, B.Sc.(hons.) University of Cape Town (Physics & Applied Mathematics) 1968, M.Sc. University of Cape Town (Physics) 1970, Ph.D.  The University of British Columbia 1980, Post-doctoral Fellow at The University of British Columbia 1980-82, Faculty at the University of British Columbia 1982-present.  Study Leaves: Colorado State University, KNMI, ETH Zurich, University of Athens (1988-1989); CSIRO Canberra, NIES, Tsukuba (1996-1997); JRC Ispra (2002/2003); African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS), www.aims.ac.za (2010-2011).  Douw served UBC as Chair of Atmospheric Science (1994-1998), Director of Science One Program (1999-2002), Chair of Environmental Science Program (2008-), Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies and Interim Principal, College for Interdisciplinary Studies (2003-2006), Director of SCIE 113: First-Year Seminar in Science.

He is a member of the UBC Institute of Applied Mathematics (www.iam.ubc.ca) the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (www.ires.ubc.ca) and the Liu Institute for Global Issues (www.ligi.ubc.ca).

He presently works with: Tainji Shi (PhD in Statistics, co-supervised with Will Welch), Niamh Chaparro (MSC in Atmospheric Science), Nadya Moisseeva (MSC in Atmospheric Science), Annie Seagram (MSc in Atmospheric Science), and Ben Weinstein (MSc in Atmospheric Science).  I am Co-PI in the FuturAgua Project www.futuragua.ca where I collaborate with Tim McDaniels, Mark Johnson, and Kai Chan (UBC), Mitch Small, Iris Grossmann, and Gabrielle Wong-Parodi (CMU), Raffaele Vignola and Gregoire Leclerc (CATIE).  The project addresses Enhancing Adaptation and Resilience to Drought in Dry Tropical Socio-Ecological Systems: The Guanacaste, Costa Rica Example.

Enzo Favoino

enzo-favoino-230Enzo Favoino is the Scientific Coordinator of Zero Waste Europe and Member of the Board of ZWIA; he chairs the Scientific Committee of Zero Waste Italy.

He is also coordinating the Zero Waste Research Centre in Capannori, first ZW Municipality in Italy and Europe, and a reference centre for other ZW Communities across Europe.  He’s employed at Scuola Agraria del Parco di Monza, a not-for-profit Research Centre based in Northern Italy.

He and his team are involved in various Countries in scientific and technical issues related to optimization of schemes for separate collection, definition and implementation of Zero Waste programmes, design and process management in composting and anaerobic digestion, pay-as-you-throw schemes, and programmes for waste prevention.

Enzo is often involved as an expert in surveys and research programmes about sustainable management of resources and discards promoted by the EU and various National Governments, and in definition of related policy, strategies, and regulatory framework.  He has greatly contributed to the development of separate collection, recycling and composting in Italy, Spain, UK and other EU Countries.

First technical Director of the Italian Composting Association (CIC) and former member of the Scientific Committee of ANPA (Italian EPA), he was co-founder of ECN – European Compost Network, and Chaired from 2004 through 2013 the WG on Biological Treatment at ISWA.