Special Events

Sunday Welcome Reception

Grand Salon Ballroom
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Monday Reception

Verde Vista Terrace
5:15 pm - 6:45 pm

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Tuesday Reception

Indian Wells Ballroom
5:00 - 6:30pm

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Welcome & Keynote

February 24, 2020
Indian Wells Ballroom
The Transformation of our Industry: Looking Back and Moving Forward

The global waste industry is at a crossroads. The issues and challenges we face today are more dynamic and complex than ever before. While this may seem daunting for some, our industry has a history of solving tough challenges, and we must continue to focus on delivering innovative solutions that will drive our industry forward.

In her keynote address, Tara Hemmer will reflect on the evolution of the global waste industry and the emerging themes impacting how we do business today and in the future. Ms. Hemmer will also highlight the innovation that has changed waste collection, disposal, recycling and landfills. Ms. Hemmer will highlight the challenges and opportunities Waste Management (WM) faces as an industry leader, and the steps the company is taking to live its core values in pursuit of a sustainable tomorrow.

Tara Hemmer
SVP Field Operations,
Waste Management

Monday Lunch Plenary with Bryan Staley

February 24, 2020
Indian Wells Ballroom
The Need for Credible Information in a Disinformed World

Today, information is as available as the air we breathe. Yet in many respects, we live in a world today that is less knowledgeable than we were before the Information Age. However, this is not due to a lack of information, but because so much information exists that many find it hard to distinguish fact from fiction. Coupled with social media, information can spread rapidly through-out society and context can be lost that allow one to verify its accuracy.

How can reliable information be determined from unreliable information? What is pseudoscience and how has its proliferation impacted how the solid waste field deals with various issues? Elevated temperature landfills, material recyclability, and PFAS are examples of important topics that require credible and accurate information, for not only decision making, but also to effectively educate the public on what science can tell us about the reality of how to manage these issues. This presentation discusses how the need for credible information has never been so great and how EREF’s work helps create credible, objective science to inform in an increasingly skeptical society.

Dr. Bryan Staley, PhD, PE
Environmental Research & Education Foundation

Tuesday Lunch Plenary with Michael E. Hoffman

February 25, 2020
Indian Wells Ballroom
Building a Fundamental Bridge between the Interests of the Public, Politicians and Policy Makers and an Ever Accelerating Discussion about ESG – Environmental, Social, Governance

The State of Garbage is good but how as engineers and scientists can you validate this viewpoint looking externally and not just internally at the daily KPIs produced by finance and operations? Furthermore what is your role in building a fundamental bridge between the interests of the public, politicians and policy makers and an ever accelerating discussion about ESG – Environmental, Social, Governance? 

The debate is no longer about whether there is agreement on climate and the corollary topics regardless if it is or is not really peer reviewed high quality science supporting conclusions or not - that horse is out of the barn running across the field. The discussion now is what and how are - corporations broadly and environmental services companies specifically - addressing this discussion within their own operating model with employees, vendors and customers. PFAS, CO2, GHG, HG, CH4, CCRs - environmental services can and should own this discussion and the GWMS is the ideal forum for that to be a reality.  

Michael E. Hoffman,
Managing Director and Group Head of Diversified Industrials,

Award-winning Golf

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
John Fought-designed Players Course
Indian Wells Resort
Tee Time: 12:30pm
Pricing: $225 per golfer

Join your peers for an enjoyable afternoon of golf on John Fought-designed Players Course at the Indian Wells Golf Resort in Palm Springs, CA. The Players Course offers breathtaking mountain views, undulating fairways and greens with streams, brooks and waterfalls.

The golf outing includes greens fees for the Players Course, as well as lunch and an awards ceremony. You can create your own team by choosing to be paired with specific players.

Timeless hospitality at an affordable price! The iconic Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort Hotel in Palm Springs, California is the official hotel for the Global Waste Management Symposium. Founded by Hollywood legends Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in 1957, this boutique-style hotel offers spectacular views and direct access to the Indian Wells Golf Resort.