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Panel Session: Salvage The Waste — Giving Your Garbage Another Life

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Starts On - May 4, 2016 - 5:30pm
Ends On - May 4, 2016 - 7:15pm
235 S. Cayuga Street
Ithaca , NY 14850

Join local experts and our hosts from Corning at the Coltivare Culinary Center in Ithaca, New York, for an interactive panel session, "Salvage The Waste: Giving Your Garbage Another Life."


  • 5:30 p.m. — Networking
  • 6 p.m. — Presentations and discussion moderated by Dr. Anna Kelles
  • 7:15 p.m. — Conclusion


Moderator: Dr. Anna Kelles
Dr. Anna Kelles serves on the Tompkins County Legislature for District 2. She currently sits on the Health and Human Services, Facilities & Infrastructure, Planning, Development, and Environmental Quality (PDEQ) and Workforce Diversity and Inclusion committees. She also is a full-time lecturer at Cornell University in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and is the Examination Administration Manager and Chair of the Examination Development Council for the Board of the Certification for Nutrition Specialists (BCNS).

Topic: Recyling — Carrie Carpenter
Carrie Carpenter entered into the world of recycling in 2008. She has over eight years’ experience in the solid waste and recycling industry. Working with many municipalities and commercial companies providing solutions and introducing opportunities to increase Recycling ratios, Ms. Carpenter recently accepted a position of Business Development Manager for Commercial and Municipal Recycling for Casella’s Western Region.

Topic: Reuse — Diane Cohen
Diane Cohen is executive director of Finger Lakes ReUse, an independent, charitable nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to provide a system to increase waste avoidance and reinvest value from used materials back into the community. Diane graduated as an art major from Ithaca College and serves on the boards of the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County and Alternatives Federal Credit Union.

Topic: Composting — Kat McCarthy
Kat McCarthy is the Waste Reduction and Recycling Specialist for Tompkins County, with over 10 years’ experience in the field of sustainable materials management. Her work with the Division is focused on developing and implementing 4R programs that increase waste reduction, reuse, recycling, composting, and green purchasing in the community. Recent projects include expanding food scraps recycling, supporting business recycling efforts, and promoting food waste prevention. Kat currently serves as the NYSAR3 Chapter 7 Board Rep and Organics Council Chair. She is a Master Composter, passionate waste reducer, co-owner of EcoJarz (a company that encourages glass jar reuse), and founder Ithaca CRT, which promotes compost, recycling, and trash sorting at events.

Topic: Salvage — John Lewis
John Lewis was named Executive Director of Historic Ithaca in February 2016. He holds a doctorate in American History form the University of Kentucky and has previously worked in museums and historic preservation in Kentucky, Alaska and New York and has taught at universities in Kentucky, Alaska and Tennessee.