What's New with the Land of Lincoln Chapter
The Land of Lincoln Board of Directors is working hard on a number of initiatives for 2016. Here's a sneak peek at what's in the works:
- A meeting in March to discuss glass recycling.
- A spring tour of Lakeshore Recycling's new Material Recovery Facility.
- Working with the IEPA on legislative changes to have SWANA's Manager of Landfill Operations (MOLO) course and examination replace the existing state landfill operators certification.
- Promoting safety through SWANA's Safety Ambassadors program.
- Developing some exciting and informative sessions for the 2016 Joint Conference with the Illinois Recycling Association.
It is SWANA's mission to advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound management of municipal solid waste in North America. For over 40 years, SWANA has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field, serving over 8,000 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications, and technical training courses.
Our membership includes local and state government officials; engineering and planning consultants; owners and operators of solid waste facilities and waste and recycling haulers. The Land of Lincoln Chapter offers many opportunities for solid waste professionals, including:
Periodic dinner meetings and workshops with featured speakers on relevant solid waste topics:
- Solid waste facility tours
- Annual fundraising event to support award of a college scholarship
- Annual 3-day conference jointly hosted with other statewide recycling and solid waste professional organizations
- Annual fall business meeting to elect officers
- Chapter-sponsored professional networking events
- Partnership with SWANA’s national headquarters to provide members with education, training and certification benefits
SWANA 2015 Scholarship Winner – Meghan Pazik
Meghan is pursuing a degree from Loyola University Chicago in Environmental and Communication studies focusing on social change and advocacy. Her selection was based on her passion to enter a field that provides her with a purpose doing something she loves. Meghan believes that “environmentalism is not only about saving the environment, or protecting the planet, it’s about improving all life”. She has a vast background including working for Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Environmental Sustainability, The Green Initiative Fund and representing students as a Junior Representative on the Student Government of Loyola Chicago group. She also conducted surveys for Greencorps, chaired the Student Environmental Alliance and interned at The Nature Conservancy Illinois Chapter. Meghan has volunteered at multiple Chicago based organizations including but not limited to Kilbourn Park Organic Garden, Lollapalooza’s water refill station, LUC IES Farmer’s Market and Edgewater Community Earth Day. Meghan will be receiving $2,500 from the Illinois Chapter of SWANA.