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Timothy Fields, Senior Vice President, MDB, Inc.
Sue Briggum, Vice President, Federal Public Affairs, WM Waste Management
The Sustainable Materials Management Coalition has produced a new report, "Sustainable Materials Management: A New Materials Hierarchy, Solutions to Barriers, and Recommendations for a Path Forward." The report recommends the creation of an improved materials hierarchy, defines solutions for addressing barriers to sustainable materials management, and promises a subsequent report on potential new life-cycle based performance metrics to evaluate materials management processes. This report is the result of a year-long effort by representatives of business and industry, academic institutions, environmental and community organizations, and State and local government organizations to speed the path forward for sustainable materials management. Timothy Fields, Senior Vice President, MDB, Inc., and former EPA Assistant Administrator for Solid Waste and Emergency Response, and Sue Briggum, Vice President, Federal Public Affairs, Waste Management, will present a webinar on this important effort, and discuss next steps for the Sustainable Materials Management Coalition.
Since 1987, Sue has been with the Washington, D.C. office of Waste Management,
where she is responsible for advocacy regarding federal environment regulation and
policy. She manages the company's sustainability reporting, and directs the company's
public policy group.
Sue served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's NACEPT Superfund Advisory
Committees in 1994 and 2004; Title VI of the Civil Rights Act Advisory Committee; and
Compliance Assistance Advisory Committee. She served on the U.S. EPA's National
Environmental Justice Advisory Council (as Council or work group member) from 1994
to 2012, and co-chaired both terms of the National Environmental Policy Commission,
convened at the request of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation.
Sue received her B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh; Ph.D. in English Literature from
the University of Wisconsin (where she taught literature and business writing); and J.D.
from Harvard University.
Timothy Fields is Senior Vice President at MDB, Inc. He is an expert in
Superfund, Brownfields, Emergency Response, Worker Training, and
Environmental Justice, who provides technical and analytical support to
public and private sector clients. He has 40 years of experience addressing
complex site assessment, cleanup, reuse, and waste management issues.
Mr. Fields worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 30 years,
serving for four years as Assistant Administrator for the Office of Solid Waste
and Emergency Response (OSWER). He provided national direction and
oversight of the nation's environmental site assessment, cleanup, reuse,
and waste management programs, including Superfund toxic waste sites,
Brownfields, Hazardous and Solid Waste Management, Underground Storage
Tanks, Emergency Management, Technology Innovation, and Federal Facilities
Site Remediation programs. Mr. Fields is an expert mediator/facilitator, and
also serves as an expert on environmental cleanup and waste management
matters. At MDB, he leads its environmental justice (EJ) practice, and does
work for a variety of clients in this area. He has facilitated an industry-
community-government EJ dialogue for eleven years in Spartanburg, SC. He
has provided national EJ program mission support to EPA, the Department of
Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences, and the Department of Energy. He has directed a study of the EJ
benefits of hazardous waste worker training programs, and has directed the
conduct of several national EJ conferences. Mr. Fields chairs the Sustainable
Materials Management Coalition. He has been awarded four Presidential
Rank Awards for outstanding executive service. He has a B.S. degree in
Industrial Engineering from Virginia Tech University, and an M.S. degree in
Operations Research from George Washington University.