The Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the Western Sustainability and Pollution Prevention Network (WSPPN) invite you to submit a proposal for the 2012 Used Oil + HHW + WSPPN Training and Conference. This conference brings together federal, state and local agencies; nonprofit organizations; and businesses to share information and attend technical training concerning pollution prevention, resource conservation and the appropriate management of used oil, household hazardous waste, and other toxins.


We invite you to submit a proposal for the upcoming conference, which will be organized into four tracks. Presentations must advance the specified conference goals, meet the selection criteria outlined below, and align with the description of conference tracks and themes. All selected session and workshop presenters are encouraged to participate in all planned conference activities and are required to pay the full conference registration fee of $300, regardless of participation level. All sessions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17, 2012, and are 90 minutes in length.

The Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to accept or reject proposals as well as assign them to another track. All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on January 30, 2012. Online submissions are preferred. Submit your presentation proposal online.


The 2012 Used Oil + HHW + WSPPN Training and Conference provides an opportunity for people who work on similar issues to share experiences and learn from one another. Government and business can explore new ways to work together and find creative ways to merge what has traditionally been thought of as separate approaches. The overall goals of the conference are to:

Work Together. Provide insight and experiences related to bringing together the efforts of those groups traditionally focused on governmental programs and those focused more on business programs to find synergies and ways to optimize collaboration.

Build Unity and Strength. Provide a venue for sharing, inspiring, learning, cross-training and networking for individuals interested in finding solutions among stakeholders within the federal, state, local jurisdictions, non-profits and businesses with changing environmental issues.

Share Best and Most Promising Practices in the Field. Present new technologies, proven approaches and successes that provide effective and targeted programs for local practitioners to put into practice in the community.

Support Change Efforts. Offer opportunities to dialogue on models for instituting systemic, programmatic and individual change in order to improve services, while discussing sustainability for what really works.

View the Landscape. Discuss the current environment; investigate services and programs which directly affect conference attendees and those they serve.


Session proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Planning Committee for content, presenter’s experience, description, summary, and how well they meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate well-defined topics with focused objectives.
  • Address the conference goals and fit within one of the indicated conference tracks.
  • Introduce innovative programs and services that local jurisdictions can implement.
  • Present informative materials or tools that apply to communities or organizations.
  • Demonstrate how programs, processes and/or practices improve human health and the environment in EPA Region 9 (Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada).

You can find suggested topics for the conference here.


Submit your presentation proposal online or complete the submission form included with this packet and mail to:

2012 Used Oil + HHW + WSPPN Training & Conference
University of Nevada, Reno
Business Environmental Program
6100 Neil Road, Suite 400
Reno, Nevada 89511
Attn: Donna Walden

Submission of a proposal does not guarantee participation in the conference program. The Conference Planning Committee reserves the right to assign accepted proposals to another appropriate track.

All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. on January 30, 2012.