Kim Holmes

Vice President, Sustainability

Kim Holmes is Vice President of Sustainability for the Plastics Industry Association. The sustainability team provides support for all sustainability and recycling related work undertaken by the councils and committees at PLASTICS. The association is committed to maximizing the recovery of all plastics, both post-industrial and post-consumer, across all product categories. PLASTICS has developed a truly collaborative, supply chain approach to identifying new end markets that will create demand pull through for recycled plastics. During her time at PLASTICS, Kim has worked to develop the Zero Net Waste recognition program, sustainability benchmarking for the industry, and a number of innovative recovery demonstration projects. In her free time she enjoys skiing, hiking and biking with the family, and enjoying the beauties of the Pacific Northwest. 

Sus·tain·a·bil·i·ty 101

Monday, May 20th
1:00pm to 5:00pm

Sustainability…it’s a lengthy, six-syllable word that has only been around since the early 1970’s and can have many interpretations.  Since its introduction, the concept has gone from fringe to mainstream, yet the definition can still be “elusive” and “vague.” In this half-day course, experts from the industry will discuss what sustainability means for plastics, including exploring the principles of triple bottom line, goal setting, benchmarking, sustainability reporting, standards, alternative materials and emerging technologies that are helping us bridge the gap to reduce impacts on manufacturing and products throughout their life.  Whether you are new to the plastics industry, new to a sustainability role within your company, or a seasoned sustainability professional who’d like to brush up on leading sustainability trends, this course has something for everyone.

Presentations include: 

  • Introduction: Defining "sustainability" for the plastics industry - Kim Holmes, Plastics Industry Association
  • Trendy terms: Comparing and contrasting "sustainable materials management" and "circular economy" - Jeff Wooster, representing AMERIPEN
  • The big picture of mechanical recycling: How it works and the status of curbside recycling in the U.S.. - Dylan de Thomas, The Recycling Partnership 
  • Beyond mechanical: Introducing chemical recycling and energy recovery technologies - Craig Cookson, American Chemistry Council
  • Alternate materials: An introduction to bioplastics - Patrick Krieger, Plastics Industry Association
  • Summing it up: A look at the various tools for reporting sustainability progress and goals - Cristian Barcan, Vinyl Institute 

Closing Plenary

Wednesday, May 22nd
1:30pm to 2:30pm

Over the past two years, it is clear that the issue of marine debris, and the solutions created to address the challenge, will shape the plastics industry for generations to come. Last year, National Geographic launched the Planet or Plastic? initiative, a global commitment to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic that reaches the ocean. By mobilizing global communities and investing in science, exploration, innovation and education, the effort aims to tackle the world’s plastic waste crisis. As part of the initiative, the National Geographic Society is working to develop an action plan that will help make the goal of ending marine plastic pollution a reality, and there is broad recognition that the plastic industry must be a key stakeholder in that strategy. As a first step in engagement, PLASTICS welcomes Valerie Craig, vice president of operating programs for the National Geographic Society, to share the latest on the initiative, and explore the opportunities for industry to help deliver solutions that will address this pressing environmental issue. This is a special presentation and discussion that any plastics company seeking to be part of the solution will not want to miss.

1:30pm to 2:30pm