Matthew A. Karmel

Matthew A. Karmel

Matthew A. Karmel

Speaker | Riker Danzig Scherer Hyland & Perretti LLP

Morristown, NJ | mkarmel@riker.com

Matthew is an environmental attorney, a fervent advocate for sustainability, and is well-versed in the intersecting areas of law that apply to organics recycling initiatives.  Matthew helped to found the New Jersey Composting Council, which is an industry group promoting food waste reduction through composting and organics recycling.  He currently serves on its Board of Directors and as the chair of its Advocacy and Market Development Committee, which has addressed issues relating to siting and permitting of food waste recycling facilities as well as compostable products.  Matthew also writes and speaks regularly on topics relating to sustainability, including through Waste Dive, Waste360, BioCycle, the US Composting Council, Rutgers University, the Montclair State University Institute for Sustainability Studies, and Fordham University School of Law.

Session Code: 2B

Track: Advocacy and Policy

Session Name: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Issues in the Composting Industry

Session Time: Tuesday, January 25, 1:45 PM to 3:15 PM

Presentation Title: Overview of Environmental Justice Considerations and Laws

Presentation Description:
Environmental Justice Defined
Environmental Justice Laws and Policies
NJ’s Environmental Justice Law
Local Requirements
Laws in Other States
Business Case for Environmental Justice
Discussion of ESG, including increasing number of ESG indexes
Discussion of “green” and similar loan programs that offer favorable terms for qualifying businesses and/or projects
Discussion of importance of community engagement to business and regulatory oversight
Environmental Justice in the Composting Industry
The connection between composting and food/health justice
Benefits of local waste solutions
Siting and developing facilities in EJ areas