Lunch and Learn – Innovation Barn July 2023

Lunch, Learn & Network – Innovation Barn 2023

On July 20 CRA hosted an interactive lunch and learn series in Plastic Free July at the Innovation Barn in Charlotte, NC! The Queen City’s center for circular innovation provided an amazing lunch, learn, and networking atmosphere and a tour of the Innovation Barn. The Innovation Barn – an urban living lab – is a user-centered, open innovation ecosystem where new solutions are found to real-life issues. It includes space for innovations using resources from Charlotte’s waste stream and for entrepreneurs to explore the circular economy, developing products/companies and jobs.


CRA Welcome and Sponsor Information by Mary McClellan, Executive Director, Carolina Recycling Association

Amy Aussieker, Executive Director, Envision Charlotte

Mecklenburg Recycling EPA Grant & Innovation Barn by Jeffrey Smithberger,  Solid Waste Director, Mecklenburg County

R3Cycle – Sustainability Efforts by Julian Ochoa, R3Cycle

Recycle Right – Mecklenburg County by Joe Hack, Solid Waste Engineer, Mecklenburg County & Aaron Caudle, Environmental Program Manager, Mecklenburg County

Introducing the Recycling Program Solutions Hub by Rachel Kipar, Director of Recyclability Solutions, The Recycling Partnership

Mike Green, Recycling Business Development Specialist, NC DEACS

SC DHEC Updates by Adah Gorton, Environmental Health Manager, SC DHEC

Full Agenda and Speakers