July 10 - 12, 2022

Margaritaville Lake Resort, Osage Beach, MO

Meet Our Keynote Speakers

AMY MEIER is Stream Team Coordination Biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation.  She is a Kansas State University alum with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries in 2001, and currently resides in Columbia, Missouri. She has worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation since 2004 and has served the Stream Team Program from the Jefferson City MDC Headquarters since 2008. Her current duties include connecting with and coordinating Stream Team volunteers in the Northeast, Saint Louis, Southeast, and Central regions of Missouri. She serves as the editor for the Stream Team newsletter, Channels, as well as serving as the communications and social media contact for the Program.  Amy very much enjoys it when people ask her to identify strange insects and is an avid paddler, floater, and explorer of any and all Missouri streams. 

DENISE COOGAN is the Environmental Partnership Manager for Subaru of America, Inc. and is a recognized leader in zero waste programs.  Denise has worked for over 20 years developing the principles that are the basis of most of the zero waste programs that are in existence today.  Denise uses her extensive knowledge of manufacturing facilities to build sustainability programs that reduce the collective environmental footprint and at, the same time balance, fiscal responsibility.  The zero - landfill program that Denise spearheaded has won several awards, including the international Gro Brundtland Sustainia Award for developing a solution that will build a more sustainable future.   

Denise has developed a stellar reputation as having one of the most influential and inspiring voices on the lecture circuit, mentoring organizations around the globe to begin or enhance their sustainability programs. Through Denise’s effort more than 1,000 companies have reduced the amount of waste they generate and have diverted countless tons of waste from the landfills.  Denise’s recent work with the National Park Service will help usher in an era of lasting practices that will change how the park units look at their sustainability efforts. 

Denise holds professional certifications as a Registered Environmental Manager (REM) and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM).  She has an Undergraduate Degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Sustainable Development and Policy from the University of Illinois at Springfield. 



 10:00 am

 2:00 pm
Exhibits set up
 4:00 pm
Registration opens

 6:00 pm
8:00pm - 10:00 pm

Board reception for young professionals - new to the industry (less than 5 years)
 7:30 am
Registration, exhibits open
8:30 am


Amy Meier, Mo Dept of Conservation

 10:30 am

12:00 pm

Lunch; award presentation 

Denise Coogan, Subaru of America

 1:30 pm

 3:00 pm

 3:30 pm

 5:00 pm
RECEPTION - bring the family!
 7:30 am
Registration, breakfast exhibits open
SWANA meeting

 8:30 am

 10:00 am

 10:30 am
 12:00 pm
Networking Lunch

 1:00 pm

2:30 pm




Registration fees are $325 for the full conference, which includes meals and handouts; $250 for one day.  After June 1st, the registration fees increase $25.

Full refunds are available through July 3, 2022.

RESORT INFORMATION                                    

Prior to June 11, 2022, Room Rate for 2022 is $135 for run of the house, and Resort complex room. Rate for suites:   $269 for Resort One Bedroom Suite, $399 for Resort Two Bedroom Suite.  After June 11th, regular hotel rates apply.

Hotel reservations may be made by calling 800-826-8272 or at www.tan-tar-a.com. Please reference the group code of "MWCC" in order to receive the rates indicated above. Check-in time is 4:00 pm and check-out time is 11:00 am.

CE INFORMATION                                             

The following Continuing Education Credits are available for the conference:

  •  MoDNR Solid Waste Technician Recertification (this is still required in by state law in Missouri)
  • Missouri Legal CE credits
  •  SWANA credits
  • PDH hours for engineers

GOLF TOURNAMENT                                         

The golf tournament is Sunday, July 10, with a shotgun start at 10 am.   We will be playing at The Oaks Golf Course. The registration fee for the golf tournament is $100 per person, or $360 for a team.


The board of directors will be hosting a reception Sunday evening at 8:00 pm for those attendees who are new to the industry, with five or less years of experience.  Be sure to indicate your interest in attending on the registration form.

SCHOLARSHIP RAFFLE                                     

Every year the Coalition provides scholarships to students at four-five Missouri universities.  These students are often in attendance at the conference.  Raffle tickets to support the scholarship fund may be purchased with your registration or onsite at the conference.

Grand Prize is $1,000; first prize is $400 cash; and second prize is $200 cash.

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