OCEAN CITY, Md. (July 16, 2010)—The Tire Industry Association has released schedule and session information for the first-ever TIA Environmental Symposium, scheduled for Ocean City Sept. 30-Oct. 2.
Leading off the event will be “TIA Goes Green,” a presentation about the TIA Environmental Advisory Committee, hosted by TIA President Wayne Croswell and EAC Co-Chairman Dick Gust.
“Orange is the New Green,” a speech about Yokohama Tire Corp.'s use of orange oil as a renewable, effective alternative material, will be given by Dan Guiney of Yokohama. Michelin North America's Don Baldwin will speak on “Michelin and Sustainability,” a presentation about the company's sustainable mobility program.
Bob Handlos of Bridgestone Americas will speak on “One Team, One Planet: Thinking Green for a Better Tomorrow,” presenting Bridgestone's global environmental outreach program. Environmental law expert Gary Letcher will present “Superfund Issues Affecting the Tire Industry.”
Bridgestone Americas' John Sheerin will discuss “What Dealers Can and Should Do to Become Greener.” Other sessions will include presentations on eco-friendly car and tire care, myths vs. facts about recycled rubber products, environmental best practices for tire dealers and service station owners, greening highways through the use of asphalt rubber, and the Maryland scrap tire program.
The TIA Environmental Symposium will be held in conjunction with the Washington, Maryland & Delaware Service Station and Automotive Repair Association Annual Convention & Mega Trade Show. Besides the educational sessions, the symposium will feature hands-on recycling and environmental exhibits.