Phoenix Joins Innovators to Reduce Trash26Phoenix Joins Innovators to Reduce Trash 7:00:00 AM<div class="ExternalClassBAC01B57075641548FC1D3B3AB47CC7B"><p><img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Cisco%20IoT%20Challenge.jpg" class="ms-rteImage-1" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:345px;vertical-align:baseline;" />​On Saturday, February 11 the City of Phoenix joined forces with the AZ Institute of Digital Progress (iDP) to provide innovators with problem statements, technology and fuel to development something that will change the Waste Industry's diversion efforts.  With the help of a fortune 500 company like Cisco who provided hardware for the reverse pitch and US Ignite who is awarding $20,000 as prize money, Phoenix looks to be an industry leader in technology driven diversion.  Have you ever asked yourself how solid waste and technology can co-mingle in the same event?</p><p>See the city has an aggressive goal to divert 40% of its waste stream by the year 2020 and move directly into its next goal of zero waste by 2050.  How can it achieve such aggressive goals, well through its residents?  The city needs the help of its over 390,000 residential customers to achieve these goals.  Residents can ensure they place valuable materials that can be recycled into their weekly collected blue bin.  They can also sign up to divert their green waste which the city will use in its new composting facility.  When residents divert their green waste, they are essentially giving back to the community.  How is that, compost and mulch produced at the City's facility will be repurposed at the city's community parks, to enhance the community.</p><p> How does technology play a role in all of this you ask?  Have you ever asked yourself, "I wonder if this is recyclable?"  The city is challenging these innovators to build such technology that can help educate residents on what is or is not recyclable.  What if the city had video or camera technology that could detect the wrong material in the blue recycling container?  This type of technology could aid in focusing the correct educational messages to residents, focus on the material that is confusing and ensure that the recycling is clean from contamination.  Did you know that every time a resident contaminates a recycling load, the contaminated material has to be sent to the landfill?  Yep, just throwing a few wrong material types into the blue bin that are not recyclable can jam up machines used to sort the good material or cause an entire load to be considered "trash".  Through the use of technology certain material types can be identified as not recyclable and flag areas having the highest contamination.  This in turn saves the city money by focusing on the most effective education.  Instead today, the city has broad and general education that goes to everyone.</p><p>How many times have you been doing things around the house and realized it was your collection day?  What if you could, in near real time, check where your collection truck is so you can run your can out to the curb if it hasn't passed your home.  Not mention it could save you $10 in a potential fee for having to come back for the missed container.  With Cisco's routers these types of solutions can be made possible.  Oh and did we mention this is all using Cox Communication's newest Gigabyte technology to increase the speed of the communication?</p><p>Another fun part of these reverse pitch event, is engaging the young inspiring garbage collection children who admire their collection drivers and their massive truck.  How fun would it be to have kids collecting garbage on a "Pac-Man" like game that also serves as an educational tool about sustainability and environmental factors associated to diverting material from the waste stream.</p><p> <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Cisco%20Challenge%20crowd.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:263px;" />  <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Cisco%20PWD%20reverse%20pitch.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:263px;" />   <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Cisco%20Challenge%20Group.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:350px;height:263px;" /><br></p><p> <br> </p><p> <em>About the author: </em></p><div> <em> <img src="/publicworkssite/MediaAssets/Lisa%20Faison%20IMG_0355%204x6.jpg" alt="Lisa Faison IMG_0355 4x6.jpg" class="ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:170px;height:255px;vertical-align:baseline;" />Lisa Faison has worked in the information technology business for over 15 years as a business analyst and project manager focusing on process improvements.  She has been with the city of Phoenix just over two years and prior, worked for the Department of Economic Security with the State of Arizona.  She has 20 years of experience working in the government, public sector.</em></div><div> <br> </div><div> <em>Lisa has excelled at working with less by working smarter, not harder.  She has implemented streamlined business processes that capitalize on automated solutions and allowed staff to refocus on business processes that cannot be automated.  Her solutions increase data integrity and allow big data analysis for timely business decisions and trending of success.</em></div><div> <br> </div><div> <em>With the city of Phoenix, Lisa has implemented Business Intelligence processes that supplement software applications by identifying the less than 1 percent data errors, provide compliance metrics and increase customer service response time.  Additionally, she has improved business processes that gained each staff member up to two hours back in their day that was spent on manual actions.</em></div><div> <br> </div><div> <em>Lisa is a wife and mother of three children ages 20, 11 and 5 years. She enjoys gardening with her children, hiking, running and watching her son play baseball.</em></div> </div>