[orao] EPA Web Academy "Zero Waste: From Philosophy to Practical Implementation"

You are cordially invited to EPAs Next RCC Web Academy on
Thursday, September 17, 2009 @ 1:00-2:30 PM (Eastern Time)

To register visit: http://www.epa.gov/epawaste/rcc/web-academy/index.htm 

Zero Waste: From Philosophy to Practical Implementation, September 17, 2009

Description

The 'zero waste' philosophy aims to minimize waste and resource
consumption in order to conserve energy, mitigate climate change,
reduce water usage, prevent toxics creation, and minimize ecosystem
destruction. With almost one-third of greenhouse gas emissions
attributed to the acquisition of materials, reducing consumption has
the potential to significantly affect climate change. 

As
more and more local governments and businesses commit to achieving zero
waste, innovative techniques to reach this goal are being piloted
across the country. From source reduction to product re-design to reuse
to eliminating incentives for raw material extraction and landfilling,
the path to zero waste requires moving beyond recycling to a more
integrated and holistic resource management system. 

Join us
to hear the latest in our progress towards zero waste. Learn more about
the practical implementation of zero waste plans and different methods
of eliminating waste disposal. Participate in a panel discussion with
experts in the field: Gary Liss (Consultant, Gary Liss and Associates),
Kathy Frevert (California Integrated Waste Management Board), and Holly
Ellmore (Green Foodservice Alliance).

Speakers

Kathy
Frevert serves as the team leader for Extended Producer Responsibility
at the California Integrated Waste Management Board (Board), currently
part of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The team
is charged with implementing the Board???s strategic directive to
develop producer-financed and producer-managed systems for product
discards. Over that past 17 years at the Integrated Waste Management
Board, Kathy has served as a facilitator for the State???s
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) Task Force and the
State???s first Sustainable Building Task Force, in additional to
working on several source reduction program development projects. 

Gary Liss has over 35 years of experience in the solid waste and
recycling field. He is now President of Gary Liss & Associates
(GLA), a Zero Waste consulting firm. Mr. Liss is a leading advocate of
Zero Waste and has helped more communities develop Zero Waste plans
than anyone else in the U.S. He was a founder and past President of the
National Recycling Coalition and was Secretary to the California State
Senate Task Force on Waste Management in 1989, which led to the
adoption of AB939 and related recycling legislation in California. Mr.
Liss was also Solid Waste Program Manager for the City of San Jose
where he initiated and managed their nationally recognized model
recycling programs, which resulted in their current overall diversion
rate of 62%. 

Holly Elmore is the Founder and Executive
Director of the Green Foodservice Alliance (GFA), an affiliate of the
Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA). The GFA works with pioneers in
the industry on creating templates for eco-friendly policies and
procedures for others to follow. Holly has over 15 years of experience
in the foodservice arena. In February 2009, the Zero Waste Zone (ZWZ)
in Downtown Atlanta, a partnership of GFA and Atlanta Recycles, was
announced as the first such zone in the southeast and one of the first
in the nation. The focus for the charter participants is the largest
foodservice operations in the zero waste zone, including convention
facilities, event and entertainment venues, hotels and restaurants. In
the second phase, all foodservice operators will be recruited for
participation.


      

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