GRRN National Zero Waste Action Conference 2012

Building Zero Waste Communities: Tools to Take Home
Rockford, IL - June 3, 2012


8:45 – 10:15 Zero Waste Around the U.S: Reports from Zero Waste Communities

  • Austin, TX
  • Boulder, CO
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Logan County, OH

10:45 – 12:15 Essential Elements of Zero Waste

  • Zero Waste Brand, Recognition and Certification of Zero Waste Businesses, Communities & Professionals
  • Producer Responsibility and Product Redesign
  • End landfilling and incineration
  • Building the Infrastructure Beyond Recycling
  • New Rules and Economics: Policies to Incentivize Zero Waste

12:15 – 1:00 Lunch
1:00 – 1:45 Organizing for Zero Waste in Your Community

  •  “How to Organize for Zero Waste”
  •  “E-Guide and Tools for Getting to Zero Waste”
  •  “Organizing for High Waste Diversion”

1:45 – 3:30 Zero Waste in Action

  • Zero Waste Plans for Communities
  • Zero Waste Businesses
  • Product Bans: Updates on Plastic Bag bans and Styrofoam Container bans
  • Focusing first on Reduce and Reuse
  • Resource Recovery Parks

3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 - 5:15 Tools for Moving to Zero Waste

  • Resources for Zero Waste Communities
  • Tools for Zero Waste & Climate Change
  • Zero Waste, Economic Development and Green Jobs
  • Facility Fighting- Stopping Landfills and Incinerators
  • Procurement as a Tool for Zero Waste and EPR

7:00    GRRN Networking and Drinks


  • Ruth Abbe, HDR National Zero Waste Practice Leader
  • Peter Anderson, RecycleWorlds Consulting Group
  • Richard Anthony, Richard Anthony Associates and Chair, Zero Waste Alliance and GRRN President
  • Linda Christopher, GRRN Executive Director
  • Mike Ewall, Energy Justice Network
  • Bob Gedert, Director, Austin Resource Recovery
  • Alan Hale, Logan County Solid Waste District, Ohio
  • Dan Knapp, Urban Ore
  • Gary Liss, Gary Liss & Associates and Zero Waste International Alliance
  • Eric Lombardi, Eco-Cycle, Boulder
  • Susan Mooney, Chief, Municipal and Industrial Materials Section, USEPA Region 5
  • Mel Nickerson, Staff Attorney, Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Anne Nicklin, Building Materials Reuse Association
  • Ann Schneider, CA Sierra Club Zero Waste Committee
  • Paul Schultz, Resource Management Coordinator, Dubuque, IA
  • Neil Seldman, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
  • Monica Wilson, Recycling Works and Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA)



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