Monday, May 31, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Effective the first of 2010 the Zero Waste Zone program is an Elemental Impact project. The ZWZ Leadership remains the same with Laura Turner Seydel continuing as the ZWZ Chairperson and Holly Elmore as ZWZ Director under her new position of Elemental Impact Founder & CEO.
The foodservice industry will continue to be the engine driving the ZWZ program with focus retained when the impact expands to other industry segments. Stay tuned for exciting ZWZ updates.
Congratulations to Randy Childers and Hyatt Regency Team: In March the
Holly Elmore of the Green Foodservice Alliance for her leadership and vision in establishing the GFA's "Zero Waste Zone" and challenging and supporting us to become the first hotel to meet this criteria.
The ZWZ Team is honored to work with committed professionals like Randy and his associates who understand ACTION is an integral component to sustainability.
Dave Rossman, Doubletree Buckhead General Manager, continues to be one of my favorite heroes! On Earth Day 2010, the Doubletree celebrated the conversion of their 30 yard compactor to a recycling compactor with a ribbon cutting ceremony. When their two yard dumpster recycling system no longer made sense, Dave worked with Republic Services to flip flop their 30 yard trash compactor for recycling and their two-yard recycling dumpsters for landfill collection. Earlier this year, the Doubletree started separating out their glass and B Good Recycling is collecting it for recycling.
In the past two plus years the Doubletree has reduced their per occupied room landfill collection 45%!!! The 2007 6.0 pound rate was 3.3 pounds by the end of 2009. For 2010, the goal is to reduce the rate to below 2.0 pounds and they are well on their way!
Remember, Dave Rossman contacted the ZWZ Team in February, 2009 as a referral from the Sustainability Division of the DNR. By May, 2009 the ZWZ~Buckhead launched with 60 foodservice operators in attendance. Dave Rossman is an icon of Integrity in ACTION ~ thank you Dave for your commitment!