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Monday, May 30, 2011

An Atlanta Icon Resurfaces in Tampa

Dave @ Doubletree ribbon
cutting for the recycling compactor
Those following the Atlanta Zero Waste Zones journey know Dave Rossman, formerly the GM @ the Doubletree Buckhead, was instrumental in the early ZWZ success with his Champion role in ZWZ-Buckhead.  Late 2010 Dave was transferred to the Sheraton Suites Tampa Airport to the disappointment of the Atlanta Greenie communality.  The weeks following his transfer, Dave's departure was mourned.

YEA - Dave is now settled in Tampa with excellent community connections and ready to embark on bringing zero waste initiatives to the Tampa Bay area.  As a Sarasota High School Sailor, Holly Elmore was thrilled to meet with Dave and her Tampa connections while on a long weekend visiting family in SRQ.

Dave, Holly, Chris & Mitch
Over a lively two-hour plus lunch, Dave & Holly met with Chris Snow of Hillsborough County and Mitch Kessler of Kessler Consulting to understand the Tampa recycling and organics collection landscape.  Many fertile seeds were planted for future meetings and journeys.

Next Holly met with the HMS Host folks at the Tampa Airport to amazing enthusiasm.

With many action points in the works, our sister state to the south may be the first ZWZ expansion state.

But wait ...  a South Carolina Hospitality Association delegation is visiting Atlanta on June 08 to explore bringing ZWZ to Columbia, Charleston & Greenville, SC!

Which southern state will be the first ZWZ expansion state?  This summer is staged for excitement as the national expansion plan enters the pilot stage.  Stay tuned as the ZWZ ACTION elevates to another octave!

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