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Sunday, February 26, 2012

ZWZ Renewal Bonanza

An added benefit of a program birthday is an abundance of participant renewal anniversary dates. Thanks to Elemental Impact Program Director Susan Montgomery's, diligent reminder efforts, ZWZ Participants validated the program's importance with their renewals.  The ZWA Blog post, ZWZ Turns Three!, gives the details of the three year anniversary.

ZWZ Participants are active in sharing the zero waste message. In true leadership spirit, these heroes open their back-of-the-doors to their fellow operators, often competitors, to show how easy and cost-effective organics collection is to implement into operations.

The SCHA ZWZ group @
Buckhead Diner
Buckhead Life Group renewed their five participating restaurants: Atlanta Fish Market, Buckhead Diner, Chops Lobster Bar, KYMA and NAVA.  During the SC Hospitality Association's first Atlanta ZWZ tour, the Buckhead Diner chef and manager hosted the group for an intensive kitchen and collection tour.  The ZWA Blog post, ATL Zero Waste Team Hosts SC Hospitality Tour, gives an overview of the two-day tour.

Steve Simon & Chef Micah
With Fifth Group Restaurants' renewal came the addition of two new restaurants for a total of six ZWZ Participants:  Alma CocinaBold American Events, Ecco, El Taco, La Tavola, South City Kitchen Midtown and soon to open Lure. Additionally, HMSHost will include Ecco and El Taco concepts under their ZWZ Participation status in their recently awarded Atlanta Airport International Concourse concessions contract. 

Fifth Group partner Steve Simon was a gracious host of a kitchen and rooftop garden tour at Ecco on the first day of the August SCHA ZWZ tour. The day concluded with a scrumptious dinner prepared by Ecco's Chef Micah and his staff.

EPA leading discussions @
Sheraton Atlanta Hotel
The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel shared their organics collection experience during the second SCHA ZWZ tour in November and donated a conference room for a day of meetings with the U.S. EPA Region IV, Tim Trefzer with the GA World Congress Center and others.  For a tour overview demonstrating the ZWZ leadership spirit. see the ZWA Blog post, An Encore ZWZ Performance.

Carole Parks Catering, LowCountry Barbecue, Philips Arena and The Westminster Schools gave a thumbs up to ZWZ participation with their program renewals. 

Thank you to the Atlanta ZWZ Participants for your pioneering spirit and loyalty to the program that made national headlines with it's launch three years ago. Stay tuned as the ZWZ evolve into their next dimension of impact - details are coming soon! 

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