Stephanie Barger of Earth Resource and Gary Liss of Gary Liss & Associates were the drivers of the successful conference along with strong support from the USZWBC Board Members. As industry leaders, Stephanie and Gary secured a stellar speaker line-up for their three keynotes along with the many panel discussions.
|Eiko & Stephanie|
Eiko expanded the common three R's to Ricoh's Five R's: Refuse, Return, Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. Refuse = Avoid buying anything that becomes waste. Return = Return packaging materials to supplier for their Reuse. Ricoh works in partnership with their suppliers on evolving packaging that eliminates waste and creates reusable materials. Eliminating waste streams and incorporating sustainable practices into operations, Ricoh achieved improved bottom-line results, a common theme among speakers.
|Gary & Jo|
After International Zero Waste Expert Dr. Paul Connett's passionate luncheon keynote presentation, attendees were well educated on the role incineration plays in zero waste claims and its negative community and environment impact.
|Scott @ podium|
The first day ended with a relaxed reception in the hotel's garden terrace with perfect California weather. New friends bonded over delicious food and drinks before heading out for dinner.
|Marc @ podium|
Infiltrating within discussions and in specific afternoon sessions, the conference served as a strategy platform for the USZWBC Zero Waste Certification. As zero waste becomes mainstream, third party validation is important to maintain integrity and give corporate and personal consumer clarity through the myriad of landfill-free claims.
First on the agenda is defining what is zero waste and landfill-free. The big question woven throughout the presentations was: Does incinerated material qualify as recycled or re-purposed material for zero waste claims?
|Ei Team @ conference|
Conference PPT presentations may be downloaded on the USZWBC 2012 Conference Presentations page. For a pictorial conference recap, visit the Ei FB, 06-12 US Zero Waste Business Council Conference.
National industry events are the foundation for education, motivation and inspiration necessary to create an environment where zero waste practices are standard practices. Congrats to Stephanie, Gary and USZWBC Board Members for orchestrating a successful national conference!