|Amy & Chris @ the Robert Treat Hotel
Common ground for the Newark visit was the June U.S. Zero Waste Business Council conference in Costa Mesa, CA. Holly, Chris and Kurt Wirgau of Heritage met Stephanie Greenwood, City of Newark director of sustainability, at the conference. The ZWA Bog post, U.S. Zero Waste Business Council hosts first-rate conference, is an overview of the conference.
|Historic Newark City Hall -
over 100 years old!
Dr. Kevin Lyons of Rutgers Business School joined a two-hour workshop-style meeting. It was thrilling to learn about Kevin's work in the supply chain archaeology realm and how landfill mining is on the horizon. With his procurement experience, Kevin's expertise is a valuable asset to Newark zero waste initiatives on many levels.
During an afternoon visit, Leroy Boone of Beth Israel Medical Center welcomed the Ei Team to the hospital. Proactive, the hospital sends a portion of their food waste to an on-site digester, rather than its prior incinerator destination. With a nearby urban garden, Leroy hopes to soon use the digester end product at the garden.
Within the last couple of years the hospital embarked on an energy-saving program where light bulbs were replaced in the buildings and garage and storm windows installed - very important in a building whose original sectors are more than 100 years old.
Ei Partner Laura Keck of Kimberly-Clark joined the meeting via conference call to educate Leroy on the use of #5 plastic saline bottles as raw material in KC manufacturing processes. Action Point: Laura and Leroy plan to explore a program to collect the saline bottles from Beth Israel along with other local hospitals for delivery to KC.
|Newark Sustainability Commission
(names on FB album pic)
Day two began with an one-on-one meeting with Holly and Elizabeth Reynoso, City of Newark Sustainability Office food policy director, an authentic, knowledgeable individual ready to take action on food policy issues. The meeting ended with many open action points and excitement to move forward on some "easy wins" in the wasted food area.
|Elizabeth "rides" her talk
For a pictorial overview of the Ei's Newark trip, see the Ei FB album, Oct 02 & 03 Newark Zero Waste Visit.
Thank you Stephanie for your vision and commitment to building a sustainable future for Newark - the Ei Team looks forward to a long-term working relationship with Newark. Thank you Mahima for planning the meeting series and your generous, hospitable spirit. It was a fantastic visit!