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[GreenYes] Zero Waste Workshop in Davis, CA 3/21/08

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Cooling the Planet with Zero Waste
March 21, 2008, Davis, CA

Zero Waste Businesses are leading the way for Zero Waste and have diverted over 90% of their waste from landfill and incineration.  Zero Waste Communities have adopted Zero Waste goals and plans to implement those goals. Join us to understand how Zero Waste can be a key part of community and business sustainability plans and helps contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and global cooling.  By attending this session, participants will be better able to:
    • Provide innovative incentives to eliminate waste and focus on reuse
    • Adopt producer responsibility and procurement policies
    • Support expanding infrastructure needed to achieve Zero Waste (e.g., more reuse, recycling and composting services and development of new Resource Recovery Parks).
Intro to Zero Waste
    • Definition of Zero Waste
    • Connections between Zero Waste and Climate Change
    • Communities that have adopted Zero Waste as a goal
    • Zero Waste Businesses that divert over 90% of their waste from landfills or incinerators
Intro to Zero Waste Businesses
    • Zero Waste Business Principles
    • Model Zero Waste Businesses
Intro to Zero Waste Communities
    • Sample Zero Waste Resolution
    • Sample Zero Waste Community Plans
    • Sample Zero Waste Goals and Objectives
Developing Zero Waste Community Plans
    • Service Opportunities Analyses
    • Commodities Analysis, Economics & Jobs
    • Menu of Incentives and Policies
    • Environmental Benefits of Zero Waste for Communities (WARM Model)
    • Extended Producer Responsibility
    • Zero Waste Infrastructure (Reduce, Reuse, Recycling and Composting)
    • Resource Recovery Parks
    • Public Participation Processes
Where & When
Date: March 21, 2008
Location: University Club Conference Center, One Shields Ave, Davis, CA 95616
Time: Registration 8:30 - 9:30
Instruction: 9:30 - 4:00

In class, students will break into groups. Each group will share their experience with Zero Waste at their business or community. The team will choose one example and analyze them using the principles learned in class.  Each team will present their analysis to the rest of the class.  The class will discuss the team presentations. 

We will email participants a list of URLs of Zero Waste websites and will ask participants to review and comment on those as part of the class.  We will show sample documents in class, including Zero Waste Business Principles, Zero Waste Community Strategies and Plans, Sample Resource Recovery Park designs and useful references on Extended Producer Responsibility.

Gary Liss will teach this workshop. Mr. Liss has over 32 years of experience in solid waste and recycling.  Mr. Liss is a leading advocate of Zero Waste, and a Zero Waste advisor to the GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) and Earth Resource Foundation (ERF).  For GRRN, Mr. Liss has documented Zero Waste Businesses, developed Zero Waste Business Principles and with ERF helped organize Zero In on Zero Waste business conferences.  He helped write Zero Waste Plans for: Del Norte County, CA; Nelson, British Columbia; Palo Alto, CA; and Oakland, CA; and is now working on drafting Zero Waste Plans for the City of Los Angeles and the City of Austin, Texas.  Mr. Liss is on the Planning Group for the Zero Waste International Alliance and a member of the Sierra Club national Zero Waste Committee.  He is also one of the founders of the California Sustainable Business Council and the Zero Waste for Global Cooling Coalition.  In 2005, the Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives certified Mr. Liss as a ZERI Systems Designer.  Mr. Liss was selected as the CRRA Recycler of the Year in 2005.

Recycling & Resource Management Professional Certification
This workshop is part of a program aimed at training and certifying recycling and resource management professionals by the California Resource Recovery Association. This is the first of six workshop series which will be held in 2008.  For a full list of all future trainings, visit CRRA Certification calendar at: For more information about this Certification Program, go to:

COST: $85 Member; $100 Non Member per workshop, except as noted below (for combined course on Friday)

**NOTE - You can only register for one class per day**

Individuals enrolled in the certification program and who complete a test, will receive a certificate of completion for each course. For more information and to enroll in the certification program, View details of certification

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This is the third of six workshop series which will be held in 2008.  For a full list of all future trainings, visit CRRA Certification calendar .

These workshops are available in part due to a Grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Sponsored by the City of Los Angeles

CA Resource Recovery Assoc | PO Box 1228 | San Luis Obispo | CA | 93406

Gary Liss
Gary Liss & Associates
4395 Gold Trail Way
Loomis, CA  95650-8929
Fax: 916-652-0485

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