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[greenyes] GRRN Workshop Oakland August 28

Zero Waste Action Workshop
Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building
1301 Clay Street, North Tower,
3rd Floor Auditorium
Oakland CA

By GrassRoots Recycling Network
210 N. Bassett St
Suite 200
Madison WI 53703

August 28, 2004
Zero Waste: Once an idealistic vision, then a realistic goal and now a
planning framework for communities and sustainable enterprise.
This one-day event is a gathering of Zero Waste experts and advocates from
across North America and around the globe. GRRN, as the U.S. affiliate of the
Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA), is working to organize this nation to
become an international leader in advancing Zero Waste policies, planning and
practices. Attendees will be collaborating to move the ideas of Zero Waste
into action.
The agenda is built around three interrelated objectives:
Articulate a shared vocabulary and commonly understood policy framework
around Zero Waste;
Provide a forum for networking to increase cohesion and facilitate on-going
Develop an action plan to further advance our framework in the realms of
public policy and corporate practice.
Who should attend?
Long-time GRRN participants
New recruits, including students and youth
Community activists fighting landfills or incinerators and advocating the
Zero Waste
Allies in GRRN campaigns
Anyone interested in learning more about Zero Waste

If you are an advocate working for Zero Waste, curious, or even skeptical
about this new movement, your participation will be essential.
Conference Agenda
8:00 – Registration
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Opening Remarks from Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown
8:45 – 10:00 Plenary panel: Beyond Recycling
Eric Lombardi, Eco-Cycle
What is Zero Waste?
Ann Leonard, Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives
Environmental health and the need for Zero Waste in the Global South
Omar Frellia, Green Worker Cooperatives and Sustainable South Bronx
Zero Waste, jobs, economic development and environmental justice
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:45 Panel: Essential Elements of Zero Waste
Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and Design for the Environment (DFE)
End landfilling and incineration
Jobs and community economic development
End subsidies for wasting
11:55—12:40 Lunch and presentation by Dr. Paul Connett (invited)
Dr. Connett is a Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University in New
York and is an international Zero Waste Advocate. In the last 15 years, Dr.
Connett has visited approximately 70 countries to work against incineration and
towards Zero Waste.
12:50 – 1:50 Facilitated Group Discussion: Obstacles and Opportunities
An interactive, facilitated discussion for all attendees to discuss the
concepts of Zero Waste and the opportunities and challenges to implementing Zero
Waste in the US.
2:00 – 3:00 Zero Waste In Action: Breakout Sessions (Across the street in
City Hall)
Zero Waste Community plans and programs
Zero Waste Businesses
EPR in practice
Resource Recovery parks
3:10 - 4:30 Breakout Sessions: Moving to Action
Planning groups will meet to discuss the four primary focus issues for GRRN
and the US Zero Waste movement.
Zero Waste Community Network
Plastics Campaign
No New Landfills Campaign
No New Incineration, Pyrolysis or Gasification
4:45 – 5:15 Closing Remarks

Aveda Corporation [offsite]
Eco-Cycle, Inc. [offsite]
Green Business Network [offsite]
Alameda County Recycling Board [offsite]
City of Oakland [offsite]

Registration Price: $95
Scholarship Rate: $35
If you are in need of a discounted rate, please include a brief note with
your online registration providing an explanation of your need for a discount.
All conference proceeds go towards supporting the mission and future of GRRN.
Go here.
E-mail your name, organization name, mailing address, phone number, number of
people registering and names to registration@no.address and we’ll send you an
Download [pdf] the conference brochure.

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