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[greenyes] GRRN Zero Waste Action Conference 5/23-25, 2005 in NYC

Apologies for Cross-Postings:

The GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) is pleased to announce
its second annual Zero Waste Action Conference:

Building Zero Waste Communities: Tools to Take Home
May 23-25, 2005 New York, New York

This two-and-a-half-day gathering is designed for public officials, planners, community members and organizers working toward Zero Waste. Attendees will learn best practices, initiatives and processes from other communities that have implemented Zero Waste plans or elements of Zero Waste, and the technical information and tools needed to build a Zero Waste community.

FOR MORE INFO OR TO REGISTER ONLINE, GO TO <file:///C:/Documents%20and%20Settings/marti.BOULDER/Local%20Settings/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.IE5/AHDANMT0/>

What to expect:

Get the specifics on Zero Waste in action, including Resource Recovery Parks, Extended Producer Responsibility initiatives, Design for the Environment campaigns, and Job Creation programs.

Learn about the Precautionary Principle as a fundamental assumption in a Zero Waste society.

Get the facts about the economic and environmental advantages of choosing Zero Waste strategies and the problems with modern landfills and incinerator technology being proposed to local officials throughout the world.

Meet with your peers working in New York, the U.S. and Canada to discuss challenges, different program approaches, and to create strategies for your own community or region.

Receive tools for getting your community to Zero Waste, including a framework for introducing Zero Waste to your community?s legislators and stakeholders, sample policies and legislation, resources and references for building infrastructure, community planning handbooks, promotional campaign artwork and how-to?s.

Planning for Zero Waste? Bring a delegation from your community!

To get the most out of this conference and start organizing your own community for Zero Waste, we encourage you to bring a delegation with you. We suggest at least 2 or 3 of the following individuals be in attendance: elected officials, top city management, solid waste program managers, business leaders, and members of community organizations.

Conference Agenda:

Monday, May 23rd
Registration and Continental Breakfast

Keynote Sessions:

Peter Montague, Co-Director, Environmental
Research Foundation and Editor of RACHEL?s Environmental and Health News, ?Zero Waste and the Precautionary Principle, an Idea Whose Time Has Come?

David Morris, Vice President, Institute for Local Self Reliance, Director, New Rules Project, ?Changing the Rules?

Panels and Interactive Sessions:
Panel 1: ?Upstream and Downstream ? the Zero Waste System? Overviews of real-world programs around the world.
* Producer Responsibility, Design for the Environment and Clean Production
* Building Infrastructure: Resource Recovery Parks
* Switching Subsidies to Favor Resource Recovery
* The Impacts of Landfills and Incinerators
* Sustainable Jobs and Economic Growth.
Town Hall Meetings:
Meeting 1: Upstream Zero Waste Issues
Meeting 2: Downstream Zero Waste Issues

Lunch provided
* ?Open Space? Break-out Sessions ? a chance to network with your peers and discuss with experts the challenges you are experiencing in your specific community.
* Panel 1: ?Jobs, Jobs, Jobs?
Reception 6-9 pm: Music by DJ Chrome, the Soundz of Justice and Recycled Funk (

Tuesday, May 24
Conference open and continental breakfast

Group working sessions with national experts focusing on how government and community organizers can work both separately and together toward Zero Waste:
* ?Framing the Zero Waste Debate? ? Annie Leonard, GAIA, Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives, Global Anti Incineration Alliance
* Panel 1: ?Choosing? Zero Waste for your Community?
* Panel 2: "Planning for Zero Waste for your Community"
Lunch provided
* Panel 3: ?Implementing Zero Waste for your Community?
* Roundtable Discussion: ?Elements for Success If you are Govt, Advocate or Industry? Nine experts from the previous panels will combine their expertise and experience in planning for a Zero Waste Community in all community sectors.
Evening Tours 5 pm-8 pm Choose one of two options:
Reuse: Materials for the Arts and Build it Green; OR
Toxics: Green Worker Cooperatives & Sustainable South Bronx.
Wine and snacks served after tours.

Wednesday May 25 Morning Tours 9am-noon
Choose one of two options:
Organics ? Lower Eastside Ecology Center and
Riker?s Island NYC Corrections Facility; OR
Recycling ? Hugo Neu and Visy Paper Plant

TO REGISTER or for more information: visit

GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) is a North American network of recycling professionals and waste reduction activists pushing public policy and corporate practice beyond recycling.

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485

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