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Enviro-Mich message from Lowell Prag <lprag@mail.msen.com>


This is an excellent opportunity for Michigan community leaders and
politicians who are serious about learning how to solve our garbage


Lowell Prag

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 17:23:34 -0700
From: Gary Liss <gary@garyliss.com>
Reply-To: US Composting Council Compost Discussion List
To: compost@compostingcouncil.org
Subject: [USCC] GRRN Zero Waste Conference, 8-28-04, Oakland, CA

Apologies for Cross-Postings

Interested in making Zero Waste a reality in your community or
business?  Come to the GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN)

August 28, 2004
Oakland, CA

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 collaboration;
       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 alternative
       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, Boulder, CO
         What is Zero Waste?

       Ann Leonard: Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives,
Berkeley, CA, "International Initiatives for Zero Waste and Environmental

       Omar Freilla: Green Worker Cooperatives and Sustainable South
Bronx, Bronx, NY, "Zero Waste, Jobs, Economic Development and Environmental

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 Breakout Sessions: Zero Waste In Action:
              (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 four primary focus issues for GRRN and
the US Zero Waste movement:

       Zero Waste Community Network
       Plastics Campaign
       No New Landfills Campaign
       No New Incinerators, Pyrolysis or Gasification

4:45 - 5:15 Closing Remarks

Hosted at the
Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building
1301 Clay Street, North Tower,
3rd Floor Auditorium
Oakland, CA

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

Recycling is one of America's great success stories, but we can only do so
much managing waste "at the end of the pipe." In order to preserve
resources, protect our environment and public health, and create robust
local economies, we must change who pays to manage products at the end of
their useful life and focus on the way products are designed and
manufactured - without toxic materials and with reuse, recycling and
composting in mind.

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

Thanks to our event sponsors:

Eco-Cycle, Inc.
Green Business Network
Alameda County Recycling Board
City of Oakland

Registration Price: $95
Scholarship Rate: $35

If you are in need of the discounted scholarship rate, please include a
brief note with your online registration providing an explanation of your
special circumstances.

All conference proceeds go towards supporting the mission and future of GRRN.

1.      Visit www.grrn.org and register online, OR
2.      E-mail your name, organization name, mailing address and phone
number to registration@grrn.org and we will send you an invoice.

You can download a PDF brochure with this information at

Gary Liss
Fax: 916-652-0485
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