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

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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. 
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. Town Hall Meetings:
Meeting 1: Upstream Zero Waste Issues
Meeting 2:  Downstream Zero Waste Issues
Lunch provided Reception 6-9 pm: Music by DJ Chrome, the Soundz of Justice and Recycled Funk (www.djobah.com ).

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:
Lunch provided 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 www.grrn.org.
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