Many organizations ranging from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to the Going Green Airports Conference recognize the importance of Ei initiatives through honors and awards.

Urban Biocycles, an Ellen MacArthur Foundation scoping paper


On March 28, 2017 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) issued the groundbreaking Urban Biocycles scoping paper as an introduction to a Circular Economy approach for urban nutrient cycles. The well-researched paper addresses the valuable nutrients within current organic waste streams and how urban environments disrupt nature's perfected nutrient cycles.

Ei Founder Holly Elmore is listed in the Urban Biocycles paper credits as an Expert Input and Case Study Contributor. The ZWA Blog article, A Circular Economy Approach to Urban Nutrient Cycles, introduces the EMF scoping paper and features Ei-related work over the years. 

Affairs to Remember Tree Planting in Honor of Ei


Ei Supporter Affairs to Remember Caterers plants a tree via Trees Atlanta in honor of Ei’s Five Year Anniversary. The Ei FB album 02-21-15 Affairs to Remember plants tree in Ei's honor, gives a pictorial overview. The ZWA Blog article, ... and the journey began with a delicious divorce from the landfill, chronicles Affairs to Remember Caterers' sustainability accomplishments and includes a feature on the tree planting. 

The Green Files “Revered” Page


Affairs to Remember Caterers included Ei on The Green Files Blog “Revered” page with the following opening copy: Holly Elmore of Elemental Impact has blazed trails in challenging businesses to join the Green mega-movement, including Affairs to Remember Caterers!

Atlanta Les Dames d ’Escoffier Green Ribbon Award


Ei Founder Holly Elmore received the Atlanta Les Dames d ’Escoffier International “Green Ribbon” award at the 14th Annual Afternoon in the Country. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei Awards, Recognition & Milestones, details Ei Awards received in 2014 including the Green Ribbon Award.

U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Zero Heroes 2014


At the 2014 National Zero Waste Business Conference hosted in Atlanta, Ei Founder Holly Elmore received the Zero Heroes 2014 Zero Waste Promoter of the Year Award for current and past industry endeavors. The ZWA Blog article, Atlanta Shines as Zero Waste Conference Host City, documents Ei’s role in the conference and announces the prestigious award.

Lambda Alpha International - Atlanta Chapter


Ei Founder Holly Elmore was inducted into Lambda Alpha International (LAI), the Honorary Society for the Advancement of Land Economics. Holly's election to the LAI Atlanta Chapter membership was in recognition of a successful career implementing sustainable best practices in the foodservice industry. The IMPACT Blog article, Lambda Alpha International Atlanta Chapter: growing membership, influence & impact, introduces fellow inductees and provides a LAI history and overview.

Who’s Who in Sustainability – Atlanta Business Chronicle


Ei Founder Holly Elmore, along with many close Ei friends, were included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s inaugural Who’s Who in Sustainability. The IMPACT Blog post, Atlanta Sustainability Leaders Recognized, described the intertwining relationships among the listed leaders.

The Innovation Index – Atlanta Magazine


The Zero Waste Zones program and Ei Founder Holly Elmore are recognized for the groundbreaking program launched in 2009 to reduce waste and increase recycling within the corporate community.  For more details on the honor, see the ZWA Blog post, ZWZ Listed in Innovation Index.

2011 Going Green Airport Award


Michael Cheyne, Director of Asset Management & Sustainability for the Atlanta Airport, accepted the 2011 Going Green Airports Award in October. The award was presented at the 4th Annual Airports Going Green Conference in Chicago, Illinois and honors the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Pilot Project at  Hartsfield –Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

The prestigious award recognizes the value of the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Pilot Project as well as outstanding leadership in pursuit of sustainability within the aviation industry. The mission of the Sustainable Food Court Initiative, an Ei Task Force in partnership with the National Restaurant Association ConServe Program, is to bring zero waste initiatives to food courts and develop industry sustainable best practices for back-of-the-house and front-of-the-house operations.

For additional details on the award, view the ZWA Blog post, Atlanta Airport SFCI Pilot Wins National Award.

SSO Superhero Designation in Harvest Power’s Program Launch


Harvest Power, a developer of renewable energy and compost facilities for next-generation organics recycling, introduced the Harvest Power Superheroes program to encourage source separated organics (SSO) programs in communities throughout North America.

The Harvest program both recognizes exceptional individuals who have driven successful SSO initiatives in their communities and provides valuable templates, tips and instructional materials to help other leaders launch organics recycling projects in their communities.

Ei Founder Holly Elmore was honored as a SSO Superhero in the program launch and featured in the press release to national media. 

2009 GRACE Innovator of the Year Award


As Founder & Executive Director of the Green Foodservice Alliance, Holly Elmore was honored at the 2009 GRACE Gala with the Innovator of the Year Award GRACE Awards are the Georgia Restaurant Association Crystal of Excellence Awards.

The Innovator of the Year is selected by industry peers and is a visionary leader who demonstrates exemplary talent and promise for the future in the foodservice industry.  At the time the Zero Waste Zones were a Green Foodservice Alliance and a major contributor to Holly’s prestigious award.

Restaurant Forum, the Official Magazine of the GRA, features full-page articles on each GRACE Award category winners.

Strengthening OSWER Partnership Award


The U.S. EPA presented the Zero Waste Zone Atlanta Team with the Strengthening OSWER Partnership Award at a joint EPA and U.S. Composting Council Conference luncheon. OSWER stands for The Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response.

The award was for demonstrating extraordinary cooperation, collaboration and support in strengthening a public/private partnership that is diverting a tremendous amount of recoverable products from landfills and supports the city of Atlanta in developing marketing edge for future convention business.

Plaques and certifications were presented at the luncheon. Among those receiving the awards was Ei Founder Holly Elmore, then Green Foodservice Alliance Founder & Executive Director 

ACF Greater Atlanta Chapter 2009 Recognition

The Green Foodservice Alliance was recognized at the American Culinary Federation President’s Gala for their support and contributions to the Atlanta Chapter during 2009.

Bauder College Industry Honor


Ei Founder Holly Elmore, then Green Foodservice Allaince Founder & Executive Director, was an Industry Honoree at the Bauder Black Tie Design Show and Portfolio Exposition held by Bauder College.

Atlanta Business Chronicle Environmental Awards Finalist


The Green Foodservice Alliance was a Green Reach Award finalist for launching a collaborative effort to introduce and implement Sustainable Best Practices program in the foodservice industry.