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Elemental Impact

Spring 2015 Newsletter, Edition 42

Welcome to the Ei Newsletter
Recognition and education are the Ei spring newsletter themes! Recognition of industry leaders' past successes are complemented with education for future endeavors. Read the below newsletter to learn how Ei lives its tagline: Sustainability in ACTION!

Follow the Ei Blogs, The IMPACT and Zero Waste in ACTION, to keep current on project status and tales from the journey.    
 

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Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond 

Laura Turner Seydel, 
Scott Seydel & Dianna Cohen
On March 26 & 27, nationally renowned scientists, filmmakers, artists and activists converged on Atlanta for The Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond. The Symposium was an effort to raise awareness and discourse on the global crisis of plastic pollution.

Even for the seasoned sustainability professional, the Symposium was an eye-opening education on the stark reality of plastic pollution in our oceans. 
 
Ei Chair Scott Seydel presented on the Beyond Greenwash: Extended Producer Responsibility panel with a powerful presentation that emphasized plastic's value in the global economy.

The ZWA Blog article, Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond, gives the event details and the Ei FB album, The Plastic GYRE Symposium is a pictorial recap.


Compostable Food & Beverage Packaging Education Session 
  
 
Doug Kunnemann & Tim Trefzer 
Ready to expand their recycling practices to the next dimension, Georgia World Congress Center Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer requested a comprehensive Compostable F&B Packaging Education Session for Levy Restaurants' downtown campus. 

Under the direction of SFCI Co-Chair Doug Kunnemann of Natureworks, SMAT - Sustainable Materials Action Team, crafted a powerful two-hour session with ample time for Q&A and discussion throughout the presentations. 

The ZWA Blog article, Compostable F&B Packaging: integral to zero waste programs and soil rebuilding is an overview of the session and the important role packaging plays in zero waste programs. The Ei FB album 04-08-15 Compostable F&B Packaging Education Session gives a pictorial highlight.



Atlanta Airport's greeningATL Excellence Awards

 
Michael Cheyne
On April 24, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) hosted the first annual greeningATL Excellence Awards 2015, Recognizing Excellence in Sustainable Business Practices. The well-attended event honored organizations and individuals within the airport community who contributed to ATL and the surrounding area's sustainability success.

while the Ei FB album, greeeningATL Excellence Awards 2015 is a pictorial recap.
 

 


Urban Agriculture: Vital on Many Fronts 

 
Urban Agriculture Tour Group
In early spring, Ei orchestrated a tour of Atlanta's robust urban agriculture for Valerie Rawls, Fulton County, and Kim Charick, EPA Region 4. 

The tour educated Valerie, Kim and Ei Founder Holly Elmore on the urban agriculture systems in-place, their connectivity (or lack thereof), the far-reaching implications of urban farms beyond providing fresh, seasonal produce to impoverished neighborhoods, and the valuable role compost plays on the farms. 

The ZWA Blog article, Urban Agriculture: vital on many fronts, details the tours, while the Ei FB album, 04-03-15 Atlanta Urban Ag Tours, is a pictorial recap of the day.


Stellar Conference Program Highlights the "Stars of Zero Waste

On May 5 - 7, sustainability leaders from across industry boundaries will converge on the City of Los Angeles for the Fourth Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference.

Ei serves as the conference media partner and is an active participant in the program. Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderates several panels showcasing zero waste success amidst industry challenges.

The ZWA Blog article, Stellar conference program highlights the "Stars of Zero Waste" provides an in-depth program overview. 



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Upcoming Events

4th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference 
May 5 - 7, 2015  
Los Angeles, CA

Zero Waste businesses are leading the way by diverting over 90% of their waste from landfill, incineration and the environment. The Stars of Zero Waste conference will demonstrate how Zero Waste is a key part of business climate change and sustainability plans by reducing greenhouse gases and increasing operating efficiencies. Experts from a diverse range of industries will share innovative ideas, practical tools, and first-hand experience at creating value for their business through Zero Waste.


National Restaurant Association Show
May 16 - 19, 2015 
Chicago, IL

Every year there are new opportunities and new challenges in the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry. The NRA Show is where ideas take shape and deals get made. And every year, the Show delivers products, services, education and inspiration around the topics that matter most.




The Plasticity Forum
June 8 & 9, 2015
Cascais, Portugal
The Plasticity Forum will form part of a global series of events in Portugal on the ocean, our impact on it and the opportunities to our broader communities via strengthened stewardship. Building on the success of previous Plasticity Forums, this year’s forum will focus on “Designing for Circularity, Customer Engagement, Reverse Supply Chains and Reaching Scale.” 


SPCAdvance 
October 6 - 8, 2015 
Charlotte, NC
SPC Advance is the event for sustainability professionals across the packaging value chain to come together to collaborate, learn, engage, and ask questions about the issues that matter most for moving sustainability forward in your organization.
                                        

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!


 

    

Holly D. Elmore 

Founder & CEO,
Elemental Impact
404-261-4690

holly@elementalimpact.org


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