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Elemental Impact

October 2015 Newsletter, Edition 44

Welcome to the Ei Newsletter
Momentum and progress are themes for the October newsletter! Building on existing foundations, Ei's momentum is clear via new initiatives, work in progress, and powerful travel. 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.    

Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease Initiative Announced

AKG accumulated in
Kitchen Exhaust Systems
After Ei’s diligent work for nearly three years, the Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease Initiative (AKG), a proactive approach to a costly cooking by-product, is formalized. The Ei AKG Initiative Action Plan flows in the following four stages:

Stage 1: Building the Foundation 
Stage 2: Developing the City-Wide AKG Template
Stage 3: National Expansion
Stage 4: Environmental Impact Research

The ZWA Blog article, Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease Initiative Announced, announces the Initiative, gives an AKG overview and showcases work documented to date.

South Carolina Ripe for Food Recovery

 Solutions for Food Recovery Panel
On October 6 the South Carolina (SC) Department of Commerce hosted the Upstate Food Recovery Event in Greenville. Prominent industry leaders shared their impressive food recovery practices in-place, along with goals for further reducing, donating and composting food waste.

Ei Founder & CEO Holly Elmore gave the keynote presentation. Beginning with a brief Zero Waste Zones history, Holly emphasized current post-consumer food waste work within the Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI) Pilots. 

The ZWA blog article, SC ripe for food recovery, provides an event overview. 

Zero Waste: Breaking Down Myths and Establishing Standards

Ei Chair Scott Seydel @ MRF
Over the past decade, zero waste evolved from a buzz word to an emerging industry standard for materials management. Inherent within the evolution are growing pains, misconceptions and an identity crisis.
Founded in 2011, the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) plays an imperative industry role defining zero waste standards and protocol. At its foundation, the USZWBC educates on how zero waste practices make good business sense and the importance of integrating zero waste into corporate policy and culture.
The ZWA Blog article, Zero Waste: breaking down myths & establishing standards, addresses and clarifies industry challenges such as single-stream recycling and downcycling, while highlighting the important role of high standards supported by the USZWBC.

Update on SFCI Annual Event Pilot - LDEI | ATL 
The Inn at Serenbe

In June, Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Atlanta Chapter (LDEI | ATL) accepted to serve as the Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFCI) - Event Pilot with a focus on their two premier events: Afternoon in the Country (AITC) and Culinary Futures. 

Supported by the Sustainable Materials ACTION Team - SMAT, the AITC zero food waste journey makes great strides with on site food waste composting and compostable food & beverage packaging education. 

The ZWA Blog article, Atlanta Food Waste Heroes: the journey continues…is a recap of the LDEI | ATL action steps taken or in-process. 


Charlotte Opportunities Segue into ACTION 

 Rick, Kim & Ryan
during Charlotte visit
The week of July 13 the Ei | EPA Grant Team converged on Charlotte for three powerful days filled with meetings, tours and dinners. 

As introductions were substantiated in prior visits, the meetings were follow-up in nature with actions points integral within respective agendas. During the visit, Charlotte opportunities segued into action points, filled with promise to reduce Charlotte area waste along with fueling local economic vitality.

The ZWA Blog article, Charlotte opportunities segue into ACTION, documents the trips powerful meetings and tours focused on Airborne Kitchen Grease, food waste collection for compost, and best practices for zero-waste. 

Introducing Fertile Earth Foundation 

Ei welcomes the first ZWA guest blog article by Melissa Selem, Ei program administrator for nearly three years. 

As the new Executive Director of Fertile Earth Foundation (FEF) Melissa introduces the organization and showcases Ei's role as mentor and ally. The ZWA Blog article, Re-birth of Fertile Earth, announces the relaunch of FEF, a non-profit focused on composting in the South Florida Region. 

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Thank you new & renewing members!

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Ei Partner Program

Ei’s primary funding is from the corporate community via the Ei Partner Program. Through active participation, Ei Partners work with industry leaders on establishing sustainable business practice standards.

If you are interested in joining the close-knit Ei Partner program and ready to commit to active participation, contact Holly at 404-261-4690.

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Upcoming Events

15th Annual Afternoon in the Country
November 8, 2015
Serenbe, GA
Atlanta Les Dames d’Escoffier International hosts its 15th Annual Afternoon in the Country. Chefs from Atlanta’s top restaurants, paired with the area’s best farms will be set up in a tasting format alongside fine wines and premium micro-brews. Other highlights include: live music, cake raffle, hayrides, children's activities and an expansive silent auction. 

Premier Food Recovery Summit 
November 16-18, 2015 
Charleston, SC
Hosted by the Southeast Recycling Development Council along with the EPA and BioCycle, the event will feature both high-level discussions and hands-on practical sessions aimed at preventing food waste, expanding food reuse and donation, and increasing the recovery of discarded food. With a recently announced national goal of reducing food waste by 50% by 2030, it’s time to get to work!  

24th U.S. Composting Conference and Tradeshow
January 25-28, 2016 
Jacksonville, FL

The USCC hosts the 24th US Composting Council Conference & Tradeshow. Hear the latest from industry leaders about solving challenges in collecting organics, manufacturing and using compost, and producing renewable energy. 

National Zero Waste Business Conference
June 1-4, 2016 
Austin, TX

The USZWBC hosts the 5th Annual National Zero Waste Business Conference. The conference will demonstrate how Zero Waste can be 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 tips, and first-hand experience at creating value for their business through Zero Waste.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!



Holly D. Elmore 

Founder & CEO,
Elemental Impact

ZWA Blog