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Welcome to the Elemental Impact Newsletter
December 15, 2010 Newsletter ~ Edition 08

Elemental Impact closes its first calendar year with an amazing list of accomplishments and is staged for powerful IMPACT in 2011.  Thank you to those who contributed their valuable resources, whether time, financial or expertise, and helped pave the trail into the unchartered territory of integrating the Agricultural, Industrial, and Technology Ages into the Era of Sustainability & Integrity.  Stay tuned … as we are just beginning!

Follow the Ei Blogs, The Impact Blog and Zero Waste Zone Blog, to keep current on project status and tales from the journey.

Paving a Pathway to the New Paradigm

In less than 11 months, Elemental Impact moved from a concept into a national 501(c)(3) non-profit where ACTION is standard operating practice.  Click here for a recap of the events, players and synergy that made the vision a reality.  Ei is paving a pathway to the new paradigm!

POWER Meeting heads West

The January POWER – Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling – meeting is slated for Monday, January 24 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. PST in conjunction with the U.S. Composting Council’s pre-conference sessions.  Join us in Santa Clara, CA as we continue to explore the highest good uses of perishable organics. 

Click here to learn more about POWER along with information on prior meetings.  See the Upcoming Events section below for more information on the U.S. Composting Council Conference.  In early January, a registration link including the meeting agenda will be sent to the POWER distribution list.  Contact Holly to be included on the distribution list.

WM Educates on Zero Waste

Ei Platinum Sponsor Waste Management invited Ei CEO Holly Elmore to speak to the Area (GA, NC & SC) top management and introduce the importance of zero waste initiatives.  Greg Yorston, Area VP, recognizes his company is faced with a changing paradigm.  With the Zero Waste Zone success, an increasing “weighty” portion of the disposal stream is no longer transported in their trucks to landfills.  With a WM CEO committed to evolving their business practices, Greg and his team are working on landfill alternative solutions for their customers.  Click here for the blog post with more details on Waste Management’s sustainability commitment.

Support Youth Recycling Education

Charles Ogdon is a prodigy in the environmental arena.  At 14 years old, Charles has a stellar resume as environmental columnist, a board member for Earth Force, Inc., a Presidential Environmental Youth Award nominee, a Gloria Barron Prize nominee and remains the president/CEO of Recycling Education.  Support this amazing youth in his quest to receive a Pepsi Refresh grant for recycling education by voting daily at this link where you may learn more about his initiative.  You may also vote via text:  Text 104604 to Pepsi (73774)

Ideas for Holiday Giving

This holiday season support area businesses by giving items made from the heart by local artisans.  Amazing gifts await ranging from gourmet food sensations, splurges for the body and delightful spirits from local vintners.  Many non-profits have gift-giving programs that help the less fortunate during the holidays.  Visit The Impact blog post for organizations with lists of local artisans and links to several organizations who embrace social responsibility within their mission.

EnVision Atlanta II

EnvisionATL, a forum based on the World Café discussion model, hosted the second and final event on December 07.  Just under 200 enthusiastic, diverse Atlanta citizens attended to create visions on community vitality, energy, food and transportation.  What an inspiration to witness business professionals, government officials, leading non-profit executives and concerned citizens ban together to create the optimal Atlanta sustainable vision.  Stay tuned as the vision collection is gathered and we learn the next action steps.

Angel Poventud:  THE IMPACTOR for December

uals like Angel Poventud are amazing gifts for the communities where they reside.  Atlanta is fortunate Angel relocated to Atlanta 12 years ago to be closer to his family, especially his beloved Grandmother.  With basic passion for living with integrity, Angel delved into his new home and found community with Trees Atlanta where he devotes a significant portion of his 20 – 30 hours per week (yes, that is per week!) of volunteer time.
Angel received the prestigious Cox Conserves Heroes Award earlier this month.  Heroes are honored for their environmental commitment and are gifted with a $5,000 donation to t
he charity of their choice.  With reverence, Angel honored Trees Atlanta with the donation.  Click here to view an impressive film by Channel 2 WSB-TV honoring the 2010 Hero.

Ei designates Angel as the December IMPACTOR for his amazing commitment to humanity, whether for creating a cleaner, beautiful environment with tree plantings or volunteering in an Emory HIV vaccine testing program.

Visit The IMPACTOR page to learn more about Angel Poventud’s phenomenal passion along with the extent of  his reach.  Additional antidotes are chronicled on the The IMPACT blog post, An Angel NOT in Disguise.

Support Elemental Impact

Elemental Impact is a non-profit and our work is funded through the supporter and sponsorship program.  Please consider joining the Elemental Impact family of supporters and sponsors so the impact of our projects may continue.  As Ei is a 501(c)(3) tax deductible donations may be made in any amount at this link.


The Atlanta Zero Waste Zones are a vital force to enticing corporate business to metro Atlanta, whether conventions, meetings, conferences or corporate headquarters.  With a single press conference/release in February, 2009, the ZWZ Program has received over 60 million media impressions, including a CNN Story and a New Times front-page story.  Refer to the Ei Media Page for story links, the press release and other interesting antidotes.

The time is NOW to join the ZWZ program and show the nation Atlanta is a Pioneer City in Sustainability.  In the first QTR 2011, a media blitz is slated to announce the evolution of the ZWZ.  Together let’s substantiate a phenomenal program and let Atlanta shine her true colors of integrity.  Visit the ZWZ Testimonial Page where ZWZ Charter Participants speak on how the program is easy to implement, generates revenue, is a cost-savings solution and bolsters employee enthusiasm.

Click here to learn more about the ZWZ Program and here to apply for ZWZ Participation or Supplier status.  Go the National ZWZ Directories to view the pioneers leading the charge in zero waste initiatives. Charter status is available through year end, with no extensions.

Congratulations to the ZWZ Participants and Suppliers who stepped forward in the first weeks of December:

ZWZ Participants:


ZWZ Suppliers:


Upcoming Events:

Attend the World’s Largest Conference & Exhibition for the Composting, WoodWaste & Organics Recyclin Industry.  January 24 – 27, 2011, Santa Clara, CA.  Learn more about the conference at this link.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!

CEO & Founder, Elemental Impact
Director, Zero Waste Zones