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October 27, 2010 Newsletter ~ Edition 06

The exciting times continue with Ei in the ACTION mode! Read below to learn about powerful meetings, valuable resources and industry commitment to sustainability.  We invite you to participate in our important work and projects.  Contact the Ei staff to let us know how you would like to contribute your valuable resources, whether time, financial or expertise, to broaden our impact.

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

Fall POWER Meeting

The October 14 POWER – Perishable Organics Recycling Waste to Energy – meeting was amazing!  Strong government support in the organics arena was evident with presentations by the U.S. EPA, USDA, Sustainability Division of the GA DNR and Environmental Protection Division of the GA DNR.  Attendees traveled from across the nation to participate in the exploration of the highest good use of perishable organics, specifically pre and post-consumer food residuals. 

To learn more about the meeting click here for the meeting agenda, notes, attendees and PPT presentations.  Sandra Cummins,  Southeast Green Founder, wrote an excellent summary of the meeting presentations in her tweet post at this link ~ thank you Sandra for the informative PPT summary and for handling the POWER meeting technical aspects.

Ei Sponsor, Advisory Council & Board Meeting

The first annual Ei Sponsor, Advisory Council & Board of Directors meeting is on Thursday, November 18 noon – 6:00 p.m.  at HLB Gross Collins, Atlanta, GA.  Learn how your support and participation in Ei over the past year made a tremendous impact.  After the interactive, multi-media project updates, Marlin Gottschalk, Director of the Sustainability Division of the GA Department of Natural Resources, will explain WHY Ei projects are important to the environment and business culture. The formal meeting ends with a strategy session on future projects, funding sources and direction.  Attendance is restricted to those whose resource commitments make Ei a vibrant non-profit in the sustainability arena:  Sponsors, Advisory Council Members and Board of DirectorsClick here to register for the event and click here to join the Ei Sponsor program.

EnVision Atlanta

Atlanta is a Pioneer in Sustainability!  On October 13 Sustainable Atlanta  in conjunction with Mayor Reed and the City of Atlanta hosted the first EnVisionATL event to a sold-out crowd.  The energy and excitement around this event is a testament to the potential we have as Atlantans to create a vision for a more sustainable Atlanta and chart a path to realize this vision.  Visit the IMPACT Blog post for additional information.

American Wasteland

North Carolina author Jonathan Bloom is traveling to Atlanta the week of November 15 to promote his book American Wasteland, How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It).  In addition to talks at the Center for Disease Control and Georgia Tech, Jonathan is the featured guest at the Sustainability Division of the GA DNR Fall Networking Reception on Tuesday, November 16.  For more event details, scroll down to the Upcoming Events section.  Learn more about Jonathan’s important message by visiting his website at this link. Books may be purchased at stores or on-line at this link.

Greenco Environmental:  THE IMPACTOR for October

Atlanta is fortunate to have Tim & Melia Lesko as metro Atlanta citizens. After persevering through eighteen months of zoning and permitting hurdles, the Leskos opened Greenco Environmental, a commercial food composting facility located south of Atlanta.  The early 2009 facility opening was a celebrated event in Atlanta’s environmental community. Currently, there are only 300+ food-permitted composting facilities in the nation.

Since opening 15,116 tons of food residuals, previously destined for landfills, were recycled into valuable compost.  These impressive numbers translate into 514 metric tons of methane not released as a Green House Gas, with a carbon equivalent of 10,803 tons (1,964 cars off the road for a year).

Ei’s Zero Waste Zone program receives national accolades as a trailblazing project with zone participants’ food residuals collected for composting.  In 2009, the City of Atlanta was listed as one of the five Cities of Change in a article; the sole reason for Atlanta’s inclusion was the ZWZ program.  The City of Atlanta and ZWZ owe much of this recognition to Greenco for our ability to collect commercial food residuals for composting.

Join Ei in honoring the Leskos for their dedication and commitment to making the Earth a better place for our children to inherent.  THANK YOU Tim & Melia.

Visit the IMPACTOR page to learn more about Greenco Environmental, a family business.

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.

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ZWZ Participants formalize their commitment to sustainability by joining the on-line program, which includes a listing in the National ZWZ Directory.  Join Ei in honoring the trailblazers who are forging the way for the commercial sector to create zero waste initiatives across industry boundaries.  Click here to join the program and show your commitment to operating a business in a sustainable manner.



Upcoming Events

GEDI - Green Economy Diversity Initiative – General Meeting, Thursday, October 28 1:00 p.m. @ Empire Board of Realists, 686 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, S.W., Atlanta, GA 30310.  Light lunch served.  Call or e-mail Veronica Waithe for more information or to RSVP at 678-698-2191 or
Partner Fall Networking Reception on November 16 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Silk Restaurant, 919 Peachtree Street (corner of 8th & Peachtree).  Complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar provided.

Join the Sustainability Division of the GA DNR as they honor American Wasteland author Jonathan Bloom at their fall event.  Click here to learn more about the event and register on-line. Environmental Trade Mission & Conference, November 17 – 19, 2010, Loudermilk Center, Atlanta, GA. 
ETM 2010™ provides a forum where people from around the world come together to showcase cutting edge clean technologies, including products, services and processes that create a pathway to economic development opportunities for sustainable business practices.  Click here to learn more about attending.   

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!

CEO & Founder, Elemental Impact
Director, Zero Waste Zones