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Welcome to the Elemental Impact Newsletter
February 28, 2011 Newsletter ~ Edition 10

February is a month for celebrating at Ei.  The month began with Ei’s one-year birthday and ended with ZWZ Two-Year Anniversary press conference.  New and stronger relationships were announced that will propel Ei into full-throttle ACTION.  The Ei Team invites you to join the ACTION (and fun!) in the capacity that makes sense for you: a ZWZ Participant, an Ei Sponsor, a ZWZ Ambassador or other avenues available to contribute and make a difference in business operating practices.  

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

Ei Receives Trademark Status

Thanks to John Harris and Greg Chafee with Morris, Manning & Martin, Elemental Impact received the official Certificate of Registration from the United States Patent and Trademark Office on March 10 for the Ei logo and name. In addition to the website, Ei now owns intellectual property!

Stellar POWER Meeting Agenda

The April 21 POWER – Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling - meeting has a stellar agenda including two featured speakers along with project updates and announcements.  Daniel Rickenmann of W2E Organic Power will share the Challenges on the Road to Success for an Anaerobic Digester (AD) Permit.  W2E holds one of the first, if not the first, AD permits for food residuals in the nation. A to be announced national expert on Biochar will educate on how the ancient practice works with modern technology.  Click here for registration where the complete agenda may be downloaded.  Register NOW for the meeting as space is limited.

ZWZ Featured in Audubon Magazine

Audubon Magazine features Atlanta's Zero Waste Zone program in their March/April issue article Kick the Can The article ties in the importance of organics collection destined for composting operations to the soil.  Holly Elmore, ZWZ Director, says "Our soil is in dire straits. That waste is actually an asset that can be used to rejuvenate our soil and our water supply.”

Read the ZWZ Blog post, ZWZ Kicks the Can, for more details about the article and supporting antidotes.

Ei|ZWZ Hiring Part-Time Program Assistant

With the National Restaurant Association’s announcement of their Ei | ZWZ collaboration (read ZWZ Blog post, ZWZ Garners National Support for details), Elemental Impact is ready to take projects and initiatives into the next ACTION stage.  A part-time program assistant position is open that has strong potential to develop into a full-time position with incredible career opportunities.  Click here for the Ei Program Assistant Profile.

Making It Easy for Media Inquiries

The media is enthusiastic about Elemental Impact's initiatives, especially the Zero Waste Zones!  To make it easy for the press to access pertinent information 24/7, the Ei Team created the Press Info page.

On the page, press releases, past media, quotes, milestones and Ei|ZWZ Leadership profiles are organized in simple to navigate and download format.

With major announcements planned for the early summer, Ei|ZWZ is preparing for the anticipated media inquiries.

Stay tuned as blog posts will feature prominent articles, stories and other publicity.

Understanding Recycling Efforts Final Destination

Committed to integrity of the program, the ZWZ Team is learning the facts about the current recycling systems available in the Atlanta market and the final destination of collected items. Once the fact finding is complete, the team will begin the journey of creating an evolved system that includes stronger source separation that maximizes the value of recycled assets.  A series of MRF (Material Recovery Facilities) and production facilities were visited in March:

SP Recycling, the MRF where many of the major metro Atlanta recycling companies deliver their single-stream collections.  See the ZWZ Blog post, Where Oh Where Does Our Recycling Go, for details on the tour.

Pratt Recycling, another prominent metro Atlanta MRF.  See the ZWZ Blog post, Quest to Understand Single-Stream Recycling Final Destination for details on the tour.

Griffin Industries, one of the nation’s largest spent grease collectors.  See the ZWZ Blog post, The Bi-Products of Mass Food Production, for details on the tour.

Down to Earth, one of the few (if not the only) local biofuel production facilities operating in the metro Atlanta area.  Down To Earth Biofuel Facility Tour for details on the tour.

Sarah Elisabeth Ippel: The IMPACTOR for March

Sarah Elizabeth's makes no little plans, aims high and embraces audacious thinking.  The time is NOW to address our nation's and world's urgent demand for change.  It takes courage and tenacity to bring visions to reality - Sarah Elizabeth Ippel is Bold, Audacious, Courageous and an Amazing individual.
Tenacity proved effective when at 26 years old Sarah Elizabeth received the big YES for the Academy of Global Citizenship on October 24, 2007 from Chicago Board of Education after two prior NOs.  AGC, a Chicago Public Charter School under Mayor Richard Daley's Renaissance 2010 initiative, welcomed their inaugural kindergarten and first grade students in August, 2008.  One grade per year will be added until 8th grade is reached in  2015 -2016.

Visit the AGC website to learn more about their innovative approach to education where students receive 36% more educational time annually, biliteracy development is core to curriculum, participate in a daily yoga practice and receive an organic, nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.  Proof of success is in the testing:  most of the students test at least one grade ahead

Sarah Elizabeth is amazing in her TED video, This is Ann.

The IMPACT Blog post, Bold & Audacious:  Sarah Elizabeth Ippel celebrates Sara Elizabeth’s journey to take Audacious & Big Action.  Ei is honored to name Sara Elizabeth Ippel the IMPACTOR for March, 2011.  The future is brighter thanks to Sarah Elizabeth – thank you for your audacious spirit!

Support Elemental Impact

Elemental Impact is a non-profit and our work is funded through the supporter and sponsorship programs.  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 At
lanta Zero Waste Zones are a vital force to enticing corporate business to metro Atlanta, whether conventions, meetings, conferences or corporate headquarters.  The time is NOW to join the ZWZ program and show the nation Atlanta is a Pioneer City in Sustainability.  On February 23, the ZWZ Team celebrated the ZWZ Two-Year Anniversary with a press conference.  Together let’s substantiate a phenomenal program and let Atlanta shine her true colors of integrity.

Click here to learn more about the ZWZ Program and here to apply for ZWZ Participat
ion or Supplier status.  Go the National ZWZ Directories to view the pioneers leading the charge in zero waste initiatives.

Upcoming Events

EarthShare 2011 Earth Day Party - Join EarthShare in Celebrating our World on April 21st.  Click here for more information.

Earth Day event @ Atlantic Station – Come join the celebration on April 22, 2011 at Atlantic Station. Music, Eco-Fashions, Booths, and much more.  Click here for more information.

Georgia Tech's Think Green Week and Earth Day Celebration - Georgia Tech's Earth Day Celebration has grown to encompass an entire week of environmental events starting April 18th and culminating in the April 22nd Earth Day Celebration.  Click here for a information on Think Green Week and here for information on the the Earth Day celebration

Compost, The Quiet Hero Returns with THE HOW @ the NRA Show - McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, May 21, 2011 - 12:00pm-1:30pm.  Click here for more information.

International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium - First-Ever International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium to be Held in Chicago, May 24-25, 2011.  Click here for more information.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!

CEO & Founder, Elemental Impact
Director, Zero Waste Zones