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Welcome to the Elemental Impact Newsletter
May 2011 Newsletter ~ Edition 13


In May Ei stayed true to the ACTION theme for 2011. Read below to learn about Ei speaking engagements, new sponsors and other activities. 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
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Farewell to Marlin Gottschalk 

With great sadness, Ei bids farewell to Marlin Gottschalk, Director of the Sustainability Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.   On Monday, May 23, 2011 Marlin said good-bye to this world after a valiant encounter with cancer.

Visit the ZWZ Blog post, Farewell to a Friend, Colleague & Mentor, for my personal tribute to Marlin.


2011 National Restaurant Show

In true collaborative spirit, the National Restaurant Association gave Elemental Impact and Zero Waste Zones strong presence at the 2011 NRA Show May 21-24 in Chicago @ McCormick Place with two key sessions. 


• Compost, The Quiet Hero Returns with THE HOW was a grand success in the Saturday, May 21 educational session.  The Quiet Hero Spokesperson, Holly Elmore was joined by The Chris Triad for the session.  Read the ZWZ Blog post, Compost, The Quiet Hero @ the 2011 NRA Show, for details on The Quiet Hero’s encore performance.

• During prime show time on Sunday, May 22, Ei founder Holly Elmore gave an overview of Ei initiatives at the Conserve Solutions Center during a scheduled session.  For details, read the IMPACT Blog post, Ei @ Conserve Solutions Center During NRA Show.

See the IMPACT Blog post, 2011 NRA Show:  A Great Place for Business Connections, for a snippet of the business conducted at the show.

IFSS: Inaugural Event a Success

With Chris Moyer of the NRA Conserve Program and Chris Koetke of Kendall College teaming with Cindy Railing to create the inaugural International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium, success was the inevitable outcome.  An impressive crowd attended the symposium and enjoyed an excellent program.  Kendall College treated attendees to an excellent reception and dinner on the opening evening.  The Ei Facebook IFFS Album has an array of photos from the event.
Recycling Integrity:  Truths, Myths & Emerging Technologies, a new Ei speaking topic, debuted at the event to an attentive crowd.  Read the ZWZ Blog post, Recycling Integrity @ IFSS – the Chris & Holly Show with an Added Buzz, for session details.  Visit the Ei Speaking Engagements page to download the PPT presentation.
With Chris Moyer of the NRA Conserve Program and Chris Koetke of Kendall College teaming with Cindy Railing to create the inaugural International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium, success was the inevitable outcome.  An impressive crowd attended the symposium and enjoyed an excellent program.  Kendall College treated attendees to an excellent reception and dinner on the opening evening.  The Ei Facebook IFFS Album has an array of photos from the event.

Recycling Integrity:  Truths, Myths & Emerging Technologies, a new Ei speaking topic, debuted at the event to an attentive crowd.  Read the ZWZ Blog post, Recycling Integrity @ IFSS – the Chris & Holly Show with an Added Buzz, for session details.  Visit the Ei Speaking Engagements page to download the PPT presentation.
Recycling Integrity:  Truths, Myths & Emerging Technologies, a new Ei speaking topic, debuted at the event to an attentive crowd.  Read the ZWZ Blog post, Recycling Integrity @ IFSS – the Chris & Holly Show with an Added Buzz, for session details.  Visit the Ei Speaking Engagements page to download the PPT presentation.

Restaurant Recycling Survey


The National Restaurant Association partnered with Georgia Pacific on a survey of restaurateurs about the importance of recycling to operations and profits.  With impressive results on operator enthusiasm to participate in recycling programs, the survey also indicates the consumer prefers to spend dining dollars at establishments that walk the talk.

Visit the ZWZ Blog post, RECYCLING FOR ALL THE RIGHT RETURNS, for more detailed information and links to the research fact sheets and executive summary.  The ZWZ Blog post, ZWZ in NRA Recycling Brochure! Thanks Chris Moyer for including the ZWZ-Join link in the new NRA recycling brochure.

 

A ZWZ Icon Resurfaces

When Dave Rossman, former Doubletree Buckhead GM, was transferred to Tampa, the Atlanta greenie community mourned its loss.  Atlanta’s loss was Tampa’s gain.  Read the ZWZ Blog post, An Atlanta Icon Resurfaces in Tampa, where Holly reconnects with Dave in Tampa.  Fertile seeds were planted for bringing zero waste initiatives to the Tampa Bay area. 

Suzanne Burnes Joins Sustainable Atlanta

Effective June 01, Suzanne Burnes joins Sustainable Atlanta as Executive Director. Ei knows Suzanne well from her days as Assistant Director at the Sustainability Division of the GA Department of Natural Resources.  Although we will miss the Suzanne connection at the S.D., Ei is thrilled to expand our relationship with Suzanne as she embarks on another chapter in her impressive career.

Sustainable Atlanta is certain to reach new dimensions of influence and impact under Suzanne's strong leadership.

Welcome Suzanne!  Know you can count on Ei and Zero Waste Zones to support you and Sustainable Atlanta in whatever capacity possible.

SE Corporate Sustainability Rankings

Congratulations to Stephanie Armistead for the second successful SE Corporate Sustainability Rankings!  The dedication and hard work paid off once again with a stellar event. Visit the IMPACT Blog post, SE Corporate Sustainability Rankings, for further details.

Welcome New Ei Sponsors
Gold Sponsor:

  
                                               MeadWestvaco 

Silver Sponsors:
                                          

            

                      


    Global Enviro


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.

ZERO WASTE ZONES

The Atlanta 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 Participation or Supplier status.  Go the National ZWZ Directories to view the pioneers leading the charge in zero waste initiatives.

Upcoming Events

Recycle Florida is hosting their 2011 Annual Conference and Exhibition June 5-7 at the Lido Beach Resort in Sarasota, FL. Click Here for more information.

Coalition for Resource and Recovery is hosting the Foodservice Packaging Members' Working Session
 in New York, NY. Members of Global Green’s Coalition for Resource Recovery are invited to attend on June 7th. Click Here for more information.
 
Women’s Network for a Sustainable Future is hosting the “Let the Sun Shine In!” discussion on Solar Energy on June 7th in Atlanta, Ga. Click Here for more information.

Free EPA Webinar June 9th: The Environmental Sustainability Resource Center will conduct a free webinar titled Sustainability in Commercial Kitchens. Click Here for more information.

Thank you for your enthusiasm and support!


CEO & Founder, Elemental Impact
Director, Zero Waste Zones
404-261-4690
holly@elementalimpact.org
www.elementalimpact.org