Ei plays a valuable industry role by introducing organizations and individuals who share synergies for powerful relationships and action. The following prominent Ei Connections were valuable contributions to ongoing industry events and working relationships:
- EPA Food Recovery Challenge - Ei introduced the EPA to Atlanta foodservice industry leaders in a series of meetings when the program launched.
- EPA Scaling Up Composting Grant - Ei's strong Charlotte connections stemming from Sustainable Food Court Initiative - Concord Mills work was a solid contributor to the grant success.
- F&B Packaging Value Chain Meetings - Ei brought together trade association and non-profit executives from the entire sustainable food & beverage packaging value chain each December 2011 through 2014 for a day of vibrant dialogue and sharing in Washington D.C.
- 2014 National Zero Waste Business Conference - Ei played a leading role in bringing the 2014 National Zero Waste Business Conference to Atlanta along with orchestrating the local flavor portion of the excellent program.
The below listings chronicle additional powerful Ei Connections:
Ellen MacArthur Foundation | Institute for Local Self-Reliance
On March 28, 2017 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) issued the Urban Biocycles scoping paper to a global audience. During the preliminary research phase, Ei Founder Holly Elmore educated EMF Project Manager Doug Walker on the U.S. organics recycling landscape and facilitated a series of introductions. Ei Strategic Ally Brenda Platt was an introduction and most helpful with regards to community garden composting and soil rebuilding initiatives featured in the paper. Brenda and Holly, along with their respective organizations, were listed as Expert Input and Case Study Contributors in the paper.
City of Atlanta Office of Sustainability | Affairs to Remember Caterers
On March 8, 2017 Ei orchestrated a powerful meeting of Atlanta's sustainability leadership hosted by Affairs to Remember Caterers. The overt meeting purpose was to introduce City of Atlanta Director of Sustainability John Rutherford Seydel to Affairs with an overview of their in-depth sustainability commitment. It was an inspiring lunch filled with empowering conversation and delicious cuisine.
Ei Founder Holly Elmore introduced Ei's new focus area Carbon Sequestration during the lunch discussion. The ZWA Blog article, Carbon Crisis: simple a matter of balance, educates on Carbon Cycles | Pools and the Soil | Compost's heroic role in carbon balance, the foundations for the new focus area.
Photos from the powerful meeting are included in the Ei FB album, Ei Connects.
Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Lambda Alpha International (LAI)
As Scott is a close Ei friend, a strong Ei entourage attended the LAI meeting to show their support: LAI member Wayne King (U.S. Composting Council | ERTHProducts), Boyd Leake (City of Atlanta, Office of Sustainability), Jim Harrell (Renaissance Technology) and Tim Trefzer (Georgia World Congress Center).
GWCC | King of Crops Farm
EPA Region 4 | GWCC Levy Restaurants
Due to Ei's strong, longstanding relationship with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 4, Public Relations Specialist Davina Marraccini called Ei to recommend a chef for the Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Atlanta Federal Center Earth Day Farmer’s Market.
Thanks to Georgia World Congress Center Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer's quick action, Levy Restaurants Chef Juliet educated students and attendees at the well attended event. Levy Restaurants provides the foodservice for the GWCCA, including the GWCC, The Georgia Dome & Centennial Olympic Park. The Ei FB page Ei Connects post includes a photo of Chef Juliet in her element with the students.
It is an honor for Ei to serve as the conduit between our prominent industry friends.
Ei General Counsel | TAG Smart Energy Event
Ei General Council Greg Chafee, Energy & Corporate Securities Partner @ Thompson Hine, brought together an excellent program for the March 24, 2016 Technology Association of Georgia Smart Energy Advancing Sustainability in Sport Facilities.
Greg met Keynote Speaker Scott Jenkins, Mercedes-Benz Stadium GM, and Panelist Tim Trefzer, Georgia World Congress Center Sustainability Director, at Annual Ei Partner Meetings.
City of Atlanta Office of Sustainability | Affairs to Remember Caterers
In June 2015, Ei orchestrated an introductory lunch meeting for the Affairs to Remember Caterers (ATR) Team and in-coming City of Atlanta Director of Sustainability Stephanie Benfield.
Stephanie was thrilled to meet the ATR Team and hear ATR Managing Director Patrick Cuccaro's affirmation of support for her City sustainability policies, programs and endeavors. The ZWA Blog article, ... and the journey began with a delicious divorce from the landfill! includes the important introduction within the ATR sustainability story.
Green Streets Atlanta Film Screening
Ei worked closely with Citizen Film for over a year facilitating introductions within the metro Atlanta community to those synergistic with Green Streets, a San Francisco-based social enterprise focused on recycling in housing projects. In January 2015, The Arthur Blank Family Foundation Film Series funded the Green Streets, a Citizen Film documentary, screening in Atlanta. The ZWA blog article Green Streets comes to Atlanta! announces the screening. Ei was a screening co-presenter in recognition of the introductions and local guidance for the Atlanta visit.
The ZWA blog article Green Streets: grass roots social enterprise gives a recap of the empowering visit and screening while the Ei FB album, Green Streets Comes to Atlanta, gives a pictorial overview.
2014 U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Conference
As a conference partner and media sponsor, Ei played a leading role in bringing the national conference to Atlanta along with orchestrating the local flavor portion of the excellent program. Ei Founder Holly Elmore served as the connecting point for Ei Staff, Partners, Advisors and Strategic Allies to moderate and | or present on numerous panels and serve as plenary keynotes during the two-day conference.
EPA Food Recovery Challenge
With strong connections to foodservice industry leaders, Ei joined the EPA Food Recovery Challenge as an Endorser, committing to recruit Program Participants as well as additional Endorsers. In Spring 2014, Ei founder Holly Elmore introduced Kim Charick with the EPA to the Southeast’s food waste pioneers in a series of meetings.
The EPA Food Recovery Challenge page gives a program overview along with a list of FRC Participants | Endorsers who joined via Ei’s introduction. For a pictorial recap of the intro meetings marathon, visit the Ei FB album, EPA Food Recovery Challenge.
Cork ReHarvest | Elizabeth Royte | Pattie Baker
Strategic Ally Cork ReHarvest requested introductions to prominent journalists for their 2013 Portugal cork harvest media tour. Ei media pals Elizabeth Roye and Pattie Baker, joined the late June cork harvest tour via the Ei introduction. In preparation for the journey, Pattie published, Cork=Good, But Easier Said Than Done, on her popular FoodShed Planet – eclectic food-for-though for a changing world. Post adventure, the More Uses Than I Realized (and Now My Imagination Is Going Wild) FoodShed Planet article is a fantastic tour overview complete with pictures and videos.
In October 2012, Martha Stewart's Whole Living featured Elizabeth's Spoil Alert on Atlanta’s pioneering spirit in wasted food reduction and rescue. The ZWA Blog post, Atlanta Wasted Food Heroes in National Spotlight, is an article overview plus commentary.
Food & Beverage Packaging Value Chain
Each December 2011 through 2014, trade associations and non-profits executives from the entire sustainable food & beverage packaging value chain met in Washington D.C. for a day of vibrant dialogue and sharing.
For the final three years, Global Green's D.C. office hosted the meeting. Ei orchestrated the meeting administration, moderated the meeting presentations and strategy session, and documented the powerful meeting dialogue in a ZWA Blog article.
Mission Accomplished: the original meeting intention was to create industry synergies (as opposed to competition) among the complementary organizations. During the 2014 presentation, it was empowering to witness the tremendous synergies, along with many joint pilots | programs, among the meeting participants. Beginning in 2015, the group convenes with a two-hour conference call rather than a full-day meeting.
The F&B Packaging Value Chain Meetings - Accomplished page documents the powerful meetings complete with ZWA Blog & FB album links and PPT presentations available for download.
Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia World Congress Center Authority
At Ei’s request, Ga Tech hosted fellow Zero Waste Zones Participant Ga World Congress Center Authority for a campus tour of their award-winning recycling program. The ZWA Blog post, ZWZ Participants Work Together, is an overview of the tour and the Ei FB album, 02-27-12 GA Tech Hosts GWCC, is the pictorial recap. Subsequent to the introduction, GA Tech and GWCC developed a close working relationship and separately thanked Ei for the introduction.
National Restaurant Association | U.S. Composting Council
In December 2011, Ei orchestrated a Washington D.C. NRA | USCC introductory meeting with executives from the respective organizations. The October 2012, ZWA Blog post, Collaboration is Key to Success, announces the formal Memorandum of Understanding executed between the NRA and the USCC.