The Ei Team speaks around the country at national conferences and regional meetings. In addition to keynote presentations, Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderates industry panels of Ei Partners who share the successes, challenges and lessons learned within Ei’s important work.
2018 WorldChefs Congress & ExpoJuly 13, 2018
Kuala Lumpur Convention Center
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
On day three of the 2018 WorldChefs Congress, the educational plenary program was dedicated to Feed the Planet. Presentations focused on the current global
food waste scenario along with empowering programs committed to evolving the seemingly broken food system. After the "big picture" presentations, the
focus narrowed down to local, effective initiatives and case studies on food waste reduction in culinary operations.
Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented on The Profitability of Waste: the business case for food waste reduction to the global audience of prominent chefs. Ei Supporters Ted's Montana Grill, Affairs to Remember and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority | Levy Restaurants were featured in the case studies.
The RiA Blog article, Feed the Planet: an empowering WorldChefs initiative, gives an overview of the important session; The Profitability of Food Waste: the business case for food waste reduction article gives an overview of Holly's presentation by the same name and showcases case studies of three Ei Supporters.
The comprehensive Feed the Planet PPT presentation, as well as Holly's solo presentation, are available below for download.
WorldChefs_FeedthePlanet_CombinedPPT_Jul2018 (24105 KB)
Ga Tech Facilities Sustainability ForumOctober 24, 2017
On October 24 Georgia Institute of Technology (Ga Tech) hosted the first annual Facilities Sustainability Forum to an enthusiastic audience from the university and beyond. Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented as the featured speaker. The ZWA Blog article, Collaboration + Culture = Sustainability Success, is a forum overview featuring Holly's presentation as well as the Building Services, Solid Waste & Recycling, and Landscape Service department sessions.
Recycling Refinement, moving beyond landfill diversionJuly 26, 2017
The Epsten Group
The Epsten Group hosted U.S. Green Building Council Global Zero Waste Director Stephanie Barger for a two-hour education session beginning with general zero waste information and finishing with a Zero Waste Certification overview. Intertwined within Stephanie's presentation, Ei Founder Holly Elmore educated on Recycling Refinement, moving beyond landfill diversion, using the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Pilots as prominent examples. It was empowering to showcase Atlanta's pioneers and leadership status.
The ZWA Blog article, Building a Zero Waste Economy, one step, one city at a time, is an overview of the powerful Atlanta USGBC meeting series. Below Holly's PPT is available for download:
Recycling Refinement PPT presentation (1110 KB)
Recycling: The Business Case WebinarDecember 8, 2016
USZWBC | USGBC virtual webinar
Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated and co-presented the powerful Recycling: The Business Case webinar with Container Recycling Institute President Susan Collins. The webinar explained the current scenario, how we got here, and effective paths to recycling PROFIT centers.
At the foundation of successful recycling is separated, clean material free of contamination. Holly ended the webinar with prominent recycling success
stories. The ZWA Blog article, Recycling: The Business Case,
recaps the powerful, informative webinar.
Below are the webinar PPT presentations available for download.
Recycling: The Business Case - CRI PPT (14742 KB)
Recycling: The Business Case - Ei PPT (2461 KB)
2016 NZWBC Ei-Hosted PanelsJune 2 & 3
Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated two concurrent panels at the 2016 National Zero Waste Business Council Conference: Food Waste Composting: Challenges, Lessons Learned & Successes and The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination. Ei Strategic Allies & Industry Experts served on the panels and shared their expertise and experiences. The ZWA blog article, The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination, gives a synopsis of the powerful panel. For more in-depth information, visit the National Zero Waste Business Conferences Page.
Planet, People, Profits: A Conference on Business and the EnvironmentApril 20, 2016
Center for Ethics
Ei Founder Holly Elmore spoke at the Emory University Planet, People, Profits: A Conference on Business and the Environment on the Innovative Practices in Corporate Environmental Sustainability discussion panel. Holly's topic focused on the four cornerstones to sustainability success: 1> Culture, 2> WE Consciousness, 3> Evolution of the Supply Chain to the Value Chain and 4> Power of Consumer Demand to an attentive audience. The conference was supported by the Ray C. Anderson Foundation.
Georgia Tech Supply Chain ModelingMarch 31, 2016
Scheller College of Business
Georgia Institute of Technology
Ei Founder Holly Elmore gave a 60-minute lecture to the GA Tech Supply Chain Modeling class on the Supply Chain's Role in Zero Waste to attentive, enthusiastic students. The ZWA Blog article, The Zero Waste Journey: Supply | Value Chain, WE Consciousness & Power of Consumer Demand are Integral to Success, is an overview of Holly's lecture along with in-depth copy on discussed concepts.
Georgia Tech Engineers for a Sustainable WorldMarch 01, 2016
Ei Founder Holly Elmore spoke to the Georgia Tech Engineers for a Sustainable World student group on Sustainability of the Spirit. The IMPACT Blog article, Sustainability of the Spirit, gives an overview of Holly's informal talk.
2016 U.S. Composting Council: Soils for a Greener WorldJanuary 26, 2016
At the 2016 USCC Conference, Ei hosted a well attended 90-minute panel presentation, Getting to Zero Waste: Composting at Special Events, sponsored by Ei Partner NatureWorks. Moderated by Ei Founder Holly Elmore, the panel showcased the Zero Food Waste Journeys at two prominent Atlanta annual events.
The ZWA Blog article, 2016 USCC Conference: Soils for a Greener World, showcases the Ei panel. Below are the panel PPT presentations available for download:
2016 USCC - Ei ZW On-Site Composting PPT (1219 KB)
2016 USCC - Ei ZW City of Atlanta PPT (5838 KB)
SPC Advance ConferenceOctober 6 - 8, 2015
Ei Founder Holly Elmore orchestrated and moderated the Scaling Up Composting In North America: Presentation And Working Session, an overview of the EPA Grant. The ZWA Blog article, Sustainability: An Industry Defining Itself, is an overview of the conference with the session featured. Visit the EPA Scaling Up Composting in Charlotte, NCpage for details on the EPA Grant.
Upstate Food Recovery Networking EventOctober 6, 2015
Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented on Ei's powerful past, current and future endeavors as the keynote luncheon speaker. The ZWA blog article, SC ripe for food recovery, gives an event summary.
10-06-15 Upstate Food Recovery Event (1812 KB)
2015 NZWBC - Los AngelesMay 5 - 7, 2015
Los Angeles, CA
Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated two break-out panels at the 2015 National Zero Waste Business Council Conference: Source-Separation Maximizes Material Value and Zero Waste at Multi-Tenant Properties. Ei Pioneers & Industry Experts served on the panels and shared their challenges, lessons learned & successes. The ZWA blog article, Zero Waste Makes Good Business Sense, features the conference breakout sessions along with Ei’s strong conference participation. For more in-depth information, visit the National Zero Waste Business Conferences Page.
greeningATL Excellence AwardsApril 24, 2015
Ei Chair Scott Seydel was the luncheon keynote speaker at the prestigious first annual event. The ZWA Blog article, Atlanta Airport honors sustainability partners as greeningATL Excellence Awards, is an event recap featuring Scott’s clever, impressive presentation.
Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists RespondMarch 26 & 27, 2015
Nationally renowned scientists, filmmakers, artists and activists converged on Atlanta for The Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond. The Symposium was an effort to raise awareness and discourse on the global crisis of plastic pollution. Ei Chair Scott Seydel presented on the Beyond Greenwash: Extended Producer Responsibility panel with a powerful presentation emphasizing plastic's value in the global economy. The ZWA Blog article, Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond, gives an event synopsis.
2014 National Zero Waste Business ConferenceMay 8 & 9, 2014
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 moderated the opening plenary panel as well as several other panels. Ei Partners, Advisors and Strategic Allies presented on numerous panels and plenaries during the two-day conference. The 2014 National Zero Waste Business Conference Page substantiates Ei's prominent role at the conference, while the Ei FB album, 2014 USZWBC Conference in Atlanta, gives a pictorial recap of the event.
Waste 2 Opportunity: Sustainability Trends for 2014February 27, 2014
Ei Founder and CEO Holly Elmore presented on the Sustainability Trends for 2014 panel along with Compostwheels, MedShare, Clean Energy Biofuels, Re:loom, Live Thrive and the Lifecycle Building Center. The session focused on how Atlanta based startups and non-profits use what we think of as "waste" to create new business opportunities. The event was part of Refresh South and powered by Sustainable Atlanta.
The Edge Connection's Culinary Entrepreneurs ConferenceNovember 11, 2013
Drawing on 15 years of experience in the catering business, Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented on the economic importance of zero waste and sustainability in the commercial kitchen.
Gwinnett Sustainability SummitMay 10, 2013
Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented on the panel Getting to Zero: How Companies Profit from Eliminating Waste, along with associate Bill Gavin - Operations Manager Rooms to Go, and moderator Beth Bond - Curator of Southeast Green. The session focused on the challenges and opportunities inherent to a zero waste goal along with the potential for profits and intangible benefits.
2013 NZWBC - CincinnatiMay 8-9, 2013
Across the board zero waste success is anchored in a team approach, engaging employees, suppliers and the community. Ei Partners presented on how the hospitality industry harnessed team synergies and created programs where the entire value chain and the community benefits. Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated the Zero Waste is a Team Sport panel discussion:
- Scott Lutocka – Piazza Produce: addressed the supplier’s critical role to zero waste success
- Chris Bradlee – BASF: showcased the team spirit in the Seattle Mariner’s zero waste program
- Perry Kranias – HMSHost - Tampa Airport: presented on how food donation programs benefit ALL
For details on the panel presentations see the ZWA Blog post, Zero Waste is a Team Sport, a powerful USZWBC conference panel.
SWANA Road to Zero Waste ConferenceFebruary 25, 2013
Ei Atlanta contingent Laura Turner Seydel - Ei environmental advisor, Jules Toyara – City of Atlanta zero waste manager and Holly Elmore – Ei founder, shared Atlanta’s zero waste successes on the Zero Waste, Southern Style session SWANA Road to Zero Waste Conference. The ZWA Blog post, Zero Waste, Southern Style, recaps the powerful panel.
02-25-13 Ei - SWANA Conference (647 KB)
2013 U.S. Composting Council Annual ConferenceJanuary 30, 2013
Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented on the Food Waste in Focus panel with an update on the Sustainable Food Court Initiative. The ZWA Blog post, Compost, A Magical Experience, is an overview of the conference.
Ei SFCI at USCC Conference - 1-30-13 (648 KB)
Biopolyers ConferenceOctober 17, 2012
San Antonio, TX
Ei Partner Steve Davies of NatureWorks and Ei Founder Holly Elmore tag-team a panel presentation on Biopolymers Role in Zero Waste Programs. After Holly’s Ei overview, Steve focused on the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Atlanta Airport Pilot including the Airport’s foodservice contract provision requiring the use of compostable products. Ei was a conference media sponsor. The ZWA Blog post, Biopoymers End of Life - or is it?, for a conference overview and the Ei FB album, 10-12 Biopolymers Conference in San Antonio, for the pictorial recap.
Green Real Estate Summit 2012March 9, 2012
The 2012 GREEN Real Estate Summit focused on sustainable operations and maintenance of existing buildings. In addition to providing a forum to network and learn best green practices from other individuals in the commercial real estate industry, the Summit featured educational seminars equipping attendees with the knowledge and skills they need to go green successfully. Ei Founder Holly Elmore spoke under the topic, Realities and Resources: Rapid Fire - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.
Sustainability in ACTION (676 KB)
Green Growth & Resource Recovery: The New Orleans Opportunity. A CoRR ConferenceMarch 2, 2012
New Orleans, LA
Industry experts travelled from across the nation and Canada to present on how their experience may be used in rebuilding NOLA’s recycling infrastructure. Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented a Sustainable Food Court Initiative update. Below are the PPT & video for Holly's presentation. The ZWA blog post Global Green Team Work in NOLA gives a conference overview. The Ei FB album, 03-02-12 NOLA Resource Recovery Conference, gives a pictorial recap.
SFCI update at the CoRR Meeting (691 KB)
Video (41451 KB)
NRA Quality Assurance Executive Study Group Annual MeetingOctober 04, 2011
The NRA invited Ei Founder Holly Elmore to introduce Recycling Integrity: Truths, Myths & Emerging Technologies at the Quality Assurance Executive Study Group’s Annual Meeting. The ZWZ Blog post,
Recycling Integrity Introduced @ NRA Quality Assurance Meeting, is a recap of the meeting.
10-04-11 NRA Recycling Integrity (593 KB)
Foodservice Package Institute Member MeetingSeptember 21, 2011
The FPI fall member meeting included an afternoon sustainable packaging session. Ei Founder Holly Elmore joined Biodegradable Products Institute, Earth911.com, Coalition for Resource Recovery and the National Restaurant Association for the invigorating session. Holly presented on the ZWZ | POWER | SFCI programs and pilots.
09-21-11 FPI - Denver (724 KB)
Green is Good for BusinessSeptember 13, 2011
The City of Columbia, in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, hosted the Annual Green is Good for Business Conference. Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented on Zero Waste Zones: Mobilizing an industry. The ZWA Blog post, Columbia Rock’n in the Green, for a conference overview.
Green is Good for Business (739 KB)
SCHA ZWZ ATL TourAugust 16, 2011
The South Carolina Hospitality Association brought a group of Board members, local business executives and City of Columbia staff and councilman to tour Atlanta’s Zero Waste Zones’ Participant sites. In addition, a National Restaurant Association executive attended the meeting and tours. Ei Founder Holly Elmore gave a ZWZ introduction at the Georgia Restaurant Association’s offices.
The ZWA Blog, ATL Zero Waste Team Hosts SC Hospitality Tour, gives an overview of the tour and the Ei FB album, 08-11 SCHA ATL ZWZ Tour, is a pictorial recap. Holly's PPT presentation is available for download below:
08-11 SCHA ZWZ ATL Tour PPT (781 KB)
International Foodservice Sustainability SymposiumMay 24, 2011
Ei Founder Holly Elmore along with Chris Moyer of the National Restaurant Association Conserve Program and Buzz Chandler of Asean|StalkMarket & BPI Board Member presented on Recycling Integrity: Truths, Myths & Emerging Technologies at the first International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium.
Recycling Integrity 5-24-11 (487 KB)
NRA Conserve Solutions Center at the NRA ShowMay 22, 2011
McCormick Place, Chicago
Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented at the NRA Conserve Solutions Center during the NRA Show on Ei initiatives: Zero Waste Zones, POWER – Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling, and the Sustainable Food Court Initiative.
ZWZ|NRA: Mobilizing the Foodservice Industry to Embrace Organics CollectionJanuary 24, 2011
U.S. Composting Council Conference
Santa Clara, CA
Thanks to the U.S. Composting Council’s generosity, Ei hosted a POWER - Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling - meeting as part of the pre-conference activities. Ei Founder Holly Elmore and National Restaurant Association ConServe Director Chris Moyer tag teamed the Mobilizing the Foodservice Industry to Embrace Organics Collection presentation within the meeting.
Below is a downloadable version of the PPT presentation. The POWER page includes the meeting agenda along with PPT presentations available for download.
NRA-ZWZ presentation (2941 KB)
NC Food Diversion WebinarDecember 14, 2010
The Government of North Carolina's NC Project Green presented the NC Food Diversion Webinar with an impressive panelist line-up. Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented on Zero Waste Zones: mobilizing an industry. Click here for the agenda and panelists.
U.S. Forest Service Sustainable Operations SummitNovember 17, 2010
The U.S. Forest Service hosted the Sustainable Operations Summit: Leading by Example to Conserve Natural Resources in Atlanta with a day of presentations covering the sustainability spectrum. Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented a plenary session, Zero Waste Zones, Mobilizing an Industry to Make a Difference. Later in the day, Holly presented on Compost, The Quiet Hero in a breakout session.
Zero Waste Zones: Mobilizing an Industry (11043 KB)
COMPOST: The Quiet Hero (144 KB)
Global Green’s Coalition for Resource RecoveryJune 17, 2010
Paley Center for Media, New York, New York
Topic: Commercial Food Waste: Opportunities to Enhance NYC Recovery Infrastructurer
POWER Presentation - June 17, 2010 (838 KB)
National Restaurant AssociationMay 24, 2010
McCormick Place, Chicago, IL
Topic: Compost: The Quiet Hero
The foodservice industry is one of the largest producers of "food residuals", a valuable resource, which is typically hauled to landfills. Discover how your operation can save money by composting those food residuals and gain insight about the importance compost plays in soil rejuvenation, water conservation and the production of nutritious food. Ei Founder Holly Elmore shared her insights on those opportunities and why the EPA has made the diversion of organic matter from landfills one of their top priorities.
COMPOST: The Quiet Hero (144 KB)
Emory University, Goizueta Business SchoolMarch 31, 2010
Topic: Zero Waste Zones: The Business Case.
Zero Waste Zones: The Business Case (1018 KB)
GreenPrints ConferenceMarch 2, 2010
Topic: A Building in Balance: Zero Energy, Waste & Water
US Composting Council ConferenceJanuary 25, 2010
Topic: Zero Waste Zones: Mobilizing an Industry to Make a Difference