Paving Pathways to New Paradigms

In 2010, Elemental Impact moved from a concept to a national 501(c)(3) non-profit where ACTION is standard operating practice. Ei is paving a pathway to the new paradigm! Below is a recap of the milestone events, players and ACTION that makes the vision a reality. Visit the Get Involved page to learn how to join the journey.

2017

July

  • 31 - Ei hosted the Georgia World Congress Center Team - Director of Sustainability, Executive Chef & Grounds Maintenance Manager - on a KSU Hickory Grove Farm tour to educate on regenerative farming practices. The ZWA Blog article, The Power of Tours, features the July Hickory Grove Farm tour; farm tour photos are included in the Holly Elmore Images FB album, KSU Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality. 
  • 26, 27 & 28 - Ei hosted U.S. Green Building Council Global Zero Waste Director Stephanie Barger on a whirlwind zero waste visit with Atlanta's sustainability leadership.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. 
  • 26 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore presented on Recycling Refinement, moving beyond landfill diversion, as part of the U.S. Green Building Council's two-hour zero waste education at The Epsten Group offices.
  • 17 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 350,000 pageviews and The IMPACT Blog surpassed 135,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.  
  • 16 - The ZWA Blog article, Soil Health: regenerating the foundation of life, announces the new Ei Soil Health platform.
  • 05 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore returns to Kennesaw State University to interview Leven School of Culinary Sustainability & Hospitality Director Christian Hardigree for a Southern Farm & Garden fall issue feature. Photos from the interview are featured in the Holly Elmore Images FB album, KSU Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.

June

May

  • 23 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 345,000 pageviews and The IMPACT Blog surpassed 135,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.  
  • 08 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 340,000 pageviews. 
  • 02 - The IMPACT Blog surpassed 130,000 pageviews. 

April

  • 19 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 335,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.  
  • 10 - The IMPACT Blog surpassed 125,000 pageviews.

March

  • 30 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 330,000 pageviews. 
  • 28 - The Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) issued the Urban Biocycles scoping paper to a global audience. Ei Founder Holly Elmore | Ei and Ei Strategic Ally Brenda Platt | Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) are listed as Expert Input and Case Study Contributors. Ei introduced EMF to the ILSR. The ZWA Blog article, A Circular Economy Approach to Urban Nutrient Cycles, introduces the important EMF scoping paper. 
  • 15 - The combined ZWZ Blog and the IMPACT Blog surpassed 450,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.  
  • 08 -The ZWA Blog surpassed 325,000 pageviews. 
  • 05 -The IMPACT Blog surpassed 120,000 pageviews. 

February

  • 18 - The ZWA Blog article Reduce First, Donate Second, Compost Third surpassed 15,000 views. 
  • 16 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 320,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.
  • 15 -At the invitation of Ei Founder Holly Elmore, Mercedes-Benz Stadium General Manager Scott Jenkins gave an empowering Sustainability: an economic driver presentation at the Lambda Alpha International Atlanta Chapter luncheon meeting. The IMPACT Blog article, Sustainability: an economic driveris an overview of Scott's empowering presentation.
  • 13 - The ZWA Blog article, Carbon Crisis: simply a matter of balance, published as the foundation for the new Ei Carbon Sequestration focus within the Recycling Refinement platform.
  • 08  - The IMPACT Blog surpassed 115,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.
  • 06 - Ei orchestrated a King of Crops Farm commercial food waste composting tour for Georgia World Congress Center Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer. The ZWA Blog article, The Power of Tours, features the King of Crops Farm tour; farm tour photos are included in the Ei FB album, Ei Connects.

January

  • 27 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 315,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.
  • 24 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore joined the LAI Atlanta Chapter Board of Directors.
  • 11 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 310,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist. 

 

2016

December

  • 29 -.The IMPACT Blog surpassed 105,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.  
  • 27 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 305,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist.  
  • 15 - The ZWZ Blog surpassed 300,000 pageviews. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles 2016 events validating Ei as a respected industry journalist. 
  • 12 - The IMPACT Blog surpassed 100,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation, and details interesting reader analytics.  
  • 08 - 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. Webinar PPT presentations are available for download on the Ei Speaking Engagements page. The ZWA Blog article, Recycling: The Business Case, recaps the powerful, informative webinar.
  • 08 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 295,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation, and details interesting reader analytics. 

November

October

September

August

  • 06 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 265,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation, and details interesting reader analytics
  • 02 - New Ei Strategic Ally Recycle Across America visited Atlanta for a powerful meeting series including an Atlanta Recycles, City of Atlanta Office of Sustainability, Atlanta Airport, Coca-Cola and lunch with Ei Founder Holly Elmore.

July

  • 25 - Ei submitted the Comparative Case Study: Plastic Film Recycling at Two Simon Malls final draft to the American Chemistry Council (ACC). The case study is prepared by Ei on behalf of the ACC.
  • 19 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 255,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation, and details interesting reader analytics
  • 14 - The IMPACT Blog surpassed the 80,000 pageviews milestone. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation, and details interesting reader analytics.

June

  • 27 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 255,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation, and details interesting reader analytics
  • 24 - The Sustainability of the Spirit Blog was launched as a cousin blog to the Ei Blogs.
  • 03 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated the Ei-hosted NZWBC The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination panel. The ZWA blog article, The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination, gives a synopsis of the powerful panel.
  • 02 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated the Ei-hosted NZWBC Food Waste Composting: Challenges, Lessons Learned & Successes panel. The panel is featured in the below reference ZWA Blog article.
  • 01-03 - Ei served as The National Zero Waste Business Conference Official Media Partner for the third consecutive year. The ZWA Blog article, A “Tuned In” Industry Catches a Vibrant Zero Waste Beat, is a conference overview while the Ei FB album, 2016 National Zero Waste Business Conference, is a pictorial recount. The NZWBC page chronicles Ei's conference media & participation from inception through the 2016 Fifth Annual NZWBC.
     

May

  • 22 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore attended The National Restaurant Show in Chicago, an annual tradition since Ei's 2010 inception.
  • 07 - The ZWA Blog surpassed 250,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation, and details interesting reader analytics.

April

  • 21- 23 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore represented the Atlanta Lambda Alpha International Chapter at the Memphis Land Economics Weekend (LEW). The IMPACT Blog article, Memphis: an amazing city redefining itself, chronicles the Memphis LEW along with anecdotes on the prominent historic landmarks toured. In addition, the Ei FB album, Memphis Land Economics Weekend, gives a pictorial recap of the powerful weekend.
  • 21- The Ei Spring Newsletter send was the first on the new responsive template, part of the Ei site relaunch.
  • 20 - 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 panel.
  • 14- The new Ei website officially launched when The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: New Website, New Era!, published with an overview of the site.
  • 07 - The ZWA Blog topped 245,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation, and details interesting reader analytics.

March

  • 31 - 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. Holly's PPT presentation is available for download on the Speaking Engagements page. 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.
  • 16 - Ei | Green Seal formalize their partnership with an executed Memorandum of Understanding.
  • 02 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore & Ei Chair Scott Seydel attended the Georgia Organics Waste Reduction & Recycling Stakeholders Meeting hosted by the City of Atlanta, Georgia Recycling Coalition and Atlanta Recycles.
  • 01 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore spoke at the Georgia Tech Engineers for a Sustainable Future student group meeting. The IMPACT Blog article, Sustainability of the Spirit, is an overview of Holly's informal talk.

February

  • 23 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore attended her first Atlanta Better Building Challenge Steering Committee meeting.
  • 22 - Ei introduced Strategic Ally Second Helpings to City of Atlanta Zero Waste Manager Boyd Leake at a lunch meeting; Kim Charick with EPA Region 4 joined the productive lunch meeting.
  • 18 - Ei hosted Green Seal President & CEO Arthur Weissman for a series of Green Seal Certification introductory meetings. The meetings were the first action step in the Ei | GS Atlanta Hospitality Program development.
  • 17 - The ZWA Blog topped 240,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation and details interesting reader analytics.

January

  • 26 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated the Ei-hosted U.S. Composting Council Conference panel Getting to Zero Food Waste: Composting at Special Events. The ZWA Blog article, 2016 USCC Conference: Soils for a Greener World, showcases the panel along with a conference overview. Holly photographed the USCC Awards Ceremony. The Ei FB album, 2016 USCC Conference, gives a conference pictorial recap.
  • 01 - The IMPACT Blog topped 75,000 pageviews. The ZWA Blog article, Ei Blogs: respected media & valuable industry resources, celebrates strong readership, acknowledges teamwork necessary to build the solid foundation and details interesting reader analytics.

 

2015

December

November

October

  • 28 – The ZWA Blog topped 225,000 pageviews.
  • 11 – RayDay 2015 achieved literal zero food waste with on-site food waste composting. The ZWA Blog article, Simple, easy, proven steps culminate in zero food waste, chronicles the zero food waste success.
  • 08 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated the Scaling Up Composting In North America: Presentation And Working Session at GreenBlue's SPC Advance Conference in Charlotte, SC. The ZWA Blog article, Sustainability: an industry defining itself, recaps the conference including a feature on the Ei-moderated panel.
  • 06 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore was the keynote luncheon speaker at the Upstate Food Recovery Event in Greenville, SC. The ZWA blog article, SC ripe for food recovery, provides an event summary. The PPT is available for download on the Ei Speaking Engagements page.
  • 03 -The Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease Initiative (AKG) launched with a four-stage action plan. The ZWA blog article, Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease Initiative Announced, is an overview of the announcement.

September

  • 30 - The ZWA Blog topped 220,000 pageviews.
  • 18 - Ei submitted the Waste | Recycling section of the World Chefs Sustainability Curriculum.
  • 09 - Ei submitted the Ray C. Anderson Foundation Gray Notes Grant Application for the Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease initiative.
  • 04 - The City of Atlanta issued a formal statement of support for the Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease Initiative.

August

  • 20 - The SMAT members presented a Compostable Packaging Educational Session to Les Dames d'Escoffier International, Atlanta Chapter (LDEI | ATL) for the SFCI - Annual Event Pilot Afternoon in the Country. The ZWA Blog article, Atlanta Food Waste Heroes: the journey continues..., provides a recap of the meeting. An overview of the session is available for download under the action section of the SFCI - Annual Event Pilot page.
  • 12 - Ei Founder Holly Elmore and Ei supporter Renaissance Technology attended a Cooling Tower Blowdown Initiative scoping session with the Atlanta Airport.

July

  • 13 - The Ei | EPA Grant team visited Charlotte for three days of meetings, tours and dinners. The ZWA Blog article, Charlotte opportunities segue into ACTION, gives the visit overview.

June

  • 30 - The ZWA Blog topped 210,000 pageviews and sister Blog The Impact surpassed 70,000 pageviews.
  • 15 - Les Dames d’Escoffier International, Atlanta Chapter (LDEI | ATL) accepted the invitation to serve as the SFCI - Annual Event Pilot.
  • 05 - Ei orchestrated an introductory meeting for the Affairs to Remember Caterers Team and in-coming City of Atlanta Director of Sustainability Stephanie Benfield. Read more on the Ei Connects page.

May

April

March

  • 26 & 27 - Ei Chair Scott Seydel, presented on the Beyond Greenwash: Extended Producer Responsibility panel at the Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond. The ZWA Blog article, Plastic GYRE Symposium: Artists, Scientists and Activists Respond, gives an overview of the event.
  • 01 - Ei Twitter followers reach 1000!

February

  • 28 - The IMPACT Blog topped 65K pageviews. The IMPACT blog article, Ei Blogs Top 250K Combined Pageviews, chronicles the blogs history and trajectory.
  • 21 - Ei Supporter Affairs to Remember plants a tree via Trees Atlanta in honor of Ei’s Five Year Anniversary. The Ei FB album, 02-21-15 Affairs to Remember plants tree in Ei's honor, gives a pictorial overview.
  • 21 - The Ei blogs Zero Waste in ACTION and The IMPACT, surpassed the monumental 250,000 pageviews landmark! The IMPACT blog article, Ei Blogs Top 250K Combined Pageviews, chronicles the blogs history and trajectory.
  • 19 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed 185,000 pageviews.
  • 06 - Ei Supporter Affairs to Remember dedicates their social media to Ei in commemoration of Ei’s Five Year Anniversary.
  • 05 - Ei turns Five!!! On February 5, 2010 Ei registered as a Georgia non-profit corporation. The Impact Blog article, Ei Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary, commemorates Ei's first five years.
  • 02 - 04 - The EPA Grant | Ei Team converged on Charlotte the week of February 2 for a series of meetings and tours at the major sports facilities, the convention center and local schools. The ZWA Blog article, Charlotte: Land of Opportunities, is an overview of the powerful Charlotte visit; the Ei FB album, Charlotte Visit: EPA Grant & Beyond, is a pictorial recap.

January

2014

December

  • 13 – The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog article surpassed 175,000 pageviews.
  • 11 – Ei orchestrated the Fourth Annual Sustainable Food & Beverage Package Value Chain Meeting hosted by the Global Green D.C. office. The ZWA Blog article, Sustainable F&B Packaging: moving from an emerging to a maturing industry, is an overview of the powerful meeting.
  • 04 – Ei General Council Greg Chafee hosted the Annual Ei Board Meeting.

November

  • 21 – The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog’s most popular article, Reduce First, Donate Second, Compost Third, surpasses 10,000 pageviews.
  • 20 – Ei Partners travel from across the nation to attend the Annual Ei Partner Meeting. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei 2014: A Year of Evolution, is a synopsis of the powerful meeting presentations. PPT presentations are available for download on the Ei Meetings & Events page.
  • 20 – Ei Strategic Ally U.S. Zero Waste Business Council announced Ei is the 2015 USZBC Conference – The Stars of Zero Waste – media partner for the Los Angeles event. The ZWA Blog article, 2015 Zero Waste Conference: A Star-Studded Event, announces the conference.
  • 09 – Ei founder Holly Elmore was honored with the Atlanta Les Dames d ’Escoffier International “Green Ribbon” award at the 14th Annual Afternoon in the Country. The IMPACT Blog article, Ei Awards, Recognition & Milestones, details Ei Awards received in 2014 including the Green Ribbon.

October

  • 29 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed 170,000 pageviews with the ZWA Blog article, Atlanta Airport's Leadership Role in Compostable Food & Beverage Packaging.
  • 28 - Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) announced the 3.9 million square feet conference center was awarded LEED Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The GWCC is the largest LEED certified convention center in the world and the 14th largest building in the world to be LEED Certified. The Impact blog article, GWCC LEED certification showcases sustainability leadership, details the hard work of Tim Trefzer and the GWCC sustainability team.
  • 22 - In preparation for activating the compostable packaging contract provision in the new concessions contract, the Atlanta Airport hosted the greeningATL SFCI Vendor Fair. In addition to Ei founder Holly Elmore attending, SMAT was represented by Ei Partners Eco-Products and NaturBag. The ZWA Blog article, Atlanta Airport’s Leadership Role in Compostable Food & Beverage Packaging, gives a history of the contract provision and overview of the Vendor Fair.

September

August

  • 27 - Moving beyond landfill diversion, the following Recycling Refinement webpages were created and detail work-in-progress: Post Consumer Food Waste Focus & Source-Separated Materials Recycling.
  • 25 - The Ei Twitter page surpasses the 800 followers milestone.
  • 20 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed the 160,000 pageviews milestone. For a recount of the Blogs' evolution into powerful industry tools, see the IMPACT Blog article, Ei Blogs Attract Strong Global Readership.
  • 08 - SMAT attended the Atlanta Falcons 2014 opening pre-season game for a fact finding | baseline creation mission regarding food waste collection and on-site source-separated materials recycling programs under development. Visit the ZWA Blog article, Sustainability in ACTION at the Georgia Dome, for an overview of recycling refinement in-process at the GA Dome.
  • 08 - First Sustainable Materials ACTION Team (SMAT) action was an Atlanta Airport food court tour to show support for the SFCI - ATL Airport activities. The ZWA Blog article, Contract provisions require team work necessary for zero waste success, includes an overview of the tour.

July

  • 28 - 01 - The Ei Team visited Charlotte for three days of meetings, tours and strategy sessions with Mecklenburg County Government and Ei Pioneer Partner Keter Environmental Services. Visit the ZWA Blog article, Ei Charlotte Visit: Busy, Productive & Fun!, for an overview. For a pictorial recap visit the Ei FB Album, July | August 2014 Ei Charlotte Visit.
  • 23 - The Ei Twitter following surpasses the 750 mark.

June

  • 13 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed the 150,000 pageviews milestone. For a recount of the Blogs' evolution into powerful industry tools, see the IMPACT Blog article, Ei Blogs Attract Strong Global Readership.
  • 8 & 9 - Ei Partners traveled from across North America to participate in the Atlanta Ei Partner Tours, hosted by Pratt Industries, Novelis, the Georgia World Congress Center and the Atlanta Airport. Everybody used the two days to educate and strategize on action points within the many Ei initiatives. Visit The IMPACT Blog article, Atlanta Ei Partner Tours, for an tour overview. For a pictorial recap visit the Ei FB Album, Atlanta Ei Partner Tours.

May

  • 17 - 20 - Ei founder Holly Elmore along with a plethora of Ei Partners, Strategic Allies, Supporters and Advisors attended the 2014 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. The IMPACT Blog article, 2014 NRA Show: a powerful, magical event, chronicles Ei's prominence at the Show while the Ei FB album, 2014 NRA Show is a pictorial recount.
  • 16 - The ZWA and IMPACT Blogs achieved a combined 200,000+ pageviews reach. For a recount of the Blogs' evolution into powerful industry tools, see the IMPACT Blog article, Ei Blogs Attract Strong Global Readership. 
  • 8 & 9 - Ei is conference partner and media sponsor for the USZWBC conference and played a leading role in bringing the national conference to Atlanta. Ei founder Holly Elmore moderated several panels, and Ei Partners, Advisors and Strategic Allies presented on numerous panels and plenaries during the two-day conference. The USZWBC 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.
  • 01 - Ei is an official EPA Food Recovery Challenge Endorser! The ZWA Blog article, EPA Food Recovery Challenge: Region IV launches FRC in hospitality sector, introduces the FRC along with Ei’s role in program support.

April

March

February

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2013

December

November

  • 22 - The Ei film crew recorded plastic film recycling procedures in-place at FreshPoint's distribution center, the pilot pioneer. The ZWA Blog article, Plastic Film Recycling: A New Frontier, documents the template progress.
  • 21 - Ei Partners, Friends, Strategic Allies and Advisory Council traveled from across the country to attend the Annual Ei Partner Meeting. The IMPACT Blog post, Another Year, Another Annual Ei Partner Meeting!, documents the successful day's activity, while the Ei FB album, 11-21-13 Annual Ei Partner Meeting, is a pictorial recap.
  • 20 - The Zero Waste in Action blog surpasses the 125,000 pageviews milestone.
  • 10 - SFCI Team members tour the GA Dome and “pick the bowl.” The ZWA Blog article Refining Recycling Practices at the GA Dome, is an overview of the game day tour plus the subsequent food waste | packaging delivery to the composting facility.
  • 08 - The Ei Board meets to review the year's accomplishments, current, projects, and future plans.

October

September

  • 29 – The city-wide plastic film recycling template pilot is announced in the ZWA Blog post, If it was easy, it would already be done.
  • 26 & 27 – TRICOR, the Tennessee Prison System’s employment arm, hosted Ei Partners, Supporters and pals on a two-day tour of prisons along with inmate employment practices in-place. The ZWA Blog post, Prisons: Valuable Resource for Recycling Refinement Systems?!, introduces TRICOR along with the powerful Ei synergies. For a tour pictorial cap, see the Ei FB album, 09-13 TRICOR TN Tours.
  • 18 – 20 – Ei hosted U.S Zero Waste Business Council executive director Stephanie Barger for two days of introductory meetings in preparation for the 2014 USZWBC Conference in Atlanta. The ZWA Blog post, Creating Value through Zero Waste, is an overview of the busy two days; the Ei FB album, 09-13 USZWBC ATL Visit, is the pictorial recap.
  • 15 – Ei founder Holly Elmore joined the new Falcons Stadium architects on a game day recycling practices tour hosted by Tim Trefzer, GA World Congress Center Authority sustainability director. The ZWA Blog post, Winning Recycling Seasons: Team Work Required!, is a tour overview; the Ei FB album, 09-15-13 Falcons Recycling Tour, is a tour pictorial recap.
  • 13 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed 110,000 pageviews. The ZWA and IMPACT Blogs achieved a combined 150,000+ cyberspace reach.
  • 09 - The IMPACT Blog surpassed the 40,000 pageviews milestone.

August:

July:

  • 30 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed the coveted 100,000 pageviews milestone – the post, ZWA Blog: A Powerful Industry Resource and Voice, chronicles the blog’s evolution from a zero waste “cheerleader” to a powerful voice and resource.

June:

  • 21 - Ei founder Holly Elmore is included in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s inaugural Who’s Who in Sustainability list. The IMPACT Blog post, Atlanta Sustainability Leaders Recognized, chronicles Ei’s relationship with many of the fellow leaders listed.
  • 20 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed the 95,000 pageview milestone.
  • 19 - Ei takes the first step into the global arena. Ei Chair Scott Seydel attended the Circular Economy 100 as a CE100 guest. The IMPACT Blog, A Revolutionary Evolution – going from a linear to a circular economy, is a circular economy introduction and a summit overview.

May:

  • 23 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed 90,000 pageviews.
  • 09 - Ei hosted the first Ei Partner conference panel at the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Conference. Ei Partners BASF, Piazza Produce and HMSHost presented on the Zero Waste is a Team Sport panel, moderated by Ei Founder Holly Elmore. The ZWA blog post, Zero Waste is a Team Sport, a powerful USZWBC conference panel, is a panel overview. PPT presentations are available for download on the Ei Speaking Engagements page.

April:

  • 24 - The Zero Waste in ACTION Blog surpassed the 85,000 pageview milestone.
  • 17 - With the International Concourse nearing its one-year anniversary, the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Atlanta Airport Team reunited for a facility tour. Fact finding in nature, the tour included the concourse loading dock area along with food court front & back-of-the-house operations. The ZWA Blog post, SFCI Atlanta Airport Pilot: ACTION Resumes, is a pilot & tour overview while the EI FB album, 04-17-13 SFCI Team Tour - ATL Airport Int'l Concourse, is a pictorial recap.
  • 02 - The IMPACT Blog surpassed the 25,000 pageviews milestone - an amazing accomplishment, considering the limited number of posts. With its sister blog Zero Waste in ACTION at 81,000+ pageviews, Elemental Impact achieved a 100,000+ cyberspace reach. The IMPACT Blog post, A Powerful Cyberspace Voice – A Creation Guide, celebrates the milestone.

March:

  • 29 – Ei orchestrated a tour of the Wilbros Organic Recovery & Biofuels facility in Toccoa, GA for Michael Cheyne, Atlanta Airport director of sustainability & asset management. At tour time, Wilbros is the only composting site in GA permitted to accept food waste that is accepting food waste. The tour is featured in the ZWA Blog post, “Seeing is Believing” – the magic of tours and the Ei FB album, 03-29-13 Wilbros Organic Recovery & Biofuels Tour, is the pictorial recap.
  • 27 – Ei Chair Scott Seydel and founder Holly Elmore toured the Pratt Recycling MRF along with Michael Cheyne, Atlanta Airport director of sustainability & asset management. Pratt is the destination for the Atlanta Airport’s recycling stream. The tour is featured in the ZWA Blog post, “Seeing is Believing” – the magic of tours and the Ei FB album, 03-27-13 Pratt MRF Tour is the pictorial recap.
  • 27 – Ei Chair Scott Seydel and founder Holly Elmore toured the recently opened GenAgain plant in Lithia Springs, GA. Using innovative technology, GenAgain accepts "dirty plastic" generally landfilled or sent overseas.and returns it to petroleum. The tour is featured in the ZWA Blog post, “Seeing is Believing” – the magic of tours
  • 15 – Ei’s first article is published in a national magazine. Inside Supply Chain Management published The Journey to a Zero-Waste Supply Chain in their March issue Sustainability Column. Written by Ei founder Holly Elmore, the article is introductory in nature with an overview of zero waste. The ZWA Blog post, Supply Chain’s Critical Role in Zero Waste Success, is an article overview and beyond.
  • 04 & 05 – Ei Partners HMSHost and Simon Property Group hosted the Charlotte Ei Partner Tours. The IMPACT Blog post, Charlotte Ei Partner Tours, gives a tours overview while the ZWA Blog post, Bring the Possible Out of Impossible, dives into zero waste successes. For pictorial recaps of the powerful two days visit the Ei FB albums: 03-04-13 Charlotte Ei Partner Tours - Day One & 03-05-13 Charlotte Ei Partner Tours - Day Two. PPT presentations along with the tours agenda and participants list are available as downloads on the Ei Partner Tours page

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2012

December:

  • 19 – Ei announces an evolved Partnership Program via the IMPACT Blog post, Ei Partner Program Evolves.
  • 16 – Ei announces a new mission statement via the IMPACT Blog post, Ei: New Mission Statement | New Directions.
  • 12 - For the second consecutive December the non-profits and trade associations representing the entire food and beverage value chain gathered in Washington D.C. for a day of camaraderie, sharing and strategizing. Ei and Global Green co-hosted the meeting held on 12-12-12, a powerful, important day! The ZWA Blog post,  Second Annual F&B Packaging Meeting, gives a meeting overview. PPT presentations are available on the Ei Meetings & Events page.

November:

  • 5 & 6 - The second Ei Partner tours were scheduled in NYC to tag-team with Global Green's CoRR Food Waste Conference on November 7. The ZWA Blog post, Food Waste Too Valuable for the Landfill , gives an overview of the Global Enviro on-site digester tour. The IMPACT Blog post, NYC Ei Partner Tours, is an overall recap with specifics on the EcoLogic Solutions warehouse visit.

October:

  • 17 – Ei founder Holly Elmore and Ei Partner Steve Davies of Natureworks presented on the Role Biopolymers Play in Zero Waste Programs in an End of Life panel at the Biopolymers Conference in San Antonio. Ei was a conference media partner.
  • 12 – The November issue of Whole Living, a Martha Stewart publication, hit the stands with the feature article Spoil Alertprofiling Ei founder Holly Elmore as she hosts the author on a two-day interview marathon of Atlanta’s wasted food crusaders. The ZWA Blog post, Atlanta Wasted Food Heroes in National Spotlight, is an article overview along with commentary.
  • 03 & 04 – An Ei Team visits Newark for a two-day series of zero waste meetings and a workshop.Amy Moreland of Heritage Interactive Services and Chris Bradlee of BASF joined Ei founder Holly Elmore for the Newark zero waste visit hosted by the City of Newark Office of Sustainability. The ZWA Blog post, Ei Team Visits Newark for Zero Waste Education, is an overview of the meetings and workshop and the Ei FB album, Oct 02 & 03 Newark Zero Waste Visit, is the pictorial recap.

September:

  • 28 – The NRA completes the acquisition of the Zero Waste Zones program with receipt of the final payment. The ZWA Blog post, Ei: An Established Program Creator, announces the program transfer.
  • 25 – The Perpetual Life Cycle System is birthed during the BioTown Ag on-farm A.D. Tour in Reynolds, IN. Urls are reserved for future use. The ZWA Blog post, Perpetual Life Cycle System – Simplicity is Key, recaps the importance of emulating nature’s no-waste system.
  • 24 – Zero waste icon Scott Lutocka gives Ei Partners a tour of Piazza Produce’s zero waste facility. The ZWA Blog post, Zero Waste is a Team Sport, gives a tour overview and the Ei FB album, 09-24-12 Piazza Produce Zero Waste Tour, is the pictorial recount. With Scott’s in-depth comments on each picture, the album is a valuable asset.
  • 15 – SFCI Shopping Mall Pilot Concord Mills begins their food waste donation program and setting the foundation for a food court food waste donation template. The ZWA Blog post, Food Waste Donation – Everyone WINS!, is an overview of HMSHost’s food donation commitment in action.

August:

July:

  • 29 – Zero Waste in ACTION Blog tops 50,000 page views. The ZWA Blog post, … a voice grows powerful, gives a history of the blog along with commentary on the importance of documenting the journey.
  • 23 – 14 – Heritage Interactive Services hosts fellow partners for the inaugural Ei Partner Tours in Indianapolis. The IMPACT Blog post, Ei Partner Tours Launch in Indy, recaps the amazing two days of education, strategizing and fun. For a pictorial recap, visit the Ei FB album, July, 2012 Ei Partner Tours in Indy.

June:

  • 27 – Ei founder Holly Elmore spoke at the first annual U.S. Zero Waste Business Council Conference in Costa, Mesa CA. The ZWA Blog post, U.S. Zero Waste Business Council hosts first-rate conference, gives the details.
  • 18 – Chris Moyer & Jeff Clark with the National Restaurant Association ConSERVE Program visited Atlanta for a day of ZWZ meetings with Atlanta civic and community leaders. The ZWZ Blog post, NRA | ZWZ | Ei Partnership – Powerful!, gives an overview of the meeting marathon.
  • 19 – Ei took the first steps down the Toxin-Free Environment path with EcoLogic Solutions’ Atlanta visit. The IMPACT Blog post, Integration Key to Sustainability Success, is an overview of the visit and potential action.
  • 12 & 13 – Renown national nature | science writer Elizabeth Royte visited Atlanta for a two-day series of interviews on food waste reduction efforts in-place within the metro area. Ei founder Holly Elmore orchestrated the interview series. The ZWA Blog post, Atlanta’s Focus on Food Waste Reduction, is an overview of the interviews.

May:

  • 16 – The Georgia Dome SFCI Team convenes for a comprehensive facility tour and to develop an action plan. The ZWA Blog post, GA Dome SFCI Team Tour, gives an overview.
  • 14 & 15 – Ei took the first steps down the Product Stewardship path with South GA farm tours. The ZWA Blog post, Consumer Demand: A Powerful Voice to Effect Change, gives an overview of the tours along with setting the foundation for future action.
  • 05-08 – Ei was an active participant at the 2012 National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. The IMPACT Blog post, 2012 NRA Show – Powerful!, recaps Ei Partner show activities. The ZWA Blog post, Waxed Cardboard Boxes = Landfill Destiny = $ Lost, is a synopsis of the NRA Show session, Challenging the Value-Chain to Transform Transport Packaging: Eco-Friendly, Wallet-Friendly Solutions, orchestrated by Ei Chair Scott Seydel.

April:

  • 12 – The Georgia Dome accepts the invitation to serve as the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Event Venue Pilot. The ZWA Blog,  Georgia Dome – SFCI Event Venue Pilot!, announces the new pilot and gives accolades to the Dome for its sustainability commitment.
  • 12 – The SFCI Atlanta Airport Team was treated to a pre-opening tour of the acclaimed International Concourse. See the ZWZ Blog post, SFCI Team Tours New ATL Airport Int’l Airport, for an overview of the tour and the Ei FB album, 04-12-12 SFCI Team Tour of ATL Airport, for the pictorial recap.
  • 11 – The ZWA Blog tops 40,000 page views.
  • 10 – Ei founder Holly Elmore presented a zero waste session at the City of Chattanooga Zero Waste Conference. The ZWA Blog, Chattanooga Builds a Green Brick Road, gives an overview of the well-attended conference.

March:

  • 28 – ZWZ National Zone expands with the addition of two award-winning participants: White Oak Pastures, Bluffton, GA and Piazza Produce, Indianapolis, IN. The ZWA Blog post, ZWZ National Zone Expands, gives the details.
  • 24 – The first Ei video is published on YouTube, a ten-minute Sustainable Food Court Initiative overview from the NOLA Resource Recovery Conference. The ZWA Blog post, SFCI Video from the Ei Film Crew, gives the details.
  • 02- Ei founder Holly presented on the Sustainable Food Initiatives at Global Green’s NOLA Resource Recovery Conference. The ZWA Blog post, Global Green Team Work in NOLA, gives an overview of the impressive and important conference.

February:

  • 25 – The Zero Waste Zones Blog was renamed the Zero Waste in ACTION Blog to better reflect its content. ZWA Blog also complements Ei’s tagline, “ Sustainability in Action.”The ZWA Blog post, New Name | Powerful, Broader Readership, announces the new name and gives stats on the escalating readership.
  • 21 – The ZWZ Blog tops 35,000 page views.
  • 10 – ZWZ celebrates its three year anniversary. The ZWZ Blog post, ZWZ Turns Three!, gives a recap of the program.
  • 05 – Ei celebrates its two year anniversary. The IMPACT Blog post, Happy, Happy Birthday Ei, give an overview of the tremendous impact in the past two years.

January:

  • 18 – The POWER– Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling – meeting was held as formal session at the U.S. Composting Council conference. The ZWZ Blog post, USCC 20th Annual Conference – STELLAR, gives the details.
  • 09 & 10 – Simon Property Group, Hilex Poly & Ei took a road trip to Charlotte to set into ACTION the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Pilot at Concord Mills and plastic film recycling projects at the Simon malls in Charlotte. The ZWZ Blog post, 2011 Planning = 2012 ACTION, gives details of the fun, important trip.
  • 10 The ZWZ Blog topped the 30,000 page views milestone.

 

2011

December:

  • 19 – EcoLogic Solutions joins the Ei Sponsor Team as the first partner in the Toxic-Free Environment focus.
  • 14 - Ei orchestrated and the National Restaurant Association hosted a collaborative meeting of the non-profits and trade associations for the sustainable foodservice packaging value-chain, representing the supply (manufacturers), demand (foodservice operators) and destinations (composting). The ZWZ Blog post, Sustainable Foodservice Packaging Meeting, gives details of the monumental meeting.
  • 12 – Ei orchestrated an introductory meeting of the National Restaurant Association and the U.S. Composting Council leadership to build on the organizations’ synergies. The ZWZ Blog post, NRA Leads Industry Collaboration, gives details on the meeting.
  • 05 & 06 – Ei Chair Scott Seydel and Founder Holly Elmore joined forces for the first time as a film crew at the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Atlanta Airport Pilot. The ZWZ Blog post, Ei | ZWZ Film Crew Debuts, gives a recount of the inaugural photo shoot.

November:

  • 22- The ZWZ Blog hits the 25,000 page view milestone, only 65 days after surpassing 20,000 page views.
  • 19 –Ei is a partner with the Institute for Local Self Reliance in consulting contracts and other projects. The ZWZ Blog post, Ei Partners with ILSR, gives details.
  • 16 – Ei hosts the second annual Ei Sponsor & Advisory Council Meeting for projects overviews and strategy sessions. The IMPACT Blog post, 2011: An Amazing Year for Ei, recaps the powerful meeting.
  • 08 & 09 – The SC Hospitality Association returned to ATL for a second ZWZ tour focused on logistics and composting facility permits. The ZWZ Blog post, A ZWZ Encore Performance, gives an overview of the two days of tours & meetings.

October:

  • 31 – Michael Cheyne, Atlanta Airport Director of Asset Management & Sustainability, accepted the 2011 Going Green Airports Award for the Sustainable Food Court Initiative Atlanta Airport Pilot. The ZWZ Blog post, Atlanta Airport SFCI Pilot Wins National Award, gives the details.
  • 31 – Atlanta Airport includes a contract provision in the concessions RFP requiring food vendors to use compostable packaging. The ZWZ Blog post, Atlanta Airport Makes a Bold Statement, includes the specific language and other details.
  • 14 – The ZWZ National Zone launches with the Tampa International Airport, Charlotte Douglass International Airport and the Concord Mills in Charlotte, NC. The ZWZ Blog post, It’s Official: ZWZ is National, gives the details.
  • 04 – Ei Founder & ZWZ Director, Holly Elmore presents on Recycling Integrity at the National Restaurant Association’s Annual Quality Assurance Executive Study Group meeting. The ZWZ Blog post, Recycling Integrity Introduced at the NRA Quality Assurance Meeting, gives an overview.

September:

  • 21 – Ei Founder & ZWZ Director Holly Elmore speaks in an impressive session, Foodservice Packaging Initiatives: A View from the Outside, at the Foodservice Packaging Institute’s Denver, CO meeting. The ZWZ Blog post, FPI Educates on Packaging Evolution, includes a recap of the session.
  • 18 –The ZWZ site launches. In the past, the ZWZ were included as a section of the Ei site.
  • 18 –The ZWZ Blog moves beyond 20,000 page views, a major milestone for the powerful communication tool.

August:

  • 08, 09 & 10 - Scott Seydel, Ei Advisory Council Chair and Global Green Chair, and Holly Elmore, Ei Founder & CEO, met up with Chris Moyer, National Restaurant Association Program Manager, in Washington D.C. for a 2 1/2 day meeting marathon. The ZWZ Blog post, Ei|NRA’s Meeting Marathon, gives an overview of the meetings and the Ei FB album, 08-11 Ei Washington D.C. Visit – A Meeting Marathon!, gives a pictorial recap.
  • 16 & 17 – The Atlanta ZWZ Team hosts the South Carolina Hospitality Association contingent of Board members, business association executives, and City of Columbia staff and councilman for a ZWZ tour. The ZWZ Blog post,  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, gives a pictorial recap.

July:

  • 28 – Ei Founder Holly Elmore was profiled as a Green Leader in FORTUNE.com’s article, 6 Green Leaders in Red States. For details, go to the ZWZ Blog post, FORTUNE.com Honors Green Within the Red.
  • 01 – Simon Property Group, Waste Management and Ei|ZWZ tour the North Vernon, IN Hilex Poly Recycling Plant, the only recycling facility dedicated solely to plastic film recycling in the nation. The ZWZ Blog post, Getting a Handle on Plastic Film Recycling, gives a tour recap and the Ei FB Album, Hilex Poly Tour, gives the pictorial overview.

June:

May:

  • 26 – Seeds planted for ZWZ-Tampa in a day of meetings with hoteliers, government officials and the Tampa Airport folks. The ZWZ Blog post, An Atlanta Icon Resurfaces in Tampa, gives details of the visit.
  • 24 – Recycling Integrity: Truths, Myths & Emerging Technologies introduced at the International Foodservice Sustainability Symposium in Chicago. The ZWZ Blog post, Recycling Integrity @ IFSS – The Chris & Holly Show with an Added Buzz, gives session details.
  • 23 – Marlin Gottschalk, Director of the Sustainability Division of the GA DNR and Ei Advisory Council Member, passed from complications related to his cancer treatment. The ZWZ Blog post, Farewell to a Friend, Colleague & Mentor, is Ei Founder Holly Elmore’s personal tribute to Marlin.
  • 21 – Compost, The Quiet Hero made an encore performance at the 2011 NRA Show with a 90 minute session accompanied by the Chris Triad: Chris Moyer (NRA), Chris Newman (EPA) and Chris Koetke (Kendall College). The ZWZ Blog post, Compost, The Quiet Hero @ 2011 NRA Show, includes session details and pictures.

April:

  • 21 -The POWER – Perishable Organics Waste to Energy Recycling – meeting was EXCELLENT with strong attendance and stellar presentations. The ZWZ Blog post, Spring POWER Meeting is Stellar gives a solid meeting overview and the Ei Facebook page has a POWER photo album with meeting pictures
  • 18 – Susan Grider Montgomery joins Ei as the interim ZWZ Program Director. The long-term intention is for Susan to apply her expertise in health economics and impacts to the ZWZ. See the ZWZ Blog post, ZWZ Welcomes Susan Grider Montgomery, for more details.

February:

  • 10 – ZWZ officially enters the Terrific Twos with the anniversary of the 2009 press conference that launched the program. Visit the Press Room page for 2009 Press Release.
  • 14 – City of Atlanta releases a media alert of their ZWZ participation and support. Visit the Press Info page for the media alert and the ZWZ blog post, OFFICIAL: City of Atlanta Lends ZWZ Support for an overview and quotes from Mayor Reed and Mandy Mahoney, City of Atlanta Director of Sustainability.
  • 23 – ZWZ Two-Year Anniversary Press Conference. Visit the ZWZ Blog Post, ZWZ Garners National Support for press conference details and ZWZ Press Release Page for the ZWZ press release.
  • 23 – The National Restaurant Associations announces the national collaboration with ZWZ. Visit the ZWZ Press Release Page for the NRA Press Release.
  • 24 – Chris Moyer, National Restaurant Association Conserve Program Director, joins ZWZ Leadership as part of the NRA/ZWZ collaboration announced at the February 23 ZWZ Two-Year Press Conference. Visit the Blog Post, Chris Moyer Joins ZWZ Leadership for more details and a picture of Chris in his signature green sneakers.

January:

  • 24 - POWER (Perishable Organic Waste to Energy Recycling) held its first meeting outside of Atlanta in Santa Clara, CA in conjunction with U.S. Composting Council conference. ZWZ Director Holly Elmore and Chris Moyer with the National Restaurant Association Conserve program presented tag-team style on Mobilizing the Foodservice Industry to Embrace Organics Collection. Go to the POWER page for a list of the attendees, the agenda, the meeting notes and the PPT presentations. Go the ZWZ Blog for a post on the meeting.
  • 27 - ZWZ Director Holly Elmore presented to the National Restaurant Association’s Board of Directors Sustainability and Social Responsibility Committee on ZWZ: Mobilizing an Industry. Go to the Speaking Engagements page for the PPT presentation. Go to the ZWZ Blog for the blog post on the meeting.

 

2010

December:

  • 01, 07 & 08 ~ ZWZ Director Holly Elmore was invited to the Waste Management Area (GA, NC, SC) Fourth Quarter Management Meetings to educate the WM team on the importance of zero waste initiatives and the changing paradigm of the waste industry. Go to the ZWZ Blog Post, WM Educates on Zero Waste for details on the meetings and to the Speaking Engagements page for the PPT presentation.

November:

  • 17 – Compost, The Quiet Hero makes his second national appearance at the USDA Forestry Reserve’s Sustainable Options 2010 Summit in a 60 minute session via his spokesperson ZWZ Director Holly Elmore. Later in the day Holly presented on Zero Waste Zones: Mobilizing an Industry to Make a Difference in a 60 minute plenary session. Go to the Speaking Engagements page for additional information and the PPT presentations.
  • 18 - Launch of the ZWZ Ambassador Program, a group of volunteers organized by zones with the joint commitment to build a strong zone through participation recruitment, guidance with meeting the Zone Criteria, and assistance in setting up the metrics collection tool. Go to the ZWZ Ambassadors page for more information.
  • 18 - ZWZ Champion Affairs to Remember Caterers experienced well over $100,000 in sales made almost exclusively because ATR is a responsible caterer who “walks the talk” of sustainable practices. Go the ZWZ Testimonial page for additional information.
  • 18 - Ei receives the IRS letter granting 501(c)3 non-profit status.

September:

  • 11 – ZWZ Blog post, Foodservice Industry Ready to Embrace Composting?! gets picked-up by the Northern California Advocates for Zero Waste within 24 hours of going live. The post is a response to Peter Romeo’s National Restaurant Association Blog post, Compost Your Way to Zero Waste.
  • 20 – Fifth Group Restaurants is the first Charter Participant to join the on-line ZWZ program via the National ZWZ Participant Directory. Go to the Directory to see those who followed Fifth Group’s lead.
  • 26 – ZWZ Director Holly Elmore named one of the first SSO SuperHeroes in a program launched by Harvest Power. SSO = Source Separated Organics. Superheros are recognized for their heroic efforts on the journey to create organic-free landfills. Go to the ZWZ Blog post, ZWZ Director a SSO Superhero, for more information and link to Holly’s profile on the SSO site.
    ZWZ Auxiliary Program launched, which is designed to give Participants guidance on avenues available to broaden the scope of their sustainable practices into areas beyond the Zone Criteria, including social responsibility. Go to the ZWZ Auxiliary page for more information.

August:

  • The National ZWZ Participant and Supplier Directories are launched. Go to the ZWZ Directories page to view the directories.

June:

  • ZWZ Director Holly Elmore quoted in QSRWeb.com article, The Future of Compostable Packaging for QSRs. Go to the National Media page for a link to the article.

May:

  • 24 – Compost, The Quiet Hero makes his debut presentation via spokesperson Holly Elmore, ZWZ Director, in a 90 minute solo presentation at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago. Go to the Speaking Engagement page for the PPT presentation and the ZWZ Blog post, The Quiet Hero Speaks, for a recap of the well attended session.

April:

  • 01 - ZWZ Announces National Expansion plan in a morning presentation attended by a national audience
    Waste Magazine features the ZWZ~Downtown Atlanta with many quotes from ZWZ Director in the Naught ‘lanta article. Go to the National Media page for an article link.

March:

  • 02 - ZWZ Director Holly Elmore speaks on a panel at Southface’s GreenPrints Conference on Building a Balance: Zero Energy, Waste & Water. First speaking engagement outside of the foodservice or environmental industries. Go to the Speaking Engagements page for the PPT presentation.

March:

  • 02 - ZWZ Director Holly Elmore speaks on a panel at Southface’s GreenPrints Conference on Building a Balance: Zero Energy, Waste & Water. First speaking engagement outside of the foodservice or environmental industries.

February:

  • 05 - Ei incorporates as a Georgia non-profit corporation.

 

2009

February:

  • 10 -The Zero Waste Zone program launched with the downtown convention hotels, conference centers and event venues pledging to meet the ZWZ Criteria in a series of phases.