In February Ei celebrated our 7th birthday and flowed into an empowering eighth year of impact! Building off Ei 2016: Year of Recognition, Ei received contributor credit in a global scoping paper, introduced two new focus areas, and facilitated powerful connections during the first quarter 2017. Read the below newsletter to learn how Ei lives the tagline: Sustainability in ACTION! Follow the Ei Blogs, The IMPACT and Zero Waste in ACTION, to keep current on project status and tales from the journey.
Happy Birthday Ei!
On February 5, 2010 Ei incorporated as a Georgia non-profit corporation and embarked on an incredible adventure. Whew, the first seven years were action-packed while the Ei Team lived the tagline: Sustainability in ACTION! Written as a synopsis of the 2016 Annual Ei Partner Meeting, The IMPACT Blog article, Ei 2016: A Year of RECOGNITION, gives an in-depth overview of Year Seven accomplishments, completions and recognition. The IMPACT Blog article, Happy Seventh Birthday!, celebrates the anniversary and announces two new Ei focus areas: Carbon Sequestration and The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination.
The Macro Cost Micro Contamination
Micro level contamination yields tremendous hidden costs to communities, the environment and food chain systems. Though often not seen by the human eye, fragmented microplastic pieces are poison to our soils | water microbial communities as well as to fish, mammals, birds and most life forms.
Ei Partner Rick Lombardo of NaturTec along with Lia Colabella of Five Gyres introduced The Macro Cost of Contamination in an Ei-hosted panel of the same name at the 2016 National Zero Waste Business Conference (NZWBC).The ZWA Blog article, The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination, is an in-depth recap of the powerful NZWBC panel. Rick and Lia’s PPT presentations are available for download on the Ei-Hosted Conference Panels website page.
It is time to simplify the carbon scenario and bring clarity to the confusion. Simply put, the Earth’s carbon cycles are out of balance. By aligning with Nature’s perfect systems, soil emerges as the hero in simple solutions that bring the carbon cycles back into balance. The ZWA Blog article, Carbon Crisis: simply a matter of balance, introduces the importance of Carbon Sequestration along with the Urban Carbon Sink concept.
The Power of Connection
One of Ei’s valuable industry roles is connecting colleagues | organizations together who share synergistic missions and programs. Often introductions evolve into important Ei initiatives. Other times introductions result in powerful alliances yet do not directly involve Ei in subsequent programs.
A prime example is the March 8 Ei-orchestrated meeting of Atlanta’s sustainability leadership hosted by Affairs to Remember Caterers (Affairs). The overt meeting purpose was to introduce new City of Atlanta Director of Sustainability John Rutherford Seydel to Affairs. In addition to John and Boyd Leake from the City of Atlanta, Mercedes-Benz Stadium General Manager Scott Jenkins and Ray C. Anderson Foundation Executive Director John Lanier joined the meeting. It was an inspiring lunch filled with empowering conversation and amazing cuisine.
The ZWZ Blog article, The Power of Connection, documents the significant Ei introductions over the years, featuring U.S. EPA, Georgia World Congress Center, SC State Government, U.S Zero Waste Business Council, Zero Food Waste Journeys, Affairs, Food & Beverage Packaging Value Chain Meetings, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the Mercedes-Benz Stadium connections.
In addition, the Ei Connects website page lists empowering introductions in reverse chronological order.
Sustainability: an economic driver
At Ei’s invitation Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) General Manager Scott Jenkins gave an empowering Sustainability: an economic driver presentation at the February 15 Lambda Alpha International (LAI) Atlanta Chapter luncheon meeting. LAI is a land economics honorary; Ei Founder Holly Elmore was inducted in 2013 and serves on the local chapter Board.
It was inspiring to learn the intricacies of how “MBS will be the Heart of Atlanta and home to the biggest championships in the United States.” Throughout his presentation, Scott emphasized the economics grounding the MBS sustainability commitment.
As a respected industry leader, Ei is called upon to host prominent panels at national conferences. As the panel host, Ei crafts a relevant panel topic, recruits Ei Industry Pioneers, Industry Experts, Strategic Allies and Advisory Council members to present on the panels, coaches panel PPT presentations to ensure seamless flow, and Holly moderates the panel at the conference.
A Circular Economy Approach to Urban Nutrient Cycles
On March 28, 2017 the Ellen MacArthur Foundation (EMF) issued the groundbreaking Urban Biocycles scoping paper as an introduction to a Circular Economy approach for urban nutrient cycles. The well-researched paper addresses the valuable nutrients within current organic waste streams and how urban environments disrupt nature’s perfected nutrient cycles.
A combination of global, long-term, research-oriented planning coupled with immediate, action-oriented, grass roots efforts is a recipe for a Circular Economy to emerge. Ei is honored to support the global planning and grass roots efforts.
Ei Chair Scott Seydel serves on the EMF USA Board and Holly is listed in the Urban Biocycles paper credits as an Expert Input and Case Study Contributor. In addition, Ei is a launch partner for The Compost Story (see the Upcoming Events section).
In January 2017 Holly visited Cuba on a family vacation cruise with three ports of call: Santiago de Cuba, Havana and Cienfuegos. As Americans, the visit was through the People-to-People Visa program with required Authentic Cuban Experience Tours at each city. The tours were well orchestrated, educational and led by delightful Cubans benefiting from the emerging tourism industry.
The Cuban government is committed to authentic restoration of the once elegant Old Havana buildings that fell into complete disrepair over the past 50+ years. When practical a building is restored with similar materials & style as its original design. Examples of the impressive Old Havana building restoration were prominent within the tour.
Holly spent her “free” afternoon in Havana exploring beyond the tourist zone. It was stupendous to stumble upon prior mansions and grand buildings in unbelievable disrepair.
The IMPACT Blog article, CUBA: rich in spirit, history & restoration, is an overview of the Cuba cruise with a predominant focus on Old Havana’s historic preservation. The Holly Elmore Images FB album, 2017 Cuba Cruise, documents the profound Cuban experience in a comprehensive fashion with photos segregated into topic segments.
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April 24 – 26 Scottsdale, AZ
Building on the success of prior years, SustPack 2017 is the premier meeting place for learning from prominent thought leaders and connecting with top decision makers in the packaging value chain to develop sustainable solutions.
The Compost Story Launch
May 7 -13, 2017 Virtual
The new story of compost as the regenerating, probiotic solution for restoring land and balancing the climate. Ei is a Kiss The Ground’s national launch partner for The Compost Story video, and we invite you to get involved! To join us in sharing the video with your community, email email@example.com.
2017 Indiana Recycling Coalition Conference
June 12 -14, 2017 Indianapolois, IN
At the 2017 IRC Conference you will have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments and innovations in waste reduction, reuse, composting and recycling, network with industry professionals, form new partnerships and greet old friends, and share innovative ideas and products!
Thank you for your enthusiasm & support!Holly D. Elmore Founder & CEO, Elemental Impact 404-261-4690 firstname.lastname@example.org