In 2017 Ei shifted gears within the spiral of humanity’s environmental impact. Ei evolved from a focus on Recycling Refinement and food waste collection for compost to Soil Health, regenerating the foundation of life. Soil Health brings Ei back to core roots on many levels. Early steps within the Soil Health journey began with the 2009 Zero Waste Zones (ZWZ) launch; the ZWZ were the nation’s forerunner in the collection of commercial food waste for compost.
Soil Health brings a vibrancy to Ei’s important work along with renewed and new industry relationships. The spiral of humanity’s environmental impact is perpetual. Ei is honored to bring past expertise to new light within Soil Health programs under development.
The ZWA Blog article, The Power of Tours, chronicles Ei’s rich industry tours history. Kennesaw State University Hickory Grove Farm tours are the main article feature.
Photo: The Georgia World Congress Center team with KSU farm management nestled within an American Chestnut sapling.
Sustainable Soils Luncheon
On August 22 Laura Turner Seydel hosted a Sustainable Soils luncheon at the EcoManor, her LEED Certified home. An impressive cross section of industry professionals from the USDA Forest Service, The Conservation Fund, U.S. Composting Council, Turner Foundation, Captain Planet Foundation, Park Pride, Emory University, ERTH Products, Ei, Growing a Greener World, and Kellogg Garden Organics attended the empowering luncheon.
The luncheon was in honor of industry icon Kathy Kellogg Johnson’s Atlanta visit. When Ei introduced Kathy and Laura in the spring, a profound friendship blossomed. The luncheon is featured on the Ei Connects website page.Photo: Kathy Kellogg Johnson & Joe Lamp’l of Growing a Greener World.
Founding SFCI Co-Chairs Scott Seydel and Doug Kunnemann of NatureWorks lead the SFCI through grand successes within the Recycling Refinement and Post-Consumer Food Waste focus areas. With Ei’s shift to a Soil Health focus, Scott and Doug pass the SFCI leadership baton to Tim with strong accolades.
Photo: Past SFCI Co-Chair Doug Kunnemann with incoming Chair Tim Trefzer.
SFCI – GWCCA
With the November 2017 decommissioning of the Georgia Dome, the Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) stepped forward as the SFCI Event Venue Pilot. The Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC), the fourth-largest convention center in the nation and the world’s largest LEED Certified convention center, is within the GWCCA umbrella. In addition to the GWCC, the GWCCA manages Olympic Centennial Park in downtown Atlanta and the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center.
The SFCI – Georgia Dome page showcases the accomplishments during its 2012 – 2016 tenure as the SFCI Event Venue Pilot.
The ZWA Blog article, What Can Be Done!, announces the SFCI – GWCCA along with a list of GWCCA sustainability accomplishments and challenges facing event venues.
On July 17, the ZWA Blog topped the coveted 350,000 pageviews milestone!
The IMPACT Blog article, Ei: Respected Journalism, chronicles Ei’s segue from a valuable media and industry resource into respected environmental journalism.
USGBC Atlanta Zero Waste Visit
In late July, Ei hosted U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Global Zero Waste Director Stephanie Barger on a whirlwind Atlanta zero waste-focused visit. For three days, Stephanie met with Atlanta’s sustainability leadership to educate on the USGBC Zero Waste Certification and their commitment to building a zero waste economy.
Intertwined within Stephanie’s two-hour zero waste presentation at The Epsten Group, Ei Founder Holly Elmore educated on Recycling Refinement, moving beyond landfill diversion; the SFCI Pilots served as prominent examples of zero waste program success. It was empowering to showcase Atlanta’s pioneers and leadership status. Holly’s PPT presentation is available for download on the Ei Speaking Engagements page.
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Symposium on Soil Organic Matter
September 3 – 7, 2017 Harpenden (United Kingdom)
6th International Symposium for Soil Organic Matter. Healthy Soils for Sustainable Agriculture: the role of soil organic matter.
The theme of this Symposium particularly focusses on the management of agricultural soils to deliver environmentally and economically sustainable supplies of sufficient, nutritious food for all, in the context of global population increase, climate change and unequal resource distribution.
November 8 – 10, 2017 Atlanta, GA
When we come together at Greenbuild, we are one community of professionals, advocates and practitioners, students and teachers, designers and builders, and everything in between. We leave no stone unturned in our pursuit of what’s next — new technology, new ideas and new ways forward. We are dedicated to transforming the market and changing the way the people all over the world experience buildings. WE ARE ALL IN.
U.S. Composting Council Conference
January 22 – 25, 2018 Atlanta, GA
In a year of rapidly growing composting infrastructure, COMPOST2018, the national gathering of the compost industry, will focus on the expansion of financing and business development, evolving technologies and new collection points such as events venues, with Green Sports Alliance Chair Scott Jenkins as keynote speaker. The 26th Annual Conference is expected to draw more than 1,000 compost manufacturers, collectors of food scraps and green waste, equipment providers, academics, scientists and compostable products manufacturers.
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