Ei plays a valuable industry role by introducing organizations and individuals who share synergies for powerful relationships and action. During the Ei Recycling Refinement Era, 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:
June 17, 2019
Hickory Grove Farm | The Commons
On June 17, Ei orchestrated introductions for long-time comrade in sustainability Georgia Tech to Kennesaw State University (KSU) Hickory Grove Farm (HGF) and KSU Dining Services. Georgia Tech Director of Waste & Recycling Cindy Jackson was joined by Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Neville and Senior Sustainability Manager Malte Weiland. KSU Sustainability Manager Jennifer Wilson joined the farm tour and meeting and KSU Dining Service Culinary Director Brian Jones hosted the introductory meeting at The Commons campus-dining hall.
Synergies abounded during the tour and meeting between Georgia Tech and KSU. While Ga Tech excels in its waste & recycling program as well as grounds-maintenance practices, KSU is an industry hero in sustainable dining. An open-ended action point was scheduling a KSU visit to Ga Tech’s campus. By working together the two state-owned universities may propel their respective operations into new sustainability realms.
The RiA Magazine article, Success is not static: evolution is required to create and sustain regeneration, gives an overview of the empowering tour and meeting.
An Ei FB album, Ei Connects, section is a pictorial recap of the meeting and tour from an Ei-Connects perspective; a Holly Elmore Images FB album, KSU Hickory Grove Farm, section includes images from Holly’s pre-tour photo shoot as well as tour images.
May 9, 2019
Georgia World Congress Center Authority
On May 9, 2019 Ei orchestrated sustainability tours of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) for Pattie Baker, alias “Sustainable Pattie.” The tours were research for Pattie’s recently announced Sustainability-in-Action bicycle tours in partnership with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta.
As the group walked the GWCCA campus, Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer shared the GWCCA’s long-term sustainability commitment. In February 2009 the GWCCA hosted the acclaimed Zero Waste Zones press conference.Thanks to Tim’s diligent efforts, the GWCCA is the world’s largest LEED-certified conference center.
A primary GWCCA-tour focus was the three-hive bee apiary installed in August 2018 by Bee Downtown.
The RiA Magazine article, Sustainability in ACTION garners a new life, at the speed of bike, gives an overview of the GWCCA tour. An Ei Connects FB album section includes a pictorial recap of the Sustainability in Action Bicycle Tours.
May 9, 2019
On May 9, 2019 Ei orchestrated sustainability tours of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) and Georgia World Congress Center Authority for Pattie Baker, alias “Sustainable Pattie.” The tours were research for Pattie’s recently announced Sustainability-in-Action bicycle tours in partnership with Bicycle Tours of Atlanta.
At the MBS, Operations Manager – Tours Dawn Brown hosted the impressive tour with General Manager Scott Jenkins joining the first half. After an education of the state-of-the-art design and construction that earned MBS LEED Platinum Certification, the tour focused on the waste-reduction practices in-place within back-of-the-house operations. The tour ended at the recently planted raised-bed gardens along the Northside Drive administration entrance.
The RiA Magazine article, Sustainability in ACTION garners a new life, at the speed of bike, gives an overview of the MBS tour. An Ei Connects FB album section includes a pictorial recap of the Sustainability in Action Bicycle Tours.
May 9, 2019
Ei Connects Success!
Back in January 2018, Ei Founder Holly Elmore introduced Mercedes-Benz Stadium GM Scott Jenkins and Kellogg Garden Products Director of Sustainability Kathryn Kellogg Johnson in post-U.S. Composting Council Conference meeting. It was delightful to witness KGP the soil of choice for the new MBS raised-bed gardens.
February 26, 2019
King of Crops Farm
On February 26, 2019, CompostNow Co-Founder David Paull hosted Ei Founding Chair Scott Seydel and Ei Founder Holly Elmore on a tour of their impressive windrow food-waste composting operations at the King of Crops Farm.
Scott and Holly use CompostNow’s residential food-waste collections services at their respective homes. It was nice to see the food waste’s destination.
It is impressive to witness “integrity in action” within CompostNow’s operations. To minimize contamination, CompostNow provides BPI Certified Compostable food & beverage packaging to customers.
Photos from the impressive farm and composting site tour are included in the Ei FB album, Ei Connects.
October 16, 2018
Upstate South Carolina
On October 16, 2018, Elemental Impact (Ei) hosted the first Ei Exploration. A group of diverse, passionate industry leaders traveled from California, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to participate in the Ei Exploration of Fungi, Soil Health, and World Hunger in Upstate South Carolina. The empowering day was in partnership with Ei Strategic Ally Feed & Seed.
Ei Explorations bring industry leaders and experts together to strategize on solutions for challenges facing humanity and life on our planet.
The RiA Magazine article, An Exploration of Fungi, Soil Health, & World Hunger, chronicles the empowering event; the Ei FB album, An exploration of Fungi, Soil Health & World Hunger, gives a pictorial recap.
September 18, 2018
Southface, Atlanta, GA
A POCACITO delegation from Croatia and Munich, Germany visited Atlanta September 17 and 18 for two whirlwind days of meetings, tours, and vibrant dialogue.
Funded by the European Union, Ecologic Institute US (EIUS) orchestrates delegations of European industry leaders on visits to select U.S. cities. Delegates represent a diverse cross-section of government stewards, activists, entrepreneurs, and non-profit executives from the European Union. For a POCACITO visit, EIUS organizes a series of meetings, tours, workshops, lectures, and town hall meetings designed for interactive sharing of in-place circular-economy practices.
Ei Founder Holly Elmore worked closely with EIUS President Max Gruenig on Atlanta introductions and other visit logistics. The final POCACITO Atlanta event was the From Circular Economy to Circular Society Town Hall Meeting held at the Southface event space. Ei was honored to co-host the town hall meeting.
The RiA Blog article, From a Circular Economy to a Circular Society, gives an overview of the powerful Atlanta POCACITO visit. The final section in the Ei FB album, Ei Connects, includes a pictorial recap of the visit.
POCACITO Town Hall Meeting presentations are available for download below:
June 26, 2018
King of Crops Farm
On June 26, 2018, Ei orchestrated a King of Crops farm & food waste composting tour for Travis Taylor & Kerry Washburn of Affairs to Remember Caterers. CompostNow Co-Founder David Paull hosted the tour; CN partners with King of Crops for commercial food-waste composting at the farm. … and Ei Founder Holly Elmore’s home food waste is delivered to the farm!
Photos from the impressive farm and composting site tour are included in the Ei FB album, Ei Connects.
April 24, 2018
Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA
In mid-April, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), an Ei Strategic Ally, traveled to Atlanta to develop best management practices for community composting via an EPA Region 4 grant.
Ei orchestrated two meetings with Piedmont Park Conservancy (PPC). On Mon April 23, PPC Board Member Ken Haldin hosted Brenda Platt & Linda Bilsens with the ILSR for a park tour along with an education on park history including recent enhancements and future plans. The following day park staff educated on past and current composting practices at the community garden. Ei Advisor G. Boyd Leake of Community Environmental Management joined the meetings and shared his expertise.
The Ei FB album, Ei Connects, includes a pictorial recap of the introductory tours.
March 23, 2018
Hickory Grove Farm
On March 23, 2018, Ei Founder Holly Elmore hosted Stacy Funderburke of The Conservation Fund on a KSU Hickory Grove Farm introductory tour. Farm Manager Michael Blackwell hosted the tour and Leven School of Culinary Sustainability & Hospitality Director Christian Hardigree joined the group. The Ei FB album, Ei Connects, includes a pictorial recap of the introductory tour.
January 22, 2018
Ei Strategic Ally Kiss The Ground Co-Founder Finian Makepeace arrived a day early for the 2018 U.S. Composting Council Conference hosted in Atlanta for an empowering series of Ei-hosted introductory meetings focused on regenerative-agriculture | landscaping practices.
The industrious day began at Georgia Tech with Hyacinth Ide, Landscaping Services Manager, where water retention was established as the day’s theme. Next on the agenda was a meeting with Sustainable Food Court Initiative (SFI) Chair Tim Trefzer, Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) Director of Sustainability, and GWCCA Grounds-Maintenance Manager Steve Ware. Southern Farm & Garden Publisher Nancy Suttles traveled to the GWCCA for a meeting with Finian.
Ei Advisor Boyd Leake of Community Environmental Management and Tim joined the SFCI – Atlanta Airport meeting to learn about work-under-development related to the Flint River headwaters that flow underneath the airport runways.
The RiA Magazine article, Regeneration in ACTION, gives an overview of the powerful day of meetings and introductions.
The EcoManor, Atlanta, GA
On August 22 Laura Turner Seydel hosted a Sustainable Soils luncheon at the EcoManor, her LEED Certified home. An impressive cross section of industry professional ranging from associates representing the USDA Forest Service, The Conservation Fund, U.S. Composting Council, Turner Foundation, Captain Planet Foundation, Park Pride, Emory University, Ei, Growing a GreenerWorld, 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 lovely friendship blossomed.
July 31, 2017
KSU Hickory Grove Farm
On July 31 Ei Founder Holly Elmore hosted the Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC ) team on an empowering KSU Hickory Grove Farm tour to learn about regenerative-agriculture practices. Since the June tour, GWCC Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer worked with Levy Restaurants Executive Chef Matt Roach and GWCC Grounds Operation Manager Steve Ware to identify an on-campus mini-farm area. The intent is to use food produced in the employee dining facility.
Hickory Grove Farm Manager Michael Blackwall & KSU Professor Jorge Perez educated on regenerative agriculture practices along with crop choice advice; Steve shared his extensive horticulture expertise, especially pertaining to plant | tree identification on the farm’s old-growth forest areas.
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.
June 1, 2017
KSU Hickory Grove Farm
In early June 2017, Ei hosted a KSU Hickory Grove Farm tour for Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer and Kim Charick with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (Southeast Region). Farm Operations Manager Michael Blackwell and Professor Jorge Perez gave a thorough farm tour, along with details on the land history. The tour is the foundation for a potential GWCC on-campus mini farm and a Southern Farm & Garden feature article.
The ZWA Blog article, The Power of Tours, features the June Hickory Grove Farm tour; farm tour photos are included in the Holly Elmore Images FB album, KSU Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.
In early June 2017, Ei hosted a KSU Hickory Grove Farm tour for Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) Director of Sustainability Tim Trefzer and Kim Charick with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 4 (Southeast Region). Farm Operations Manager Michael Blackwell and Professor Jorge Perez gave
a thorough farm tour, along with details on the land history. The tour is the foundation for a potential GWCC on-campus mini farm and a Southern Farm & Garden feature article.
The ZWA Blog article, The Power of Tours, features
the June Hickory Grove Farm tour; farm tour photos are included in the Holly Elmore Images FB album, KSU Leven School of Culinary Sustainability and Hospitality.
March 28, 2017
Atlanta | Washington D.C. | London
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, Institute for Local Self-Reliance co-director, 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.
The ZWA Blog article, A Circular Economy Approach for Urban Nutrient Cycles, announces the EMF scoping paper.
March 8, 2017
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.
In addition, Mecedes-Benz Stadium General Manager Scott Jenkins and Ray C. Anderson Foundation Executive Director John Lanier joined the lunch meeting. 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.
February 15, 2017
At the invitation of Ei Founder Holly Elmore, 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.
Continuing Atlanta’s sustainability leadership role, MBS is slated to open in mid-2017 as the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certified professional stadium in the world. MBS will serve as the home of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League and Atlanta United FC of the Major League Soccer.
In his opening slide, Scott states: MBS will be the Heart of Atlanta and home to the biggest championships in the United States. Scott provided a list of secured championships including, but not limited to, the 2019 Super Bowl and the 2020 NCAA Men’s Final Four. Additionally, the list of sustainability accomplishments is staggering.
Throughout his presentation, Scott emphasized the economics grounding the MBS sustainability commitment.
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).
The IMPACT Blog article, Sustainability: an economic driver, gives an overview of Scott’s empowering presentation. Scott’s PPT presentation is available for download: 02-15-17 Mercedes-Benz Stadium Presentation (4402 KB)
At the LAI meeting Holly gave a short presentation on Cuba Building Restoration with photos from her recent Cuba Cruise. The Holly Elmore Images FB album, 2017 Cuba Cruise, is a detailed 100+ photo Cuba visit recount, complete with historical anecdotes within descriptions. Holly’s PPT presentation is available for download: 02-15-17 Cuba Building Restoration Presentation (2170 KB)
At the invitation of Ei Founder Holly Elmore, Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS) General Manager Scott Jenkins gave an empowering Sustainability: an economic driver presentation at the February 15, 2017 LAI Atlanta Chapter luncheon meeting.
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
February 6, 2017
King of Crops Farm
On February 6, 2017, Ei orchestrated a King of Crops Farm food-waste composting tour for Tim Trefzer, Georgia World Congress Center Director of Sustainability. Compostwheels (CW) Founder David Paull hosted the tour; CW partners with King of Crops for commercial food-waste composting at the farm. … and Ei Founder Holly Elmore’s home food waste is delivered to the farm!
April 20, 2016
Atlanta Federal Center
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.
March 24, 2016
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
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.
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.
January 25, 2015
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.
December 10, 2014
Each December 2011 through 2014, trade association and non-profit 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.
May 7, 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 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.
March 5, 2014
Atlanta, GA | Charlotte, NC
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.
May 16, 2013
California | Georgia | New York | Portugal
Strategic Ally Cork ReHarvest requested introductions to prominent journalists for their 2013 Portugal cork harvest-media tour. Ei media pals Elizabeth Royte 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.
February 24, 2012
Georgia Institute of Technology
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.
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.