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May 4 Zero Waste Workshop with Gary Liss

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Zero Waste Workshop with Gary Liss
A part of the Sustainable Tourism for the 21st Century Event
May 4, 2013, 9am -4:30pm
$50 (plus $15 fee for Certification)
Event Location Fe Bland Auditorium BC/Forum, SBCC West Campus

A World Without Waste...

What is Zero Waste? How is it different than Recycling?
Garbage is not inevitable. It is the result of bad design. It can be designed out of the system. Join us to learn what Zero Waste is and who is pursuing it!

As a part of the Sustainable Tourism two day event, Gary Liss, President of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, will conduct a Zero Waste Workshop on Saturday, May 4, from 9-4:30pm. Cost of the workshop is $50. GRRN Certificate Offered, for those attending the Saturday training and successfully completing an optional exam, the GrassRoots Recycling Network (www.GRRN.org) will offer a Certificate of Completion, for an additional fee of $15.

Workshop Details:

The training will introduce the concept of Zero Waste, who is pursuing it and why it matters. Highlighted will be how Zero Waste saves money, invests local resources in jobs and the economy, and contributes significantly to reducing greenhouse gases. Zero Waste is the single most effective way for local governments to address climate change and is one of the quickest and easiest things that businesses can do to control their bottom line. Mr. Liss will highlight new recognition and certification programs for Zero Waste and Sustainable Resource Management to recognize businesses and professionals leading the way to Zero Waste.

Gary LIss has done trainings for community colleges, businesses and cities around the country, most recently Whole Foods. He is the current President of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC), which recently launched the first Zero Waste business certification program in the country, developing a third party certification system for businesses that meet the Zero Waste Principles of the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA). The goal of businesses participating in the Zero Waste Certification program is to divert all end-use material from the landfill, incineration and the environment, while achieving a minimum of 90 percent diversion based on the standards set by the Zero Waste International Alliance (ZWIA).

Participants will review sample Zero Waste plans and will discuss different approaches communities & businesses have taken to developing Zero Waste Plans.

If time permits, a class project will involve the participants by organizing them into teams that will tackle a real world example of how to get to Zero Waste. Participants will identify opportunities to develop Zero Waste Plans at their business, community or other situation. The teams will choose topics to focus on and develop a Zero Waste Plan for that situation based on the principles learned in class.

To RESERVE SPACE for the Zero Waste Workshop:

Email Margie Bushman, msbushman@sbcc.edu. Note on Subject Line: Zero Waste Workshop:
Workshop Cost: $50, plus $15 fee for certification. Space is limited.
(Go to Facebook for Workshop details: https://www.facebook.com/events/187865881362367/?context=create#)webpage

Sponsored by
SBCC Center for Sustainability

Campus Map: http://sbcc.edu/map/map.php?loc=CC

The event takes place at the Fe Bland Auditorium/BC Forum on the Santa Barbara City College West Campus, 800 Block of Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA, 93109. No reservations required except for the Zero Waste Training. Parking is free on the West Campus on weekends.
More info: (805) 965-0581 ext 2177, email:sbpcnet@silcom.com

Event Co-Sponsors: The Canary Hotel, SB Independent, Community Environmental Council (CEC), Santa Barbara Car Free, BackYard Bowls, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Vivi Teston~Fleur de V, and The Sustainability Project.

Bio: Gary Liss
Gary Liss has over 38 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling field. Mr. Liss is now President of Gary Liss & Associates. Mr. Liss is a leading advocate of Zero Waste and has helped more communities develop Zero Waste plans than anyone else in the U.S., including: Los Angeles and Oakland, CA; Austin (TX); Telluride (CO); and the Big Island of Hawaii.

Mr. Liss is President of the new US Zero Waste Business Council. He was a founder and past President of the National Recycling Coalition. He is a founder and Boardmember of the Recycling Organizations of North America and the GrassRoots Recycling Network, and a leader of the Zero Waste Brain Trust.

Mr. Liss went through extensive training with Gunter Pauli in Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives and is a Certified ZERI System Designer.
Mr. Liss was also Solid Waste Program Manager for the City of San Jose, Resource Recovery Director for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Assistant Administrator for Alternate Technology for the New Jersey Department of Energy. Since 2008 he has served on the Town Council in his hometown of Loomis, CA and was Mayor in 2010. He has a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University and Bachelor in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering major) from Tufts University.
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