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The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives is developing case studies for building Zero Waste infrastructure under community guidance. This session will present programs from two of these communities: Dan Matsch, Compost Department Director for Eco-Cycle (Boulder), works to connect climate and composting via community education; and Stacy Savage, Founder and CEO of Zero Waste Strategies, LLC (Austin, TX), supports food-based businesses in their transition to Zero Waste. The conversation will cover specific, actionable topics, including how to navigate the gap between a city’s Zero Waste plan and its implementation, keeping organics management local to reduce carbon emissions and increase participation, and integrating Zero Waste practices into existing business structures. With the support of businesses and institutions, communities can make transformational change in their city’s waste management, transforming waste streams harmful to health and the environment into renewable resources that push for upstream change in waste policy.
Moderator: Aditi Varshneya, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives