Zero Waste Network Action Conference - Oakland California - August 28, 2004
Hosted at the
Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building
1301 Clay Street, North Tower,
3rd Floor Auditorium
  By GrassRoots Recycling Network
4200 Park Blvd. #290
Oakland, CA 94602
Phone and fax: 510-531-5523

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Conference Speakers and Presentations [top]

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  • 8:00 - 8:30 Registration
  • 8:30 - 8:45 Welcome remarks, overview of agenda
    • Rick Anthony, Richard Anthony Associates, Conference Chair
    • Resa Dimino, President, GRRN
    • Mayor Jerry Brown, Oakland, CA
  • 8:45 - 10:00 Opening plenary (Resa Dimino, Moderator)
    • What is Zero Waste?
    • Environmental Impacts of Wasting
    • International Initiatives for Zero Waste and Environmental Health
      • Von Hernandez, Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives
    • Zero Waste, Jobs, economic development and environmental justice
      • Omar Freilla, Green Worker Cooperatives and Sustainable South Bronx
  • 10:00 - 10:15 Break
  • 10:15 - 11:45 Essential Elements of Zero Waste
    (panel to the full audience - Rick Anthony, Moderator)
    • Producer Responsibility and product redesign
      • Sheila Davis, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition
    • End landfilling and incineration
      • Annie Leonard, Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance
      • Peter Anderson, RecycleWorlds Consulting
    • Beyond 50% Recycling
      • Brenda Platt, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
    • End subsidies for wasting
      • Dr. Jeffrey Morris, Sound Resource Management
  • 11:55 - 12:40 Lunch and "Pieces of Zero":
    • Dr. Paul Connett, St. Lawrence University, Professor of Chemistry
    • (Resa Dimino, Moderator; Rick Anthony and Gary Liss circulate microphones in audience)
  • 12:50 - 1:50 Obstacles and Opportunities (Resa Dimino, Moderator) An interactive, facilitated discussion for all attendees to discuss the concepts of Zero Waste and the opportunities and challenges to implementing Zero Waste in the U.S.
  • 2:00 - 3:00 Zero Waste in Action Breakout Sessions
    (in Federal Bldg auditorium and across the street in City Hall)
    • Zero Waste Community Plans and Programs
      • Kevin Drew, City/County of San Francisco
      • Resa Dimino, Citizens Plan for Zero Waste, NY
      • Tim Hicks, Nelson, British Columbia
    • Zero Waste Businesses
    • EPR in Practice
      • Karen Asp, Gartner-Lee
      • Sheila Davis, Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition (presented by Robin Schneider)
    • Resource Recovery Parks
      • Dan Knapp, Urban Ore
      • Rick Anthony, Richard Anthony Associates
  • 3:10 - 4:30 Moving to Action - Groups will discuss primary focus issues for GRRN & the U.S. Zero Waste movement
    • Zero Waste Community Network
      • Rick Anthony, Moderator
      • Resources: Gary Liss, Dan Knapp, Neil Seldman, Kevin Drew
    • Plastics & Packaging Campaign
      • Resa Dimino, Moderator
      • Resources: Stephanie Barger, Earth Resource Foundation
    • No New Landfills Campaign
      • Eric Lombardi, Moderator
      • Resource: Peter Anderson, GRRN
    • No New Incinerators, Pyrolysis or Gasification
      • Brenda Platt, Moderator
      • Resources: Manny Calonzo, GAIA; Monica Wilson, GAIA; Bradley Angel, Green Action
  • 4:45 - 5:15 Closing Remarks (Rick Anthony, Moderator)
    • Randy Hayes, City of Oakland
    • Resa Dimino, President, GRRN

Event Sponsors [top]

GRRN heartily thanks all of our generous sponsors and cooperating organizations who are making this conference possible:



Eco-Cycle, Inc. [offsite]

CA Integrated Waste Management Board [offsite]

Mitchell Kapor Foundation [offsite]

Gary Liss & Associates [offsite]

Green Business Network [offsite]

Institute for Local Self Reliance [offsite]

Richard Anthony Associates [offsite]

Alameda County Recycling Board [offsite]

Algalita Marine Research Foundation [offsite]

Berkeley Ecology Center [offsite]

Californians Against Waste [offsite]

City of Oakland [offsite]

Clean Production Action [offsite]

Clif Bar [offsite]

Earth Resource Foundation [offsite]

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives [offsite]

Global Recycling Council, CRRA [offsite]

Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice [offsite]

Honest Tea [offsite]

Northern CA Recycling Association [offsite]

Oakland/Berkeley Recycling Markets Development Zone [offsite]

Rose Foundation [offsite]

San Francisco Hilton Hotel [offsite]

San Luis Obispo Integrated Waste Management Program [offsite]

Urban Ore [offsite]

The Waste Reduction Project

Zero Waste International Alliance [offsite]


GrassRoots Recycling Network (GRRN) is a North American network of recycling professionals and waste reduction activists pushing public policy and corporate practice beyond recycling.

Recycling is one of America’s great success stories, but we can only do so much managing waste “at the end of the pipe.” In order to preserve resources, protect our environment and public health, and create robust local economies, we must change who pays to manage products at the end of their useful life and focus on the way products are designed and manufactured — without toxic materials and with reuse, recycling and composting in mind.

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