Gary Liss No more garbage:Zero Waste workshop Dallas 2013

April 4, 5, 2013

All day workshop Friday April 5th 9:30 am – 4:30 pm:
$250.00 (includes Talk)

Talk April 4th 6-8 pm $10 

Buddy Pass registration: $200.00 


-Registration for sponsors, partners & multiple workshops


Gary Liss
This class will review Global Zero Waste Community Principles and highlight how they apply to individual communities adopting Zero Waste and developing Zero Waste Strategic Plans. The class will then review Zero Waste Business Principles and go into detail on how to implement those principles for a particular business to achieve Zero Waste. Examples will be given of how different communities and companies have addressed issues that have come up in pursuing Zero Waste.

Gary Liss Flyer Zero Waste workshop, Dallas, April 2013

The subjects covered will include The Four Keys to Zero Waste

What is Zero Waste? How is different than Recycling?
Garbage is not inevitable. It is the result of bad design. It can be designed out of the system.

Community Organizing & Political Strategies for Zero Waste Zero Waste is systemic change. Change comes from the outside.

Key #1: New Rules & Economic Incentives
Rules make us and we make the rules. We need new rules because the old ones are not working. Economics is not a matter of immutable laws, but human-made rules and institutions.

Key #2: Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) & Local Producer Responsibility (LPR)
Local Government can’t control design, manufacture and distribution of products, but it can control what is sold and disposed within the community (LPR), and it can collaborate with other local governments to drive for changes at the state and national level (EPR).

Key #3: Purchasing for Zero Waste & EPR
One of every five purchasing dollars are spent by government. We should use our tax dollars to purchase the future we want. The combined power of government/large contractor purchasing will dictate changes product design and manufacture that we cannot legislate.

Key #4: Financing & Transitioning to a Zero Waste Future
What infrastructure do we need in a world without landfills and garbage? Who will pay for it? What alternatives to landfills and incinerators do we need right now?

Closing: Elements of a Zero Waste Plan & Resources

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Gary LissGary initiated Gary Liss & Associates, where he is the President and Managing Director.  Serving international municipal and private-sector clients, his success has been built upon a history of bridging problems with solutions and creating environmental programs that have economic benefits.  He is often the “go-to” person for national media on Zero Waste issues and has been included in articles in publications such as Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal and
USA Today. 

He has a Masters in Public Administration from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey and a Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering major) from Tufts University.  In 2005, Mr. Liss went through extensive training in the Zero Emissions Research Initiatives and is now a Certified ZERI System Designer.

Previously he was Executive Director of the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA).   For CRRA, Mr. Liss organized workshops and their Annual Conference, including the first Zero Waste Conference in the nation in 1997.   Under his leadership, CRRA adopted its Agenda for the New Millennium, which calls for Zero Waste as a new goal for resource
and waste management.

He has helped design and implement Zero Waste Programs in several countries, states, and cities, including: Los Angeles, Oakland, Burbank, Alameda, Palo Alto, Del Norte and San Jose in CA, Austin (TX,), Telluride (CO), Arkadelphia (AR), Central Vermont, Waveney (UK), New Zealand and Nelson, BC in Canada. Mr. Liss has worked on more Zero Waste community plans than any other individual in the
United States.

Gunter Pauli founder of ZERI (Zero Emissions Research Initiatives) and author of  The Blue Economy 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs recommended Gary for this workshop here in Santa Fe.

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Cedar Valley College
3030 N Dallas Ave  Lancaster, TX 75134
(972) 860-8201

Call 505.819.3828 for more information.

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Many thanks to Gary Liss for sharing his slide presentations with us here:

Sustainability and Jobs Through Zero Waste (PPT)
Introduction to Zero Waste and Resource Management (PPT)Communities Building a Zero Waste Economy (PPT)
Businesses Building a Zero Waste Economy (PPT)
Zero Waste References (PPT)