Thank you Zero Food Waste Forum Attendees, Speakers, Volunteers and Sponsors!
Your presence helped to make this event a great success and your enthusiasm and positive spirit helped make our time together both productive and fun. We wish you all the best and hope that you continue to be engaged with ensuring food goes to its highest and best use and organics stay out of landfill. Stay tuned for upcoming events from NCRA and please consider becoming a member.
As promised, we have linked here the presentations, the Program Guide, and the Summary of SB1383.
1 – MartineBoswell
2 – JustinMalan
3 – MelissaRomero
4 – BarbaraHamilton
5 – IeshaSiler-AlysonSchill
6 – RobinMartin
7 – AnnalisaBelliss-NancyDeming
8 – DanaFrasz
9 – DarbyHoover
10a – WendyShafir
10b – WendyShafir
11 – NateClark
12 – StevenFinn
ZFWF Program Guide
By David Krueger, NCRA President
Recyclers and Zero Wasters are perfect conduits for Plastic Free July! Already familiar with the issues, it will be easy to use our social media platforms to pump out this important message!
So, please plan some level of action now – as individuals, businesses, agencies or whatever works for you, so that we are all prepared to blast it out starting in early June. Be sure to find out what is happening locally first!
The Plastic Free Foundation is a not-for-profit which delivers the annual challenge and works on solutions with communities around the world. They have grown from a handful of participants in Western Australia in 2011 to millions across more than 170 countries today.
Their Plastic Free July Campaign has many wonderful, editable resources including the Grocer Poster – at right, stating “We’re now longer offering plastic shopping bags and the Action Picker – My Challenge Choices, below. Also, check out these case studies:
My Plastic-free Life Blog and Book
Occasional NCRA collaborator, Author Beth Terry is a Parade Magazine 2019 Earth Day Hero. After many years in the Bay Area, Beth recently moved back to Maryland.
In Our Hands Campaign
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and 21+ members including the Sacramento Zoo and Monterey Bay Aquarium have pledged a long-term commitment to phase out plastics and provide alternatives including Plastic Free July activities.
Join Existing Local Campaigns
For example, the City of Antioch joined the Sustainable Contra Costa County Network Plastic Free July Challenge and promoted it through their channels including NextDoor.
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LET’S ALL COMMIT TO PLASTIC FREE JULY NOW!
Zero Wasters and recyclers are perfect conduits for Plastic Free July! How about we each commit to some level of action now – as individuals, businesses, agencies or whatever works for you, so that we are prepared to blast it out in June.
Registration is FREE for volunteers and attendees if you register by Wednesday, 4/24.
The New Living Expo is a revolutionary event focusing on the alternative movers and shakers of our time. It features a myriad of speakers, workshops, classes, panels and special events, all designed to excite, enlighten and motivate.
Panel: Today’s Recycling Challenges and How You Can Make a Difference!
The SF Bay Area leads the nation in recycling and waste diversion innovation. Yet a San Francisco Estuary Institute study found our Bay has some of the highest concentrations of plastic pollution of any major U.S. body of water. Where’s the disconnect? What can we do to shift individuals and businesses into better consumption habits? How are recycling programs addressing the impact of China’s recent limits on recyclables? Why is Zero Waste the answer?
By Jessica Heiges, Master’s Candidate in Environmental Sustainability, UC Berkeley
Yes, there is so much to be done. But instead of framing the state of the matters in defeatist terms, NCRA’s Recycling Update was filled with education, reality checks and most importantly, inspiration. This came from those both on the stage and in the audience. RU, uniquely, not only highlighted some of the recycling collaborations already in place but provided a setting to foster new collaborations. This is important because it is increasingly obvious that no one individual or ganization or policy can fix this systems-wide problem. Instead, it is through innovative, multidisciplinary solutions that will chip away at the antiquated practices that have put us in today’s global recycling crisis. It is invigorating and reassuring to see such solutions already in play in Northern California. Yes, there is so much to be done and yes, we are collectively making enormous progress.
One exciting example of innovative, multidisciplinary solutions is the new Single Use Foodware and Litter Reduction Ordinance in the City of Berkeley. The seemingly unlikely partnership of the City Council, the local recycling provider and various non-profits coalesced on the audacious plan to reduce foodware waste generation. It clearly is already a success in that this first-of-its-kind legislation was unanimously approved by the City Council in January 2018. Much of that is likely attributed to the interdisciplinary approach to drafting the legislation, which as Sophie Hahn and Martin Bourque noted in their RU presentation, included involving all potential stakeholders over many years. That is essential, but an uncommon practice and no easy feat. That groundwork will unquestionably set up the ordinance’s phased implementation process for long-term success. As both a resident of Berkeley and a graduate student of waste management at UC Berkeley, I look forward to seeing this systems-based solution cause a meaningful impact.
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Our annual event was brilliant, thanks to our fantastic and generous sponsors, our innovative and bold speakers, and our passionate and motivated attendees!
The amount of content of the event can be overwhelming, so we have offered the speaker presentations here for you in pdf format to reference and keep handy for your own planning purposes. There are several that are still getting uploaded; if you need one sooner, please contact Juliana and I can assist.
Over the next couple of months, we will upload the speaker videos to our NCRA YouTube Channel, so please, stay tuned!
Maricelle Cardenas and Jeanne Nader
Kristin DiLallo Sherrill
Jerame Renteria – forthcoming
Ron Kasper and Roxanne Murray
Lisa Duba – forthcoming