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Clean Economy Series: DFW Turns Trash to Treasure with Zero Waste

While it may not sound sexy, Zero Waste holds potential to create jobs and boost the economy while also protecting the environment. It is a movement that has exploded over the last few years, becoming popular and even trendy in local government (San Francisco, Austin, Dallas), business (Apple, Whole Foods) and individual household levels.

Dallas, TX, January 08, 2015 --( The Clean Economy Series organized by Iginia Boccalandro and led by internationally acclaimed Zero Waste speaker and consultant Gary Liss returns to Dallas on February 6-7. This workshop is ideal for area municipal leaders, business executives, teachers and others concerned about the environment or local economy.

The focus of the series is Zero Waste, a movement that has been widely embraced by businesses (Apple, Procter & Gamble, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Whole Foods, Toyota, Pillsbury and Wal-Mart more) and city, state and national governments over the last ten years. In Texas the Cities of Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio have adopted Zero Waste goals. Other municipal governments in the DFW region have yet to go Zero Waste, and the Clean Economy Series will help them with beginning planning stages.

What is Zero Waste?
For decades communities have been dumping billions of dollars of usable materials into landfills. Zero Waste philosophy teaches how to reclaim that wealth. After a business or government adopts a Zero Waste goal, they write a long-term plan that puts systems into place to make use of formerly discarded resources. Food waste is composted, and other materials are reused for other purposes or manufactured into new products.

Zero Waste holds potential to create green jobs and to boost the local economy. Businesses that go Zero Waste are proving its economic value. For example Xerox saved $45 million in the first year after they set a Zero Waste goal.

Clean Economy Series
The Clean Economy Series (formerly Carbon Economy Series) is in its fourth year and has covered various environmental topics including permaculture (sustainable agriculture), water conservation, green employment and waste management. The intended audience includes the average homeowner, rancher, land owner, entrepreneurs and community leaders.

Lead speaker Gary Liss is the former Solid Waste Director of San Jose, California and Mayor of Loomis, California. He helped bring recycling to the U.S. in the 1970s, and he is one of today’s foremost experts on Zero Waste. He has authored more Zero Waste municipal plans (including the City of Austin) than anyone else in the U.S.

Clean Economy Series Event Details
Who: Iginia Boccalandro, organizer. Gary Liss, teacher.
What: The Clean Economy Series are workshops on sustainable practices and the green economy. This year’s focus is on Zero Waste for businesses and governments.
When: Friday, February 6, 2015, 7-9 pm Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9-5 pm
Where: North Lake College
5001 N. MacArthur Blvd, Irving, Texas

Tickets: Until January 15 tickets are available at a 15% early bird discount. Coupon code adbongovip

Zero Waste Resources and Tools
*More information about Zero Waste:
*Clean Economy Series website:
*Gary Liss website:
*Free January 26 informational webinar “Is Zero Waste Right For Your City?” for municipal leaders, journalists and environmental activists. Sign up here:
*Petition to the Texas State House of Representatives to make Texas a Zero Waste state:
*Dallas-based Zero Waste Advocacy Group president John Bushe is available to speak with press and municipal leaders who want to know more about how Zero Waste can impact the DFW region.
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Zero Waste Advocacy Group
Kimbriel Dean

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