What is Zero Waste?
According to the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC, http://www.uszwbc.org ) zero waste is:
“a goal that is ethical, economical, efficient and visionary, to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for others to use. Zero Waste means designing and managing products and processes to systematically avoid and eliminate the volume and toxicity of waste and materials, conserve and recover all resources, and not burn or bury them. Implementing Zero Waste will eliminate all discharges to land, water or air that are a threat to planetary, human, animal or plant health.”
The U.S. Zero Waste Business Council utilizes these guiding principles to help businesses and communities achieve over 90% diversion of waste from landfills, incinerators and the environment. They will be holding their “How to Become a Certified Zero Waste Business” training at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company on March 17, 2014 in conjunction with Sierra College’s Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT).
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has been Chico’s premiere sustainable business and the first firm in the nation to achieve Platinum Zero Waste Certification from USZWBC.
Learn How to Become a Certified Zero Waste Business on March 17
U.S. Zero Waste Business Council is offering a course, to prepare participants for certifications and to institute sustainable business polices that reduce waste and save money, in partnership with Sierra College CACT and host Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico, CA on March 17.
ROCKLIN – Learn how to achieve Zero Waste Business certification at a March 17 training offered by the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) in partnership with Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) http://sierracollegetraining.com/. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will host the training in Chico, CA and offer a tour demonstrating how the company diverted 99.8 percent of its waste. Register at http://www.uszwbc.org/; the early bird fee is $199 by February 15.
Manufacturers can particularly benefit from this training according to Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CACT Director, Sierra College. “By incorporating sustainability practices, businesses can cut costs, generate revenue and enhance their reputation,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Working toward Zero Waste naturally complements’ companies’ efforts to reduce energy consumption, make their processes more efficient and become more globally competitive.”
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. has been committed to a sustainable business model for many years explained Cheri Chastain, Sustainability Coordinator. “Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. was the first firm in the nation to achieve Platinum Zero Waste Certification from USZWBC,” said Chastain. “We are looking forward to hosting this event and sharing with other business leaders how our plant avoided $5,398,470 in disposal costs and generated $903,308 in revenue.”
Sue Beets-Atkinson, USZWBC president, indicated that the six-hour course plus tour of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Zero Waste Program will provide attendees with an overview of the USZWBC Zero Waste Business Scorecard certification system. “The course will outline the definition of Zero Waste and give corporate examples of Zero Waste policies and programs,” said Beets-Atkinson.
“Participants will benefit from a detailed explanation of the certification Scorecard, including case studies that demonstrate how to achieve credits. Attendees will also receive the new USZWBC Zero Waste Business Handbook, developed in collaboration with Sierra College CACT.”
For registration and to view details about the training program and individual and business certifications, please visit the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council website: http://www.uszwbc.org/.
Gary Liss, Vice-President
U.S. Zero Waste Business Council