ZERO Waste


FRIDAY ALL DAY (9-3pm): $144 (paypal)
Students or Buddy Pass (2 for 99 each): $99 (paypal)

Friday NIGHT (Only) $10

Saturday ALL DAY (9-3pm): $144 (paypal)
Students or Buddy Pass (2×99 each): $99 (paypal)

*Refresher Course for Friday or Saturday ONLY $25, Please call us to register.

Online Webinars (eventbrite)
a. $79 to attend all live presentations on-line, from 9 am – 3pm CST
b. WEBEX INTRO $29 to attend Intro presentation only on “Zero Waste for Businesses and Communities”

Speaker bio
About Gary Liss


 Gary 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.


Workshop Description


Zero Waste Businesses are leading the way for Zero Waste and have diverted over 90% of their waste from landfill and incineration. Zero Waste Communities have adopted Zero Waste goals and plans to implement those goals. This workshop will demonstrate how Zero Waste can be a key part of community and business sustainability plans and help contribute to reducing greenhouse gases and global cooling.

By attending this session, participants will learn:

  • Connections between Zero Waste and greenhouse gases
  • Jobs potential from Zero Waste
  • Benefits to Businesses from pursuing Zero Waste



10.00 $



Intro to Zero Waste:
* Definition of Zero Waste
* Connections between Zero Waste and Climate Change
* Cool Cities and Urban Environmental Accords
* Communities that have adopted Zero Waste as a goal
* Zero Waste Businesses that divert over 90% of their waste from landfills or incinerators

Intro to Zero Waste Businesses:
* Benefits to Zero Waste Businesses
* Zero Waste Business Principles
* Model Zero Waste Businesses
* ZERI and the Blue Economy – Thinking outside the Box

Intro to Zero Waste Communities:

– Extended Producer Responsibility
– Local Product Bans and Fees

– Incentives
– Intro to Resource Recovery Parks

Business and Jobs
– Siting of Zero Waste Infrastructure
– Purchasing for Zero Waste

Developing Zero Waste Community Plans
– Service Opportunities Analyses
– Commodities Analysis,
– Menu of Incentives and Policies
 – Zero Waste Infrastructure (Reduce, Reuse, Recycling and Composting)

Resource Recovery Parks
Public Participation Processes
Model Zero Waste Communities


The class project will involve the students by organizing them into teams that will tackle a real world example of how to get to Zero Waste. Students will break into groups and each group will share their experience with Zero Waste at their business or community. The team will choose one example and develop a Zero Waste Plan for that situation based on the principles learned in class:

    ID types, amounts and sources of materials discarded.

    Design waste out of the system and identify EPR opportunities.

    ID service opportunities where new services are needed to fill gaps in current reuse, recycling and composting services.

    Select policies, programs and facilities needed. Consider if resource recovery park needed. Support existing reuse, recycling and composting businesses and nonprofits.

    ID how to fund Zero Waste initiatives

    ID incentives for all stakeholders.

    ID “low-hanging” fruit for short-term success and long term strategy and goals.

PREPARATION FOR WORKSHOP Prior to class, please review the following websites to become familiar with the Definition of Zero Waste and Zero Waste Principles, as well as leading Zero Waste Communities and Zero Waste Businesses:

Zero Waste Definition and Principles:
    Zero Waste Businesses
    Zero Waste Communities –
Palo Alto ZW Strategic Plan:
Oakland Zero Waste Plan:
Austin Adopted ZW Plan:
Telluride, CO ZW Plan:

The subjects covered will includeThe 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


10.00 $

Friday 9 am-3pm -Regular price $144:

144.00 $

Saturday 9 am-3pm -Regular price $144:


144.00 $


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Friday 9 am-3pm Student or buddy pass price $99:

99.00 $

Saturday 9 am-3pm -Student or buddy pass price $99:


99.00 $


Online Webinars (eventbrite)
a. $79 to attend all live presentations on-line, from 9 am – 3pm CST
b. WEBEX INTRO $29 to attend Intro presentation only on “Zero Waste for Businesses and Communities”

*Refresher Course for Friday or Saturday ONLY $25, Please call us to register.



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