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Newsletter #5: Zero Waste Management
July, 2016 
Greetings <<First Name>>,
As we say goodbye to another year, I am reminded of the popular saying:
The bad news is, time flies
The good news is, you are the pilot
We are all pilots of maintaining and practicing a sustainable lifestyle.
I am constantly reminded how an individual, company, country and the whole world can maneuver into Zero Waste concepts.  Zero Waste is defined as optimizing human, financial, and natural resources.
Here at Roebbelen Contracting, Inc. located in El Dorado Hills, we were able to record clear victory in this area on a large LEED Platinum PG&E Stockton facility that was completed last year.  Here are a few areas of Zero Waste concepts that LEED reviewed:
  • 84% of Tons Construction Waste Diverted from landfills.
  • 31% of all new material contained post-pre consumer recycled content.
  • 21% of all new material was regionally manufactured & extracted within 500 miles of the job site.
  • 90% of all new wood material was FSC certified woods.
  •  All new paint, adhesives, and sealants met low VOC capacities.
Wishing everyone a happy and sustainable 2017.
Michelle Visentin, LEED Green Associate
Roebbelen Contracting, Inc.
SMA Board of Directors - Treasurer

Waste Management, Inc. 
Waste Management Phoenix Open: The Greenest Show on Grass 


Waste Management (WM) has partnered with the Phoenix Open and tournament host, The Thunderbirds for 16 years, including the past seven as the tournament’s title sponsor. The 81st annual Waste Management Phoenix Open (WMPO) took place February 1 through February 7, 2016 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 2016 tournament was attended by professional athletes, celebrities, and the general public, setting a record attendance of 618,365 fans.   
Learn more.

Applying Lifecycle Thinking to Zero Waste Goals 

Calculating the emissions impact of recycling

For the past twenty-five years, Americans have embraced recycling as an important measurement of environmental performance. The idea that more recycling must be better has spurred the widespread adoption of zero waste goals, developed with the best intentions. However, a focus on recycling as many tons as possible does not always take into account the whole picture of the environmental impact of waste.
Read more. 

COMMIT!Forum 2016: Evolving Goals for Today’s Changing Waste Stream
Susan Robinson, Federal Public Affairs Director for Waste Management, takes the stage at COMMIT! Forum 2016.

US EPA’s Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) policy, based on the principles of Lifecycle Analysis, is gaining traction with businesses and with states, such as Oregon and Minnesota. When analysts at Waste Management, the nation’s largest provider of 
integrated environmental solution in North America, used EPA’s lifecycle analysis to evaluate the services provided in the solid waste and recycling industry, they found that the old way of thinking needed to change to focus on broader, overall environmental impacts. Learn more.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company 
The Journey to Zero Waste 

Sierra Nevada

While zero waste has always been part of the Sierra Nevada story, we began tracking waste diversion in 2001. In 2006, the first sustainability manager was hired to, among other things, help the company improve zero waste efforts. By volume, spent grain far exceeds other discards leaving the brewery so we exclude it from our diversion tracking to better understand and improve our zero waste program. In total, Sierra Nevada diverts 99.8% of material from landfill and 95% excluding spent grain. 
Learn more.

North Lake College  
NLC's Waste Minimization and Recyclemania Case Study Awards 

The Girl with the Pearl Earring, by Art Student and SAGE Scholars Graduate Denisse Gonzales​
North Lake College

North Lake College, a supporting partner of the Sustainability Management Association, is a 6-time national champion in Recyclemania. More than 400 colleges and universities in the U.S. compete every February and March in different categories of waste management and recycling. Since 2008, North Lake College has won the Waste Minimization category six times, working toward Zero Waste, reducing all trash and recycling to 4.1 pounds per person across all four campuses, comprised of approximately 11,000 students and 1,200 employees.  In 2016, NLC also received the Recyclemania Case Study Award 
Learn more.

ChicoBag Company  
ChicoBag's Commitment to a Healthier Planet  

We believe that nothing that is used for a moment needs to last a lifetime. All ChicoBag employees pledge to refuse "The Big 5" (single-use bags, cups, utensils, bottles and straws). To reduce our impact we use reusable containers and snack bags when we pack our lunches, and bring our own take-out containers when we go out! It does take some adjustment and planning, but it’s well worth the effort. 
Learn more.

Ekopolimer - new life for plastic shopping bags and dirty LDPE film 


A Vermont company is leading efforts for North American expansion of a revolutionary technology that diverts dirty plastic shopping bags and plastic film from landfills, and gives it new life. EcoGlobal is a social enterprise with an emissions friendly process that converts dirty film into Ekopolimer, a versatile material which is durable, flexible, slip-resistant and contains over 75% post consumer content.
Learn more.

Gahn Solutions, LLC 
Bio-Digester System 

Gahn Solutions, LLC

The process of innovation, community job creation, and revenue stems from our commitment towards sustainable practices in holistic agriculture and ethics. We can achieve a Zero Waste approach to 
manage our resources, addressing the systemic causes of environmental issues while safeguarding human health, reducing the demand on natural resources, and converting waste into assets.
Learn more.

Other Case Studies 
EPA Honors Crystal Creamery for Food Recovery &
Zero Waste Leadership 

Source: The Modesto Bee

Crystal Creamery has received a Food Recovery Challenge Innovation Award for its zero waste leadership. Crystal Creamery operates an industrial waste water pretreatment system to remove organic contaminants from water before the clarified water is discharged to the City of Modesto’s Publicly Owned Treatment Works. Organic by-products are removed and then transported to nearby Fiscalini Cheese Company which has an anaerobic digestion facility. 
Learn more.

In This Issue
* Waste Management, Inc.

Waste Management Phoenix Open: The Greenest Show on Grass

Applying Lifecycle Thinking to Zero Waste Goals

* Sierra Nevada Brewing Company

The Journey to Zero Waste

* North Lake College

NLC's Waste Minimization and Recyclemania Case Study Awards

* ChicoBag Company

ChicoBag's Commitment to a Healthier Planet

* EkoMats

Ekopolimer - new life for plastic shopping bags and dirty LDPE film

* Gahn Solutions, LLC

Bio-Digester System

* Other Case Studies

EPA Honors Crystal Creamery for Food Recovery Zero Waste Leadership


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