As a respected industry leader, Ei is called upon to host pertinent panels on topics relevant to national conferences. As the panel host, Ei Founder Holly Elmore crafts a pertinent panel topic, recruits Ei Industry Pioneers, Industry Experts, Strategic Allies and Advisory Council members to present on the panels, coaches panel PPT presentations to ensure seamless flow, and moderates the panel at the conference. The following details Ei-hosted panels.

The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination

June 3, 2016
2016 National Zero Waste Business Conference
Austin, TX

The Ei-hosted panel introduced The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination focus area within the Recycling Refinement platform. Ei Partner Rick Lombardo of NaturTec and Lia Colabella with Five Gyres educated on the prolific microplastic pollution in the oceans | waterways and our soils. Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated the panel. The ZWA Blog article, The Macro Cost of Micro Contamination, is a panel synopsis.

PPT presentations are available for download below


Food Waste Composting: Challenges, Lessons Learned & Successes

June 2, 2016
2015 National Zero Waste Business Council
Austin, TX

Ei Founder Holly Elmore orchestrated and moderated an Ei-hosted panel on the many facets of food waste composting, ranging from packaging | labeling, food waste collection at corporate & college campuses to food waste compost manufacturing. Below are the panelists along with their respective PPT presentations available for download:


Getting to Zero Waste: Composting at Special Events

January 26, 2016
2016 U.S. Composting Council: Soils for a Greener World
Jacksonville, FL

At the 2016 USCC Conference, Ei hosted a well attended 90-minute panel presentation, Getting to Zero Waste: Composting at Special Events, sponsored by Ei Partner NatureWorks. Moderated by Ei Founder Holly Elmore, the panel showcased the Zero Food Waste Journeys at two prominent Atlanta annual events. Panel members included Ei Partner Doug Kunnemann of NatureWorks, Ei Partner Ken Fraser of EcoProducts, Ei Supporter Boyd Leake of Community Environment & the City of Atlanta and Ei Supporter Kristen Baskin of Let Us Compost.


The ZWA Blog article, 2016 USCC Conference: Soils for a Greener World, showcases the Ei panel. 

Below are the panel PPT presentations available for download: 

2016 USCC - Ei ZW Intro & Event Overviews PPT 2016 USCC - Ei ZW Intro & Event Overviews PPT (4350 KB)

2016 USCC - Ei ZW On-Site Composting PPT 2016 USCC - Ei ZW On-Site Composting PPT (1219 KB)

2016 USCC - Ei ZW City of Atlanta PPT 2016 USCC - Ei ZW City of Atlanta PPT (5838 KB)


SPC Advance Conference

October 6 - 8, 2015
Charlotte, NC
Ei Founder Holly Elmore orchestrated and moderated the Scaling Up Composting In North America: Presentation And Working Session, an overview of the EPA Grant. The ZWA Blog article, Sustainability: An Industry Defining Itself, is an overview of the conference with the session featured. Visit the EPA Scaling Up Composting in Charlotte, NCpage for details on the EPA Grant.

Zero Waste at Multi-Tenant Properties

May 7, 2015
National Zero Waste Conference
Los Angeles, CA

On the second conference day, Ei hosted a panel educating on the zero waste challenges inherent within multi-tenant facilities. Ei Partner Matt Hupp of Keter Environmental Services shared challenges, lessons learned and successes at shopping centers; USZWBC President Sue Beets spoke on the important role of janitorial services: Ei General Counsel Greg Chafee with Thompson Hine shared the importance of legally binding contract provisions in mulit-tenant facility zero waste success. The ZWA Blog article, Zero Waste Makes Good Business Sense, features NZWBC conference breakout sessions along with Ei’s strong conference participation.

Panel PPT presentations are available for download below:


Source Separation Maximizes Material Value

May 6, 2015
National Zero Waste Business Conference
Los Angeles, CA

Based on the Ei Source-Separated Materials Template Pilot premises, Ei hosted a panel on the important role source-separating materials plays for retaining material value and creating recycling profit centers. Ei Partner Rick Lombardo of NaturTec focused on how food waste contaminates other materials; Ei Pioneer Tim Trefzer with the Georgia World Congress Center shared practical examples from the nation's fourth largest convention center; Nadereh Afsharmanesh with Earth Friendly Products educated on EFP's profitable zero waste success at their manufacturing plants. The ZWA Blog article, Zero Waste Makes Good Business Sense, features NZWBC conference breakout sessions along with Ei’s strong conference participation.

Panel PPT presentations are available for download below:


The Atlanta Zero Waste Story

May 8, 2014
2014 National Zero Waste Business Conference
Atlanta, GA

Ei Founder Holly Elmore orchestrated and moderated the NZWBC opening conference panel. Atlanta sustainability leaders representing government, non-profit, and business shared their role in shaping Atlanta's zero waste past, present and future. The ZWA Blog article, Atlanta Shines as Zero Waste Conference Host City, provides an in-depth synopsis on Ei Partners' and Strategic Allies' role in the conference program.

Panelists, along with their respective PPT presntations, are listed below:


Recycling Refinement ... moving beyond landfill diversion

May 9, 2014
National Zero Waste Business Conference
Atlanta, GA

Within Ei’s Recycling Refinement Platform, industry pioneers create zero waste practices that align with Recycling Integritymaintaining maximum material value with minimal energy expended. The Ei-hosted panel educated about a template in-development that gives the corporate community an alternative to single-stream recycling while improving bottom lines. Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated the empowering panel.

Ei Partner panelists, along with their respective PPT presentations, are listed below:


Scaling up Composting in Charlotte, NC

May 8, 2014
National Zero Waste Business Council
Atlanta, GA

A diverse team brings organics and compostable packaging diversion beyond the pilot phase, through a grant from EPA Region IV and participation from government at all levels. The grant team is working with Charlotte-area businesses to turn waste into value through composting food scraps and appropriate packaging. The project partners hope to accelerate the rate at which sustainable materials management practices are adopted by municipalities and private companies across the United States.

Ei Founder Holly Elmore orchestrated and moderated the powerful panel consisting of EPA grant team members:


2013 NZWBC - Cincinnati

May 8-9, 2013
Cincinnati, OH
Across the board zero waste success is anchored in a team approach, engaging employees, suppliers and the community. Ei Partners presented on how the hospitality industry harnessed team synergies and created programs where the entire value chain and the community benefits. Ei Founder Holly Elmore moderated the Zero Waste is a Team Sport panel discussion:

For details on the panel presentations see the ZWA Blog post, Zero Waste is a Team Sport, a powerful USZWBC conference panel.