Once funding is secured, the Ei Airborne Kitchen Grease Initiative moves forward with the following stages:

When the AKG foundation is built in Stage 1 and funding secured, planning for the official Ei AKG Initiative launch begins. The initial focus is education of city officials on the community costs – grease in sewer systems & fire department response to grease fires – to garner their commitment of support for the initiative.

AKG education tools are instrumental to effective template development. Education session platforms and collateral material are slated for the following focus areas:
  • Watershed | sewer
  • Grease fire
  • Roof damage
  • Restaurant | foodservice

Collaboration with industry trade associations is essential to reaching the targeted audience. With established close relationships, the National Restaurant Association (NRA) and Building Owners & Managers Association are top on the trade association collaboration list.

Recruiting foodservice industry pioneers to use a proactive approach to the AKG management is a priority. Fellow operator validation is critical for shifting standard industry practices. Ei Partner HMSHost participated in the initial AKG Pilot to support the cost-savings report and executed a contract with GLF for anticipated national implementation. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport approved a campus-wide proactive AKG management approach. Walmart’s national GLF installation at in-store kitchens rollout is in-process. Prominent local restaurant groups whose owners serve as community leaders are target pioneers.

When the City of Atlanta commitment and action plan is in execution mode, a formal media event accompanied with an AKG education session is slated. Ei AKG Initiative education sessions are anticipated at the 2016 NRA Show and National Zero Waste Business Conference to promote Atlanta’s success and plant seeds for a national expansion platform.

The second city pilot follows Atlanta’s action plan incorporating lessons learned as appropriate. After the second city launch, a separate AKG website is planned.

A formal template document based on successes and lessons learned from the Atlanta and the second city AKG pilots encompasses final action points in Stage 2.

For additional details on the AKG, visit the following ZWA Blog articles: