Please join us on September 13 & 14, 2012 at the Ohio University Inn & Conference Center in Athens, OH for the summit, Waste toWealth: Building Rural Assets Through Resource Recovery. The summit is being hosted by the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative and will bring together solid waste and recycling stakeholders from Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia to explore how to increase rural wealth by increasing resource recovery.
We have a full program of speakers and presenters highlighting exemplary rural recycling programs, marketing cooperatives, recycling and zero waste policy, business development, the global and regional context of waste and more. The summit will encourage a value chain approach, where communities, haulers, processors, industries, businesses, politicians, philanthropists and others work together for the benefit of the local economy, the health of its people, and the environment.
Neil Seldman, president of the Institute of Local Self-Reliance, will give the keynote address. Seldman provides technical assistance to cities, community groups and businesses in the field of sustainable resource management and has pioneered developments in processing, building deconstruction and small scale manufacturing from recycled materials. Earl Gohl, Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission, and Karen Luken, Global Solid Waste and Wastewater Director for President Clinton’s Clinton Climate Initiative, will also speak at the event. And, no event is complete without good food. The lunch and evening reception will feature local foods as well as composting and recycling in an effort to make the event as close to zero waste as possible.
To register and to learn about our full program of speakers, visit our website: www.ruralaction.org/zerowaste
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