Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the full-day program kicking off at 9 a.m. Lunch will be catered by Kitchens for Good, a local nonprofit that rescues and purchases surplus food from wholesalers and farmers, and conducts a culinary job training program to transform these ingredients into nutritious meals for under-served families in San Diego County. A two-hour networking event, featuring local beer and wine, will follow the symposium in the same presentation hall.
Large corporations, small businesses and government agencies will be on hand to present on how they are benefiting people, planet and profit using zero waste initiatives. Sony Electronics, the San Diego Convention Center, the San Diego International Airport, Dr. Bronner's, the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego, SDSU, Point Loma Nazarene University, and the Second Chance Beer Company, among others, will present on a wide variety of “triple bottom line” solutions.
Zero waste is a management principle and corporate mindset that places equal importance on people, profit and the environment, a paradigm shift that is gaining momentum as more and more companies learn that “business as usual” is not sustainable. The zero waste concept involves rethinking the way products and services are engineered, manufactured, consumed, and discarded, and is taking hold around the world as the most profitable, economical and logical approach to doing business and facilitating long-term resource management.
Zero Waste San Diego’s mission is to introduce and promote the concept to local governments, businesses and the public at large, and to implement plans and policies that increase local employment, stimulate economies, and improve the environment through phasing out waste and furthering long-term sustainable resource management.
The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is located at 404 Euclid Ave.