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Zero Waste Summit on September 18

Eureka Recycling welcomes one and all to attend an exceptional gathering of leaders from the zero waste movement, from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m., on September 18, at The Brave New Workshop in downtown Minneapolis.

Eureka Recycling is on a mission to demonstrate that waste is completely preventable. Their Zero Waste Summit takes an unconventional approach. Speaker panels will address themes relevant to the issue and individuals will present their ideas in five minutes or less, providing the background and launch point for attendees to share ideas.

“We want attendees to get information and thoughts from the people who really live the vision of zero waste,” says event organizer and Eureka’s Chief of Community Engagement, Lynn Hoffman, “but equally important will be the time to connect and collaborate so we can take action while inspiration is still fresh in our hearts and minds.”

Eureka has assembled an impressive list of experts and innovators to speak, including Monica Wilson, US and Canada Program Director, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA); Ahmina Maxey, Community Outreach Coordinator, Zero Waste Detroit; Olga Lyandres, Vice President of Operations, Alliance for the Great Lakes; Amanda LaGrange, Marketing Director, Tech Dump St. Paul; Tracy Sides, Director, Urban Oasis; Susan Hubbard, Principal, Nothing Left to Waste; Andres Salinas, Membership Services Coordinator, Latino Economic Development Center; Jeff Freeland Nelson, YOXO Toy Company; Eartha Bell, Executive Director, Frogtown Farm.

“Zero waste is more than an empty garbage can,” notes Hoffman. “The way we consume accounts for almost half of the CO2 that threatens the things we hold as most important—healthy food, abundant resources, clean air and water, safe and reliable products, and healthy families and communities. It is the crisis of our time and zero waste is the ready solution. We need as many people as possible to be part of the movement. That’s why we’re hosting the summit.”

Eureka Recycling is the only organization in Minnesota that specializes in zero waste. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit, based in the Twin Cities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, their mission is to demonstrate that waste is preventable, not inevitable. To learn more, visit

Cost: $20; $10 students, Light fare included. Sponsorship $100 includes two drink tickets and a scholarship for another attendee. Tickets at Arrive by bus, LRT or bike and get a free pass to a future Brave New Workshop. Location: 824 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis. Summit on the web:

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