RTZW Proposals Due by July 15
You have just a few days to submit a proposal to speak at the 2015 Road to Zero Waste Conference, part of the 2015 "SWANApalooza" program. You won’t want to miss this exciting event in New Orleans, Louisiana!
Share your enthusiasm and experiences for your Zero Waste initiatives in New Orleans, one of the world’s most fascinating cities. Steeped in a history of influences from Europe, the Caribbean, Africa and beyond, its home to a truly unique melting pot of culture, food and music... and in 2015, the site for the premier gathering of zero waste professionals.
Submit Your Proposal
In the submission process, you will be asked to categorize your proposal in one of these main topics. The bulleted lists provide examples of possible subtopics - feel free to be creative with other ideas that fit the general topic heading.
- FINANCIAL CHALLENGES - How do you pay for a program that doesn’t rely on a disposal fee? It’s a more universal question than "How much does Zero Waste cost?" because the costs depend on each local situation. But regardless of specific community issues, what does it mean to be financially sustainable and what will it take to accomplish that? How do we analyze and document financial success for a zero waste program?
- Do you understand the economics of Zero Waste, and how do you explain it to others?
- Does Zero Waste mean zero revenue?
- How do you fund solid waste systems without disposal facility tipping fees?
- What "mix and match" funding sources are in your tool box?
- How do you calculate true system cost for the various aspects of solid waste management?
- What factors come into play in rate setting in a Zero Waste program?
- More material streams - more trucks - more road wear: How do you measure infrastructure costs?
- The politics of paying-How do you convince local government officials to have solid waste system users pay in a different way?
- How do you explain costs and fees to the public?
- Do you have a case study on reducing costs as a result of implementing a Zero Waste program?
- Do you have lessons learned from implementing a Zero Waste program?
- How can a small community afford to implement a Zero Waste program?
- What are your experiences with legislation and the costs associated with state and federal requirements on municipal budgets?
- Social And System Challenges - What does "closing the loop" look like? What are the biggest problems in closing the loop? How do you explain to your public the benefit of "something completely different?”
- Social Challenges
- System Challenges
Alternatives to a traditional PowerPoint presentation are strongly encouraged. Please view the presentation submission site for suggested formats.
Finally, you will have the option to make your best case for being a member of a plenary panel that attempts to answer the question, "When Is Zero Waste Worth It?" Your comments must identify and address the balance of financial and social/systemic sustainability required for a successful zero waste program. Panel members should plan to have 15 minutes for individual comments, which may vary drastically from those of other panelists. Although you may suggest other panelists or the slant of the overall session, your proposal primarily should address the reason you should have a seat on the panel.