2024 North Bay Zero Waste Symposium Keynotes Announced

Anne-Marie Bonneau, the Zero-Waste Chef, and Brock Dolman, co-founder and program director of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, will keynote a full day of speakers.

Rohnert Park, CA | March 23, 2024

The US Green Building Council (USGBC) Redwood Empire Chapter proudly announces its role as the fiscal sponsor for the highly anticipated 2024 North Bay Zero Waste Symposium. As a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter is dedicated to promoting sustainability and fostering environmental stewardship within the community.

Zero Waste North Bay Presents the 2024 Zero Waste Symposium on Thursday, May 2, 2024. The event will be at SOMO Village, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928. The Zero Waste Symposium engages community stakeholders by showcasing zero waste policies, programs and infrastructure that design waste out of the system wherever possible and divert discarded materials through composting, reclaiming, reducing, reusing, and recycling. We can eliminate waste around the North Bay with the participation of all residents and businesses. Together, it is possible to be a model for the rest of the community and beyond.

Marie Kneemeyer, chair of the Zero Waste Symposium, is excited about the event. “We have two wonderful keynote speakers among a full day of presentations from leaders in the zero waste and circular economy spaces. This is an opportunity for professionals and community members to mingle, share ideas, and learn about the latest developments in related ecological fields.” The symposium will include presentations and panels on local and state policy, reuse and repair, food recovery, natural decomposition for human remains, reclaimed materials used in art, and more! There will be representatives from strong local organizations, making this an incredible networking opportunity for folks in sustainability-related fields.

The Opening Keynote will be offered by Anne-Marie Bonneau, award winning cookbook author, blogger, fermenter, and sourdough baker also known as the Zero-Waste Chef. Anne-Marie has lived plastic-free since 2011. Utilizing social media, her blog, and her book The Zero-Waste Chef: Plant-Forward Recipes and Tips for a Sustainable Kitchen, Anne-Marie shows others how reducing their trash not only benefits the planet but also satisfies their taste buds, improves their well-being, and boosts their bank accounts.

The Closing Keynote will be offered by Brock Dolman, co-founder and program director of Occidental Arts & Ecology Center. Brock has taught Permaculture and consulted on regenerative project design and implementation across the world and widely in the US. Brock was featured in the award-winning films The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio, The Call of Life by Species Alliance, and Permaculture: A Quiet Revolution by Vanessa Shultz.

Zero Waste North Bay is a group of environmentally-minded community stakeholders and includes government, businesses, non-profits and individuals collaborating to move our community closer to achieving zero waste. Organizations involved include Zero Waste Sonoma, Recology Sonoma Marin, Zero Waste Marin, Reuse Alliance, Refill Mercantile, the Sonoma County Local Task Force on Integrated Waste Management, and more.

“At the USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter, we are honored to serve as the fiscal sponsor for the 2024 North Bay Zero Waste Symposium,” said Oren Wool, Interim Executive Director of USGBC Redwood Empire Chapter. “This partnership underscores our commitment to promoting sustainable development and creating a greener, healthier future for all. Through events like the Zero Waste Symposium, we have the opportunity to collaborate, innovate, and create positive change that will benefit current and future generations.”

Zero Waste Symposium
May 2, 2024
SOMO Village, 1100 Valley House Dr, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

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