Sierra College and U.S. Zero Waste Business Council to hold Zero Waste Workshop and Tour on July 14 in Sacramento CA

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On July 14, 2016 Sierra College CACT will sponsor a U.S. Zero Waste Business Council workshop and tour at the Depot Park Conference Center in Sacramento CA to help businesses reduce waste, save money and become more sustainable.

Sue Beets-Atkinson, USZWBC Board President, will conduct the July 14 Zero Waste training in Sacramento. (Courtesy USZWBC)

Many firms have been successful in diverting over 90% from landfills, incineration and the environment.

Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) will present an introductory workshop on Zero Waste 101 on July 14. The training will be held from 9 am to 11 am at the Depot Park Conference Center, located at 8215 Ferguson Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95828. Afterwards, participants can go on a tour of the CleanWorld Anaerobic Digester, located down the street.

The registration fee is $45, discounted to $20 for USZWBC members. RSVP as soon as possible; space is limited. Register for the workshop at the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council website. For more information, call 949-724-1060 or email info(at)

According to Stephanie Barger, Founder and Executive Director, USZWBC, the entry-level waste reduction workshop will help participants get their Zero Waste Programs started. For organizations interested in sustainability, this program will suggest no and low cost methods of starting a Zero Waste Program. Participants will also learn how to exceed the new state mandates (AB341, AB1826). “If you are interested in how to get started, wondered how other businesses have moved toward zero waste and want to know what a budget looks like, we will be answering all these questions,” said Barger.

Both small and large businesses can benefit, explained Barger. “Attendees will be inspired by how other companies have decreased the cost of disposing of their waste,” said Barger. “Many firms have been successful in diverting over 90% from landfills, incineration and the environment.” The workshop will also cover how to measure waste and track reuse, recycling and composting programs.

Additionally, there will be presentation on the waste reduction resources that CalRecycle has available for businesses. This will be followed by a tour of a nearby anaerobic digester.

A Zero Waste program can be very advantageous to manufacturers and other businesses, explained Carol Pepper-Kittredge, CACT Director, Sierra College. “With a Zero Waste approach to handling waste, companies can not only cut costs, they can generate revenue,” said Pepper-Kittredge. “Reducing expenses makes business sense. It can also help with recruiting because employees want to work for companies that value sustainability and protecting the environment.”

Learn more at the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council website.

About Sierra College CACT
Sierra College Center for Applied Competitive Technologies (CACT) is focused on Advanced Manufacturing and is funded through the Workforce and Economic Development program of the California Community College Chancellor’s Office. Since 1992, the Sierra College CACT has provided customized training for organizations, manufacturers and technology companies throughout Northern California. Additional information is available at

About the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC)
Launched in January of 2012 and headquartered in Corona Del Mar, California, the mission of the USZWBC mission is to educate, inform and document the performance of Zero Waste businesses using scientific methods to help businesses and communities become healthier and more sustainable. USZWBC offers the only national Zero Waste standards focused on upstream policies and processes. Learn more at

About Sierra College
Sierra College serves 3200 square miles of Northern CA with campuses in Roseville, Rocklin, Grass Valley, and Truckee. With approximately 125 degree and certificate programs, Sierra College is ranked first in Northern California (Sacramento north) for transfers to four year universities, offers career/technical training, and classes for upgrading job skills. Sierra graduates can be found in businesses and industries throughout the region. More information at

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