Gary Liss has over 43 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling field. Mr. Liss is a leading advocate of Zero Waste and has helped more communities develop Zero Waste plans than anyone else in the U.S. including: City of Los Angeles Palo Alto, Oakland, Burbank, San Jose, Castro Valley Sanitary District, City of Alameda, Oceanside, Glendale and Del Norte County in CA; Austin (TX); Nelson (BC); Telluride (CO); the Big Island of Hawaii (HI), Arkadelphia (AR) and Fort Collins, CO). He has helped develop electronic guides on “RFPs and Contracts” and Managing and Transforming Waste Streams Tool for USEPA.
Mr. Liss was the first President of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council and now is a GBCI TRUE Zero Waste assessor and instructor, and serves on the GBCI Zero Waste Advisory Council. Mr. Liss is Vice-President of Zero Waste USA and Zero Waste Certifications Committee Chair and a Boardmember of the Zero Waste International Alliance. Mr. Liss was a founder and past President of the National Recycling Coalition and a key leader of the Zero Waste Brain Trust. In 2005, Mr. Liss went through extensive training with Gunter Pauli in the Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives and is a Certified ZERI System Designer. He served on Council in his hometown of Loomis, CA and was Mayor in 2010. He has a Master in Public Administration degree from Rutgers University and Bachelor in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering major) from Tufts University.