Learn more about TRUE and zero waste at Greenbuild Atlanta

Published on: 
7 Nov 2019
Sumner Byrne

If you’re not for zero waste, how much waste are you for? 

Waste affects every part of our communities and effective waste management strategies are critical to ensuring both public and environmental health. Zero waste is a philosophy that reassesses the lifecycles of the materials we use every day, encouraging us to redesign our waste management systems to ensure all products are reused. Zero waste programs and strategies are one of the most effective ways businesses and organizations can contribute to a regenerative future. The TRUE Zero Waste certification program enables businesses to define, pursue and achieve zero waste goals for their facilities and, in doing so, helps them hold on to valuable resources, become more efficient, reduce carbon emissions and operating costs, improve their triple bottom line, create green jobs and support public health. 

On November 19-22, join us at Greenbuild Atlanta to hear from experts and business leaders that are using TRUE to reduce their own waste cycles and become leaner and more efficient. 

Meet the Experts | USGBC Expo Booth 1305

You can stop by the USGBC booth anytime to talk with TRUE staff. Stephanie Barger, Director, Market Transformation & Development, will be conducting Meet the Experts sessions at the booth during the following times: 

Creating a Circular Economy - Wednesday, November 20 from 3:30 PM to 4:00 PM  | USGBC Expo Booth 1305

TRUE Zero Waste certification is a critical component of transforming the market to be more sustainable. By shifting our focus from wasteful, single use materials, to understanding the importance of redesigning systems and integrating materials back into business processes we can help create a sustainable circular economy.  

Top 5 Actions to Expedite TRUE Zero Waste Certification - Thursday, November 21 from10:00 AM to 10:30 AM  | USGBC Expo Booth 1305

Wondering where to start your zero waste journey?  By understanding TRUE Zero Waste Rating System, companies increase savings through reduction, reuse and employee engagement. Focusing on five critical zero waste actions, your company can go from zero diversion to TRUE Zero Waste Certification in no time at all.


Make sure you’re registered for these can’t-miss education sessions, as well:

Zero Waste: TRUE Stories and More (tour) Monday, November 18 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Level 4 Lobby

Transitioning to zero waste is a daunting task for many organizations. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) Printing Plant, eWaste ePlanet and Emory University have tackled their zero-waste initiatives, and will share their strategies and success stories on this tour. 

Speaker Spotlight: Jasmine Crowe Tuesday, November 19 from 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM | Hall B1, Georgia World Congress Center

Jasmine Crowe is the creator of Goodr, a tech-enabled sustainable food waste management company with a goal to eliminate hunger and reduce food waste. She will closeout the day with an impactful address that will bring together the day's ideas, and help establish a path forward.

Think You Know Zero Waste? Wednesday, November 20 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | B214

Come hear how Colgate-Palmolive and Kilroy Realty implemented zero waste practices, and throughout the presentations you’ll have a chance to show off your zero waste knowledge with TRUE “Trivia Night.” If you have a smartphone, you can play!

How TRUE Integrates into Other Green Building Certifications Wednesday, November 20 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM | B214

Hear from two higher education institutions in California that have achieved multiple green building certifications including TRUE, LEED, SITES and WELL, and learn how TRUE has been integrated into the other programs. We will also explore the role TRUE has played to help the colleges and universities work towards and/or meet their established zero waste and sustainability goals.

Innovative Design Meets Effective Waste Management Wednesday, November 20 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM | B214

By taking an in-depth look at the “lifecycle” of designing a space — from planning to operational use — and how sustainability can be infused, valuable insight can be gleaned on how this will impact the use of a space once in operation, to function in a way to best support client sustainability goals and how it can help clients achieve LEED v4 or v4.1 certifications.

Zero Waste in Construction Thursday, November 21 from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | B405

With approximately 3.7 trillion pounds of construction debris ending in the landfill every year in the US, it’s apparent that waste management practices need to be examined in a holistic manner and through the lifecycle of the asset.  Zero waste utilizes strategy, resources, and innovative tools to eliminate waste rather than manage it via landfill, and zero waste projects like JBLM are leading the charge.

Recycling: The Way Forward in Today’s Global Market Thursday, November 21 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM | B214

Globally, municipalities and waste haulers are scrambling to find alternative dumping grounds for recyclable materials after China’s ban. Experts in the field will discuss what they are doing to curb the broken recycling system, the alternatives being established, and how we can all play a role moving forward.

Zero Waste Buildings for Zero Waste Cities Thursday, November 21 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | B314

 Cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles have set ambitious goals to eliminate waste, curb carbon emissions and ensure the sustainability of local economies and resources. This session will detail how existing buildings can aid local governments and other stakeholders in their efforts to minimize the environmental impacts of waste generation, while realizing financial and ancillary returns. 

Living Standard Thursday, November 21 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM | B206

Join us as we examine how USGBC’s Living Standard campaign is highlighting the power of storytelling for a more sustainable future. Panelist Mike Carey, a TRUE Advisor and TRUE Advisory Council member, will bring a zero waste perspective to the conversation on how we can leverage the shift in narrative to create both a better quality of life and higher living standard for all.