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Special Forum: Getting to Zero Waste in Union Square

  • The New School Star Foundation Hall 63 5th Avenue New York, NY, 10003 United States (map)

Join USP for a special event - Getting to Zero Waste - our first ever forum aimed at providing local businesses, property owners, office managers, waste and sustainability practitioners, and other interested organizations throughout our district with the practical knowledge, resources, and relationships required to move toward zero waste. The event will feature panels with experts on a range of topics such as commercial recycling, office waste reduction and food waste solutions.

Many Union Square businesses are already demonstrating that it is possible to improve waste diversion and engage stakeholders - from employees and vendors to customers - in efforts to reduce their waste footprint without disrupting operations or profits. Attendees will hear zero waste leaders share their lessons learned from working on waste reduction and sustainability in numerous sectors, connect with specialists in waste reduction and recycling, and register for a chance to receive a free waste audit for their organization.  Plus, stick around for the networking happy hour with delicious, healthy grain and greens bowls provided by CAVA and beverages provided by Health-Ade Kombucha.

Registration is $10. Click here to register. 

The complete agenda and speaker information can be found here.

Schedule of Events:

3:00 - 3:30 PM Registration

3:30 - 3:45 PM Opening Remarks

3:45 - 4:25 PM Panel: Transform Your Office and Waste Less at Work

On average, Americans spend a third of their day at work. And no matter the size of our company of organization, offices and commercial tenants generate volumes of trash, much of which is recoverable through recycling and reuse. With the right set up, protocols, and resources, virtually any office can reach zero waste. This panel helps commercial tenants, property managers, and companies understand best practices of waste management in offices and effective communication to encourage participation among coworkers. Confirmed speakers include:

4:25 - 5:00 PM Panel: Waste Reduction Warriors Changing the Game in Food Service

Reducing packaging, materials, food and other types of waste is one of largest cost-saving opportunities for large and small restaurants, retail stores, hospitality, and other consumer-facing businesses. This panel features a range of success stories demonstrating how businesses implemented waste reduction in their own operations, marketed solutions and changes to customers, and started to shift industry practices. Confirmed speakers include:

5:00 - 5:15 PM Closing Remarks: What’s Next for Union Square

Learn more about program the Union Square Partnership is launching to support local organization who are moving toward zero waste, improve waste diversion in our public spaces, and engage and empower our community on this important topic. Confirmed speaker:

5:15 - 6:00 PM Networking Reception with Attendees, Speakers, and Solution Providers

Earlier Event: October 14
Coffee Shop Celebration
Later Event: October 15
Phoebe Robinson