Register for Union Square’s First-ever Zero Waste Business Forum

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Building on our recent efforts to build a more sustainable future for the Union Square-14th Street neighborhood, the Union Square Partnership is organizing Getting to Zero Waste - our first ever forum aimed at supporting local businesses and organizations in their efforts to reduce waste, increase recycling, and shift the practices and behaviors of their customers, staff, and vendors.   

The Forum will take place on Monday, October 15 from 3pm – 6pm at The New School’s Starr Foundation Hall (63 Fifth Avenue). Register here today!  

Get insights from Breads Bakery owner, Gadi Peleg, on the business' recent waste-diversion efforts. Photo: Liz Ligon.

Get insights from Breads Bakery owner, Gadi Peleg, on the business' recent waste-diversion efforts. Photo: Liz Ligon.

During the Forum’s Panel Talks, you can connect with experts from local businesses, institutions, consultancies, and more who will share their insights on how to reduce waste in offices, eateries, and retail settings, comply with the City’s recycling and organics rules, and engage customers, staff, and vendors. Confirmed speakers includeGadi Peleg, Owner of Breads Bakery; Erik Eibert, Assistant Director of Sustainable Initiatives at The New School; Ushma Mehta, Co-Founder of ThinkZero; Muriel Poure, Facilities Services Specialist at Eileen Fisher; Taylor Lanzet, Director of Supply & Sustainability of Dig Inn; Timothy Meyers, Executive Chef of Bocce Union Square, and more.  

Registered attendees will also learn how to participate in the Union Square Partnership's new program to offer small and mid-sized organizations a free waste audit, as well as other Zero Waste initiatives the Partnership is launching in 2018 and 2019.  

At the Forum Reception, attendees can network with speakers and other participants. Solutions providers will be available to help attendees explore waste measurement, collection, disposal, and procurement solutions. If you are interested in joining us as a solution provider, please reach out to us at

Many Union Square businesses are already demonstrating that it’s possible to reduce food and packaging waste, donate surplus food, reinvent office waste stations, and empower customers to reduce their waste footprint without disrupting operations or profits. USP hopes that this Forum will help inspire businesses and organizations with what’s possible and provide all attendees with the practical knowledge, resources, and relationships required to move toward zero waste.  

Please visit our event page for details on the Forum’s schedule and logistics. Additional speaker and exhibitor information will be added on an ongoing basis.