Zero Waste Communities Conference

Starting Date: 02-06-2009
Ending Date: 02-08-2009

Detroit, Michigan
United States
There's a great US and Canada Zero Waste Communities Conference coming up in Detroit, MI, from February 6-9th. Detroit is home to the world's largest trash incinerator and they are close to finally getting it closed.

While the conference is mostly about landfilling and incineration of trash (and the "zero waste" alternative strategy), there is a lot of content that crosses over into the issues you're all dealing with, whether it be burning coal, tires, biomass or poultry waste... or turning these various things into burnable transportation fuels.

Please check it out, consider attending, and share this with anyone else you think may be interested...

*Purpose: The purpose of this conference is to strengthen movements in the US and Canada for just and sustainable alternatives to waste incinerators and landfills. Join amazing activists from across the U.S. and Canada to work for jobs, health and justice, and against harmful incinerators and landfills. The conference will be hosted by the Coalition for a New Business Model for Detroit Solid Waste. Twenty-two organizations (listed below) have come together as conference partners to collaboratively make this conference a success.

*Register: Please register to attend the conference (and for scholarships if needed) at:
Due to limited space at the conference, we encourage you to register soon. The conference will begin with a welcome reception on February 6 at 7pm and end on February 9 at 4pm after an action/event coordinated by the local Detroit groups.

*Conference costs: Registration is $75. It is our goal to not turn people away due to lack of funds, so don't let this be an excuse not to come! The accommodation costs for the event at a hotel in Downtown Detroit is $110 a night for a room with two double beds. For individuals willing to share a room with another person, the total accommodation cost for the three nights (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) would be ~$165 + tax.

*Scholarships: We will offer a limited number of scholarships to help cover conference expenses for individuals based on the criteria agreed upon by the conference partners. The criteria includes: Economic need; racial, class, gender, and other diversity; geographic and organizational representation; and commitment to the issues. People can apply for a scholarship (it's easy) by clicking on the registration link at

*For more information: The conference flyer can be downloaded on the bottom of the page at If you have questions about the conference, please contact Dave Ciplet, GAIA U.S. coordinator at or (510) 883-9490 x102.

Conference partners include: Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League · BURNT · Center for Health and Environmental Justice · Coalition Retour A' l'expediteur · Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice · Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice · Ecology Center · Energy Justice Network · Fairfield County Environmental Justice Network · Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA) · GrassRoots Recycling Network · Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice · Indigenous Environmental Network · Institute for Local Self Reliance · Michigan Environmental Council · Prevent Cancer Now · Rosedale Recycles · Sierra Club Southeast Michigan Group · Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision · Sierra Club's Environmental Justice Program · Toxics Action Center ·
Geographical Scope: International

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