Zero Waste Certification Comes to Humboldt

December, 2015


Zero Waste Humboldt will host Cheri Chastain from the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company in Chico and Josh Prigge of Fetzer Vineyards in Hopland on Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. to tell their inspiring stories of how they guided their companies toward achieving Zero Waste certification.  This second event in the 2015-16 Zero Waste Solutions Series is sponsored by Lost Coast Brewing Company and Coast Central Credit Union. Event supporters, Monument Mountain Vineyards and Jonathan McCrone and Elizabeth Hans McCrone, are encouraging Humboldt’s breweries, wineries, and food and beverage businesses to attend these motivational presentations at the Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center on Waterfront Drive in Eureka.

ZWH has invited featured speakers, Chastain and Prigge, to share with Humboldt County businesses what they need to know about the Zero Waste Scorecard and the process for achieving platinum, gold, and silver Zero Waste certification status.

In addition to the national publicity their companies’ received for their Zero Waste accomplishment, Chastain and Prigge will discuss the benefits to their companies in sales, cost savings, employee morale, and early compliance with the new California Climate Change laws.
ZWH and other grassroots organizations dedicated to waste reduction have become concerned that the Zero Waste standards and methodology will soon turn to green marketing mush.  Without adherence to Zero Waste standards, attention to metrics and measurement, and emphasis on waste prevention, the “Zero Waste” label is being inappropriately used.

To clarify Zero Waste standards for businesses, the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council (USZWBC) created the first third-party Zero Waste Business Certification program for facilities that meet the Zero Waste International Alliance Zero Waste Principles. The USZWBC certification program is more comprehensive than landfill diversion recycling and focuses on the upstream policies and practices that successfully prevent waste in an organization.  With the support of the Footprint Foundation, Zero Waste Humboldt has created a scholarship fund for Humboldt professionals and business facilities to achieve Zero Waste certification.  

Space will be limited for the Zero Waste Certification presentations. A $10 donation is requested at the door. To inquire about the Scholarship Fund for Zero Waste certification and to RSVP, email

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