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NOVEMBER 15, 2006 "Zero in on Zero Waste - Don't let Your Bottom Line Go To Waste" 9AM to 5PM Business Conference on Wednesday, November 15, 2006. Zero Waste Experts and Corporations will focus on ways to help businesses save money by implementing Zero Waste practices in their daily operations. This conference is designed to bring San Diego County businesses, government agencies and nonprofits together with knowledgeable experts in the field of Zero Waste who can demonstrate how to turn a company�s waste stream into a profitable resource!

The day will be kicked off by our dynamic keynote speakers including: Leonard Robinson, Chief Deputy Director of the California Dept of Toxic Substances and Linda Christopher, Executive Director of the GrassRoots Recycling Network

Gunter Pauli, world-renowned international environmental businessman and educator (founder of ZERI) will host the afternoon workshop focusing on "Healthy and Green Buildings, Businesses and Education the Zero Waste Way".

"Zero Waste Businesses Leading the Way" will be our first panel with Hewlett Packard, Point Loma Nazarene University and Del Mar Fairgrounds showcasing their success in diverting over 90% of their wastes from landfill and incineration.

The second panel "Getting Organics out of Landfills, Key to Zero Waste" will include Fetzer Vineyards, Vons (A Safeway Company) and the Tierra Miguel Foundation (highlighting that farms want these organic resources to rebuild their soil).

Register Now with Earth Resource organization. Conference: $135.00 USD.

NOVEMBER 11 - 14, 2006. The next ZERI Certification Training Program will be at Marion Institute, Marion, MA. The first session is November 11 - 14, 2006. The second session February 24 - 27, 2007. The third session May 5 - 8, 2007. For more details go to the ZERI web site.

OCTOBER 7, 2006. Lynda Taylor spoke to the Quaker Earth Care Committee at Ghost Ranch, Abiquiu, New Mexico. Her presentation was about ZERI principles in general, their work around the globe and specifically about the SCZ Forestry project.

AUGUST 25,2006. At the request of Senator Bingaman, Lynda Taylor of SCZ organized a tour of our Santa Fe mushroom laboratory. Attending were Christopher Moquino, the senator's constituent services representative; Ignacio Peralta, US Forest Service CFRP Coordinator for Carson Forest; Melissa Zaksek, USDA Forest Service, Southwestern Region, Cooperative and International Forestry; and Sally Rodgers, Environmental Liaison for NM Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Dept. These four also went to Picuris Pueblo for a tour of our project's pilot program. Use this link for a photo of the group in the SCZ mushroom lab.

AUGUST 8, 2006. SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS WORKSHOP, Fairmont Hotel, San Jose, CA. This is a special workshop for businesses that is part of the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) Annual Conference. GUNTER PAULI of the Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (, will start with a world class presentation "Adding Value to your Bottom line through Zero Emissions." Business leaders will then highlight their Sustainability and Zero Waste Programs. These are businesses talking to businesses about their success stories and challenges. TO REGISTER: go to

JULY 25 - AUGUST 3, 2006. Free Zero Waste teacher training in LA and San Diego, Gunter Pauli is conducting workshops on the ZERI Educational Initiative. The workshops are fully funded, so there is no cost for attendance or meals provided while at the workshop. The training will be held at the following four schools: High Tech High, 2861 Womble Road, San Diego, CA 92106, July 25th and 26th, 2006. Both days 9:00 am - 9:00 pm. RSVP: Ryan Jordan, Head of School, Gillispie School, 7380 Girard Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037, July 27th, 9:00 am � 9:00 pm July 28th, 9:00 � 5:00, 2006, RSVP: Jackie Jarbrough, Ph.D., Head of School, Marlborough School, 250 South Rossmore Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90004, July 31 and August 1, 2006. Both days 9:00 a.m. � 9:00 p.m., RSVP: Bob Bryan, . Please help us adhere to city requirements and commitments with our neighbors by parking in our Third St. parking lot. Turning Point, 8780 National Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232, August 2nd and August 3rd, 2006. Both days 9:00 am � 9:00 pm, RSVP: Mat Kline, <>

MAY 2006

SCZ now has the results for two more types of charcoal, from Pecan thinnings and from Salt Cedar. These results also compare favorably with the four commercial brands of wood charcoal. Here is the updated charcoal comparison chart.

DECEMBER 5 thru 9, 2005.

PhD in Mycology, Ivanka Milenkovic, invited Lynda Taylor and Professor John Mexal of NM State University to attend workshops in several parts of Serbia. In 2004, Dr. Milenkovic instructed us in lab techniques for growing mushrooms on wood waste. In Serbia, her techniques are now used to grow oyster mushrooms for the European market. Lynda will present her mushroom lab and mushroom production experiences in New Mexico. Colleagues from Zagreb University, Armenia, and Georgia will attend.


The 2005 Letter to Donors is available online now.

NOVEMBER 7, 2005

Lynda Taylor, Co-director of Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM, gave a powerpoint presentation to the NM Mycological Society about our sustainable forestry work with emphasis on our mushroom lab and mushroom production on Mon. night, Nov. 7th, at the Natural History Museum in Albuquerque, NM.

OCTOBER 21, 2005

Burke Denman, our President, presented our Sustainable Forestry Project on Friday, Oct. 21, in Albuquerque, N.M. at the National Conference of Green Architects.

OCTOBER 14, 2005

Lynda Taylor, Co-director of Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM, and Luther Martinez, Supervisor of Picuris Forestry at Picuris Pueblo, and also director of this project, spoke at the Bioneer's Conference, Kachina Lodge, Taos, N.M. This is a collaborative forest restoration project in partnership with Picuris Pueblo. It was funded under a 2003 US Forest Service CFRP grant and demonstrates the unique value-added products we can make from all parts of the small diameter trees being thinned. These products include making a natural wood charcoal competitive with that currently on the market, capturing the fumes in this process to preserve untreated wood of any type without using harmful chemicals, growing edible native mushrooms, and producing a mushroom substrate suitable for a ruminant animal feed supplement as well as a rich mushroom soil amendment. The project will help expand economic opportunities, strengthen social and cultural systems, and enhance our forest environment. The Taos Conference was part of a series of workshops connected to the satellite coverage of the national Bioneers Conference held in Marin, California the same day with 3,000 attending.

OCTOBER 7, 2005

The Earth Care conference --- E?VISION 2005 - Teens Creating Sustainable Community, was on October 7th. This was the Second Annual Youth & Sustainability Conference and was held at the Monte del Sol Charter School in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Lynda Taylor did one of the youth workshops. Her topic was the SCZ Sustainable Forestry Project and related information about the use of mushrooms in that project.

OCTOBER 3, 2005

Press Release

The Master of Systems Design.

October 3rd, 2005 marked the commencement of the initial class meetings of the Master of Systems Design at the Science University of Turin, Italy (Politecnico di Torino). Fritjof Capra was the inaugural instructor for this innovative post-graduate program designed to prepare students for a new career genre premised in systems thinking while combining scientific breadth and an innovative spirit unparalleled in modern education. The Master of Systems Design at the famous School of Design in Northern Italy offers with this academic program a logical continuation in the unleashing of creative approaches to the Design of Products and the Industrial Design of manufacturing processes.

The Master of Systems Design is the culmination of 5 years of undergraduate education at the Politecnico. Students with limited science background were given challenges by local industries and quickly set out to design solutions no one had ever imagined.

(Webmaster's note) This is a 2 year program given in English. Gunter Pauli is the main teacher for the entire course with guest lecturers in each of its eight periods.

JUNE 17, 2005 Lynda Taylor gave a presentation to the staff of the NM Energy & Natural Resources Department about SCZ programs & projects focusing on the Sustainable Forestry Project in particular.

JUNE 9-19, 2005

27 graduates of the 4th ZERI Training Course received their certificates making a total of 90 for all the courses taught. For photos of the graduation and other related events see the SCZ Education web page.

Gunter Pauli is planning no additional ZERI Training Courses in the USA for the rest of 2005 or 2006. However, several ZERI graduates are willing to continue the trainings in Colorado, perhaps as early as next fall. And ZERI Certificate Training Courses will be taught in other parts of the world. The October 2005 Master of Systems Design degree at the Science University of Turin, Italy, will provide additional information about ZERI methods. (see Oct. reference above).

A majority of the new graduates stayed for the 2 day graduate reunion to hear about existing or planned ZERI projects.

After the reunion, Professor George Chan gave a 1 day biodigester workshop. The group helped build a model biodigester at the La Boca Ranch.

Finally, a teacher training course of several days was held with Gunter Pauli focusing on the ZERI K-12 and graduate programs. A teacher training is also scheduled with Gunter in July in New York.

JUNE 8, 2005

Lynda Taylor spoke to the Bureau of Land Management's Resource Advisory Council about all the SCZ projects and programs and especially about the Sustainable Forestry Project. The talk was very well received by the RAC and there is interest by several members in a collaborative project around forestry and soil restoration.

APRIL 16-19, 2005

The 2nd Module of the 4th ZERI Certification Training occured April 16 - 19, 2005. As participants gathered for the traditional opening check-in, it was impressive to hear of the many initiatives that have already begun to emerge.

For the most part, final comments were very positive, e.g.: "Mind-boggling - almost an overload", "Lots to consider which opens the mind; empowering", "So many possibilities!", "Would have loved more time to go over all the permaculture principles.", "Great to hear about a SCZ working project", "playing the song (Out Da Box, written by 16 yr. old Simon Vasquez) was fabulous", "Pushed me as a non-scientist", and (About ZERI technology strategy), "By far the most valuable type info."

Lynda Taylor provided an overview of the sustainable forestry project at Picuris Pueblo. Also she instructed the group on how to develop a 5-step Integrated cash-flow analysis using this project as an example. And she updated participants on other SCZ projects and initiatives.

Gunter Pauli presented a ZERI technology segment and two separate segments on water technologies. The water technology segments were entirely new to this training and even former ZERI graduates who were present had not previously seen this. These sessions were very intense but absolutely inspiring.

The 3rd Module will be June 9-12, 2005.

For more information or answers to questions, contact:
Katherine Holt, Ph.D.,

APRIL 12, 2005

Lynda Taylor spoke about Sustainability by Design at UNM - Los Alamos. Her presentation is part of a class called, 'Sustainable Solutions in an Overused World'. The League of Women Voters' Sustainability Committee put the seminar style class together and are teaching it.

MARCH 31, 2005

Here is a link to an article in the local Mycorizon Newsletter about our funding efforts re the State Fungi Culture Bank and Program..

Unfortunately, our legislative efforts to get funding for the Bank and Program failed. The full legislature didn't look at the bill as there were just not enough funds to go around and many of the regularly funded social programs got cut as well. However, it did receive the unanimous support of the Water and Agriculture and Appropriations Committees. Hopefully we can get funding for personnel next session when the potential for the program's rural economic opportunities has been more thoroughly demonstrated. In the meantime, our collaboration with NMSU continues, and the money we obtained for the equipment to be housed at NMSU will get the bank established and in place.

MARCH 10 - 13, 2005

The 4th US-ZERI certification training was held on the campus of Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado.

Summary of 1st Module, 4th ZERI Certification Training

Overwhelmingly, the responses were super positive and folks were very inspired and stimulated throughout. Some constructive criticisms were also received. The sessions were intense and fast paced as expected.

There were 5 groups of 5 participants, one group for each of the 5 kingdoms. Gunter Pauli lunched or dined with a different group each day. Comments from various groups included: -- involving the participants was great, -- fabulous to see the variety of possibilities, -- enjoyed hearing Gunter tell about the inspiration behind ZERI, -- tough challenge to fit so much info into so little time, -- so many creative ideas, energy, and enthusiasm in each group.

For information or answers to questions, contact:
Katherine Holt, Ph.D.,

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