2017 Annual Fundraiser Tickets Selling Fast – Get Yours Now!


We’re 4 days away from our 2017 Annual Fundraiser and we could not be more excited! Come help us fill this room – you won’t want to miss this one.

Join us next Tuesday, March 7th from 6-8pm at Indeed Brewing Company, and enjoy a night learning about waste minimization and zero waste, meeting like-minded rockstars like yourself, sipping a cold brew, and….eating BLACK SHEEP PIZZA! Not to mention great prizes that you’ll be automatically entered to win at the door.

We’ve got a group of incredible speakers lined up (see below) – ranging from consultants Leo Raudys from Raudys Strategies and Chanelle Crosby from Be Zero, to regulatory agencies such as Kayla Walsh and Anna Kerr from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, to private companies like the Actives Factory and Bolger Printing, and lastly, the City of Minneapolis. So come out to have some fun!

Tickets are selling fast, so get yours now! In turn, you’ll also be supporting us as an organization which allows us continue to organize these types of events centered on community and social and environmental impact.

Come join us to hear from these diverse leaders in the industry representing multiple viewpoints:

  • Leo Raudys from Raudys Strategies – Leo Raudys has worked in sustainability for over 25 years as a government regulator, corporate environmental leader for a Fortune 100 multinational retailer and as a business development executive for an NGO. He’s a strategist and speaker who advises companies, investors and NGOs on regulatory and sustainability strategy and stakeholder relations. Leo teaches corporate environmental management at the University of Minnesota and received degrees in biology, psychology and ecology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Minnesota. You can find him on LinkedIn and Twitter @LeoRaudys.
  • Anna Kerr from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Anna has worked for the MPCA since 2005. She began her MPCA career in water quality, spending eight years in the stormwater program: first in municipal stormwater permitting and later as the Stormwater-TMDL Coordinator. Anna joined the solid waste program 3 ½ years ago, and currently serves as the Greater Minnesota Solid Waste Planning Coordinator. She primarily works on policy and planning issues focused on implementation of the Waste Management Act. Anna was the primary author of the 2015 Solid Waste Policy Report to the Legislature, leads the implementation of recycling grants for greater Minnesota communities, acts as a liaison between the MCPA and the Solid Waste Administrator’s Association, and has assisted with flood relief and debris management in Southern Minnesota.
  • Kayla Walsh from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency – Kayla has a background in environmental communications. She works in commercial recycling and compost market development at the MPCA. Kayla provides technical assistance to composters across the state so they can manufacture and sell a high quality, Minnesota-made product. Among other things, she also leads a recycling communications team. Kayla also looks at how sustainable procurement and reuse will help us reach statewide recycling goals.
  • Brian Garhofer from The Actives Factory – Brian Garhofer has over 30 years of industry experience focusing on business development, strategic planning, and operations for early stage and growth companies. While working with the University of Minnesota’s Natural Resource and Research Institute assisting their scientists in the development and commercialization of applied research, Brian was able to take a University developed technology and create The Actives Factory, a company focused on extraction, processing of birch bark, a waste product of the timber and paper industries, into natural bioactive compounds for use in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, cosmetics, and agriculture industries.
  • Chanelle Crosby from Be Zero – Chanelle Crosby is the Education Director at 501(c)(3) education-based nonprofit Be Zero, where she creates and manages programs that inspire, educate, and activate individuals to dramatically reduce their individual plastic and trash footprint and to create simple and sustainable lifestyle habits. She is the Founder of Think Feel Be Consulting, a lifestyle and sustainability practice created to help all people live sustainable lives in everyday life. Chanelle is a zero waste advocate and minimalist, 5 Gyres Ambassador, and budding community farmer with a particular interest in food sovereignty. chanelle@bezero.org bezero.org http://thinkfeelbe.co/
  • dik Bolger, from Bolger Vision Beyond Print – As the Chief Executive Officer of Bolger Vision Beyond Print, dik Bolger is engaged in all aspects of the company; providing a full service concept for our clients, sales and marketing,  quality measurements for performance, and the initiatives to establish the company as a community oriented, compliant and environmentally friendly organization. He is very involved with major clients and in presenting Bolger to new prospects. dik is committed to being a responsible steward of the environment as part of the company’s business objective and philosophy. Believing that companies must give back to their communities, dik was a founding member of the Minnesota Keystone Program, whereby companies contribute a percentage of their pre-tax profits for the benefit of local charities. An advocate for community organizations and the arts, dik has been active on Boards throughout the Minneapolis area including past service:  University Cancer Center, Past Board Chairman, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Past Chairman, Fresh Air Radio and The Playwrights Center, Past Chairman.
  • Kellie Kish from the City of Minneapolis – Kellie has worked as the Recycling Coordinator for the City of Minneapolis since 2013 and currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Minnesota Composting Council. Kellie’s responsibilities for the City include development, implementation and outreach for the City’s residential waste reduction, reuse, recycling, organics programs. She oversees the container rental program, approves event recycling plans, coordinates enforcement of the City’s multi-unit recycling ordinance, and aides other city offices in educating staff and implementing new programs such as the Green to Go ordinance and plastic bag ban.

Thanks – we look forward to seeing you there!

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