Haritha Kerala Mission, Kerala Suchitwa Mission and Thanal organizes one day workshop on Zero Waste and Circular Economy. The sessions are lead by the pioneers of zero waste in the world - Mr. Richard Anthony and Ms. Abby Ruth of Zero Waste international Alliance, USA.
The workshop is for technical experts, consultants, service providers associated with Kerala Suchitwa Mission and Haritha Kerala Mission.
Richard Anthony began his career in Public Administration in 1971 as a manager of the California State University Long Beach Recycling Center. He received a MS in Public Administration in 1974. Rick has worked his entire career in environmental program management positions, beginning in Fresno County. As a Solid Waste Manager, he wrote and then implemented Solid Waste plans for Fresno County (1979-1987). While in Fresno County, he supported the development of the American Avenue Landfill and staffed the County’s solid waste commissions. He hosted the first National Recycling Congress in Fresno County, which highlighted the County’s policies and programs. He was the Solid Waste Manager for San Diego County (1987-1998) and expanded the County’s recycling programs and solid waste infrastructure. He has participated in developing high diversion and Zero Waste plans as a consultant since 1998.
He is an internationally recognized and published expert in the area of Resource Management using the Zero Waste Systems approach. He has led International Dialogs on Zero Waste in Nanaimo Canada, Berkeley and San Francisco USA, Florianopolis Brazil, Puerto Princesa Philippines, and Naples Italy. Richard Anthony is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the California Resource Recovery Association, the Grassroots Recycling Network, the Zero Waste International Alliance, and the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council. He has been a Professor of Zero Waste at Irvine Valley College and an Instructor in the California Resource Recovery Association Certificate Program.
Ruth Abbe is a Zero Waste practitioner with more than 25 years of experience in recycling and composting program and facility development and outreach and technical assistance. As president of Zero Waste USA, she is working with municipalities across the U.S. to develop the social and physical infrastructure to achieve Zero Waste.She assisted in the development of the U.S. EPA’s new online planning tool Managing and Transforming Waste Streams, identifying over 100 policies and programs to reduce the amount of waste disposed in landfills and incinerators and promote waste prevention and materials reuse across waste generation sectors. She has expertise in organics and commercial technical assistance,waste audits, facility and collection procurement, contract negotiation, program planning, financial analysis and stakeholder engagement.Ruthhas developed Zero Waste plans and programs for Austin, Texas, Dallas, Texas, Boston, Massachusetts, Los Angeles, California, and San Francisco, California.