2019 North Bay Zero Waste Symposium

SOLD OUT EVENT

We’ve reached capacity and can’t sell any more tickets. We also will not be able to sell any passes at the door. We’re all very appreciative of the amazing support for this event.

July 31, 2019
SOMO Village Event Center
Rohnert Park, CA


Keynote Speaker Bea Johnson

Bea Johnson, native of France and currently living in Mill Valley, California.

Bea Johnson and her family produce a mere pint of trash per year since 2008. Dubbed “The Priestess of Waste-Free Living” by the New York Times, Bea has been featured on TV shows and in publications all over the world. She shatters misconceptions, proving that zero waste can not only be stylish, but also lead to significant health benefits, and time and money savings. With her simple 5R methodology and blog turned bestselling book (Zero Waste Home, translated in 26 languages, #1 on Amazon waste cat.), Bea initiated a global movement. She has inspired hundreds of thousands of people to adopt waste-free living, open unpackaged shops, conceive reusable products, and launch organizations.

Leading spokesperson for the zero waste lifestyle, she has completed 17 international speaking tours and given talks in 59 countries on 6 continents. Her clients include Google, Amazon, Starbucks, TEDx, the European Parliament and the United Nations.  She is a Grand Prize winner of The Green Awards, and a French native who currently lives in Mill Valley, California.

Follow her on  Instagram + Facebook  And here’s a link to her book on Amazon


Keynote Speaker Michael J. Sangiacomo

Mike Sangiacomo is President and Chief Executive Officer of Recology. Mike is responsible for overall strategic planning, resource development and growth, and leading Recology in its support of San Francisco’s recognition as the “greenest” major city in the nation.

In 1983, Mike was recruited to be the Chief Financial Officer of Sunset Scavenger’s parent company. In 1987, the company merged with Recology, and in 1988 Mike was made the Chief Financial Officer of the merged companies. He was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in 1991. Mike has served as a member of the Recology Board of Directors since 1990.

Mike served as a board member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce from 1998 through 2004, and was Chair in 2002. He also has served as a member of the University of San Francisco School of Business and Management Advisory Council. In 2014, he joined the board of the California Historical Society, the official historical society of the State of California, and was elected its Vice President in 2015.

In 2008, Mike was honored as the city’s “sustainability leader” in the San Francisco Business Times’ annual celebration of San Francisco’s most admired CEOs. Mike earned a B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from the University of San Francisco. He is also a Certified Public Accountant in the state of California.


North Bay Zero Waste Symposium engages community stakeholders by showcasing zero waste policies, programs and infrastructure that design waste out of the system wherever possible and divert discarded materials through composting, reclaiming, reducing, reusing, and recycling.  We can eliminate waste around the North Bay with the participation of all residents and businesses.  Together, it is possible to be a model for the rest of the community and beyond.

The North Bay Zero Waste goal is to:

  • Educate the community on zero waste;
  • Encourage zero waste as a goal for all North Bay county residents, cities, the county, businesses, institutions, and nonprofits;
  • Support zero waste policy goals through action plans that significantly reduce waste and maximize recycling, composting and reuse;
  • Support business zero waste certification through the Green Business Certification Institute which is aligned with LEED for Buildings Operations and Maintenance; and
  • Provide a networking opportunity with like-minded organizations, businesses, institutions and residents.

ZERO WASTE INCLUDES: Source Reduction Strategies and Examples, Food Waste Prevention, Carbon Life-cycle Benefits through Composting, Commercial and Institutional Organics, Zero Waste Plans and more!