Green Party at the International Zero Waste Conference!

Developing Policy on Zero Waste

The next generation of Zero Waste Policy must address resource scarcity, reduce GHG emissions and create jobs through “closing the loop”. Various levels of government around the world have mandated policies that leverage a Zero Waste or Circular Economic model to create localized economies this session will extract the lessons from their solutions.   A international panel including Green Party representatives will discuss their Zero Waste policy.


Adam Olsen, a member of the Tsartlip First Nation is the interim Leader of the Green Party of BC. He was raised in Brentwood Bay, where he now lives with his wife Emily and their two children. He is a partner in their family business, “Salish Fusion Knitwear”.  A graduate of Camosun College’s Applied Communication Program, Adam worked with the Victoria Salmon Kings and the Aboriginal Sports and Recreation Association of BC.  First elected to Central Saanich Council in 2008, Adam was re-elected for a second term in 2011. He was the Chair of the Planning and Development committee. He resigned his seat in 2013 to run as a Green Party candidate provincially.



Michael Wiebe is the owner of eight ½ restaurant lounge, and has a strong management background in the hospitality industry. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Capilano University and is currently attending the SFU City Program and Sustainable Community Development program, to keep up with the latest in urban sustainability discussions and approaches. Michael is also a graduate of the Vancouver Board of Trade influential Leaders of Tomorrow program.

Now, as the Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Business Improvement Association, Michael is well positioned to act as an advocate for his community and to champion zero waste on the ground in Vancouver. Michael is currently running in the Vancouver civic election as a Green Party candidate for Park Board Commissioner. He understands that Vancouver is in a phase of rapid growth with a powerful potential for change, and wants to help ensure that the right decisions are being made, guided by evidence-based policy and the principles of sustainability. Michael has been involved in a number of key zero waste initiatives in his city and region: he has spoken at the BC Small Business Center on Sustainability, has appeared in a zero waste documentary, participated in a zero waste pilot project lead by Metro Vancouver, and was featured in the BC Hydro e-newsletter on small business success, to name a few examples. Michael is currently working with multiple business associations in creating strategic sustainability plans that help build the path to zero waste.


First Time Zero Waste International has met in Canada!

Starting Thursday October the 2nd, over 30 international speakers who know how to put waste materials back into use and create jobs, will be coming to Nanaimo. This is the first time in Canada! Zero Wast Nanaimo convinced the host, Zero Waste Canada, to pick us over Toronto and Vancouver!

Many Related Events!

Pre-conference Monday the 29th 6:30 p.m. The film Trashed will be shown at the Nanaimo VIU campus, Building 356, Rm. 109. This is a very informative film about what is happening in a very quickly expanding business of handling waste! FREE event.

Thursday Oct 2 The Coast Bastion hotel, Nanaimo
Conference begins at 8:15 a.m. Keynote speaker: from New York, Dr. Paul Connett, author of The Zero Waste Solution. This is Dr. Connett’s second time speaking in Nanaimo. Following his first visit in 1989 the region’s plans for a local incinerator went sideways and we became the leading recycling community in western Canada. REGISTER AT

Thursday evening film: The Clean Bin Project, a fun film about a couple who tried to live zero waste for 1 year! VIU, Nanaimo campus, Building 356, Rm. 109. Starts at 7 p.m. FREE EVENT

Friday Oct 3 The Coast Bastion hotel, Nanaimo
Keynote speaker: the funny and insightful Dan Phillips, founder of Phoenix Commotion. He is a builder and designer from Texas. Phillips will provide the audience with an in depth look into re-purposed building methods.

Friday evening dance: Resources Rock! Featuring the highly danceable live music of Paul and Jess. For all ages, and includes refreshments! Beer and wine will be available for sale. More info and tickets Tickets are also on sale at the Thirsty Camel and the Green Store in Nanaimo, and Shades of Green in Parksville.

Saturday Oct 4 Christ Community Church, corner of Bowen and Northfield (2221 Bowen Rd, Nanaimo) 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Community event! “From Trash to Treasures”, featuring international and local speakers, including one from Italy who led the movement to stop incinerators and a local gal who turns pallets into furniture!
· a creative children’s program,
· free bicycle repair,
· household items and appliance repair -free of charge!
· an opportunity to have a major say about future government programs (no incinerators required!)
· Zero Waste Youth International meets
· Catered lunch available

Saturday’s tickets are only $15 for adults, all others free! Can’t afford to come? Make a donation at the door! The children’s program, repair programs and youth event are free!

Please do come! Be a part of at least one event. They will all be great! This is the first time Zero Waste International has come to Canada. Don’t miss it! Let’s show the world it was worth coming all the way here to improve the way we live our lives!

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Thu. Oct 2, 2014
12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo

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