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Contact: Ann Hatch

For immediate release — March 15, 2013 (updated: April 2, 2013)

(DALLAS) — Does “zero waste” sound like an impossible dream? Not according to Gary Liss. Learn from the environmental expert in a one-day workshop titled “No More Garbage: Zero Waste” on Friday, April 5, at Cedar Valley College, 3030 N. Dallas Ave. in Lancaster, presented by the Dallas County Community College District.

His program is the second of two presentations that are part of the Clean Economy Series offered in Texas, which is provided by its nonprofit parent organization, the Carbon Economy Series, based in New Mexico.

The cost to attend the workshop is $250. The all-day workshop presented by Liss will be held in rooms 114 and 115 of the M Building from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at CVC.

Liss believes that garbage is the result of bad design, and he will share his ideas about waste reduction and how communities around the world have developed practices that result in zero waste. The presenter has designed and implemented zero-waste management programs in Los Angeles, Austin and Telluride in the U.S. as well as England, New Zealand and Canada.

Beginning with the definitions and principles of global zero waste, Liss will discuss how those concepts apply to individual communities that have adopted or are developing zero-waste strategies. He also will explore the systemic changes that are needed to reduce or eliminate waste, plus ways communities can organize to make those changes.

Liss founded Gary Liss and Associates, where he is president and managing director. Serving international municipal and private-sector clients, he bridges problems with solutions and creates environmental programs that have economic benefits. He is often a source for national news media on zero-waste issues and has been included in articles printed in Time Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and other outlets. Liss holds a master’s degree in public administration from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Tufts University. In 2005, he participated in extensive training in the Zero Emissions Research Initiatives and is now a certified ZERI system designer.

Liss also will give a two-hour lecture on Thursday, April 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. in room 121 of the M Building at Cedar Valley College; the cost to attend that program is $10.

To sign up for the Clean Economy Series workshops, visit; click on Workshops/Dallas/Gary Liss and then hit the registration cart link. For other information, send a message to Iginia Boccalandro at

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