Cedar Dog and her transcriber, Kathy Deitsch & Rose Seemann of
Imagine 75 million dogs and 93 million cats producing billions of tons of waste a year; the City of San Francisco estimates pet feces to be just about 4 percent of their city’s residential waste. Typically, pet waste goes to landfills inside plastic bags where it becomes almost a permanent part of the landscape for generations.
Cedar Dog and her transcriber launched their Poop-to-Power awareness campaign in 2009 after they published their second book, Doggone Clean and Green: Eco-Solutions for a Pet's Daily Life. The goal of the crusade; search out, develop new end products and push for more environmental projects to make it obvious that "we can and we must do better" by upcycling pet, animal and yes, human waste.
Left unmanaged pet waste pollutes waterways. What solutions exist for pet droppings and cat litter? What are pet parents, waste companies, cities, and states to do? Is methane digestion—low-tech machines using bacteria to convert poop to power—the solution? Dairy farmers have been converting animal waste to power farm machinery for years. Now days, the waste also provides renewable energy to power large farming operations. Cedar likes to say, "My bovine friends have been contributing to a 'greener' planet for several decades."
What about large scale composting beyond the backyard? Seemann's company is a pilot project that composts dog waste into DOGGONE GOOD COMPOST®, a safe, nutrient-rich soil amendment that greens up gardens.
Pets Gone Green and Envirowagg are two of the major players in an alliance, that includes one of the country's largest
Cedar Dog insists, “stoop to scoop; stop sending pet waste to landfills and cease using plastic shopping bags for collection.” The talk focused on more sustainable backyard options for pet parents and emerging technologies worldwide.
Conference was held June 5-7, 2011
Colorado Association for Recycling Conference
Summit for Recycling
Managing resources in today's economy
The Colorado Association for Recycling’s annual recycling Summit, in its 22nd year, is a dynamic conference and exhibition that brings together the state's recycling professionals and individuals dedicated to the principles of recycling. The Summit agenda is complete with workshops, panel discussions, a variety of presenters, two-day exhibit hall, site tours, recycling awards, silent auction, and fun evening networking events.
L. Hunter Lovins is President and founder of the Natural Capitalism Solutions (NCS) (www.natcapsolutions.org). NCS educates senior decision-makers in business, government and civil society to restore and enhance the natural and human capital while increasing prosperity and quality of life. In partnership with leading thinkers and implementers, NCS creates innovative, practical tools and strategies to enable companies, communities, and countries to become more sustainable.