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Gary Liss has more than 45 years of experience in the solid waste and recycling field.

Specialties: Gary has worked on more Zero Waste community plans than any other individual in the United States. He also worked on developing and managing RFPs for solid waste and recycling systems for communities, developing incentive programs for garbage rates and recycling contracts and developing Resource Recovery Parks. He served on the town council of Loomis, CA and was mayor in 2010.

As president of the U.S. Zero Waste Business Council, Gary has certified Zero Waste facilities, and helped develop the GBCI TRUE Zero Waste Rating System, and the GBCI TRUE Advisor training program. These are all services offered by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Gary helped write Zero Waste Plans for: Del Norte County, Palo Alto, Oakland, City of Los Angeles, Burbank, Glendale, Alameda, Oceanside, and San Jose in California; Nelson, British Columbia; the Towns of Telluride and Mountain Village and the City of Fort Collins, CO; the City of Austin, TX; the big island of Hawaii; Arkadelphia, AR; Atlanta, GA; California State University, Long Beach; and California State University, Los Angeles.


Service, Leadership, & Education

  • Board of Directors for the Zero Waste International Alliance

  • Chair of the ZWIA Zero Waste certifications committee

  • Sierra Club national Zero Waste committee

  • Zero Emissions Research & Initiatives certified as a ZERI Systems Designer

  • CRRA Recycler of the Year, 2005

  • Founder and past president of the National Recycling Coalition

  • Solid waste manager for the city of San Jose, CA. Developed the city's recycling programs into national models

  • Masters in public administration from Rutgers University and a bachelor of science in civil engineering, environmental major, Tufts University

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