ZERI Training

It is not clear whether any�ZERI certification�training will be held during 2018. Gunter Pauli�continues�promoting his latest book "Blue Economy" in different venues around the world. For more information on Gunter and his work on the Blue Economy, please visit this link.

See below for information about the�2005 ZERI course held in Durango.

2005 ZERI Certification Training Course

Zero Emissions Research and Initiatives (ZERI) is a systems-based approach to economic and social development that views waste as resource that allows communities and businesses to do more with what Nature produces rather than forcing Nature to produce more (i.e., depleting natural resources or genetic manipulation).

ZERI ( was founded by Gunter Pauli in 1994 in response to the alarming pressure humanity is putting on the environment. The ZERI production and consumption model makes sustainable development possible by understanding and working in concert with natural systems. It shifts our concept of industry as a linear process�where waste is an expected by-product�to a concept of a system in which all by-products are used to stimulate further production.

ZERI CertificationTraining is designed to provide a deep understanding of systems thinking and development of skills in using the ZERI methodology. Upon completion of training and certification, individuals will be able to:
���� �� �Apply systems thinking to design ZERI projects in collaborative efforts that could involve community and business leaders, state and federal agencies, schools, non profit organizations, universities and technical institutes, scientists, engineers, etc.
�� �� �� �Challenge current unsustainable practices in organizations and communities and help people see that exciting alternatives exist.
���� �� �Inspire others to think differently about doing more with what Nature produces to produce less waste and more economic value.
�� �� �� �Bring new depth to their current careers � or open up whole new career possibilities.
���� �� �Understand that � below the radar � there is a way of being, working and living in the world that is very positive, practical, hopeful and real.

The 2005 ZERI Certification Training is an extremely intense course which includes a total of 12 training days over 3 months. The three 4-day modules will be held March 10-13, April16-19 and June 9-12 at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. Participants MUST attend ALL modules in order to become certified. The team of instructors includes Gunter Pauli as the lead trainer, as well as Dick White and Katherine Holt. We anticipate this will be the last U.S. training with Gunter Pauli until 2008!

This training is being co-sponsored by Peakinsight LLC and the Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College. Peakinsight LLC fosters catalytic connections between people, organizations, and the environment to impact how business will operate profitably and evolve sustainably in the future. The Environmental Center is a resource for social and ecological awareness, dialogue, and activism in the college, community, and surrounding region.

The application deadline isFebruary 10, 2005. Please contact carol at or call 970-247-1180 to receive a copy of the announcement and application form.

"Gunter Pauli introduced the notion of industrial clustering by promoting the principle of zero emissions and making it the very core of the ZERI concept. Zero emissions means zero waste. Taking nature as its model and mentor, ZERI strives to eliminate the very idea of waste."
� - Fritjof Capra, author of "The Hidden Connections"

"ZERI training was transforming. It showed how the workings of nature can be the basis for solving the most complex challenges we face as a society. I can never look at situations and solutions the same way again."
� - David Schaller, Sustainable Development Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8,�Colorado

"The trainers blazed a trail of hope, passion and possibility through my feelings of frustration, desperation and impotence about looming global crises. If you crave a proven technique for effecting positive ecological and social change that will catapult you into action, take this training!"
� - Barrett Brown, Integral Institute, Vermont

"The ZERI methodology has opened up an important missing approach to systematic, land-based business and economic development. Particularly valuable is the honoring of place, culture and what you HAVE. I see virtually endless opportunities for incorporating these knowledges, wisdoms and community in/for the rest of my life."
� - Margo Covington, Covington Consulting,�New Mexico

See below for�application details as well as more information about the training program's purpose, structure, and commitment.

The ZERI Certification Training is designed to provide a deep understanding of systems thinking and development of skills in using the ZERI methodology. The goal is to have a pool of inspired, energetic, ZERI trained and certified individuals who can apply the ZERI principles and methodology in their communities and in their work.

ZERI shifts the business model, rendering enterprises more competitive, and generating jobs while increasing productivity. It goes beyond the most stringent requirements environmentally-minded people may wish to see. ZERI creates economic, environmental and social opportunities by optimizing the use of natural and other resources through creation of new value-added products derived from anything previously considered waste. Doing "less bad" with our production processes is not good enough� we must learn to do "more good." See for successful projects internationally, for educational initiatives, and for ZERI projects emerging in New Mexico that grew out of the certification training.

The ZERI Certification Training is divided into the following 3 modules:

Module #1 focuses on the history, influences and goals of ZERI, and the understanding of natural and other systems and application of systems thinking to project development. ZERI helps us move beyond cleaner production, pollution reduction, and waste minimization towards zero emissions and zero waste � where all resources are optimized as in nature where nothing is ever "wasted." This approach leads to new, higher value-added products, businesses, local jobs and increased cash flows. Additionally, these designs utilize local - and often hidden- resources for solving seemingly unrelated problems.

Module #2 focuses on specific economic, biological and technological tools as well as the ZERI methodology and systems-based analyses that are necessary for implementing ZERI projects. These technologies include:
���� �� �Major advances in biomass separation (from low value trees, agricultural wastes, etc.) and extraction of value-added components.
�� �� �� �The use of biodigestors for sanitation systems that also support integrative crop and fish farming as well as biogas energy.
�� ���� �A highly effective technology for separating solid waste components for increasing recycling opportunities including a breakthrough biological separation technique for recapturing and re-using components in the billions of CDs and DVDs that are produced annually.

One of the key points in this training is to secure that there is a shift of technologies related to products and processes, of technologies that shift complete systems.

The ZERI principles and methodology can be successfully applied to broad-based economic sectors such as forestry, agriculture, rangeland improvement, and water conservation. They also address broad-based problems produced by�pollution from human and animal wastes, oil and gas production, manufacturing and other production processes. And, finally, they address cutting edge practices like complete solid waste separation and utilization. Utilizing the same ZERI methodology, these technologies are locally applied to more than 50 ZERI projects on five continents ranging from remote, rural areas in Namibia to urban, corporate settings in Japan.

Module #3 focuses on critically-important aspects of management and approaches to diverse collaboration efforts and project financing for successfully implementing ZERI projects. ZERI offers a way of decentralized management patterned on the human immune system that encourages innovation far more than command-and-control management systems.

The training will present a number of case studies including:
���� �� �A community headed by Paolo Lugari taking a systemic approach to meeting multiple needs in Las Gaviotas, Colombia.
�� �� �� �The recycling market for polycarbonates (CDs, DVDs).
�� �� �� �The world's largest tea plantation in Kenya.
�� �� �� �Reforestation of the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil.
�� �� �� �Making beer, bread, and mushrooms in Germany and Canada.
�� �� �� �Rediscovery of mushrooms as a high quality food � among other things � in Africa.
���� �� �The introduction of ZERI-like activities within the nearly $1T global electronics industry.

Each of these modules contains a rich intellectual base that includes elements from systems thinking, economics, biology, chemistry, organizational development, business practice and industrial ecology. Participants will also learn about global trends and events, ZERI's 12 economic axioms to guide future economic development, the distinctions between product, process and systems technologies; and much more.

Overall, the ZERI Certification Training resembles a Master's level program in its breadth and depth of material. In order to assure continuity and cohesiveness within the ZERI Certification Training group, participants must commit to completing the entire training program (i.e., set aside the necessary time to complete all assignments and to attend all modules). Any module missed because of an emergency must be made up in a future ZERI Certification Training in order for someone to be considered for certification.

The ZERI Certification Training - and its associated research and written "homework" between modules - is a concentrated and rigorous program that optimizes learning, interaction and participation. Additionally, it will be more performance oriented than typical training programs � namely, participants will be expected to demonstrate in both written, spoken and group-dynamic terms a comprehensive knowledge of the ZERI principles and methodology. Specific content areas will include �but not be limited to � scientific,economic, environmental and social issues. Participants will be expected to have some confidence in planning ZERI projects by the end of the course.

To date there have been three ZERI certification trainings in North America with 67 graduates from the United States and around the world.These trainings have brought together a diverse group of people ranging from community leaders, consultants, teachers, non-profit group leaders, musicians, dancers, business executives, scientists, government officials, students and multi-national corporate managers. For example, some participants are interested in promoting and using the ZERI methodologies within their communities for improving social conditions through new projects that will create jobs. Some are interested in starting new, small businesses or in implementing ZERI within their company. Others are interested in presenting the ZERI principles and methodologies in lectures and educational efforts. Whatever your particular area of interest, you will find that the ZERI methodology allows you to increase both the value of your work and the depth of your impact.

Completing the ZERI Certification Training is the first step. Gunter Pauli will be solely responsible for certifying applicants who demonstrate the required proficiency during the Training.

Additionally, ZERI is about action as well as understanding. Therefore, participants who complete the ZERI Certification Training will also need to initiate the implementing of a self-chosen ZERI project during the year following training in order to maintain their Certification status. This project can be within your industry, business, community, farm or school. The common denominator is that it is a real-world implementation of the ZERI methodology.

ZERI certification will allow certified participants to identify and market themselves as ZERI-Certified practitioners. It is anticipated that the growth of ZERI in2005 and beyond will offer professional opportunities for participants either through their communities, non-profits, businesses or agencies to incorporate ZERI activities.

Applicants should complete and return the Training application electronically or by fax no later than Thursday, February 21, 2005. Contact the ZERI Registrar, Carol Stoner at carol at to receive a copy of the full announcement and application form.

The three training modules will be held on the campus of Fort Lewis College in�Durango, Colorado, as follows:

Module #1: Thursday-Sunday, March 10-13, 2005
Begins Thursday 8:30 a.m. � 8:30 p.m.
Friday � Saturday 8:30 a.m. � 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 am � 2:00 p.m.
NOTE: Some homework groups may continue meeting until early evening

Module #2: Saturday-Tuesday, April 16-19, 2005
Begins Saturday 8:30 a.m. � 8:30 p.m.
Sunday � Monday 8:30 a.m. � 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 am � 2:00 p.m.
NOTE: Some project groups may continue meeting until early evening

Module #3: Thursday-Sunday, June 9-12, 2005
Begins Thursday 8:30 a.m. � 8:30 p.m.
Friday � Saturday 8:30 a.m. � 8:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:30 am � 2:00 p.m.
Note: Some may want to stay for all-ZERI reunion on Monday, June 13

An applicant's tuition rate will be a function of who pays the tuition.The tuition is $4,000 for individuals, non-profit organizations, small businesses, and governmental agencies. The tuition is $5,000 for corporations with more than 100 employees. Tuition covers the logistics and organization of the training itself, field trips, as well as lunches and snacks and all materials supplied during the 12 days. It also includes the international travel and costs of Gunter Pauli for each of the three four-day modules as well as the receipt, review and feedback by Gunter Pauli and other instructors on "homework" in between modules. The tuition does not include participants' travel, lodging, breakfasts, dinners, or any books they may wish to purchase for the course. Group tuition rates are available.

Payment for the Training program must be received within 14 days of acceptance. If alternative payment terms are needed, please email carol at or call 970-247-1180.

A limited number of half-scholarships may be available. For more information, please email Katherine at or call 970-247-1180.

Durango's airport is served by United Express (through Denver) and America West (through Phoenix). Each airline offers multiple daily flights.Please make your reservations early to ensure the best connections.

Durango is located 225 miles from the Albuquerque airport, which is served by all major airlines. If you drive from Albuquerque, you can detour to visit historic Chaco Canyon along the way.

Durango is located 350 miles from Denver's International airport. It may take 8-9 hours to drive over the mountain passes in good weather, but you can see snow-covered mountains, spring aspens and spectacular scenery.

The training will be held on the campus of Fort Lewis College. The campus is located less than 2 miles from downtown Durango. We will organize car-pools to the training for participants without their own transportation.

Arrangements have been made to accommodate participants at the following Durango hotels:

Strater Hotel (reservations: 1-800-247-4431;
The historic Strater Hotel, built in 1887, offers beautifully appointed guestrooms, combining the best of the Victorian era's charm with comfortable modern conveniences.
March 8-14: �$69 per night including breakfast
April 15-20: �$69 per night including breakfast
June 8-14:� $169 per night including breakfast (note higher rate)

Leland House B&B/Rochester Hotel (reservations: 1-800-664-1920;;
For a stay at Durango's "Green Hotel" alternative, choose either the beautifully renovated Rochester Hotel, built in 1892 and decorated in an Old West motif, or the Leland House, offering distinct overnight lodging in historic downtown Durango in a restored two-story brick apartment building built in 1927. A full gourmet breakfast is served daily in the comfortable lobby of the Rochester Hotel.

March 8-14:� $75 per night including breakfast
April 15-20:� $75 per night including breakfast
June 8-14:� $120 per night including breakfast

Both hotels are located in Durango's historic downtown district, 17miles from the Durango airport. You can rent a car from major agencies (Alamo, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Hertz, National) or take a taxi to the hotel. Please note that June is the beginning of our busy tourist season in Durango, and hotel rooms fill up quickly.

If needed, attempts will be made to find accommodations with Durango residents for out-of-town attendees.