Sustainable Industry Roundtables

The Sustainable Industry Roundtable (SIR) is a group of forward-thinking business leaders and residents with a focus of sustainability in the business world organized by ACCGov Solid Waste's Recycling Division. The group was started in August 2010 through a partnership between the ACC Environmental Coordinator, ACC Recycling Division and Power Partners, Inc.

Meetings are hosted quarterly at different locations with guest speakers discussing topics pertaining to green industry issues (meetings are the third Thursday each quarter; time 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM; location varies)

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Upcoming quarterly meeting dates

Thursday, November 17, 2022, at 8:00 AM

Jittery Joe's
150 Fritz Mar Lane, Athens, GA 30607

Jittery Joe's Coffee was started in 1994 next to the famous 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia. The connection with the club helped Jittery Joe's become something larger than anyone would have imagined. Jittery Joe's remained busy all through the day and night. Joe's clientele included everyone from the Mayor, teachers, and construction workers coming in during the morning, to students, townies, and artists coming in at night. The Jittery Joe's buzz was helped with frequent celebrity guests such as Michael Stipe of R.E.M., the B-52s, comedians Penn and Teller, and many others. At one time Jittery Joe's was the official coffee of Antarctica. According to Rolling Stone Magazine the #5 underground album of all time is "Live at Jittery Joe's ." Rolling Stone Magazine also named Jittery Joe's one of the top 24 hour coffee houses in America.

Jittery Joe's is working to make your morning cup of Joe more sustainable. Join us to see what they are doing for you and the environment. And they want to do more, so bring your ideas and best sustainable practices to help them do even more.

If you are interested in hosting a meeting, please contact the Recycling Division.

Previous Meetings

Thursday, August 19, 2021- UGA Green Labs Program


The University of Georgia Green Labs program is committed to making UGA research labs more sustainable and efficient by reducing resource use, decreasing waste, and implementing best practices and technologies. Research laboratories have a substantial environmental footprint, using up to 10 times the resources of a classroom or office, and generating an estimated 25 times the waste. Researchers can reduce their environmental and social impact by embracing Green Labs initiatives. In addition to improving research processes, participants also benefit from prolonging the life of research equipment, better protecting research samples, and experiencing advantages in funding their research. This program was created by scientists for scientists to improve upon our research standards at UGA. 

February 18, 2021- Introduction to TRUE

Join us to learn more about TRUE, a zero waste program, and how it can help your facility go beyond recycling. Want to learn more about the TRUE (Total Resource Use and Efficiency) program? TRUE projects are changing the conversation about waste by re-thinking everything that comes in and out of a facility from an upstream approach and viewing every material as a resource. We are asking businesses, campuses, and communities to go beyond recycling by reducing, reusing, rethinking, and redesigning their processes.

This virtual presentation will provide an in-depth understanding of effective zero waste strategies such as the difference between a waste audit and a zero waste audit, showcase project case studies and give an overview of the TRUE Advisor professional credential.

Feel free to review the many resources on our website,