Recycling Advocates E-Newsletter


September 2015 | |

Engaging people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.
Annual Meeting Report

We had a wonderful crowd for our annual meeting on September 1st. Our thanks to everyone who attended, and particular thanks to speakers Representative Rob Nosse and Sunnyside Environmental teacher Michelle Strobel. 

Rob Nosse gave us fascinating insights into how things work "behind the scenes" in Salem - it was astonishing to hear just how much effort went into getting the school Styrofoam ban bill passed. Michelle Strobel talked about the Sunnyside Environmental School project that inspired the bill, and she introduced several of the students who were a part of it. The Q&A time following their presentation sparked lively discussion among attendees. 

Master Recycler and Recycling Advocates member Denise Evans won the raffle and took home a basket of reusable items valued at over $200. It included contributions from board members and also from Alshiref Design and Here We Go Again resale boutique. Our thanks to them for their donations! 

Six board members were elected to one- and two-year terms. Read more about our newest board members below. 
Meet Recycling Advocates' Newest Board Members

by Betty Patton, Recycling Advocates Board President

Six candidates were elected to Recycling Advocates' board at our annual meeting.Three were returning members: long-time board member Rob Guttridge, and board appointees Heather Cyrus and Susan Mead. We also welcomed three brand new board members, Brion Hurley, Mark Buchweitz and Holly Hummel.  

Brion Hurley
  • Brion HurleyBrion is a sustainability leader for his employer and has initiated green teams at a couple of their locations. He led a successful electricity reduction project and implemented a recycling and composting program at the University of Iowa football stadium. He has earned a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt for process improvement and efficiency, a Certificate of Sustainability, Green Manufacturing specialist certification, and is working on Zero Waste Business Associate certification. His teamwork training in Lean Six Sigma and his environmental interests show that he is qualified and motivated to guide Recycling Advocates in their mission. 
Mark Buchweitz
  • Mark BuchweitzMark is active in a variety of environmental organizations, bringing some much needed expertise to Recycling Advocates. He is a certified Master Recycler (Class 52), an Agent of Change, a canvass manager for Gifford Pinchot Task Force, and a neighborhood cleanup co-coordinator. Mark has gained expertise in membership recruitment, grant writing, canvass team training, photography and many other skill sets through years of activity with non-profits and local government programs. Mark has the passion and knowledge to strengthen Recycling Advocates’ campaign and outreach capacity.
Holly Hummel
  • Holly HummelHolly is an avid environmentalist whose passion matches perfectly with Recycling Advocates’ mission statement. She answered Recycling Advocates’ request for a treasurer, bringing many years of bookkeeping and accounting expertise to the organization. She managed and did the books for her own law firm for years and now co-owns, manages and keeps the books for a number of rental units. Her Certificate of Completion in Environmental Law will give Recycling Advocates a strong foundation. She is ready to put her skill set to use in an area that is exciting to her. 
We're delighted to welcome them aboard! 
EarthShare Oregon House Party

No plans for tonight? Drop in at The Waypost to celebrate 80 environmental groups with EarthShare Oregon. Food, drink, music and fun, tonight (September 24th) 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Join hosts Billy Don Robinson (Native Plant Society of Oregon) and Logan Gilles (Sierra Club Foundation,Oregon Chapter), as well as EarthShare Oregon Executive Director Jan Wilson, for an evening of sparkling conversation with wonderful, environmentally-engaged people

Check out EarthShare Oregon's website for other events and volunteering opportunities. 
Yellow Pages Report Card

Yellow Pages ReportThe Product Stewardship Institute recently released its second sustainability report card for phone book publishers. Researchers looked at issues such as: 
  • Do they provide opt-out options?
  • Do they track and honor opt-out requests? 
  • Do they practice sustainable production? 
  • Do they offer support for phone book recycling programs?
They found that most publishers are still falling short in key areas, seven of thirteen of them receiving grades of D+ or lower. In addition, despite appeals from PSI and a petition signed by thousands of US residents requesting greater transparency from these companies, only two out of thirteen publishers responded to requests for information.
Read the Full Report.                            PSI Fact Sheet
Food for Thought

Fascinating talk by Peter Lehner, "A recipe for cutting food waste". Includes ideas for steps we can take right now to reduce our own food waste - and save ourselves some money at the same time!  
TedX Talk

Become a member of Recycling Advocates and help us continue to spread waste prevention ideas and the value of waste prevention tactics.

Ways to Contribute:

  • By Mail: print and complete our Membership Form, mail it with your check to PO Box 6736, Portland, OR 97228-6736.
  • Visit our Website's Membership page
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Membership Levels 
Advocate $25 - Friend $50 - Supporter $100 - Sustainer $250
Gifts of any amount gratefully received.

We thank you for your passion, support and commitment to protecting Oregon’s environment! 
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