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March 2012
Board Member Spotlight
NEW Recycling Jobs Task Force
LEED & Recycling Webinar
AROW Cell Phone Recycling Fundraiser
IRA Call for Proposals
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 Webinar: LEED & Recycling

Mon. Mar. 12

1:30-2:45pm ET

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Wisconsin Integrated Resource Management Conference

Wisconsin Dells, WI

Feb. 29 - March 2


Southeast Recycling Conference & Trade Show

Destin, FL

Mar. 11-14

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Carolina Recycling Association 22nd Annual Conference & Trade Show

 Asheville, NC

Mar. 19-23

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NRC Board Meeting

Washington, DC

Apr. 10  

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BlueGreen AllianceNRC Board Member Spotlight:
A Message from
Pam Blackledge
RePaper Project Coordinator, Environmental Paper Network

I am pleased to write an organizational overview of the Environmental Paper Network(EPN) and the RePaper Project to allow NRC's readers to better understand the work of one of their many diverse Board of Directors. Please
note that my organization's goals and philosophies are not necessarily the same as NRC's and this piece is not meant to be reflected as such.

EPN is a nBlueGreen Allianceon-profit organization comprised of over 100 NGO's around the world working to accelerate the sustainable transformation of the paper industry. Our Network's Common Vision focuses on four key areas - paper consumption, sustainable fiber sourcing, recycled content, and clean production. The RePaper Project was created to work specifically on recycled content goals for environmentally preferred papers by helping to boost paper recovery for recycling throughout North America. We would like to see a paper recovery goal of 75% by 2015, with an emphasis on high-grade office type papers. Unfortunately we are still only recovering in the low 50 percentile of office papers for recycling in the U.S. We need to do better. The biggest sources of disposed office  papers tend to be located in office buildings and higher-education institutions.

Recycling Jobs Task Force 
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photo credit: US Green Building Council

NRC President Mark Lichtenstein formed the Recycling Jobs Task Force to make the case to a broad audience that source reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting are strong job creators in the United States. The ultimate goal being to gain recognition and support for recycling job creation among policy-makers, green jobs experts, environmental advocates, investors, workforce development entities, economic development professionals, entrepreneurs, local government officials, and others. One goal is to move the country closer to sustainable materials management approaches for discard management and to reap the associated economic benefits.


Lichtenstein appointed NRC immediate past-president Melinda Uerling (Greenbriar Consulting, LLC) to chair the task force. Members of the task force were selected to include diverse but targeted representation. 


"The recycling industry's sizable contributions to job creation and the economy aren't understood by the general public or policy makers", said Melinda Uerling. "The task force seeks to change that." 


March Webinar 
LEED & Recycling - How Do They Fit Together?
When: Monday, Mar. 12

Time: 1:30pm - 2:45pm EST

Green building is no longer a trend, but rather a focus of the future in the building industry. New Green Building standards and codes are moving the green building market from voluntary to mandatory. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard is a primary vehicle for promoting sustainable design and construction and requires the use of materials and products with recycled content.  


This session will help you to learn how to acquire those coveted LEED rating points by reusing and recycling demolition waste, utilizing recycled content building materials, and establishing LEED building recycling programs.The manufacturing of products
BlueGreen Allianceusing coal and other fossil fuels as a power source consumes significant amounts of non-renewable resources and emits a wide range of toxic pollutants, including "greenhouse gases" that can contribute to climate change. 

Speaker: Tad Radzinski, Co-Founder & President,
Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) Kicks Off Cell Phone Recycling Fundraiser
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Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW) is teaming up with Green Bay Packer's tight end Jermichael Finley to support a unique online education program. The program promotes environmental learning and leadership for college students as they learn how to reduce waste in their communities. Through Cellphones for my Cause, a free fundraising program started by electronics recycling company MPC, AROW will receive a donation for every cell phone recycled. All cell phones will be accepted, regardless of make, model or working condition. Participation is easy, free and environmentally friendly. 

To donate your cell phones to the AROW fundraiser, you can print off a mailing label from the Cell Phones for my Cause fundraising webpage

Call for Proposals: Iowa Recycling & Solid Waste Management Conference 

Iowa Recycling Association (IRA) and Iowa Society of Solid Waste Operations (ISOSWO) invite you to submit an abstract to present at the 2012 Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference. The conference will be held October 1-3, 2012 in Coralville, Iowa. 


The Iowa Recycling and Solid Waste Management Conference and Trade Show provides educational programs, networking, and trade show opportunities to recycling and solid waste management professionals from across the Midwest. The conference curriculum addresses a broad array of issues and provides a balanced program that meets the various skill and interest levels of the conference audience. 


The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2012 

Submit abstracts


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