February 2017   
environmental education made easy

Road trip! Those two words sound like something fun is about to happen and it did for us.

Check out the good time we had when a road trip south offered a chance to visit our client and friends at Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste in Georgia. Gary and I saw what they do at the ACC CHaRM facility and had fun at their Green Life Expo. See below for just how CHaRMed we were by our visit!

The next road trip is to SWANApalooza, March 27-30, in Reno, Nevada, where I will be speaking alongside Emily Coven of Recyclist at the Road to Zero Waste Conference. Our session is titled, This Old Outreach: Renovate Your Recycling Communications With Surprisingly Easy Do-It-Yourself Tips From the Pros. Just as Bob Vila opened the world of home improvement to millions of Americans with This Old House, we will share simple tricks of the trade to improve your recycling communications with minimal time and effort. Please join us if you will be in Reno! More details about our session here.

Also at SWANApalooza, the Community, Education & Marketing (CEM) Technical Division will convene a by-invitation focus group to discuss the possibility of developing a CEM Certification course for SWANA. The focus group is for managers, CEM professionals, young professionals, and others who want to provide input about a potential course. At the facilitated focus group, we will explore questions about the target audience, possible course focus, and method of delivery. If you will be at the conference and are interested in this topic, please contact me.

I would love to meet up with you on one of my road trips. Please call or email me if you will be at SWANApalooza or if you would like a visit.

Hope to see you soon! 

Elizabeth Roe
Eco Partners
From left, Elizabeth with Cema Wallace and Suki Janssen of ACC Solid Waste.
Best part of a road trip? Stopping along the way to visit friends and see our clients' work in action. 

January's drive to warmer weather found Gary and I in Athens-Clarke County, Georgia, where we were able to visit the CHaRM (Center for Hard to Recycle Materials) and attend the Green Life Expo.

The CHaRM is a drop-off center for mixed recyclables, as well as hard-to-handle materials, ranging from automotive fluids and paint to batteries and fluorescent tubes and bulbs, from cell phones to computers and TVs, from bicycles to books, and from scrap metal to shredded paper. CHaRM Supervisor Chris Griffin and staffers Kemp and Margie showed us around and answered questions about how the materials come in and then are packaged for recycling or further processing. We were especially impressed by the "bulb eater," which safely crushes fluorescent lamps and reduces air space for shipping.

Read all about our visit  and the great things happening at the CHaRM and check out our photos.

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