The Draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan is ready for your review!

Over the past year, City staff and community stakeholders have put in the hard work of drafting Flagstaff’s Climate Action and Adaptation Plan. The Draft Plan is nearly complete and is available to review here: Draft Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Find out how you can participate in the process

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

 Just some of the books the Friends of the Library needs your help recycling

Just some of the books the Friends of the Library needs your help recycling

There a few different opportunities to volunteer this month. In addition to doing recycling outreach at the Farmer's Market on Sundays, there are additional opportunities, including tabling at First Friday, as well helping out at the Drop Off Day. We're also starting a new partnership with the Friends of the Library assisting them with recycling discarded books. They currently have a large backlog of books that need their spines and covers removed to allow the paper to be recycled. This could potentially create a valuable stream of material to the MRF. The logistics are still being worked out but this will be an ongoing volunteer opportunity for anyone to take advantage of at their convenience. If you’re interested or have questions please contact Felix at fparham@flagstaffaz.gov. Just click on the tabling opportunity you are interested in for contact info. Be sure to keep checking back, as we continue to add volunteer opportunities.

As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Volunteer Appreciations

CONGRATULATIONS TO WARD DAVIS FOR HIS COVER STORY IN THE ARIZONA DAILY SUN!

Ward Davis was featured in the cover article of the Tuesday, October 2nd edition of the Arizona Daily Sun. The article highlighted his efforts to help area residents deal with the unusually large apple harvest this year. Ward has been volunteering his time and his apple press to turn all those apples falling into the street into juice. Most of those apples are destined to the landfill as yard waste but thanks to his and others efforts, much of that is being diverted to area Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, and into delicious recipes by local residents. You can check out the article here: https://azdailysun.com/news/local/how-about-them-apples-flagstaff-sees-massive-crop-due-to/article_c9b5f508-9109-50ab-8541-fbcbe951465a.html

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a Google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

September - 2018

How to divert your green waste

Did you know that you can actually divert your yard trimmings and other green waste material simply by separating it in your bulky trash pile. 

Find out how this new program works and how to take advantage of it

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Next Master Recycler potluck - September 26th

Join us for the next Master Recycler gathering on September 26th, from 5 - 6:30 pm at Bushmaster Park. Feel free to bring your family along. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by emailing Dylan at dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov.

We'll update you on a few changes to programming and our recent work, but if you have specific topics that you'd like us to discuss while we're together, please let us know.  

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

There a few different opportunities to volunteer this month. In addition to doing recycling outreach at the Farmer's Market on Sundays, there are additional opportunities, including tabling at Science in the Park and First Friday, as well helping out at the Slide Rock Fall Festival. We'll also be doing a second round of recycling and trash audits as part of our recycling pilot in the Townsite neighborhood, if you're interested in seeing how residents are utilizing their recycling and trash bins. Just click on the tabling opportunity you are interested in for contact info. Be sure to keep checking back, as we continue to add volunteer opportunities.

As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Volunteer Appreciations

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NEWLY CERTIFIED MASTER RECYCLER!

Sue Bassett is the first Master Recycler from the 2018 class to complete her 30 hours. She has been incredibly active since the course wrapped up in March. She has helped spread the word about the recent changes to plastic recycling at multiple Farmer's Markets this summer, as well as going door-to-door in the Townsite neighborhood. Sue has also helped clarify which types of plastic film can be recycled at store drop-offs around town by working with grocery stores to improve signage on-site. Thanks for all you're help so far, Sue! We're glad you decided to contribute to your community through the Master Recycler Program

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a Google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

August - 2018

Understanding "compostable" plastics

With all of the challenges surrounding plastic recycling right now, some of you may be looking for alternatives. Many people have suggested that compostable or biodegradable products could replace their non-recyclable counterparts, but are they a viable option for consumers in Flagstaff?

Find out more about these products here.

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Outreach kits and materials are available

A new page was added to the website to display some of the materials available for your use. So, if you're planning on tabling at an event, canvassing in your neighborhood, or giving a presentation somewhere, give this page a look to find useful outreach materials and kits. 

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

There a few different opportunities to volunteer this month. There will still be an opportunity to table at the Farmer's market on Sundays. If you'd like to do B.Y.O. or recycling outreach at the market, make sure to reach out to Dylan. There is also a possibility to help Azulita Project at the market as well, if you are really interested in supporting their mission. Just click on the tabling opportunity you are interested in for contact info. Be sure to keep checking back, as we continue to add volunteer opportunities.

As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a Google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

July - 2018

Plastic recycling is changing in Flagstaff

Going forward, you will no longer be able to recycle certain types of plastic in your curbside bin. This change stems from China's decision to ban the import of many recyclables, causing international markets for recycling to tailspin.

Find out more about these recent developments here. 

Outreach kits and materials are available

A new page was added to the website to display some of the materials available for your use. So, if you're planning on tabling at an event, canvassing in your neighborhood, or giving a presentation somewhere, give this page a look to find useful outreach materials and kits. 

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

There are quite a few different opportunities to volunteer in July. We will be doing another round of door-to-door outreach in the Townsite neighborhood as well as B.Y.O. and plastic recycling outreach at various events. To learn more about an opportunity, just click on an individual event on the calendar. We'll continue to add new opportunities in July, so be sure to check back every now and then.

As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a Google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

June - 2018

Plastic recycling is changing in Flagstaff

Going forward, you will no longer be able to recycle certain types of plastic in your curbside bin. This change stems for China's decision to ban the import of many recyclables, causing international markets for recycling to tailspin.

Find out more about these recent developments here. 

Master recycler gathering/potluck

We've rescheduled the potluck for Monday, June 18th at 5:30 pm at Foxglenn Park. We have multiple important updates for you all on state of recycling in Flagstaff. We will also take the opportunity to help connect those of you interested doing similar self-driven projects. 

Please RSVP by emailing dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov

Interested in becoming a worm composting expert?

We regularly get requests to offer worm composting presentations to various community groups and we'd like to share those opportunity to present with you all. We realize that many of you may be novice worm composters, so we'd be happy to provide assistance in getting you started. We'll even provide a worm bin (with worms and soil).

If you're interested in giving worm composting a try and give presentations on the topic in the future, email McKenzie at mjones@flagstaffaz.gov.

Outreach kits and materials are available

A new page was added to the website to display some of the materials available for your use. So, if you're planning on tabling at an event, canvassing in your neighborhood, or giving a presentation somewhere, give this page a look to find useful outreach materials and kits. 

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

We have a few different opportunities to volunteer this month. We have are kicking off a recycling outreach pilot and would appreciate your help in conducting some door-to-door outreach. To learn more about an opportunity, just click on an individual event on the calendar. We'll continue to add new opportunities in May, so be sure to check back every now and then.

As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a Google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

May - 2018

Master recycler gathering/potluck

The next gathering is been scheduled for Thursday, May 24th at 5:30 pm at Foxglenn Park. We have multiple important updates for you all on state of recycling in Flagstaff. We will also take the opportunity to help connect those of you interested doing similar self-driven projects. 

Please RSVP by emailing dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov. We realize this can be a popular vacation time, so if we don't get significant interest, we may push this back until June.

Interested in becoming a worm composting expert?

We regularly get requests to offer worm composting presentations to various community groups and we'd like to share those opportunity to present with you all. We realize that many of you may be novice worm composters, so we'd be happy to provide assistance in getting you started. We'll even provide a worm bin (with worms and soil).

If you're interested in giving worm composting a try and give presentations on the topic in the future, email McKenzie at mjones@flagstaffaz.gov.

Outreach kits and materials are available

A new page was added to the website to display some of the materials available for your use. So, if you're planning on tabling at an event, canvassing in your neighborhood, or giving a presentation somewhere, give this page a look to find useful outreach materials and kits. 

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

We have a few different opportunities to volunteer this month. We have are kicking off a recycling outreach pilot and would appreciate your help in conducting some door-to-door outreach. To learn more about an opportunity, just click on an individual event on the calendar. We'll continue to add new opportunities in May, so be sure to check back every now and then.

As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a Google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

Future learning opportunities

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Business Innovations in Reducing Food Loss and Waste 

Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. EDT.

Register here for this FREE webinar.

educing food loss and waste is an important issue in the U.S. and around the world. In support of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which establishes a target to halve food waste and reduce food loss by 2030, the G7 countries have committed to facilitate the exchange of best practices and lessons learned in reducing food waste as part of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency. EPA is kicking off the U.S. contribution to this effort with a webinar highlighting the actions of three United States Food Loss and Waste 2030 Champions that are leading the way in helping the U.S. reach its 50% food loss and waste reduction goal. Speakers from each company will share best practices, tools, and resources they have created to prevent food from going to waste, and will address how shifts in company culture have changed operations as well as the critical role measurement of food waste plays in achieving their goals.

 

 

April - 2018

Do you B.Y.O.?

We are about to kick off an outreach campaign promoting B.Y.O. (Bring Your Own Behavior) behavior. There will be multiple tabling opportunities all over town to promote the use of reusable water bottles, mugs, and shopping bags. 

Check out out the new blog to find out more about the campaign. See the volunteer calendar to find the many new volunteer opportunities.  

The recycling landscape is changing

Many of you may have heard about China's recent policy banning the import of certain types of recyclables. The policy has disrupted international recycling markets and challenged local recycling programs throughout the U.S.

Find out what how these recent events are impacting Flagstaff and what opportunities they present.

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

With the new B.Y.O. campaign and events like Earth Day and Drop-off Day coming up, there are many opportunities to volunteer in April. To learn more about an opportunity, just click on an individual event on the calendar. We'll continue to add new opportunities in April and May, so be sure to check back every now and then.

As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a Google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

Future learning opportunities

Points of Intervention 2018 National Tour: 

Thursday, April 12, 6 - 8 pm at NAU Dubois Ballroom (Free event)

Every item bought or sold has an ecological footprint. Can we design a way to reduce that impact? POI is showcasing individuals and organizations who are challenging the footprint of our current model of manufacturing and consumption. Each panelist is working to decrease the impact at one of the steps in manufacturing: from the point of extraction all the way to the site of disposal. They are coming to NAU to inspire individuals to think creatively about a more sustainable and efficient planet. 

"Each of the three-panel speakers has worked to chip away at the linear model of consumption. Their innovative ideas are permeating into a variety of spaces, from the factory to frontline communities, where the implications of climate change, waste, and social inequity are manifesting themselves in acute ways."

Find out more information here.

 

March - 2018

The recycling landscape is changing

Many of you may have heard about China's recent policy banning the import of certain types of recyclables. The policy has disrupted international recycling markets and challenged local recycling programs throughout the U.S.

Find out what how these recent events are impacting Flagstaff and what opportunities they present.

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience.

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

There is a Fix-it Clinic coming up this weekend, and we could use a couple more volunteers, either as repair coaches or assisting with the event and providing outreach. There is also a tabling opportunity at STEM Night, which is always a very fun event. Be sure to check back soon, as multiple opportunities will be added in the month of April. As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

Future learning opportunities

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: An Introduction to Lithium Batteries and the Challenges that they Pose to the Waste and Recycling Industry

Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EST.

Lithium batteries are becoming more prevalent in American homes and businesses as electronic devices become smaller, more portable and more essential to our daily lives. These batteries are also new to the waste management system and present new challenges to solid waste managers and recyclers alike. This webinar will cover the basics of lithium batteries, the impacts to the waste management industry, and information on lithium battery recycling.

Register here for this FREE webinar.

 

February - 2018

(Sustainable) food for thought

Check out this guest blog post from Master Recycler, Amanda Kapp, on NAU's food waste prevention and recovery efforts. Amanda explains many of the best-practices that NAU employs that could help any food service operation become more sustainable.

Read the blog post here.

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure the progress of the program and improve your experience. 

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

There are few events coming up in February and early March. Be sure to check back every once in a while, as opportunities are added regularly. As always, feel free to create your own opportunities and let us know if we can help you by providing outreach materials, helping create presentations, or in any other way.

Volunteer appreciations

Congratulations to newly certified Master Recyclers!

Margie Goulden has been very active over the past year, Margie is involved in many community volunteer efforts and we're glad that she chosen to dedicate some of free time to contributing through the Master Recycler Program. Margie has been on hand to provide recycling outreach at multiple cleanup events throughout town and drop-off day events, as well as help with other efforts including a food waste audit at Marshall Elementary School. Thanks for all your great work, Margie!

Heather Aaron has been a part of the Flagstaff community for a while and we're glad she was a part of the inaugural class of Master Recyclers. If you went to the Sunday Farmer's Market at all last year, you probably saw Heather providing recycling outreach. She has also provided recycling outreach at events, as well as given presentations to help businesses recycle properly. We appreciate all your efforts, Heather. 

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

Future learning opportunities

February 2018: Advancing Sustainable Consumption: New Tools for Local Governments

  • Date: Thursday, February 8, 2018, 10-11:30am PST
  • This webinar focuses on new and emerging tools and initiatives for local governments in their efforts to advance sustainable consumption.

    • The Urban Sustainability Directors Network(link is external), a peer organization supporting innovation in municipal sustainability, is leading the way in exploring the role of cities in shifting consumption. In 2016, USDN launched its Sustainable Consumption Toolkit, a web-based resource for cities that highlights the important relationship between consumption and sustainability and provides an inventory of related local government actions. Babe O’Sullivan, a consultant with USDN, will provide an overview of this tool and how it can serve Forum members as they consider new projects, programs and policies to address the impacts of consumption.

    • Community repair events such as Repair Cafes, Fix-it Clinics and others are becoming a popular tool for cities to engage residents in rebuilding a culture of repair and resourcefulness. With grants from USDN and the State of Oregon, the City of Eugene is exploring best practice and the potential of these events to change consumer attitudes and behaviors around repair and product life extension. Anya Dobrowolski, the project lead, will share early findings from her research into community repair events and initial results from the Eugene project.  

  • Presenters: Babe O’Sullivan, consultant with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network; Anya Dobrowolski, Project Consultant with the City of Eugene

  • Registration link here

January - 2018

Hazardous waste disposal is changing. How can you dispose of your waste properly?

The downtown Flagstaff Library will no longer be accepting batteries, CDs, MP3 players, and cell phones.  Despite the elimination of this drop-off bin, the proper disposal of hazardous waste is still as convenient as ever. 

Find out how you and other residents can conveniently dispose of batteries and other hazardous wastes.

Master Recycler Winter Gathering

Many of you have been asking for another opportunity to learn, share experiences, and spend time together. As a result, we've scheduled a gathering on Thursday, January 18th, at 5:30 pm. We'll meet at our office at 101 West Cherry for the first hour to share experiences as a group, as well as listen to a couple presentations. Then we'll walk over to Charley's Pub to network and spend time together. You are welcome to come for the entire time or to either the first portion, or meet us for socializing at Charley's. 

You can find details here.

Make sure to report your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report your hours so that we can measure progress of the program and improve your experience. 

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

January is a slow month for volunteer opportunities, but, as always, you are welcome to create you own. If you have an idea for getting some volunteering done, like canvassing in your neighborhood or tabling at an event, let us know and we may be able to provide materials and offer assistance.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

Future learning opportunities 

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Quality Matters - Free Resources to Support Plastic Recycling Programs

Thursday, January 25th, 2018, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Register here for this FREE webinar.

As recycling programs grow and change, one key tenet stays the same: Quality Matters! With new parameters being set through market demand and new policies to reduce imported material contamination, this mantra is more important than ever. This webinar focuses on new and updated materials and tools that support overall plastic recycling and examples of implementation at the municipal level.

Related community events

Community Open House for the Flagstaff Climate Plan

Wednesday, January 24th, 5:30 - 8:00 pm at the Flagstaff Aquaplex

The City of Flagstaff is hosting an open house to provide Flagstaff residents the opportunity to learn how climate change impacts Flagstaff, rank your climate change priorities and concerns, and offer your ideas for action. Find details on the open house here.

To learn more about Flagstaff's Climate Plan, check out last month's blog post.

 

December - 2017

It's time for climate action.

Earlier this year, the Flagstaff City Council set a goal to take meaningful climate action. In response, the City is asking community members, local businesses, and partner institutions to help create Flagstaff's first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

Check out the recent blog post on the Plan and how it relates to Flagstaff's waste and consumption.

Registration is still open for the Master Recycler course!

If you know anyone who would be interested in taking the class and becoming a Master Recycler, send them here for more information and an application. We also have some brochures that I can share to give to interested folks or display at your work or any organizations you are a part of. 

Make sure to continue reporting your hours

Even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we'd appreciate you continuing to report, so that we can measure progress of the program and improve your experience. 

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

The December volunteer calendar is a bit sparse at the moment, but continue to check back for opportunities that are added after the release of this newsletter. As always, you are are welcome to find your own volunteers opportunities and we are happy to help in any way possible, so let us know if you need ideas, outreach materials, or any other help.

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

Future learning opportunities

Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) Web Academy Webinar: Technology Innovation - Reducing Food Going to Waste

Thursday, December 14th, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Technology is changing the way we live, work and communicate, and it is also affecting food loss and waste. As we strive toward the national goal to reduce food loss and waste by 50 percent by the year 2030, this webinar will have three EPA Food Recovery Challenge Endorsers showcase their technology solutions. Find more info and register here.

Are there waste or materials related topics you'd like to learn more about?

We'd like to set up another gathering in January to update you all on recent happenings in the City and maybe feature a topic or speaker to dive in deep to a specific topic. If you have any ideas for potential topics or speakers you'd like to hear from, please send them to dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov.

November - 2017

Want a Master Recycler t-shirt?

Many of you asked about a Master Recycler t-shirt in the past and we've finally got some options for you! We created designs for both a women's cut and unisex t-shirts, which you can see by scrolling through the gallery below. We are asking $20 for the shirts. Both are in a "slim cut," so we recommend checking out the sizing guides just to be sure. If you'd like us to order one for you, please email dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov with your size.

 

The next Master Recycler course is open for registration!

Do you know anyone who would be interested in joining you as a Master Recycler? If so, registration is now open for the second annual Master Recycler course.

Please direct interested individuals here or have them contact us at dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2158.

 

Flagstaff is rethinking its waste

On the October 17th, Flagstaff's City Council adopted the Rethink Waste Plan, which establishes ambitious goals and a near term plan to guide the City's efforts in reducing the impact of its waste and material consumption. Read more on the Master Recycler Blog.

 

Don't forget to report your volunteer hours

Reporting your volunteer hours helps us show the impact of the program and improve your experience. So, even if you've completed your 30-hour commitment, we ask that you continue to report you hours. If you'd rather not complete our online form, please call Dylan at 928-213-2158 to share your experience.

 

Upcoming volunteer opportunities

The next couple months may slow down a little bit as far as volunteer opportunities goes. Make sure to continue to check back as opportunities are added. While we may have less sponsored events where you can volunteer, you are always welcome to create your own opportunities by giving presentations at your work, improving recycling systems, and more. Also, if you know of an event that could use a Master Recycler volunteers, let us know and we will do our best to create an outreach opportunity. 

 

Volunteer Appreciations

Congratulations to our newly CERTIFIED MASTER RECYCLERS!

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Debby DeWolfe has long been an active volunteer. Formerly a Sustainability Commissioner, she has a helping hand to the City of Flagstaff and its sustainability programming and we're happy to have her as a Master Recycler. She has been active throughout the community this past year, providing outreach in a variety of different settings including the Flagstaff Community Market and Drop-off Day. She also contributed to the City's canvassing efforts in Sunnyside, helping inform residents on how to use their new recycling bins. Thanks for all your efforts, Debby! We're all glad you're a part of the Flagstaff community.

 

Not sure how many hours you've completed?

We've compiled all volunteer activity into a google spreadsheet, which summarizes the various activities each Master Recycler has completed. If you scroll to the bottom, you can find the total number of hours you have completed. We'll be updating the spreadsheet at the end of each month. You can access the spreadsheet here.

October - 2017

Welcome to the new Master Recycler member newsletter!

This monthly newsletter will hopefully reduce our need to spam your email inboxes with sporadic emails communicating opportunities and how to get involved. Each month we'll include info on what is happening in the community and beyond related to waste, upcoming volunteer opportunities, appreciation of ambitious volunteers, as well as future learning opportunities.

We encourage you to read this on the Master Recycler website, as the volunteer calendar does not show over email and the formatting isn't perfect. So, if you're reading this over email, click the button at the top to be redirected to the website.

While this will hopefully streamline communication, you are still welcome to contact Dylan (dlenzen@flagstaffaz.gov or 928-213-2158) anytime you have a question. 

 

The City’s new Waste to Profit program seeks material producers

The City of Flagstaff is launching a Waste to Profit program, designed to turn troublesome waste streams to profit through a partnership with the City’s Community Investment and the Sustainability Sections. The program will provide up to $8,000 in incentives to convert an idea and a waste stream into a product or service.

The first step in this process is to identify existing waste streams. To do so, the City is asking businesses and organizations to self-identify the troublesome parts of their waste stream that are not already being diverted. Examples might include vinyl signs, spent grain, non-recyclable plastics, wooden pallets or any other by-product you are producing in large quantities.

Read more about this new program

 
 

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

We've got plenty of opportunities coming up over the next couple weeks, including one more Farmer's Market, NAU's Green Game, Drop Off-Day, Sunnyside canvassing, and a Fall Festival at the Arboretum. Check out the calendar below for a full list. If you click on the event you're interested in, you'll find a description of the event as well as a contact to sign up. Visit the volunteer calendar here.

 

Volunteer Appreciations

Thank you to those of you have already become certified Master Recyclers!

 

Tom McCall completed much of his volunteer requirement by educating his coworkers and improving the recycling program where he works at Arizona Game and Fish. Tom's latest presentation on recycling was to a group of 60 Game and Fish employees during a 2-day meeting. He also collected over 60 pounds of recycling items during the event!

Jim Tuck was the first to complete his 30 volunteer hours! Jim is a long-time Fix-it Clinic volunteer who as been active many community events around town including Earth Day, Drop-off Day and the Flagstaff Community Market. He's also a volunteer baby holder at Flagstaff Medical Center. Jim is everywhere and we are lucky to have him in this town.

Amanda Kapp has done great work creating engaging videos through Flagstaff Green Minute to help Flagstaff residents recycle better and prevent waste. She has also delivered presentations to help local organizations and their employees become better recyclers. She loves it when friends, who know she is a Master Recycler, contact her to ask 'reduce, reuse, recycling' questions.

David Zimmerman completed the majority of his hours as a canvasser as part of the City's efforts to roll out new recycling bins in the Sunnyside neighborhood. David has helped a significant portion of the neighborhood answer their recycling questions. David has also delivered presentations at the Literacy Center and provided recycling outreach at events like Earth Day and Drop-off Day. 

Charlene Tomlinson has been a huge help tabling at community events like Earth Day and Community Market about recycling and food waste prevention. She has also incorporated recycling, composting, and food waste outreach into presentations through her work as a Master Gardener.

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LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

WEST COAST CLIMATE FORUM'S BUILT ENVIRONMENT WEBINAR

Thursday, October 12th from 10:00-11:30 (PST)

Download the 'Built Environment Webinar Flyer' with more information on the webinar and the presenters!

The Built Environment often connects the focus of climate programs to promoting building efficiency operations with regards to energy and water efficiency and renewable energy. While this is important, significant greenhouse gas emissions occur before the building is even inhabited, during design, construction and the sourcing of building materials. These ‘embodied’ carbon emissions can be addressed by understanding their sources and designing our built environment to optimize material use. This webinar brings together three industry and government leaders in analyzing and finding solutions through the Embodied Carbon Network and their academic and professional practices. REGISTER HERE

DRAWDOWN WEBINAR

This is a great webinar featuring Paul Hawken and his new book "Drawdown." It's a New York Times bestseller and features a list of the most impactful actions for reversing global warming, including some we've discussed in the course, such as reducing wasted food and recycling. Check out a recording of the webinar here.