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