RU Feedback Letter Board Response

2019 Board Retreat

By The NCRA Board, 7/9/19
The Board of Directors would like to acknowledge receipt of an anonymous letter in late May reflecting on the recent Recycling Update (RU) conference hosted on March 19, 2019. Part of the letter is presented at right while the entire three-page letter – with one name redacted, is available on the website.

The author self-identified as a supporter, community member, member of present and future generations, and a person of color. S/he addressed the board on uncomfortable RU content and generally inviting the organization to reflect on its role in rooting Zero Waste in environmental justice and ethnic equity.

First, we appreciate the courage it must have taken to share these reflections, let alone to attend RU again when the content and environment was previously experienced as alienating and disturbing. We understand that the invitation is less to draw attention to the individual’s discomfort but rather to reassess our role in contributing to a Zero Waste world that serves the urgent goals of ethnic equity, collaboration and inclusion. We hear you. We are grateful for you for speaking up.

We apologize for facilitating a conference that did not welcome all equitably and may have propagated microaggressions, such as depicting people of color performing undesirable behaviors while white people were shown demonstrating desired behaviors. We own the impact that our collective lack of attention to these details had on at least one attendee. For that, we apologize.

We accept the challenge to adopt inclusivity, collaboration and ethnic equity as a guiding mission at NCRA. We own our role as a board in crafting the content framework of RU and as a space for the diverse NCRA membership and non-members to explore and learn. Our intention is to serve all. We are committing to leveraging resources for our membership and broader communities to that aim.

We invite you to join us, your Board, to reflect on NCRA’s history and re-center our shared mission around diversity, equity, inclusion and collaboration. We are gathering a subcommittee to consider the resources available. Please, join us in this important work of reorienting our zero waste work to build a more just and inclusive movement.

Let us know your experience, thoughts, reflections and interest in joining the initiative at by completing the NCRA Inclusivity Survey. Also use it to share any resources you think will help on this journey. We would also appreciate hearing from anyone who would be willing to assist with organizing RU next year, helping to select RU speakers, or giving a presentation at RU that addresses environmental justice or related issues.

Responses – anonymous or signed can also be mailed to: NCRA, PO Box 5581, Berkeley, CA 94705-5581


Tonight’s Board Meeting Details and Agenda

Board of Directors Meeting: 6/20/19, 6:30 pm

Location: John Moore’s office, 1999 Harrison Street, 18th Floor Oakland, CA

Check-in with security in the lobby.

Call 925 913-0143 if you need assistance calling in or getting into the building


Board Meeting Agenda, 6/20/19

6:30 pm Meeting called to order

6:30 pm Actions Requiring Discussion/Policy Decisions

      1. Request from Arthur Boone regarding Boone/Stein Lawsuit (20 mins)
      2. Anonymous RU Complaint (20 mins)
      3. International Zero Waste Conference with NRC (20 mins)
      4. Social Media Contractor (20 mins)
      5. RU Videos (10 mins)

8:00 pm Treasurer’s Report

      1. Financial reports – 2019 Year to Date
      2. 2019 Budget

8:15 pm Actions Requiring Expenditures

8:20 pm Report by Committee: (15-20 mins each)

      1. Membership, Engagement & Activities (Bradley/Dewey-Mattia)
      2. Zero Waste Advocacy (Brooms/Moore)
      3. Communications Committee (Bekkerman)

9:00 pm Adjournment

Board Meeting – This Thursday! All welcome to attend!


BOARD MEETING – THURS November 15, 2018

NEW Location: John Moore’s Office, 1999 Harrison St, 18th Floor Oakland

Food served at 6 pm; meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

Open to the public – all welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the NCRA Office if you wish to attend. When you arrive, head to the security desk and let them know you are attending the NCRA Board Meeting at John Moore’s Office.

Draft Board Meeting Agenda