World Food Day Webinar on SB 1383 and Edible Food Measurement

In Honor of World Food Day
NCRA’s Zero Food Waste Committee and Zero Waste USA present
a SB 1383 Webinar on

EDIBLE FOOD MEASUREMENT

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2019, 12 – 1:30PM PST, FREE, REGISTER

Curious about SB1383’s edible food requirements?
NCRA and Zero Waste USA are offering a free webinar with Martine Boswell of CalRecycle who gave this talk at CRRA this summer.

In addition, there will be a short presentation on the NCRA Commercial Food Waste Reduction in Alameda County project, a great model that can be easily replicated in other California communities.

Curious about California’s SB1383’s edible food requirements? California’s short-lived climate pollutant law – SB 1383, requires that 20% of currently disposed edible food be recovered for human consumption by 2025. But how do we know how much edible food is in the waste stream? In this presentation, Martine Boswell of CalRecycle will discuss CalRecycle’s efforts to measure the amount of edible food in California’s disposed waste stream as well as provide an overview of the draft SB 1383 edible food recovery regulations. She will describe what CalRecycle has done to measure disposed food waste and how you can use that information to help your program comply with this new law. There will be plenty of time for questions.

Presenter: Martine Boswell is an Environmental Scientist in CalRecycle’s Statewide Technical and Analytical Resources Branch. She serves as CalRecycle’s technical advisor on food waste, and provides scientific analyses on California’s food system and climate change. Martine is also highly engaged in statewide efforts to mamage safe surplus food donation in California, and is a member of the CalRecycle team tasked with developing the edible food recovery regulations. She received her bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and her master’s in environmental studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

For more information contact news@ncrarecycles.org.

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Fostering Sustainable And Healthy Behavior Workshops

San Francisco, November 12-13 and 14-15, Register, NCRA Discount Code: 889db508

Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr will be delivering introductory and advanced community-based social marketing training in San Francisco in November. These workshops will be of particular interest to agencies working to promote waste reduction, energy and water efficiency, conservation, sustainable food consumption, the control of invasive species, modal transportation changes and other sustainable actions.

Presenter: For over three decades Dr. McKenzie-Mohr has been working to incorporate scientific knowledge on behavior change into the design and delivery of community programs. He is the founder of community-based social marketing and the author of three books on the topic. One of these books has been recommended by Time Magazine and become requisite reading for those who deliver programs to protect the environment, promote public health and prevent injuries. His work has been featured in the New York Times and he is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s inaugural award for innovation in environmental psychology and the World Social Marketing conference’s inaugural award for contributions to the field of social marketing. He has delivered workshops internationally for over 75,000 program managers

Introductory Workshop (November 12-13): The two-day introductory workshop provides a comprehensive introduction to community-based social marketing and how it is being applied throughout the world to foster behavior change. Those who attend the workshop will learn the five steps of community-based social marketing (selecting behaviors, identifying barriers, developing strategies, conducting pilots, and broad scale implementation) and be exposed to numerous case studies illustrating its use. Participants will receive a copy of the third edition of “An Introduction to Community-Based Social Marketing.” The introductory workshop is a mandatory prerequisite for the advanced workshop.

Advanced Workshop (Nov. 14 – 15): The two-day advanced workshop provides an in-depth exploration of how community-based social marketing can be used to foster behavioral changes and provides attendees the opportunity to apply this approach to their own programs. Building on the introductory workshop, participants will be exposed to advanced topics regarding fostering behavioral changes, with a particular focus on the formation of habits that protect the environment or foster public health and safety; accurately determining the barriers to a behavioral change; and program evaluation and determining return on investment. The workshop also addresses the effective use of social media, apps and websites. Participants will also be coached in making community-based social marketing presentations to their agency or community and will receive PowerPoint and Keynote presentations for this purpose. This workshop is restricted to individuals who have previously attended Dr. McKenzie-Mohr’s introductory workshop. If you have not yet attended an introductory workshop, reduced rates are available for attending both sessions.

Group Bookings
For groups of five or more the reduction is $75 per person. These reduced rates are in addition to our early bird rates and the 10% reduction if someone registers for both the introductory and advanced workshop.

August Legislative Report

By Doug Brooms, ZWAC Co-Chair
NCRA Letters of support for the following 13 State Bills have been re-addressed and sent to the Appropriations Committee Chairs, via the online CA Legislature Position Letter Portal, (FYI, individuals are also welcome to submit letters.) Generic versions of the NCRA support letters are available at the website.

AB 142 Garcia, Cristina D Lead-acid Battery Recycling
AB 161 Ting D “Skip the Slip” paper receipts on request
AB 187 Garcia, Cristina D Used Mattress Recovery and Recycling Act
AB 614 Eggman D “Farm to Food Bank” tax credit
AB 729 Chu D Carpet recycling: Carpet stewardship
AB 792 Ting D Recycling: Plastic beverage containers: Minimum recycled content
AB 827 McCarty D Solid waste: Commercial and organic waste: Recycling bins
AB 1080 Gonzalez D (SB 54) CA Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act
AB 1162 Kalra D Lodging establishments: Personal care products: Small plastic bottles
AB 1583 Eggman D The California Recycling Market Development Act
AB 1718 Levine (SB 8) Smoking Ban for State Parks and Beaches
SB 8 Glazer (AB 1718) Smoking Ban for State Parks and Beaches
SB 54 Allen D (AB 1080) CA Circular Economy and Plastic Pollution Reduction Act

Remaining key dates:

Aug 12 – Legislature reconvenes
Aug 30 – Last day for bills to pass Appropriations
Sept 6 – Last day to amend on the floor
Sept 13 – Last day for each house to pass bills, final recess upon adjournment
Oct 13 – Last day for Governor to sign or veto bills
Jan 1 – Statutes take effect
Jan 6 – Legislature reconvenes

Your comments are welcome!

 

RU Feedback Letter Board Response

2019 Board Retreat

INVITATION TO INCLUSIVITY AND AWARENESS FROM YOUR NCRA BOARD
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