Virtual Recycling Update Remo Tips

We are hosting Virtual Recycling Update in Remo – a visual top-down view, 2-D map comprised of interactive “rooms”.  The app uses video, audio and chat to allow people within the space to interact naturally in real-time, from anywhere in the world.

If you have any trouble accessing Remo, please try the tips below and then consider contacting NCRA’s Administrative Coordinator Juliana Gerber via  ncra@ncrarecycles.org.

Remo User Tips:

Creating A Profile
  • When you first sign in to Remo you will need to create a profile
  • Please sign in at least a few minutes before the event so you have time to create your profile
  • You can create your profile any time after your receive your invitation to Remo
  • Please enter your full name and organization so that others can see who you are
  • If you have already created a profile for a previous Remo event you won’t need to create a new one
But First… Your Setting and Appearance
  • Remo does not have virtual backgrounds. So, before “seating” yourself – turning on your microphone and camera, consider your setting. Is there anything in view you would prefer others not to see?
  • Also, are you fully dressed? Are your housemates aware of your virtual plans? On the internet there are many amusing videos of partially or fulled undressed meeting participants as well as oblivious housemates.
Sitting At A  Virtual Table
  • The Remo event is a virtual room full of virtual tables.  There are multiple  one-room “floors” in the virtual building
  • Use the tool bar at the bottom of the screen to turn on your camera and microphone
  • Change tables by double-clicking on an empty seat at another table
  • To have a private one-on-one conversation, move to a table with only two chairs
  • Change floors in the building by going to the “elevator” on the left-hand side of the screen and clicking on the floor number
  • You can find other guests at the event by searching for their name in the chat bar
  • You  can send a chat to 1) everyone in the event 2) everyone at your table  3) any individual attending the event
  • Hover your cursor over another guest’s avatar to see their name, share contact info, or send them a private message
  • You can invite someone at another table to join you at your table by hovering your cursor over that person’s avatar, right clicking, and selecting “Get Joe Recycler”

Watching a Presentation

  • While each speaker is presenting, you will see two windows – the speaker and their slide presentation.  To make either window bigger, click on the arrows in the upper right hand corner of the window. 
  • You can only see and hear the people on stage, but you can chat with anyone at the event
  • To ask the presenter a question, please use the Q&A bar, not the chat bar
  • Once the audience has submitted questions for the speaker, you can vote for your favorite question(s) in the Q&A bar.  The moderators will ask the speaker the 3 questions with the most votes.  You can vote for more than one question, but you can’t vote more than once for the same question.

Technical Guide / Trouble Shooting

  • Run this test before you enter Remo
  • If you do not pass the operating system test above, it may still work as long as your browser is supported
  • You have to use Chrome (recommended), Firefox, or Safari to have a successful event experience
  • Please use a computer or laptop. Tablets are not supported and mobile phones are not recommended
  • Make sure that you have only one browser window of Remo open
  • Make sure that you are only using one microphone / don’t have two devices with open mics on at once
  • If you get frozen,  or if you see a blank white screen, refresh / reload the page. If that doesn’t work, try exiting and then re-entering Remo.
  • If you are in Remo and have a technical question:
    • Look for a NCRA Volunteer avatar (NCRA logo) at a table
    • Click the “Need Help?” button at the lower left hand side of the screen
    • Or click the White Button with three lines in the upper left hand corner of the screen inside of the event
  • If you are having a challenge turning on your mic or your camera, you may need to adjust your Browser security settings:
    • For Chrome instructions, click here.
    • For Firefox instructions, click here  
    • For Safari instructions, click here
  • If you continue having trouble accessing Remo, please contact ncra@ncrarecycles.org or as a last resort call our Google line: 510 982-1841.

Additional information on Remo:

Event Guide For Guests  (pdf)          Troubleshooting Mic – Cam – Tips (pdf) User Guide (pdf)

NCRA would like to ensure that all of our participants can access the content during our event.

For those who need additional support accessing the audio content, digital transcription can be accessed through Web Captioner a simple web browser tool that can transcribe the audio directly from your computer speaker.

Note that Web Captioner only works in Google Chrome on Windows, Mac OS and Chrome OS. This is because Web Captioner relies on a technology called the Web Speech API that is only supported by Google Chrome at this time.

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Networking Moderators

Join 15 minutes before your session
Confirm you have speaker privileges (How?)
You will be on “stage” during a brief period at the beginning and end of the session.
Welcome people to networking
Introduce yourself and orient to the session
Invite people to switch tables when the timer goes off – or not
Tell them to change tables by double-clicking on an empty seat at another table

Then, just have fun and work with your co-host to deliver some shared messages:

      • If watching the video or the NCRA Players or not taking part in the session, please turn off camera and microphone
      • To have a private one-on-one conversation, move to a table with only two chairs – perhaps on the floors above
      • Change floors by going to the “elevator” on the left-hand side of the screen and clicking on the floor number
      • You can find other guests at the event by searching for their name in the chat bar
      • You  can send a chat to
        • Everyone in the event
        • Everyone at your table
        • Any individual attending the event
      • Hover your cursor over another guest’s avatar to see their name, share contact info, or send them a private message
      • You can invite someone to join you at your table by hovering your cursor over that person’s avatar, right clicking, and selecting “Get Joe Recycler”

If you are in Remo and have a technical question:

    • Look for a NCRA Volunteer avatar (NCRA logo) at a table
    • Click the “Need Help?” button at the lower left hand side of the screen
    • Or click the White Button with three lines in the upper left hand corner of the screen inside of the event

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VRU Sponsors

THANK YOU TO OUR 2020 RECYCLING UPDATE SPONSORS!

Sponsorship makes low-cost tickets and scholarships for Zero Waste Week events possible!

GOLD: City of VallejoStopWasteNapa Recycling & Waste ServicesCity of NapaSan Francisco Department of the EnvironmentHF&H ConsultantsR3 Consulting GroupRethinkWasteAlameda County IndustriesMt. Diablo Resource RecoveryToterCity of Fremont

SILVER: Zero Waste SonomaZero Waste MarinPSSI/Stanford RecyclingSCS EngineersMarin Sanitary ServiceEcology Center

BRONZE: South San Francisco ScavengerCity of LivermoreRecycleMoreRecyclistResource Recovery Coalition of CaliforniaCity of SunnyvaleCity of StocktonCascadia Consulting GroupRecycleSmart, CRRA

Generous support from our Sponsors provides scholarships and low-cost tickets to students and those that need financial assistance to attend. If you are interested in Sponsorship, please send us a note via the contact page!

LEVELS OF SPONSORSHIP:
Bronze – $500 = 1 ticket
Silver – $1000 = 2 tickets
Gold – $1500 = 4 tickets

BENEFITS OF SPONSORSHIP:

Ticket(s) to the event based on sponsorship level (as outlined above)

–*Special this year* Discounted registration for the National Zero Waste Conference ($55 discount per ticket)

–Your personalized logo on the NCRA website and program

–Sponsors will be formally thanked on stage

–Sponsor logos will be displayed on the screen during both breaks and lunch

–The larger the sponsorship the larger the logo is for placement

–Sponsorships support discounted tickets for job seekers as well as the students’ scholarships

VRU Program

RECYCLING UPDATE GOES VIRTUAL!
CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY IN OCTOBER!

NCRA’s Recycling Update will be held on-line on Monday, October 5 and Tuesday, October 6, from 12-5pm. Two half-days. Registration is $75 for Current Members and $135 for Non-Members. Details

Join NCRA                              Register Today

Speaker Showcase – Day 1
Speaker Showcase – Day 2

PROGRAM

Interactive Topic Lunches, 10-Minute Presentations, Entertaining Breaks and – drum roll, Debates! The debates will be conducted by members of a local high school debate team coached by subject matter experts from both sides of the issue.

Presentations will be from innovators and experts in waste prevention, food rescue, reuse, recycling, composting and Zero Waste.  Join 300 Zero Waste professionals and advocates for networking and small group discussions of current topics.

The program (subject to change) is as follows:

MONDAY, OCTOBER 5
12:00pm Topic Lunch
1:00pm David Krueger
Welcome
Leslie Lukacs Zero Waste Sonoma Are Compostable Products Being Composted?
Laurenteen Brazil City of El Cerrito National Sword’s Impact on the El Cerrito Recycling Center
Genevieve Abedon Clean Seas Lobbying Coalition / Ecoconsult Fighting Plastic Pollution: California Legislative Efforts
Miriam Gordon Upstream Bringing Reuse Into Food Service Through Policy and Business Innovation
2:00pm Break: Entertainment / Activity TBD
2:30pm Debate Team Head Royce High School Collecting Low Value Plastics
3:15pm Break: Entertainment / Activity TBD
Monaliza Noor HF&H Consultants SB 1383 Model Tools Overview
Wanda Redic City of Oakland Reduce and Rescue Oakland’s Surplus Food
Derek Crutchfield City of Vallejo Recycling Rewards: Recycling Incentive Contest
4-5pm+ Virtual Networking
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6
12:00pm Topic Lunch
1:00pm David Krueger
Welcome
Wes Sullens U.S. Green Building Council Update on Recycling, Circular Economy, and Embodied Carbon in LEED v4.1
Peter Schultze-Allen EOA, Inc. What do Stormwater and Zero Waste have in Common?
Brock Hill & John Moore Premier Recycle Company / Law Office of John Douglas Moore How Franchising Impairs Recovery of C&D
Tony Hale San Francisco Estuary Institute – Aquatic Science Center Accelerating Trash Detection in the SF Bay Area using Advanced Technology
2:00pm Break: Entertainment / Activity
2:30pm Debate Team Head Royce High School Mixed Waste Processing
3:15pm Break: Entertainment / Activity
Magdalena Donoso GAIA – Latin America & the Caribbean Wastepickers: Key Agents for Zero Waste Cities
Julia Lang Downtown Streets Team I Clean the Streets, Because I’m from the Streets: How to Use Environmentalism as a Vehicle to End Homelessness
Michael Bisch Yolo Food Bank Transforming Wasted Food Recovery In A Small Rural County
4-5pm+ Virtual Networking

ZWW EVENTS POSTPONED

March 10, 2020

NCRA Recycling Update and Zero Waste Week Activities Postponed

As all are aware, the COVID-19 virus is spreading rapidly and has become a serious global health concern. The consensus of expert advice is that it would be unwise to move forward with large events at this time. Many of our speakers and attendees from various  businesses and agencies have been given travel and meeting restrictions, while others are choosing to not travel.  The absence of so many attendees would have a noticeable effect on Recycling Update.

Therefore, we have decided to postpone RU2020 and the other Zero Waste Week events, perhaps until September/October. We will get back to you with a revised plan.

Postponed Zero Waste Week events include:

        • Recycling Update
        • Zero Waste Youth Convergence
        • Green Drinks @ Spats
        • Urban Ore Welcome Reception
        • Zero Waste USA Training
        • Berkeley Food Network Tour
        • Chou Hall Tour
        • Renewal Mill / O2 Artisans Tour
        • North Bay Tour
        • Livermore Compost Tour
        • Dance to Zero Waste
        • Race to Zero Waste (virtual option pending)

The National Zero Waste Conference (NZWC) is no longer meeting in-person and the organizers are researching alternatives. They are not planning a September/October 2020 NZWC at this time.

As the duration of the Covid-19 epidemic is unknown, any new dates for RU2020 and Zero Waste Week may be subject to change.  We will keep you apprised of the situation as it unfolds.  Thank you for your patience and understanding. (Sorry about the automatic reminder earlier today.)

We encourage you to keep your registrations and join us in September/October. These events fund our non-profit and make possible Zero Waste advocacy and education programs. We appreciate your support!

If you need to cancel, please confirm with your team supervisor first – if appropriate. If approved, please use the NCRA Office Contact Form and select REFUND as the subject.  Juliana will be working on this closely and you will receive a refund within 30 days.


For all of you still attending public events, we suggest you follow CDC protocols. This includes following good hygiene and being vigilant about it, including washing hands often, not touching your face with unwashed hands and using hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available. Also, consider options for a handshake free greetings, such as:  wave, smile, make eye contact, Namaste, fist bump, elbow-bump, footshake or point one finger to say hello to old and new friends.

COVID-19 RESOURCES

National Zero Waste Conference

CDC: Mass Gatherings
CDC: Sick With Coronavirus?
City of Berkeley

San Francisco