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Eco Partners
Environmental education made easy. 
September 2013
 SWANA Snapshots
Elizabeth Roe and Cristina Polsgrove led a session on SWANA's E-Tools.
We love seeing clients at our booth!
MRFy the Recycling Robot was a crowd pleaser!
Congratulations, Spokane!

The Spokane Regional Solid Waste System, a long-time "One Man's Trash..." client, received two SWANA Excellence Awards at WASTECON.
About Us
Eco Partners helps you deliver local environmental educational information, efficiently and cost-effectively. We do all the heavy lifting and you get all the credit. 
Elizabeth Roe

Elizabeth Roe is the brains behind Eco Partners. With 25-plus years of teaching and professional environmental and conservation expertise, Elizabeth is a recognized environmental educator and communicator.


Gary Roe

Gary Roe has spent his career in public administration, communications, and marketing and provides day-to-day operational support for Eco Partners.


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Elizabeth & Gary at Eco Partners' SWANA WASTECON booth
The conferences have continued! Late last week, Gary and I returned from SWANA's WASTECON 2013 in Long Beach, CA. My week there was a whirlwind with Communication, Education and Marketing (CEM) Technical Division meetings, activities, and sessions. If you are a SWANA member and didn't attend our session on the online e-tools, I recommend that you log onto today!

While we were in California, we got to spend time with so many of our long-time clients and friends. Our relationships over the years have been based on emails and phone calls, so it is wonderful to meet so many of you face-to-face! In fact, I think it is so valuable that I'll be in California again early in 2014. If I missed you in the past couple of months, I'll see you then!

At the end of August, Gary and I were at the Resource Recycling Conference in Louisville, KY. I stayed for a training session with Wesley Schultz, a Professor of Psychology at California State University - San Marcos. He's a rock star to those of us in environmental social marketing. If you are unfamiliar with the term, "social marketing" is the process of influencing behaviors for the benefit of society.

A highlight of our time in Louisville was seeing Julie Rhodes (pictured here), the former Executive Director of the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts. Julie is now the Recycling Economic Development Liaison in the City of Austin (TX) Resource Recovery and Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office. We miss her here in the Hoosier state, but we know that she is doing great work as a transplanted Texan!
We have one more conference on the schedule this year. Next week, we'll be in Bloomington, IN for the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts' 2013 Annual Conference. Learn more at

It's that time of the year when your fall newsletters are arriving! We hope that your residents enjoy the articles and find the information useful.

We've already started on the winter Trash Talk!  and begin work on the community newsletter next week. If you have been thinking about using one of our customized newsletters in your local program, it is not too late to do the winter edition. Contact me today at 317-450-3346 or!

For more information about Eco Partners, and to stay up-to-date between newsletters, please visit our website at


Stay in touch and keep recycling,

Elizabeth Roe
Behind the Curtain:  
Meeting the People Who Make Eco Partners Possible
For the next several issues, we will be introducing the people "behind the curtain." These are the people who take the raw material -- the written text -- and make the newsletters happen. They lay out the newsletters, create the art, proofread the articles, translate into other languages, fold the newsletters to your liking, and more.

Proofreader Julanne Sausser is no stranger to the environmental world. After realizing a career in chemistry wasn't her path, she worked with the City of Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW), the recycling sector of a bimetal beverage can manufacturer, the State of Indiana Office of Energy Policy, and Paper Retriever recycling.


She especially found her experiences in the DPW w
orthwhile when the future of solid waste management in Indianapolis was being decided.

"Looking back from today's perspective, I feel fortunate to have had a close-up view of this decision-making process about solid waste for one community, especially one that is so different from the decisions made by most communities in Indiana," she said.

n 1994, Sausser continued her path on recycling when she became a proofreader for Eco Partners. She has always taken the proofreading very seriously.

"As one of the 'fresh' and last pairs of eyes who reads [the newsletters], I feel very responsible for catching any typos or errors before the newsletters go to press," she said. "Consequently, I read through each issue twice with my red Sharpie poised and ready to make corrections."

Sausser loves to spend her time with her family and go on trips with them. She also enjoys reading, volunteering at her youngest daughter's high school, and watching her "guilty pleasure," the television show "Scandal."

During her almost 20 years with Eco Partners, Sausser has seen what the power of information can do in changing opinions and actions about the environment.

"Through its newsletters, Eco Partners continues to educate its readers in new possibilities for responsible solid waste management and in ways to advocate for them," she said. "That makes me proud to be an Eco partner."