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Eco Partners
Environmental education made easy. 
October 2013
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Dean Smith and Gary Roe
Gary Marlin and Christy Duvall
Alicia Ebaugh and Shanda Solomon
"The extra degree makes all the difference."

About Us
Eco Partners helps you deliver local environmental educational information, both cost-effectively and efficiently. 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 and Gary with Aaron Bell (center).

We have to start with a word of thanks. At the Association of Indiana Solid Waste Management Districts' Annual Conference earlier this month, Eco Partners was recognized with an "Extra Degree Award." All we can say is THANK YOU! For more than two decades, I've had the pleasure of working with Indiana's solid waste districts. You all do such good work, serving your citizens well. That you trust us as part of your team is truly an honor! Thank you!

Have you been enjoying your fall so far? Here at Eco Partners, we have been busy with the fall and winter newsletters, which tend to overlap. The fall editions are done, and we're already at work on the winter newsletters. The winter edition of Trash Talk! actually heads to the printer later this week!

Don't forget to include eco-friendly practices in your fall celebrations. Whether you compost your jack-o-lantern or pull out grandma's china for Thanksgiving dinner, remember to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

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


Have "spooktacular" week and keep recycling!

Elizabeth Roe
Behind the Curtain:  
Meeting the People Who Make Eco Partners Possible
We are continuing to introduce 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 for the foreign languages, fold the newsletters to your liking, and more.

Born in Mexico City, Marigen Gonzalez-Russell has known Spanish all her life. As the fourth of 10 children, she grew up around the language. After moving to the United States in 1982, she has continued to use Spanish in translation.


Twelve years ago, Gonzalez-Russell joined the Eco Partners team to create the Spanish portions of One Person's Trash.

"I...accepted the challenge to do it myself. Not only it was a job that was very flexible (I could do it wherever I was), but the topic at hand (garbage and recycling) was also very interesting to me," she said. "Every summary I translate into Spanish for their newsletter is an educational experience for me." 

Not only does Gonzalez-Russell learn about the environment, she also learns about the complexity of the Spanish language and translating.


"Even when Spanish-speaking people are able to communicate and understand one another, there are some words, expressions, idioms that have different meaning depending on the country," she said. "Working for several clients, I must be very conscious of this factor and keep an eye on the translations to accommodate for that."


Gonzalez-Russell has lived around the world, from Mexico to the United States, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines. She calls her two daughters "the joy of my heart" and loves to "exercise, read, cook, learn new things, and get together with family and friends." Through her work with Eco Partners, she has been able to learn lots of new things about the environment and how trash can be used differently.  


"I believe that there is so much more we can do to exploit the potential of the waste we produce [and] that through education that potential can be reached," she said. "I am really proud to be part of the Eco Partners' team and happy to contribute in bringing that education to those who can do more."

Conference Updates
We aren't traveling to any conferences in the next few months. However, Gary and Elizabeth both serve on the Solid Waste Association of North America's Exhibitor Advisory Committee. That committee will meet in Dallas, TX in early December. If you have exhibit-related concerns that you would like to share about SWANA's annual WASTECON, please contact Elizabeth or Gary.