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Eco Partners
Environmental education made easy. 
August 2014
Written Communication--
          Clear & Concise

Quick -- what do you think is the most important skill for environmental educators? Did good public speaking skills come to mind first?

A recent article on LinkedIn by Walter Chen suggests that written communication, rather than a rousing speech, provides a base of information from which everyone can work and reference.

We agree! Having a written base of knowledge ensures that members of your community understand the solid waste management programs you have in place and what the expectations are for their participation.

Let Eco Partners help you provide a clear, concise and consistent message about your environmental programs. Give us a call so we can work together to meet the needs of your community.

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About Us
Eco Partners helps you deliver local environmental educational information - 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.


Julanne Sausser

Julanne Sausser is our Marketing Communications Manager. She has worked in and around recycling for many years, most recently with the Paper Retriever program.


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Elizabeth Roe President, Eco Partners

Greetings from Dallas, Texas! Gary and I are attending SWANA's WASTECON today through Thursday, August 28. If you are also here, please stop by booth 1829 across from the Break Zone and say hello!

This wraps up our busy summer of conferences where we have enjoyed the opportunity to speak with many of you in person and to learn more about current best environmental practices. Once we leave WASTECON, we'll get back to work on writing our next round of quarterly publications so we can share what we have learned with you and your community.

Speaking of writing, communicating clearly in writing is more important than ever in our 24/7 asynchronous world. (Asynchronous communication takes place when participants send and receive messages at different times and from different places. Print, email, and text are good examples of asynchronous communication tools.) Check out the column at left to read more about the importance of written communication and then contact us to see how we can help make your environmental communication efforts clear and concise.

To learn more about Eco Partners, visit us online at for details on our residential, student, and online environmental communication products and how we can help meet your education needs.

Keep recycling,

Elizabeth Roe


Behind the Curtain:  
Meeting the people who make Eco Partners possible
This is the last in our series to introduce the people who take the raw material -- the written text -- and make the newsletters happen. We hope you have enjoyed learning how your information goes from text to layout to art to proofreading to translation and, finally, to printing and shipping.

When it comes time to take the digital version of 

One Person's Trash and Trash Talk! and turn them into hard copy publications, HNE Printing steps in to complete the job. With locations in Greenfield and Columbus, IN, HNE Printing produces the final products that our clients deliver to their readers.


Here's how HNE General Manager, Larry Ham, describes the process. "The pages are delivered to HNE Printing through the Internet. When pages arrive, HNE staff prepare the pages for press. The pages are run through a proofing system and then are married together to prep them for plating. HNE uses a Kodak Trendsetter to image the pages onto aluminum plates. Using the plates, the pages are then run on a Goss Community press. Several versions of the newspapers are printed. Once finished with printing, the different versions are separated and prepared for shipment. Some papers are inkjet mailed, some are shipped out in boxes, and others are shipped via trucking service," Larry told us.

HNE Printing is a division of Home News Enterprises, a family-run company founded in 1872 by Isaac T. Brown with the creation of the Columbus Republican newspaper. Members of the Brown family have led the company through six generations to current President Jeff Brown. The operations of HNE Printing division are currently led by Vice President Randall Shields and General Manager Larry Ham.


Eco Partners began its relationship with HNE in the mid-1990's when we were in need of a printer and Elizabeth found them in her search for just the right company. HNE produces newspapers, tabloids, magazines, flyers, and brochures, and other publications like ours. Their printing facilities have won many awards through the years for reproduction and color.


Like most sub-contractors Eco Partners works with, Carrie Lacy, Commercial Printing Coordinator for HNE and our contact, says she and her family have been impacted by working with our environmental newsletters. 


"When my kids were younger, we gained a lot of recycling knowledge through the Trash Talk! publication. We enjoyed reading the paper and playing the fun recycling games," Carrie said. "It is exciting to be part of such a great organization that continues to educate the public on ways to make our world a greener place."