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April 2015
How did you celebrate Earth Day this year? If you're like us, you celebrate every day as you work for sustainable waste management in your community. Our goal is to stay abreast of the latest developments so we can share them with you and you can share them as part of your local environmental education efforts.

In just a couple weeks, I will be attending the first-ever Sustainable Materials Management Summit at the University of Maryland. Sponsored by the National Recycling Coalition, this invitation-only summit will address the evolving management of waste materials in the United States. Find more details in "Exploring the Future: Sustainable Materials Management" below. 

Events like this help us stay on top of the best practices and new technologies in waste management and we want to pass them on to you and those you serve. Let us help you keep your environmental communication up to the minute with a minimal amount of staff time. If you want to know more about how we can help, please call or email me.
Keep recycling,

Elizabeth Roe, President
Eco Partners
Exploring the Future:
Sustainable Materials Management
Photo: | Ricardo Infante
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), "Sustainable Materials Management (SMM) is the use and reuse of materials in the most productive and sustainable way across their entire life cycle. SMM conserves resources, reduces waste, slows climate change, and minimizes the environmental impacts of the materials we use."

With a goal to address this very issue, the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is sponsoring a May 12-13 at the University of Maryland. Along with its partners, the Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions and University of Maryland Environmental Finance Center, the NRC is hosting the policy summit to help develop action-oriented strategies that will promote SMM throughout North America.

NRC Board President and CEO, Mark Lichtenstein, explains the conference this way: "Ultimately we want to accelerate SMM as a method of choice for avoiding the generation of discarded material...At the end of the day, this 'unconference' will have produced the beginnings of a refined SMM strategy-based plan." The NRC plans to develop the start of an SMM National Plan based on the facilitated dialogue at the summit.

Eco Partners will join approximately 200 summit attendees who represent a broad spectrum of key stakeholders, including federal, regional, state and local governments, recycling organizations and other nonprofits, trade and industry groups and progressive businesses.

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