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Newsletter – August 2012

It May Not Be Sexy, But A Strategic Plan Is Badly Needed

Without a comprehensive, cohesive, strategic plan for integrated waste management, we are missing opportunities from economy of scale efficiencies and proactive action.  The current HWMA planning process will inform the HWMA Board and staff, check assumptions for decisionmaking, and educate the public about how the system works and how it can be improved.

August 23 HWMA Board Public Strategic Planning Study Session

If you’ve been following the HWMA’s strategic planning process, you know that waste management in Humboldt County, including recycling processing and reuse programs, will be largely determined for the next decade by what kind of plan HWMA produces.   Possibilities range from maintaining the current waste management status quo to creating a comprehensive regional Integrated Waste Management Plan that establishes a level of coordination that currently doesn’t exist.  Interested citizens and stakeholders will be seeking a significant participatory role over the next several months.   The next opportunity to interact with the Board  will be later this month.

The HWMA Board is convening a public work session on August 23 at 5:30pm.  Agenda and location (in Eureka) TBA.  The session’s purpose is to give HWMA staff and the HWMA strategic planning consultant – R3 Consulting Group, Inc. – an opportunity to provide information to the Board and enable a Board discussion of process design options and considerations and plan scope.  The public and media are welcome to attend.

Details will be posted via HWMA’s new electronic notification system – see below.  Apparently this will be the only form of public notification / publicity the HWMA staff will provide based on staff comments made at the last Board meeting.  We recommend subscribing to the notification list if you want reliable timely information about meetings, comment opportunities and so forth.

ZWH representatives will be there to advocate for a county-wide zero waste goal and Integrated Waste Management Plan and a stakeholder based Planning Advisory Committee.

A zero waste  goal and plan will provide the policy guidance and blueprint for:

  • optimizing the reduction, reuse and recycling of waste;
  • retaining local control of waste processing; and
  • maximizing the economic benefits   of resource reuse and recycling businesses and jobs.

What You Can Do:

  • Attend the work session, let the Board know you support Zero Waste Humboldt’s positions on a  county-wide zero waste goal and IWMP; and the make-up, selection and role of the PAC.  [For more information see our comments on the HWMA website’s Strategic Planning page at http://www.hwma.net/Board%20of%20Directors/Strategic%20Planning ]
  • Email the Board prior to the meeting,  let them know you support ZWH’s positions on a county-wide zero waste goal and IWMP, and  the make-up, selection and role of the PAC.   Send your comments to: Board@hwma.net

HWMA Begins Strategic Planning e-Notification

Since last September Zero Waste Humboldt has repeatedly urged the HWMA Board and staff to create and begin using an email notification system that would inform interested citizens about new developments in the planning process, public meetings, opportunities to review work products and to provide public comment.  At the most recent Board meeting, strategic planning project manager Karen Sherman reported that such a system was now in place.  To receive notifications, Individuals must subscribe to the listserv.

To subscribe, go to the HWMA Strategic Planning webpage at http://www.hwma.net/Board%20of%20Directors/Strategic%20Planning  and add your email address.

WANT TO HELP?

We welcome your participation!  To become a Zero Waste Humboldt volunteer, contact us at contact@zerowastehumboldt.org .  Donations large and small help us provide our public education and outreach services.

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