With the help of grant funding from the Altamont Education Advisory Board, the Reuse Alliance California Chapter is working on developing a local chapter program. This local chapter program aims to create more value and relevance for members through more localized, in-person engagements with the Reuse Alliance. The program is kicking off with a newly formed San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, coordinated by Nicole Gaetjens in the newly created role of SF Bay Area Chapter Organizer. In coordination with the Chapter Steering Committee, the Chapter Organizer will act as the central organizer and point of contact for RA member activities in the SF Bay Area. These activities include, but are not limited to, member meetings and activities, Reuse Race, and membership development. Additional grant funding is being sought to expand the program. If you are interested in starting a local chapter in Californai, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Illinois Chapter launched its new webpage on the RA website last month: reusealliance.org/illinois. The webpage features click-through links to chapter presentations on reuse efforts here in Illinois and around the world. Webpages for other chapters are coming soon!
- Our upcoming bi-monthly chapter meeting in October will feature a reuse presentation by Steven Wright of 4Walls International, a nonprofit organization that uses trash as building blocks for community centers, schools and more at the border between San Diego and Tijuana. We plan to share this presentation on the webpage in the future, if any members are interested.
The Oregon Chapter is partnering with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to promote Oregon DEQ's new Reuse, Repair and Product Lifespan Extension Project. The project will help Oregon DEQ prepare foundational background information and recommendations for a strategic plan, to be finalized in 2016, on long-term projects to reduce environmental impacts through extending the lifespan of products, including support for Oregon’s repair and reuse industries. This project is part of Oregon DEQ's implementation of Oregon's 2050 Vision and Framework for Action for Materials Management. Oregon DEQ is hosting an in person meeting and webinar on October 20th and the Oregon Chapter is helping to identify stakeholders and possible partners as this project develops.