NRC brings on new crop of board members

NRC brings on new crop of board members

By Editorial Staff, Resource Recycling

Amid a flurry of changes within the organization, the National Recycling Coalition (NRC) this week elected eight new members to its board of directors and also added five board spots for former leaders of the Recycling Organizations of North America (RONA).

The NRC and RONA recently joined to create a single entity, and the 13 newly elected and added members on the NRC board aim to evolve the recycling-advocacy group. In total, NRC now has a total of 25 board members, each sitting for three-year terms. "Over the last few days the NRC has become a much stronger organization," said Michele Nestor, the vice president of NRC. "We are thrilled about the RONA unification and having their leadership join our ranks."

The eight newly elected members are: Jeff Cooper of Ciotti Enterprises; Mark Lichtenstein of Syracuse University Center for Sustainable Community Solutions; Fran McPoland of Paper Recycling Coalition & 100% Recycled Paperboard Alliance; Michelle Minstrell of Waste Management Sustainability Services; Margretta "Meg" Morris of Covanta Energy; Will Sagar of Southeast Recycling Development Council; Julie Rhodes from the City of Austin Resource Recovery; and Robin Wiener of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries.

The five individuals coming to the board from RONA: Gary Liss, Gary Liss & Associates; Marjie Griek, Colorado Association for Recycling; John Frederick, Intermunicipal Relations Committee COG; Gary Bilbro, NewGreen Consulting LLC; and Jack DeBell, University of Colorado Recycling Services.

Nine individuals ran for the eight open board spots up for election (the odd person out was former board member David Refkin), and at NRC's member meeting in Louisville, Kentucky on Aug. 25, Lichtenstein, who is the group's current president, said that this year was the first time in "three or four years that there have been more candidates than spots." Lichtenstein cited that fact as a sign of the organization's improved vitality.

Several years ago, NRC's outlook was not nearly as positive, with financial struggles putting the group's long-term solvency into question. In giving a "state of the NRC" speech at the members meeting in Louisville this week, Lichtenstein said he was happy that the group was finally starting to delve into issues – such as extended producer responsibility and sustainable materials management – instead of just trying to get finances in order.

"Finally, we're not talking about the skeletons in the closet," he said.

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