Recycling Advocates planning for future in 2017

During my first few months of being president, I’ve gone back through some documents to get a better understanding of the history of RA.

There is a long and rich history that has made a huge impact on the community. RA is a well-respected organization in the community and at the state level, and we want to continue that legacy.

With the launch of our “single-use coffee cup reduction” campaign this year, we are hoping to add to that legacy. I think this campaign has great promise in the Portland metro area, at the state level, and even nationally or internationally (almost everyone drinks coffee!).

That leads us to the next question: where is our organization headed in the future?

We naturally look to our mission statement “to involve people in creating a sustainable future through local efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.”

However, what does that look like specifically?

  • Where would we like to be in 10 years from now?
  • A generation from now?
  • 7 generations from now?
  • 1500 years into the future?

If we achieve our goals and there is no need for our organization, what would that look like? No waste going to the landfill in Portland, or in Oregon, or in the United States?

Once we better define our long term goals, where does the coffee cup campaign fit in with these goals?

These are questions we’d like to start discussing, and our board members have agreed to kickoff the discussion on March 18th, 2017.

You will hear more about our discussions in future newsletters, and we’ll give an update during the annual meeting in August.

If you have input you’d like to give, please email us or contact Adrienne or one of our board members to discuss.

Everyone is an important part of the success of RA, so all input is valuable!