Green Partners networking meetings
April meeting: Waste in Hennepin County – how low can we go?
- Date: April 12, 2017
- Time: 1 - 4 p.m. (optional networking 4 - 4:30 p.m.)
- Location: Hennepin Energy Recovery Center Visitor’s Center, 435 North 5th Street, Minneapolis (directions)
Join Hennepin County and the Green Partners Network in a discussion about what it will take to reach our 75 percent recycling goal by 2030. We invite you to provide input as Hennepin County begins developing its 2018 Solid Waste Management Master Plan. Your experience and insights as an environmental educator, project leader or volunteer, or community leader will be valuable as the county determines priorities and education and outreach strategies to reduce waste.
Learn about the waste issue
The meeting will start with a tour of the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center where participants will have an opportunity to see our trash up close. Then we’ll learn about the progress we’ve made towards our current recycling goals. We will also dive into the results of the county’s waste study to see what is in our trash and identify the best opportunities to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Provide input on strategies to reduce waste
We’ll break into small groups to explore barriers to reducing waste and brainstorm ideas on waste prevention, organics, recycling, communications strategies, public outreach, and youth engagement. Participants will move from table to table to share ideas about each topic area.
Networking meetings are open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
To participate in the tour you must RSVP and sign a waiver. You do not need to take the tour to participate in the discussion. RSVP to Patience Caso at email@example.com or 612-348-9352.
More about the tour the Hennepin Energy Recovery Center
A limited number of spaces are available on the tour so you must RSVP to attend.
Please be prepared for a little dirt and grime. For safety reasons, closed-toe shoes and long pants are required for the tour. Visitors also must wear safety equipment, including a hard hat and vest, which will be provided for you.
About the Solid Waste Management Master Plan
State statute requires metro counties to prepare master plans that implement the recycling goals and objectives from the state’s Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Management Policy Plan. Hennepin County is conducting community engagement efforts with residents, businesses, cities, haulers and other partners to provide input on the Solid Waste Management Master Plan. The plan will be available for review in the fall 2017 and submitted to the county board for approval by the end of the year.
Future networking meetings
Networking meetings provide an opportunity to learn about environmental topics, share resources and project ideas and network with fellow environmental educators. Networking meetings are held quarterly.
Future topics for 2017 networking meetings will be:
- Summer: youth environmental education, including a summary of feedback gathered from conversations and a survey conducted in 2016 and a discussion about next steps
- Fall: trees and forestry, including an introduction to new environmental education activities and resources about trees
- Winter: food waste and organics recycling
Dates for these networking meetings are to be determined. Check back for details or sign up for the Green Partners e-newsletter to receive updates.
About the networking meetings
Networking meetings provide an opportunity to learn about environmental topics, share resources and project ideas and network with fellow environmental educators.