Executive Director Updates

  • 12 Mar 2014 10:47 AM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)
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  • 08 Mar 2014 12:43 PM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)

    Executive Director Report to CRRA Members

    March 2014

    Website Consolidation and Redesign Project Underway

    We are well underway with our long-awaited website consolidation and redesign project. Board member Monica Devincenzi and I have been working with the firm of M3iworks, headquartered in Santa Cruz.  We are looking at designs to make our site more visually attractive and easier for members to access information, renew membership and sign up for events such as the annual conference.

    In addition to refreshed design work, we want to better integrate our systems using Drupal , the open source content management system, and retaining Wild Apricot, our member management software. This project will create a full one-stop- shop for our members, combine two sites - crra.com and crra.us- and make significant improvements in website security.

    We expect to launch the redesigned site in mid-May.

    March – Another Busy Sponsorship Contact Month

    March is another big month for sponsorship solicitation. I am making the lead calls to potential 2014 CRRA while Patty Morgan, our Administrative Manager, follows up on invoicing and allocating funds into our accounting system.

    We have implemented a policy change to assure that our valued sponsors (all of them!) receive a full year of acknowledgment for their generous participation in our sponsorship program.  Sponsorship is now acknowledged from the sponsor’s invoice date assure early and maximum exposure on-line and in other venues.

    Please feel free to contact me with any CRRA sponsorship leads at john@crra.com.  

    CRRA Members Volunteer for Board-Appointed Ad Hoc Certification Committee     

    Over the past three months the Board of Directors has reviewed our previous certification programs and assessed how CRRA should best address certification moving forward.  On January 30, the Board  approved the implementation of a new program leading to a Certificate of Sustainable Resource Management Professional (CSRMP).

    One early step in developing  a new CSRMP program  will be  the selection and appointment of an Ad Hoc Certification Committee.  By February 28, 2014 we had developed a full list of very enthusiastic CRRA members who want to be part of this new initiative. The next step will be Board approval of the Ad Hoc Committee members followed by developing an Ad Hoc Committee work program for 2014.   

     

    Cal Recycle – CRRA Leadership Meeting Set – April 1, 2014

    Board President Tracie Bills, Board Treasurer Rob Hilton and I are schedule to meet with Caroll Mortensen and other senior Cal Recycle leaders on April 1 to discuss a range of topics including 1) CRRA’s vision and organizational direction, 2) participation and sponsorship in our annual conference , 3) our partnership with Cal Recycle  in several regulatory and legislative initiatives including the Air Resources Board AB 32 Scoping Plan/Waste Sector and our efforts to assist with AB 341 – the 75% recycling plan, and 4) progress on our CSRMP certification program.

    Member Meeting Scheduled for Thursday March 20, 2014

    Our Spring membership meeting will be conducted Thursday, March 20, time to be announced. Board Advisor Bob Hollis has agreed to set up the webinar.  Notice to members and an agenda will be sent to the listserv and posted on our website on March 11.

    Board member Colleen Foster and I will work with Board President Tracie Bills to manage this year’s election process.

  • 07 Feb 2014 12:37 PM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)

    Executive Director Report to CRRA Members

    February 2014

    Website Consolidation and Redesign Project Initiated

    We are now underway with our long awaited website consolidation and redesign project. Board member Monica Devincenzi and I have been working with the Board-approved firm of M3iworks headquartered in Santa Cruz.

    In addition to refreshed design work, we want to better integrate our systems using Drupal , the open source content management system, and retaining Wild Apricot, our member management software. This project will create a full one-stop- shop for our members, combine two sites - crra.com and crra.us- and make significant improvements in website security.

    February Sponsorship Contact Month!

    February will be a big month for sponsorship contacts. I will be making the lead calls with Patty Morgan, our Administrative Manager, following up on invoicing and allocation of funds into our accounting system. At the same time, should Board members have special relationship with sponsors they may initiate the contact.  Valued sponsors – expect a call from us in the near future!

     

    CRRA Certification Program Approved

    Over the past two months the Board has reviewed our previous certification programs and assessed how CRRA should address certification moving forward.  On January 30, at the annual Board of Directors retreat, the Board confirmed its commitment to continue a certification program. For 2014 we will designate a range of events from various organizations that can qualify for recertification including a recertification track at our CRRA Annual Conference.

    For 2015 and beyond, we will develop a certification program that meets the National Certification Standards of the National Recycling Coalition. During February we will create an ad hoc committee to address the certification program, its resource requirements and its curriculum.

    First Annual San Diego Zero Waste Symposium a Success

    Co-sponsored by CRRA, the First Annual San Diego Zero Waste Symposium held February 4 at the County of San Diego Operations Center was a major success. With multiple speakers and over 160 attendees, including two elected County Supervisors, the sessions’ rapid fire format provided a variety of perspectives on Zero Waste programs in southern California. CRRA Board members Colleen Foster, Lynn France, Ric Anthony and CRRA member Laura Anthony were instrumental in moderating, presenting and facilitating the Symposium .

  • 03 Feb 2014 7:35 AM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)

    All CRRA Members,

    Attached is the just released California Recycling and Materials Management Occupation Report prepared by the California Community Colleges Centers for Excellence for the San Francisco Bay Area Region and the San Diego and Imperial Counties Region.    


     

    The attachments include the full study and the a key findings summary.
    R_MM_study_blurb_for_CRRA_Website_1.21.14.docx

    RMM_Keyfindings_FINAL_1.27.14.docx

     

    John H. Dane CAE

    Executive Director

    California Resource Recovery Association

    1-916-708-1310cell

    john@crra.com

     

    915 L St  Suite C 216 

    Sacramento, CA 95814

  • 23 Jan 2014 10:15 AM | John Dane (Administrator)

    December 2013/January 2014

    A Three Month Overview

    These past three months have provided a great opportunity to meet our many talented CRRA members and business partners, deepen my understanding of our public policy issues and get a good sense of the adjustments we must make to build membership and value, increase our sponsorships , highlight our events,  integrate our governance  bodies and  fashion a responsive, dynamic organization.

    Since my arrival both the certification program and website redesign and consolidation have been high priorities for us to address as both provide high profile professional and public exposure for CRRA.  Not surprisingly, along with developing a 2014 budget, we devoted significant time to both programs in December. Details are below!

    Completing Final Negotiations with Contactor - Website Consolidation and Redesign Project

    Targeting a January start to our long awaited website consolidation and redesign project, Board member Monica Devincenzi and I have been working with a Board of Directors-approved firm on contract details. Monica and I met with the CEO on December 18.  The meeting, which also linked with the developer team via conference call, addressed a number of technical issues.

     One technical issue for us to resolve is how much archival material we want to manually transfer and reformat on the website versus maintaining this material in original format and providing access through a direct link on our website (a less expensive option).  

    We will be addressing the final features of the contract and presenting it for Board approval in early January . Once we have addressed our own “to–do” tasks, the project should take about ninety day to complete.

    In addition to refreshed design work, we want to better integrate our systems using Drupal , the open source content management system, and retaining Wild Apricot, our member management software. This project will create a full one-stop- shop for our members, combine two sites - crra.com and crra.us- and make significant improvements in website security.

    Certification Program Renewal Discussion Ongoing

    Reviewing our previous certification programs and assessing how we should move forward with respect to certification took center stage in December.

    The CRRA Board and Board Advisors held a certification conference call on December 17 to generate a “portfolio of ideas”.  I developed and distributed three separate on-line surveys – for students, instructors and for board/advisors.  I forwarded to our Certification Committee the survey results the week of December 23 with a composite summary sent December 27.

     

    A conference call for instructors is scheduled for January 8. The Certification Committee meets via conference call January 13. At the January 30 Board & Advisors Retreat in San Jose we will make some fundamental decisions regarding the direction of CRRA’s certification program for 2014 and beyond.

    Should the Board decide to move forward with a new certification program there were certain broad and generic program features that a majority of all survey respondents agree upon:

    Standardize course curriculum

    Offer a mix of on-line and in-classroom courses

    Accept other course from similar organizations like SWANA

    Focus on mid-level  professional, and

    Focus on entry level employees

    Provide ongoing re-certification  opportunities

    Seek national accreditation/recognition

    Use certification to market CRRA membership

    Board Retreat 2014 – Meeting Arrangements Completed

    The CRRA Board retreat will be held January 30/31 at Cascadia offices in San Jose.  The retreat agenda will be finalized in early January, but certification is one of the primary topics to be addressed
  • 16 Jan 2014 2:51 PM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)

    Reducing California’s Waste Stream by 75% cant be achieved without diverting organics.  Coming to the US Composting Council’s 22nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow will add tools for your success!  

     

    January 26-29, 2014 at the Oakland Marriott City Center.

     

    Among the 4 days of workshops and presentations, you will find:

    Workshops like "Planning and Implementing Organics Diversion for Arenas, Fairs, Festivals and Special Events,” "Compostable Plastics 101 - What Recycling Coordinators and Program Developers Need to Know,” and "On-site and Institutional Composting: Instruction, Case Studies and Tour”

    Sessions addressing topics such as: “Powering San Jose: 3 Perspectives On Developing a Public-Private AD System,” “Role for Local Government in Developing Compost Programs,” “Collecting from the Commercial Sector: Case Studies and Lessons Learned”, “Developments in Residential Organics Collection,” and “Hauler Panel - Making the Connection Between Generator and Composter”

    Tradeshow with more than 100 vendors providing equipment and services to help you reach your goals.  Plus the fantastic Equipment Show and Demonstrations at the Redwood Landfill in Novato on January 29th.

    Hear updates from CalRecycle Director Mortensen and other department staff.  Enjoy networking opportunities galore at breaks, lunches and receptions.  

    PLUS! Come early for the first ever CompostCon!  Stay late for a Wine and Compost Tour to support CORC!

     

    Get all the details at http://compostingcouncil.org/conference/

     

    Avoid lines and save money: REGISTER NOW!

     

    Thanks to CalRecycle, Stopwaste.org and the 52 other sponsors of the 22nd Annual Conference and Tradeshow!

  • 24 Oct 2013 2:10 PM | Patty Morgan (Administrator)
    After a ten-month recruitment process, CRRA has hired John Dane as our Executive Director as of October 1, 2013.

    John has 25 year of experience in non-profit and association operations and management, including five years as the Executive Director of the 22,000 members California State Firefighters’ Association and another five years as the Executive Director of the United States Rowing Association, an Olympic team and membership organization.  John has also served in diverse roles with accountabilities including membership/sponsorship development, government affairs and advocacy, strategic planning, business alliances and partnerships, PAC fundraising and leadership, budgeting and finance, events and seminars, and foundation management. 

    Connect with John and see his professional profile at his LinkedIn page!

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