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REMINDER: NRC Awards Nominations Due 6/15



 
A reminder notice!!  The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) Awards Committee
reminds you that the Awards nomination deadline is June 15!  
 
Forward this email or distribute this form to great companies, programs, and
individuals that should submit a nomination for an NRC award this year.  We 
are looking for outstanding nominations in recycling, composting, source
reduction, and education, as well as new products, innovations, and market 
development.   Don't forget to think about winners from your
state/local/regional awards or other competitions you thought were great.  We
want to make 
sure that the winners represent the "best of the best" from across the
country.
 
Please, if you have questions, contact co-chairs Lisa Skumatz or Lori
Gummow or
the NRC at the addresses below. 

Thanks,

Lisa Skumatz, SERA
Phone: 206/624-8508
FAX: 206/624-2950
Email: skumatz@serainc.com


Lori Gummow 
Phone and FAX: 815/637-1343 
Email: wrcb@inwave.com

NATIONAL RECYCLING COALITION

2000 ANNUAL AWARDS PROGRAM
Application and Nomination Form

The National Recycling Coalition (NRC) is pleased to call for nominations for
their 2000 Annual Awards Program.  The Coalition will honor its award winners
during the 19th Annual Congress & Exposition September 10-13 in Charlotte,
North Carolina.  This premier recycling event provides a forum for more than
2,000 business leaders, government officials, and individuals to network and
discuss programs, policies, and new technologies in recycling.

NRC=92s Annual Awards recognize outstanding recycling achievements, publicize
success stories, and work to raise awareness of recycling throughout the
country.  Award winners represent diverse recycling programs across the U.S. 
The NRC Awards Program is sponsored by the Buy Recycled Business Alliance
(BRBA), a partnership of the NRC, and other donors.  


National Recycling Coalition and the Buy Recycled Business Alliance

The National Recycling Coalition is a nonprofit organization committed to
promoting recycling as an integral part of waste and resource management.  Its
5,000 members include recycling and environmental organizations, large and
small businesses, state and local governments, and individuals.  The
Coalition,
based in Alexandria, Virginia, disseminates public information and operates
programs that encourage recycling market and economic development.  Each year,
the Coalition commemorates individuals and organizations that represent the
nation=92s most outstanding efforts to advance recycling.  The NRC Annual
Awards Program recognizes recycling efforts that become the standard for the
future.

The Buy Recycled Business Alliance, established by the NRC in 1992, is a
broad-based organization of nearly 4,000 businesses and governmental
organizations committed to increasing the procurement of recycled content
products.  Members range from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses and
national associations.  The primary focus of the Alliance is to use the
resources of the business community to increase the purchase of products with
recycled content through education and leadership by example. 


2000 AWARDS CATEGORIES

Recycler of the Year - Lifetime Achievement
Outstanding Community or Government Program
Outstanding Recycling Innovation -- Product or Process
Outstanding Environmental & Community Leadership
Outstanding Corporate Leadership (Schmitt)
Outstanding School Program (all levels)
Outstanding Market Development
Outstanding Public Education (Boettner)
Outstanding Minority Business Award
BRBA Best Business or Government Buy Recycled Program
BRBA Best State Buy Recycled Campaign  
BRBA Award for Innovative New Product or Material

DESCRIPTION OF 2000 AWARDS CATEGORIES

RECYCLER OF THE YEAR  LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: Each year, NRC recognizes one
individual who exemplifies commitment to recycling through his or her career
accomplishment, professional and personal leadership, sharing his or her
career
experience with others, and making a significant contribution to recycling.

THE FRED SCHMITT AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING CORPORATE LEADERSHIP: Awarded to a
business.  Fred Schmitt, an executive with recycled newsprint producer Garden
State Paper Company, was instrumental in shaping recycling policy in New
Jersey, public-private partnerships, and economic development opportunities in
recycling.  The award recognizes a company that has furthered recycling 
through a dedicated, successful corporate office. 

THE TIM MCCLURE AWARD  FOR OUTSTANDING  ENVIRONMENTAL & COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP:
Awarded to an organization. Tim McClure, founder of the non-profit Summit
Recycling Project in Breckenridge, Colorado, was a community leader in
recycling and environmental causes.  The award salutes an organization that
displays initiative and commitment to recycling, the environment, and the
community.

THE BETH BROWN BOETTNER AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING PUBLIC EDUCATION:  Beth Brown
Boettner, an Austin, Texas city employee, developed one of the first major
city
recycling programs in the country.  The award honors a recycling program that
shows innovation and leadership in public education.

OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY OR GOVERNMENT PROGRAM:  To a community or governmental
(urban or rural) program, including recycling, composting/yard waste,
hazardous
waste and/or source reduction.

NRC OUTSTANDING SCHOOL PROGRAM:  Awarded to a school-based recycling,
composting, or waste reduction program.   All levels of school are eligible.

NRC OUTSTANDING RECYCLING INNOVATION  PRODUCT OR PROCESS:  To a business,
non-profit, or other entity developing an innovative product or process
related
to recycling, yard waste, or waste reduction.

NRC OUTSTANDING MARKET DEVELOPMENT AWARD:  Awarded to a business, governmental
body, or other agency contributing to the development of markets for materials
related to recycling or yard waste.

NRC OUTSTANDING MINORITY BUSINESS AWARD:  Awarded to a minority owned or
operated business that has been involved in the recycling, composting, or
waste
reduction industry for at least three years.  This award seeks to honor a
business or person of color for outstanding achievement.  

BRBA BEST BUSINESS OR GOVERNMENT BUY RECYCLED PROGRAM:  Awarded to a
business or
governmental agency that has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to
purchasing recycled content feedstock or products, showed creativity and
innovation in expanding types of materials used, and has a strong track record
in use of high volumes of recycled content materials.  This is a new award for
2000.

BRBA INNOVATIVE NEW PRODUCT OR MATERIAL:  The Innovative New Product or
Material
award recognizes new and unique uses of recycled material.  The Alliance
member
that manufactures, distributes or purchases the most innovative new product
containing recycled material will receive this award.

BRBA BEST STATE BUY RECYCLED CAMPAIGN AWARD:  This award recognizes the State
Buy Recycled Program that was most successful in attracting new members, as
well as serving as a catalyst to help existing members be more effective in
increasing recycled content.   Unique program features are taken into account,
and consideration is made related to state population differences.    
SELECTION CRITERIA FOR AWARDS 
NRC AWARDS CRITERIA: When nominating a recycling, composting, and/or source
reduction program in any award category, please address EACH of the following
criteria in turn.  Address all aspects of each criterion, providing
quantitative information, or documentation where possible and appropriate. 
List the criterion's title at the top of each specific response.  Be sure to
list your nominated program at the top of each page used.  Keep your response
to the criteria no more than FOUR double-sided sheets of paper.  All
nominations must be made by an NRC member. 

=B7 COVERAGE AND LONGEVITY: describe the program's longevity, documented
participation and recovery rates, number and types of
people/students/employees
covered, and area/region covered, as appropriate for the award.

=B7 INNOVATIVENESS/MEETING NEEDS: Describe how your program meets a need,
describe innovative aspects or originality of your program or its
effectiveness
in improving existing methods of meeting the need, and the risks that were
overcome in meeting the needs of users or of the marketplace.  If cultural or
economic diversity presented challenges to the program, describe how these
were
overcome.

=B7 DOCUMENTED EFFECT ON RECYCLING AND HIERARCHY: Give your best documentable
estimate of the quantity (in tons) of 1) materials recycled during the past
year, including materials accepted; 2) waste reduced or prevented, reused
materials, or toxics reduced; and 3) amount of disposed trash (not diverted)
during the year.  What efforts have been made in procurement and closing the
loop, and what have been the documented effects? If this is not available or
appropriate for your program, what are the most important measures you use to
monitor success in recycling and/or waste prevention and why?  Where possible,
provide quantitative results for your program.

=B7 SHAREABILITY/RELIABILITY: How applicable is the process or program to
other
areas?  Has the= process or program been well demonstrated, and, if
appropriate
to the= award, is it applicable for larger scale commercialization?

=B7 PROGRAM ECONOMICS: Describe the economics of the recycling,= waste
diversion, and reuse program or technology, identifying cost= of
recycling/reuse/reduction, costs of disposal (indicating avoided cost if=
available), cost of the total program, investment in related efforts such= as
market development/procurement/source reduction, and job creation. = Reference
other appropriate relevant costs and benefits for technology= submittals.

=B7 EDUCATION/OUTREACH:   What outreach/education about= the program is
underway
for employees, contractors, residents, etc.? How= can others in your line of
work use what you have done or learn from your= efforts?

=B7 LEADERSHIP/CUTTING EDGE:   Describe how your= program shows leadership and
takes steps beyond 'traditional' recycling or= diversion program designs.

BRBA AWARDS SELECTION CRITERIA: Buy Recycled Business Alliance (BRBA)= Awards
applicants must be members of BRBA and must meet the relevant NRC= selection
criteria, as well as the following criteria for the= Alliance awards.  No
criteria beyond those for the NRC awards are= required for those applying for
the BRBA Outstanding Buy Recycled Business= or Government Award.

BRBA AWARD FOR INNOVATIVE NEW PRODUCT OR MATERIAL: The following= information
must be included when applying for this award (one= additional side of paper
allowed for responses to these questions):

=B7 Which recycled materials are used and how?
=B7 What are some of the distinctive or innovative features of the= product or
use of the material?
=B7 How is the product or material superior to other approaches?
=B7 Length of time product or program has been in use and its expected= life.
=B7 Challenges, if any, encountered by the company in attempting to= implement
this program or product. (Challenges may include= institutional  barriers,
internal or external to the company,= economic/financial barriers, technical
barriers, and market barriers or= regulatory requirements.)

BRBA BEST STATE BUY RECYCLED CAMPAIGN AWARD: Applicants should supply=
information including (one additional side of paper allowed for responses= to
these questions):

=B7 Program innovation,
=B7 Number of members recruited (clearly identify time period), and
=B7 Percentage member increase from first to latest year of the= program.

Unique program features will be used to acknowledge productive efforts that=
did not generate as many members as a more populous state.


Applications materials will not be returned and must be sent to the=
Alexandria
Virginia address noted on the form and be received by the office= by 5:00 pm
EST on June 15, 2000.  Faxed or late applications will not= be considered. 
Incomplete applications, including those that do not= include EIGHT nomination
packets containing one copy of all nomination= materials and 3 letters of
recommendation, will not be considered. = 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

A program may be entered in ONE category only.  If you are unsure= about the
category most appropriate for your nominee, or if you have other= questions,
contact Lisa Skumatz at 206/624-8508 or Lori Gummow,= 815-637-1343, NRC Awards
Committee Chairs..

Send EIGHT (8) complete nomination packets to the address on the= nomination
form, to be received by 5:00 pm EST on June 15, 2000.  Each= nomination packet
should contain one copy of all nomination materials,contact us for a
nomination
form.

Reminder: An individual/organization cannot win more than once in the same=
category.

Claims should be documented.  Examples: if material is printed in four=
languages, submit copies as an example.  If the program recovers= 10,000
pounds
of office paper per year, submit verification where= possible.



MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR CONSIDERATION

=B7 Nomination form (below) completed by NRC member.
=B7 A one-page, one-sided summary of the program's history, key=
accomplishments, and distinguishing characteristics.
=B7 A brief, clearly labeled, response to each criterion.  Total= responses to
all criteria should not exceed four double sided pages.
=B7 Three letters of support from local recycling organizations,= government
officials, businesses, or community leaders.  Letters from= firms, suppliers,
etc. financially involved with the nominee are not= weighed as heavily as
other
letters of support. (For BRBA awards, at least= one letter must be from a
business.)

Optional Materials: In addition to the required materials,= submissions may
include up to five double-sided pages of supplemental= documentation.  Do NOT
send videos or promotions.  List= them in this section, and the Committee will
contact you if additional= materials are deemed useful.