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9/16/14 This information is for archival purposes only. It is not current. For current doings, see xTroy.org .

Background:

The objective of this group is to maximize participation of recycling and composting in Troy; to create a massive and varied educational campaign around recycling and composting that prioritizes hands-on experiences; to target youth as a crucial sector for creating lasting change; to better utilize existing systems, structures, and resources in Troy

Click here to read full section in the report on this topic.

Current Status

Met and determined initial plan of action (below). Further communication will occur over email until the next meeting.

Next Steps

  • identify actionable first steps (information on City website?)
  • schedule next meeting before the next Troy Compost (3/19) mtg (Drea)
  • figure out who wants to do what
  • Howard offered building a demonstration site along Hoosick St. (no consensus yet determined on that)
Longer term plan:
  • create educational materials (audience-specific) for public campaign: stickers, posters, games, guides, multimedia, logos
  • organize for and promote a Master Composter and Recycler program (through CCE and RensCo) in Troy
  • create demonstration sites for backyard and neighborhood composting
  • update the City of Troy website with more web-appropriate information (images, video, multiple languages, etc.)
  • to create incentives for teaching recycling and composting in classrooms and schools
  • present options to Troy residents
  • facilitate school fields trips to Colonie Landfill, Port of Albany Recycling Facility, Composting sites
  • identify and encourage more volunteers
  • identify volunteers for and develop a waste audit program
  • to meet regularly and perhaps divide into subcommittees, recognizing that educational undertaking is huge and varied

8/19/13 Education Committee Meeting Minutes:


Present: Judy, Marie, Kyle, Diane ,MA
Welcome new member, Diane! Yeah!

1. Recycling Tour on 8/27 at 10:00am. at Waste Connections
865 So. Pearl St.
Kyle will round-up and be organizer for the day. Message to go out
regarding carpool once total head count is in. Received contact from Sustainability Coordinator in the Atty. General Office. She is sending word out to other sustainability
coordinators!
2. City Website Meeting: Took place on 8/7 with Jessica Sibley. MA, Judy and Marie
attended. Very positive and productive meeting. Offered some suggestions for the website to be more accessible and informative. Jessica liked and took all suggestions.
Will work on them and then reconvene our discussion.
3. Neighborhood Conference on 9/21/13: Drea is working on a presentation.
Details to follow.
4. Neighborhood Sites: Much positive enthusiasm to revitalize such sites. Plan is to work
one by one with individual land owners. Will obtain wishes, conditions, needs. Work then to build bin and educate that particular neighborhood.
Possibly could do this at neighborhood meeting. Marie is collating some individual
info. already available. MA will reach out to Andrea regarding Ida St. site, Linda at Oakwood and Matt for 8th St. Comm. Gardens.
5. City, Public Events and Recycling: MA sent request to Jessica to place 8/27
Recycle Tour on website. Also contacted Peter Ryan around continued
efforts to work with city around recycling pick up efforts after public events and
practices within gov't. buildings. To be continued..............
6. Other: Judy now on TWFM Tabling Committee and will report back after first
such meeting
MA to check with Anasha about our presence at Green Fair on 9/28/13.
Several of us plan to attend and speak briefly about our efforts at next
TNAC meeting on 9/12 at 6pm. at Hillside Inn.
7. Next Meetings: Lg Compost Group: 9/11 at 6pm. at COG
Ed. Comm.: 9/23 at 6pm. at 16 1st St.
Thank you. Posted to Wiki on 8/20/13. MA



7/29/13 Education Committee Meeting:
Present: Judy, Drea, Helen, Marie, MA

1. Comments on TWFM:
Going well but concern for continued workers year round.
New folks need some orientation.
Contact schools after Aug. Try to keep new volunteers with experienced.
2. Debrief of City Meeting on 7/10/13:
Bulk of meeting focused on grant proposal
Peter Ryan, deputy mayor, in full support of all our efforts.
Enabled contacts with city regarding website and signs.
Enthusiastic about city adopting new policies on own recycling
and composting practices. Will continue to work with all this.
3. Waste Connections Recycling Plant Tour:
Next tour scheduled for Tues., 8/27/13 at 10:00 am.
Please email back to this address with desire to attend.
Marie to send notice to TNAC and Neighborhood groups.
MA to send notice to city coucil and administration.
This is open to the public; want to keep manageable group to
20-25 people. Hence, please sign up.
Hope to continue scheduling these tours quarterly.
4. Meeting with City Website Contact Person:
Meeting set for Wed., 8/7/13 at 10:30 with Jessica Sibley
at City Hall. MA, Judy and Marie planning to attend.
Judy has made lovely "cheat cheat" of ideas. General idea is for
easy access to practical information and much info. missing completely
from website. Drea has offered help with prepping any info., formatting,
creating file.......We'll discuss with Jessica how she wants to go with it.
5. Next Actions:
TWFM and Website far from finished but well on the way!
Next focus on presenting at various group meetings, keeping tabs and helping the
city move toward their sustainable practices (permission granted to "bug"
Peter Ryan), City offering more practical public recycling receptacles and
starting the conversation about new City signage to help create a culture.
Next Meetings:
Larger Compost Group: 8/6 at 6pm. Location TBA
Education Committee: 8/19 at 6pm. at 16 1st St. Bring folding chair!
Minutes entered into Wiki 8/2/13.


6/27/13 Education Committee Meeting Minutes:
Present: MA, Drea,Judy, Helen, Kyle
Focus on improving TWFM food scrap pick up efforts
Ideas and Actions include:
  • 1. Contacting Gary at DEC for more printed brochures
  • 2. Adding DEC and Cornell websites to mini-flyer handouts
  • 3. Adding Guy as contact # for interested volunteers
  • 4. Make sure to contact Homestead Farms early on to confirm their bucket pick up
  • 5. Engage and involve more mkt. vendors in the composting
  • 6. Prop up recycle bins with crates for better visibility;afix laminated sign
  • 7. Add a 2pm. break down weekly work slot
  • 8. Invite folks interested/supportive to next compost meeting (7/15)
  • 9. Create small "orientation" for unfamiliar new folks ;have ready for ea. meeting
  • 10.Create cheat sheet for set and break down easy for anyone to follow
  • 11.Create inventory supply list so every week is stocked
  • 12.Create list of neighborhood sites with a definite contact for each one
Drea will have mini flyer squares ready for Sat.
Will add DEC and Cornell info. sites along with Guy contact#
Items #9-12 to be worked on via email by committee for completion
before 7/15; MA to start
MA to contact Waste Connections Recycling plant for another tour
Will open up to public and take about 20 people per tour; will repeat periodically
Also time to begin thinking of contacts for Fall with schools and org.
Need a nice, concise Troy Compost introduction presentation ready first.
Brainstormed some additional ideas to discuss with city admin.
How are they handling additional waste from summer events and market?
Is there any thought as to creating zero waste events?
Do city gov't. offices recycle, display bins?
How can city generally improve communications with citizens other than website?
Is there communication with city and new businesses around waste management?
Next large compost meeting on 7/15, 6pm. at Center of Gravity(?)
Next ED. meeting on 7/29, 11:00am. at 16 1st St.
Minutes posted on wiki on 6/28.

notes from meeting 6/4/13 at 9 a.m. at Drea's:present: Judy, Mary Alice, Abby, Drea1) Brochures--being written with a focus on Troy: Drea, Debra Lockrow--looking for an artist for illustrations: any suggestions?2) Compost drop-off materials:*=needed for Saturday 6/8--* materials from DEC: Abby has--*sign-up sheet: Abby has--*list of acceptable compost items: Mary Alice to find out from farmer; Drea to create handout--updated recycling flyer: Judy to finalize info; Judy and Drea to create flyer--Climate Smart flyer: Mary Alice to get info3) Website--Recycling information being developed: Judy, Kyle4) Signage--table sign is being done--signs for city (to "develop culture of compost"): down the road, on hold for now5) Meeting with Sanitation--cttee to develop questions for the meeting--discuss list by emailsome initial thoughts:--what will the city do to promote composting?--get input from workers on waste management--develop strategy for neighborhood/business compliance/education--how to work with city to follow regulations6) Compost Tour--on hold for now7) Master Compost Class--Mary Alice to get possible students from contact lists from first Farmers Market survey8) Next meeting:--Thursday June 27, 2013, 5:30 p.m. promptly, at 16 First St. (BYO chair!)
notes from meeting 4/8/13 at 6 p.m. at Mary Alice's:

Present: Mary Alice, Judy, Drea, Deborah, Kyle, HelenTopics:1) Website: Judy reported on investigating the current Troy.gov website with recommendations for changes/improvements.Subcommittee to create concrete, specific changes that could be handed over to the troy.gov webmaster: members: Judy, Bob, Dan, Abby, Kyle--Kyle will do photos and video for the website--Judy will email her notes to all in the website cttee--Dan has the name of the contact person for troy.gov

2) Directory of landfills/compost sites etc.: Helen reported on progress so far, looking for other input for places that would be good as resources for field trips, for education etc. There are 5 composting groups already in South Central Troy (through Community Gardens), and Collard City Growers in north Troy. Helen will continue to compile the list.

3) International Compost Week: May 6-12A.: Discussion of possible compost site tour around Troy, using the Troy Trolley, including stops at a composting demonstration in north Troy (Abby was volunteered) and/or at Designitogether on River St., to make silkscreened t-shirts with a composting theme.--a map could be made to identify composting sites around the city; neighborhood people could attend and explain their site to visitors--suggestion to coordinate with Critical Mass Bikers; Deborah will check with Troy Bike Rescue--compost site tour would be early evening on a weeknightB: Table/outreach at Farmers Market either May 4 or May 11: to inform of Compost Week events and whip up some enthusiasm for composting. Some materials from DEC are available. We need to produce outreach/education materials as soon as concrete information is available.--Drea to check with Farmers Market to sign up for a table.

4) Master Composting Class: to train and prepare the community for composting projects--class is offered through Cooperative Extension; Mary Alice will look into having classes in Troy

5) Composting Guidelines:--Kyle suggested gathering information re. composting to use for web and publications--Mary Alice will compile information--Kyle will edit and format appropriately

6) Field Trips--Albany County Waste Recycling Center, 865 S. Pearl St., Albany: they are dedicated recyclers, and will do talks and show visitors the operation--Mary Alice will find out when they will do tours/presentations to visitors--MA will arrange a Field trip with larger composting group

7) School Presentations: for going into schools and teaching students (and staff) about composting--Mary Alice and Kyle are interested in working on this

8) Earth Day: 4/22/13--Troy High School: Abby is looking for a partner in presenting to students; Kyle may be able to go.--Earth Week at RPI: 4/20/13 Event: general feeling we're not ready for presentations at RPI yet; Mary Alice to send out info on event.

9) Materials: Mary Alice has several copies of handouts from DEC; good for starting point--Helen to see if we can get more copying donated

10) NEXT MEETINGS:--Large group meeting specifically for International Composting Week: 4/29/13, 6 p.m. at Christ Church on State St.--General large group meeting: 5/13 at 6 p.m. at Christ Church on State St.--Education Committee: Wednesday 5/22/13, 6 p.m. at ?Helen's: 1078 Madison Ave. (off Campbell or Spring), 3 1/2 blocks past Church. (Kyle is also looking into space at RPI for meetings)

Meeting on 3/18/13. Actions being worked on:
TASKS:
1) Master Composting Class: offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension
--Mary Alice to contact CCE regarding possibility of bringing this class to Rens. County

2) Field Trips: to educate the general public about issues and options around composting
--possible field trip sites: Port of Albany, Colonie Landfill, Schenectady Composting effort, local farms, Community Gardens
--create a "directory" of possible field trip sites; hours, availability
--maybe create a "walking tours"
--Mary Alice and Helen to gather information

3) City of Troy website: needs correcting and updating
--find out who has final say in Troy administration re. the website content
--Judy to review current website content and come up with changes to correct and update website
--Dan working to create informative interactive video for website linkage

4) Video presentation: questions and answers about composting
--tape "people on the street" asking questions about composting in Troy
--tape responses from Troy officials and others
--video to be posted on troy.gov site and used elsewhere as well
--Dan to tape, edit and post the video

5) Presentations to a variety of community organizations
--when organizations ask for a speaker
--possible organizations: schools, restaurants, neighborhood associations, hospitals, churches, farmer's market
--create talking points, literature, displays, etc., appropriate for various populations
--hold off for now, until there is something substantive to present
--Drea, Mary Alice

6) School Outreach: teaching kids about the importance of composting/recycling
--investigate existing programs from other organizations
--find out who to contact in local schools (teachers, administration, parents, etc.)
--MA to investigate how Schenectady CCE brought program into local schools

7) General Public Information/Education
--Public events: Farmers Market, Troy Night Out, demonstrations
--create a "Welcome Packet" with info for new residents on composting and recycling
--"How and Why" information
--signage: research other successful cities, suggest signage (multilingual/icons)
--receptacles: determine where would be most useful
--need to reach out to art community for collaboration
--need to find finances and materials for signage and receptacles

8) Earth Day: prime event for education
--MA to obtain from Gary Feinland pamphlets and banner
--discuss with larger group what we can do for that weekend
-- need to know what else is going on that we can dovetail with? (discuss at larger meeting 3/19)



People Involved

Point Person:


Actively Helping

  • Mary Alice Pasanen
  • Abby Lublin
  • Drea Lanza
  • Judy Meyer
  • Bob Doherty
  • David Bissember
  • Deborah Kraft
  • Dan Lyles
  • Helen Farnam
  • Howard Traite

Interested

  • Anasha Cummings
  • Sheila Fitzgerald
  • Howard Traite
  • Laura Rabinow

Resources

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Minutes/Notes

Notes from 2/6/13 Troy Compost Organizing Meeting:

Members: Mary Alice Pasanen, Abby Lublin, Drea Lanza, Judy Meyer, Bob Doherty, David Bissember, Deborah Kraft, Dan Lyles, Helen Farnam, Howard Traite

Objective: to maximize participation of recycling and composting in Troy; to create a massive and varied educational campaign around recycling and composting that prioritizes hands-on experiences; to target youth as a crucial sector for creating lasting change; to better utilize existing systems, structures, and resources in Troy

Need:
- create educational materials (audience-specific) for public campaign: stickers, posters, games, guides, multimedia, logos
- organize for and promote a Master Composter and Recycler program (through CCE and RensCo) in Troy
- create demonstration sites for backyard and neighborhood composting
- update the City of Troy website with more web-appropriate information (images, video, multiple languages, etc.)
- to create incentives for teaching recycling and composting in classrooms and schools
- present options to Troy residents
- facilitate school fields trips to Colonie Landfill, Port of Albany Recycling Facility, Composting sites
- identify and encourage more volunteers
- identify volunteers for and develop a waste audit program
- to meet regularly and perhaps divide into subcommittees, recognizing that educational undertaking is huge and varied

Tasks:

- post notes (Abby)
- identify actionable first steps (information on City website?)
- schedule next meeting before the next Troy Compost (3/19) mtg (Drea)
- figure out who wants to do what
- Howard offered help in building a demonstration site along Hoosick St. (no consensus yet determined on that)

Preferred communication mode: Email.