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25 Years & Counting

February 1, 2012

nerc_interior_title25 Years & Counting – NERC Celebrates Its Silver Anniversary

Founded in 1987, NERC is celebrating its silver anniversary in 2012. Looking back, it seems to have been a constant whirlwind of innovation, success, and collaboration. A unique organization, NERC can boast of its leadership in regional strategies that support environmental and economic sustainability through source reduction, recycling, environmentally preferable purchasing, and recycling market development. NERC has demonstrated its leadership with its projects and has broken new ground in a number of important areas.

As an organization, NERC conducts projects that influence policy and affect change through research, technical assistance, demonstration projects, and education.

Among NERC's many accomplishments since its 20th anniversary are:

NERC was originally established by the Council of State Governments - Eastern Regional Conference (CSG-ERC) in 1987 to:

  • Address the growing concern about the millions of tons of municipal solid waste generated and disposed annually in the Northeast.
  • Garner support for the diversion of recyclable materials from disposal.
  • Assist with market development for the diverted recyclables.

NERC was an affiliate member of the CSG-ERC until 2000, at which time NERC became an independent non-profit organization. As an independent organization, NERC has been able to focus more directly on its core issues and to represent its mission on a regional and national basis. It has also allowed for expanded private sector involvement and multi-stakeholder dialogue.

NERC's Board of Directors represents state recycling and economic development agencies in the Northeast. Upon becoming independent from CSG-ERC, NERC amended its bylaws to allow Advisory Members to join as non-voting members, thereby giving interested businesses and associations the opportunity to participate in NERC. The result has been a broadened and strengthened organization. Currently, NERC has more than 50 organizations and companies participating as Advisory Members.

The synergy created by NERC's diverse membership and committed staff enables the organization to consider multiple perspectives on a given issue and undertake projects and activities that benefit the northeast and, in many cases, the entire country.

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