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NERC has begun several efforts to support and expand diversity, inclusion and racial equity in the recycling and solid waste communities.
Training: NERC, in collaboration with Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, and other partners, will be offering a national – virtual – training on diversity, inclusion, and racial equity in the recycling and solid waste communities. The training is currently under development. We anticipate it taking place in fall 2021.
Next Generation Scholarship Fund: The NERC Fall 2020 Conference featured a plenary session on racial justice in the recycling industry. This conversation opened the door to NERC’s engagement in the complex and challenging topics of diversity, inclusion and racial diversity (DIR). NERC believes that by embracing and supporting DIR, we will most effectively achieve our mission to minimize waste, conserve natural resources, and advance a sustainable economy through facilitated collaboration and action.
NERC has launched the Next Generation Scholarship Fund to support DIR and to introduce scholars to the topics of sustainable materials management featured at NERC’s Conferences. Scholarships will be awarded to select students interested in attending NERC’s Conferences and learning about the recycling industry.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor of NERC’s Next Generation Scholarship Fund, please contact Mary Ann Remolador, Assistant Director.
Conferences: The NERC Board has committed to including at least one topic addressing diversity, inclusion, and racial equity in all future conferences. For more information, contact Mary Ann Remolador, Assistant Director and Conference Organizer.