Reporting From the Summit
Joan Murray reports on the January 31st Clean Marin Action Teams Meeting
On Wednesday, January 31st, we had our first large followup meeting to the Trash Summit held on November 1st, 2017. Individuals and independent groups have continued to work on their own litter activities, so much work has been done in the interim. The followup meeting was held in the Marin County Supervisors’ chambers and was led by the team at the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTPPP).
Action Team Goals Promoted at the Meeting:
• Designate one Saturday a month for county-wide cleanups to be posted at cleanmarin.org as well as other websites and will be led by alternating litter leaders in our communities.
• Expanding “Clean” programs to include representation from every municipality in Marin
• Advocate for support and assistance from local public works’ or parks’ organizations
• Develop bilingual signage for trash receptacles
• Focus on trash hot spots as well as parks and playgrounds
• Engage schools and educate via cleanup events
• Engage the homeless to be part of the solution
• Use social media to recruit for cleanup events and recruit outdoor education groups
Some of these goals overlap with those of the other groups so the next step will be to focus on what the Volunteer Cleanup Group can do and what it will take to achieve those goals. For those of you who are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will contact you when we have a date and time to get together. We can solidify those goals on February 28th when we meet with the other groups.
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I want to thank Chris Brokate from Clean River Alliance, who protects the Russian River Watershed, for attending our gathering on January 31st. He leads a huge group of litter removers, including many homeless volunteers. We look forward to partnering with him in the future. Also a special thank you to Rob Carson, Angela Clapp and Howard Bunce for their organization and leadership to address litter prevention and its removal. Thanks also to Ann Bauer, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of San Rafael, and Kirk Schroeder, Volunteer Coordinator for Marin County Parks, for helping to lead the Volunteer Group Action Team session where we worked to develop a strategic plan for “Clean” volunteer groups in Marin.