The last year saw some big opportunities for recycling policy at the state level but also underscored the challenges and level of effort needed by CAFR to propose state-wide legislation. On Wednesday, July 19, CAFR will host our annual Policy Retreat. The retreat is an important event for the organization as it helps to set the tone for the year’s policy activities. This year’s event is especially meaningful because the input gathered during the meeting will feed directly into CAFR’s 2018–2020 Strategic Plan. Some of the questions we will be looking to address at the retreat include:
- What are CAFR’s policy objectives and activities for the near- and mid-term period?
- What can CAFR and the Policy Committee do to directly assist in the increase of waste reduction and diversion statewide especially for the 2018 election year which will hold critical opportunities in the legislature and Governor’s Office?
- What is the long-term role for CAFR in supporting recycling-related policy in Colorado?
For the last three years CAFR has had a long-term contract with a professional lobbyist. The lobbyist contract expires in June 2017. The Board has opted to not enter into a new contract for the remainder of the year. The decision was based on two main criteria: 1) We felt it was prudent to wait until our policy retreat and strategic planning activities were complete. The strategic plan will chart our future policy activities including how to approach a new lobbyist agreement. 2) The organization is working to minimize expenses while we focus on membership growth and value. Waiting to enter into a new contract will save the organization more than $10,000 in 2017.
The policy retreat is open to all CAFR members and our soon-to-be-formed Strategic Planning Committee will also be asking for input from all members. If policy is important to you and your organization, please try to attend the retreat and help shape the future of CAFR. If you can’t make the retreat, talk to a board member or the executive director at the Summit, call or email the board, or participate in the strategic planning discussion. Your input is necessary to make sure the organization best represents you!
- Date: Wednesday July 19, 2017
- Time: 9 AM – 2 PM
- Location: Denver metro location TBA
For more information or to sign up for the retreat, contact any of the Policy Committee co-chairs: Laurie Batchelder Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org), Randy Moorman (Randy@ecocycle.org) or Jessie Burley (email@example.com).