Upcoming events

    • Mon, January 06, 2020
    • Fri, February 28, 2020

    Applications for the STAR 2020 Bin Grant Program open Jan. 6!

    STAR's Bin Grant Program has been revamped! Our program is now sponsored by Busch Systems, whose support enables us to provide four grants to applicants this year. Schools, small businesses, and other entities, such as non-profits, can apply to receive up to $1,800 in brand new Busch Systems bins.

    STAR members get a 10-point boost in the scoring, so if you're not a member yet, apply now!

    Applications will be accepted through Friday, February 28, 2020.

    Visit our website Bin Grant Program page for more details and to apply.

    • Mon, January 20, 2020
    • Wed, April 01, 2020
    • Statewide


    Here is some great news from our friends over at Keep Texas Beautiful!

    Keep America Beautiful’s (KAB) Great American Cleanup (GAC) supply requests are now open! GAC is the nation's largest community improvement program, taking place annually from March through May. 
    Here's everything you need to know to participate in a successful spring cleanup: 

    What: GAC is a program to support the efforts of Keep Texas Beautiful and KAB Affiliates, nonprofits, volunteers, corporations, scout groups and communities to join forces to keep Texas clean and beautiful. Cleanup activities can include beautifying parks and recreation areas, cleaning waterways, picking up litter - anything that keeps your community beautiful! 

    Where: GAC events can take place in any public area in your community needing some attention. 

    Ways to get involved: You can get involved by contacting your local affiliate, joining a GAC event near you or organizing your own cleanup event. KTB provides supplies and resources for events, as well as an online toolkit to help make your cleanup successful. Your organization does not need to be an affiliate to request supplies for the Great American Cleanup. 


    • Thu, February 27, 2020
    • 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
    • online

    STAR Webinar

    Reuse in the Entertainment Industry

    Register Here!

    Free and Open to the Public!

    Interested in learning what types of reuse take place in the entertainment sector? Join the STAR Reuse Council as we hear from organizations in different parts of the country about how they’re helping promote reuse on Broadway, on the New York Fashion Runway, in the hills of three Colorado music festivals, and adaptive reuse of a sports arena to a mixed-use facility in Memphis.


    Bliss Green-Morehead, Communications Coordinator & Harriet Taub, Executive Director of NYC Materials for the Arts

    Susan Sampliner, Co-Chair of the Broadway Green Alliance

    Tom Marshall of O.T. Marshall Architects, Project Manager for the Memphis Pyramid

     Amanda Tollberg, Sustainability Coordinator for Planet Bluegrass

    • Thu, March 19, 2020
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online

    RETHINKING RECYCLING Webinar to Feature David Allaway, OR DEQ - March 19

    Register Here for NERC's free webinar about Rethinking RecyclingThe webinar will be held on March 19 at 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (eastern time).

    Join us for the webinar with David Allaway, Senior Policy Analyst of the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality to discuss many facets of recycling.  Some of the points to be featured in the webinar are: 
    Recycling is an essential element of a sustainable future, but is it sufficient? And are there unintended consequences for society and the environment if we maximize recycling, “zero waste” or “circular economy” without a larger policy framework? The State of Oregon has conducted groundbreaking – and sometimes provocative – research into the environmental benefits and limitations of recycling. In this webinar, David Allaway from Oregon DEQ will summarize that research and suggest a path forward that will help communities and policymakers improve and optimize recycling while simultaneously activating additional solutions that achieve higher order goals of conserving resources and reducing pollution. 

    If you have any questions about the webinar, contact NERC's Assistant Director. 

    • Tue, March 31, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
    • online

    Best Management Practices for Community Composting

    March 31, 1 - 2:15 p.m. EST

    Registration is required.

    This webinar will focus on the nuts and bolts of community composting, from siting and feedstock collection to system management and composting through the winter.  During the webinar, siting considerations, choosing a system, determining site capacity, and system management will be addressed. Lessons learned through case studies of community composting at rural sites, community gardens, and housing developments will also be shared.  

    This webinar is the second of a series on community-scale composting. The first webinar focused on the people involved in establishing sustainable community composting sites. A recording of the first webinar is available.  See Best Management Practices for Community Composting Team Building Webinar Recording & Resources.

    This webinar series is made available with funding from a USDA Rural Utilities Service Solid Waste Management Grant.

    For more information, contact Natasha Duarte, Composting Association of Vermont.

    • Thu, April 30, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • Fri, May 01, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Multiple Reuse Organizations in San Antonio
    • 42

    Please join the STAR Reuse Council for the 3rd Annual Texas Reuse Tour, this year visiting San Antonio, April 30 - May 1!

    What? 2020 STAR Reuse Council tour of San Antonio! Join us for the 3rd Annual Texas Reuse Tour, as we spend 1.5 days visiting local reuse businesses, sharing knowledge and networking among reuse professionals from across the state. For the first Texas Reuse Tour, we checked out awesome businesses and buildings in Houston, and last year we had an amazing time visiting multiple locations involved in reuse in Ft. Worth. This year, we head to San Antonio, home of the Alamo, to scope out the fantastic people and places involved in material reuse!

    When? Thursday, April 30 (all day) and Friday, May 1 (half-day)

    Who? Professionals in the reuse, circular economy, or zero waste field, students, or any other individuals interested in expanding their reuse knowledge.

    Why attend? Last year we had over 20 professionals from across the state gather in Ft. Worth. Come discover what San Antonio has to offer and what ideas you may be able to bring home!

    • Tour 7+ reuse businesses of varying size, function, and mission to understand challenges, successes, operating processes for each business
    • Exchange ideas and network with professionals from private and public sectors involved with reuse activities
    • Hear from participants in a reuse panel during lunch on April 30
    • Brainstorm with industry professionals on adaptive reuse, growing reuse and art, and other topics
    Where are the tours?
    • Pearl Brewery Complex
    • Stella Education at Confluence Park
    • Spare Parts + Mini Art Museum
    • Project MEND warehouse
    • Goodwill San Antonio
    • H-E-B Recycling & Redistribution Center

    Registration info! 

    • $50 for STAR Members
    • $60 for non-STAR members

    What's included in registration?

    • All-day transportation on April 30, an opportunity for continued networking throughout the day, tours of multiple reuse businesses, and lunch. 
    • May 1 access to additional reuse tour locations in the morning via self or carpool transportation (recommended); lunch is not included on May 1. 

    Traveling from out of town? We will work with a local hotel to secure a small room block for attendees. Booking details will be provided closer to the event date.

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