Re[2]: GRN Mission Statement Attempt
Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:21:36 -0500

Thanks. What you wrote is great!
--Bill S
Subject: Re: GRN Mission Statement Attempt
Author: "St. Paul Energy Consortium" <>
Date: 7/24/96 2:00 PM


Thanks for taking a stab at the mission and vision stuff.

I think the mission and vision statements are too long. A mission statement
in my mind is about three sentences that are broad and have almost no specifics.

The vision statement to me says what we want to see or be in the future in a
positive light. The first paragraph makes sense to me. i.e....

Our vision for a sustainable future is ZERO WASTE. Zero waste is an
appropriate goal for society in that it conserves natural resources, saves
wilderness, creates jobs, requires ending welfare for wasting and investing
in reduction, reuse and recycling instead. ZERO WASTE requires that
manufactures design products for recycling and price them to reflect full
environmental costs. Finally, ZERO WASTE means phasing out landfills and
incinerators as disposal options.

THEN, if you want to say how we are going to get there you can add what you
have written, but when we fill out grant requests or tell people our vision,
we need to be brief and suscinct...afterall, every member of our coalition
should be able to explain our mission and vision to others, with ease.

Gotta go.

At 07:03 AM 7/9/96, you wrote:
>TO GRN Steering Committee
>FROM Bill Sheehan 7-9-96
>I have tinkered a bit with the following statement, some of which
>could be used as a mission statement.... Suggestions?
>Draft statement for discussion by Bill Sheehan 7/4/96
>The Grassroots Recycling Network is a network of recycling activists,
>business people, environmentalists, waste facility opponents and other
>conservatives who believe that our waste-based economy is radically out
>of balance with the requirements of a sustainable future.
>We have formed out of a common desire to advocate and implement
>policies for a sustainable materials economy, and out of a sense that
>industries that promote and profit from wasting have grown powerful
>and deceptive.
>We aim to tap into the incredibly widespread and durable view that
>conserving resources is the right thing to do, and the bedrock
>conservatism that says "waste not, want not."
>We will expose the hype of those who have a vested interest in
>WASTING: (burying or burning used resources):
>? Wasting competes with reuse, recycling and composting for the
>same materials;
>? Wasting is not decreasing in most parts of the U.S. (despite
>apparent increases in recycling);
>? Wasting currently depends on huge subsidies for extraction or
>harvesting of raw materials, for manufacturing, for transportation,
>and for landfilling or incineration;
>? Wasting in incinerators destroys materials and recovers far less
>energy than recycling saves;
>? Wasting in new (dry tomb) landfills transfers most environmental
>liabilities to future generations;
>Reuse, recycling and composting can provide better disposal service for
>our discards, at far lower cost than wasting -- if they can compete on a
>level playing field. Waste prevention can eliminate the need for many
>wasting services altogether.
>The ZERO WASTE BY 2010 CAMPAIGN needs your participation to end
>the Age of Waste.
>For more information, contact the Grassroots Recycling Network at ....