The Recycling Impact Award is an opportunity for ISRI Chapters to recognize Lieutenant Governors (LGs) and build proactive positive relationships with LGs many of whom have a significant role in overseeing state government.
At a time when challenges stemming from changing global market dynamics within the recycling industry are getting the attention of state policymakers, now is the perfect opportunity for ISRI members to publicly recognize LGs who are supportive of the recycling industry. There are few public officials who will want to turn down the opportunity to show off the fact that they are publicly recognized as being a supporter of recycling. Build relationships now with the state's second-in-command by securing the support and favor of state leaders currently serving and likely to move up within public office in the future.
Be sure not to miss the fast approaching May 15 nomination deadline for the new National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) Recycling Impact Award!
How Can You Support Your LG? Nominations for the Recycling Impact Award are due May 15 and can be submitted easily using the ISRI online nomination form.
- What? The Recycling Impact Award is an opportunity for ISRI Chapters to recognize and build proactive positive relationships with their Lieutenant Governors who have a significant role in overseeing state government. Particularly at a time when challenges stemming from changing global market dynamics within the recycling industry are getting the attention of state policymakers, now is the perfect opportunity for ISRI members to publicly recognize state leaders who are supportive and encouraging positive developments for the recycling industry.
- Why it is important: State lieutenant governors are the only state officials with specific duties and powers in two branches of state government: the executive and legislative branches. The office of Lieutenant Governor is possibly the most overlooked but diverse office across state governments. Consider this about LG’s:
- More than half preside over their state senate;
- Most pursue legislative initiatives;
- They testify locally and in Washington D.C. in various capacities;
- Some LGs serve in Governors’ cabinets;
- In many states, the duties of the LGs have been increased by legislation to include the lieutenant governor on state boards, commissions and task forces. A lieutenant governor may lead a division, commission, or department of government through gubernatorial or legislative action;
- More than 25% of the state LG’s move on and up to higher public office such as governor and/or elected to Congress or appointed to other federal office.
The Recycling Impact Award is presented annually to a National Lieutenant Governors Association member who is committed to working within a state, region, and/or communities to positively impact resource conservation and recycling. This year the award will be presented in Wilmington, Delaware at the July NLGA annual meeting. This award is designed to recognize NLGA members who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate an active concern and interest in recycling and recognizing that recyclable materials are not waste, but valuable commodity materials that conserve natural resources when utilized as substitutes for raw virgin materials in the manufacturing process. The National Lieutenant Governors Association is the professional association for the elected officials first in line of succession to the state governors in the 50 states and five U.S. territories. The purpose of NLGA is to promote efficiency and effectiveness of the office of lieutenant governor, to foster interstate cooperation, to provide a medium for the exchange of views and experiences on subjects important to the people of the states and territories. Each state's constitution dictates who is first in line of gubernatorial succession should a vacancy occur. This official is the NLGA member.
Any ISRI member can make a nomination! For more information, contact Danielle Waterfield