Through extensive research at over 200 New England Schools NRRA found that the single most challenging area for school recycling programs was in providing curriculum integration that brought recycling and sustainability into classrooms and can be used as the subject matter for meeting state and local curriculum standards. The intention of The NRRA School Recycling CLUB is to address just that issue with its new programs now being offered. The CLUB offers 4 classroom workshops and 3 technical assistance programs. To do this we have 5 Educators whose vast experience can not only help you meet curriculum standards but engage your students!
Charen Fegard Charen comes to NRRA from AVR, where she was a full time Programs Coordinator and in-school expert for more than 7 years. Charen literally designed most of the programs NRRA offers, but is particularly interested in toxics, indoor air quality, and in working with student led teams.
Cindy Sterling Cindy comes to NRRA after years of service as an educator and program director at the Windham Solid Waste District in VT, the Northeast Rural Community Assistance Program in MA, and was even one of our School CLUB Coordinators. She was one of the original founders of the Keene State College recycling program two decades ago! Cindy has been in the solid waste management industry since 1987, when recycling legislation was just being implemented in the state of NH. She has been an Adjunct Professor of Geography at Keene State College and the Geography Awareness Week (GAW) Coordinator for the New Hampshire Geographic Alliance. Among Cindy’s areas of expertise are the connections between recycling and sustainability and both local and national curricular standards. Her published work includes: Agriculture in New Hampshire, 1990; Buy and Bye: The Rest of the Cycle, 2000; Feed It to the Worms: A Vermicomposting Geographic Curriculum Guide, 2001; Learning from Worms, 2002; and, Wormology 101: A Vermicomposting Curriculum for Middle and High School Teachers, 2006. Cindy currently works as NRRA’s Grant Manager. When Cindy is not educating the public about human interactions with the environment, she teaches yoga, is a freelance writer and Doula.
Sarah McGraw Sarah is our School Program Special Projects Manager, assisting with much of the school outreach and education as well as working closely with Cindy on grant research and special projects. Sarah joined us in 2017 and holds a degree in Environmental Conservation Studies from the University of New Hampshire. She is very active in her Somersworth community, working on the Conservation Commission and the Sustainability Committee, as well as the Friends of Somersworth, an arts, culture and community organization. Sarah received her Certificate of Technical Ability from the Maine Compost School in June of 2017.
Gwen Erley Gwen is our in-house Programs Coordinator. Along with other projects, she oversees the day-to-day operation of The CLUB and serves as the liaison to all schools looking for assistance. She joined the NRRA team in 2014 and comes to us from the educational sector, having spent the last eight years creating and managing internships allowing her students to add meaningful experience to their resumes. Her experience in promoting her program and organizing sites, students and reports were an excellent match for our School Recycling CLUB programs.Gwen is a life-long recycler, taking the lead from her mom who collected cans for the war effort as a child. She maintains a bi-annual litter pickup in her neighborhood. Gwen has a degree in Anthropology from Michigan State University, is an avid birder, loves the outdoors and watching football.