In 2022, PRC launched a new fundraising model, moving away from its annual donor gala and embracing its mission to prevent waste and conserve Pennsylvania’s environmental resources. Following a successful year, PRC held its second annual “Zero Waste Non-Event” in 2023. The “Non-Event” raised funds to support PRC’s statewide programs and avoided an estimated 750 pounds of waste typically generated by the dinner held for hundreds of people. Instead, PRC is now recognizing donors on digital platforms throughout the year in concert with imagery of the PRC work they support in the community.
“As we work to create a Pennsylvania where nothing is wasted, we need to live that goal in our own practice,” said Darren Spielman, Executive Director, Pennsylvania Resources Council. “We are heartened that our second annual Zero Waste Non-Event surpassed the first – demonstrating our ability to recognize our supporters while maximizing the resources we can dedicate to our statewide efforts. In this way, our donors amplify their impact.”
2023 sponsors and supporters included: Branton Strategies, BlankRome, CAP Glass, Covanta, Eckert Seamans, Eldredge Inc, eLoop LLC, evolveEA, Fox Rothschild LLP, Howard Wein, Esq., Liberty Tire Services LLC, Michael Brothers Companies, Monroe Energy, NFP, Northeast Industrial Manufacturing, Q Development, React Digital, TGI, TrailBlaze Creative, and YourCFO.
Money raised during the Zero Waste Non-Event supports waste reduction and diversion programs for high-value materials such as glass as well as hard-to-recycle items, environmental justice in watersheds, and environmental education for people of all ages.
Since 2009, along with large-scale waste diversion, education, and watershed protection efforts, PRC has provided waste reduction services through its Zero Waste Pennsylvania program to businesses, institutions, residents, and special events across the state – ranging from individuals to Fortune 500 companies. Now, PRC has hosted its own “Non-Event,” producing no waste.
We thank all 2023 Zero-Waste Non-Event sponsors who help PRC strive for a Pennsylvania where nothing is wasted.
Images of the Zero Waste Non-Event can be viewed on PRC’s Facebook, Instagram, and X platforms. Organizations and individuals interested in reducing and diverting waste and preserving the environment are invited to become PRC Supporters. Businesses and organizations seeking to host their own events with a zero-waste goal can contact PRC for services.
In 2023, supporters helped PRC:
- reuse, recycle, and safely manage nearly 3 million pounds of materials – eliminating approximately 2,600 metric tons of greenhouse gases;
- recycle 1,000 tons of glass from 50,000 households and expand glass operations to southeastern PA;
- educate more than 4,500 k12 students about waste, watersheds, and sustainable energy;
- train 1,130+ community members to reduce waste, manage stormwater, and steward the environment;
- expand composting across the region;
- implement green stormwater infrastructure projects managing 6 million gallons of stormwater per year, and much more.