PLATINUM2024

National Stewardship Action Council

Advocating for an Equitable, Circular Economy

West Sacramento, CA   |  https://www.nsaction.us/

Mission

Collaborate with public, private, and non-profit stakeholders to achieve an equitable, circular economy.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Heidi Sanborn

Director of Advocacy and Communications

Jordan Wells

Main address

P.O. Box 498

West Sacramento, CA 95691 USA

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EIN

47-4237748

NTEE code info

Recycling (C27)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

To transfer the United States economy from one that has been historically a “take-make-waste extractive industrial model”, to a circular system in which we, as a society, design out waste and pollution, keep products and materials in use, and regenerate natural systems.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Extended Producer Responsibility

Over the years, NSAC has emerged as the leading force in advancing an equitable, circular economy in the United States. Our intersectional approach to environmental issues has been instrumental in addressing environmental inequality and ensuring that our policies and initiatives are inclusive and fair. Our commitment to reducing waste and pollution, keeping materials in motion, and regenerating natural systems has driven achievement of the worlds first circular economy legislation for packaging. Looking ahead, we are more committed than ever to building a sustainable future for all. NSAC offers consulting services to state and local governments, corporations, and other organizations to identify solutions to materials management issues for products. These include packaging, pharmaceuticals and sharps, carpet, mattresses, textiles, vaping and cannabis waste, paint, organics, and much more.

Population(s) Served

In February 2023, NSAC hosted a Recycling Refund Webinar, which included panelists representing the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Can Manufacturers Institute, U.S. PIRG, Container Recycling Institute, National Recycling Coalition, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), Atlantic Packaging, Blue Triton, the Association of Plastic Recyclers, and more to share the merits of a national recycling refund. NSAC staff traveled to Washington D.C. in March 2023 to present on Deposit Return Systems (DRS) (also known as Recycling Refunds or Bottle Bills) at the WWFs Plastic Policy Summit. NSAC staff were then joined by advocates to Walk the Halls and meet with Congressional offices regarding a national Recycling Refund. NSAC staff continue to work with legislators and stakeholders to align on the contents of a national bill for introduction. In May 2023, Heidi Sanborn attended the Ocean Plastic Leadership Networks (OPLN) recycling refund study trip to Oregon and British Columbia.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Health
Ethnic and racial groups
Age groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Health
Ethnic and racial groups

Following the success of getting NSAC-sponsored AB 818 (Bloom) signed into law in California, NSAC has been focused on getting introduced and passing a federal wipes labeling bill, the Wastewater Infrastructure Pollution Prevention and Environmental Safety Act (WIPPES Act). On April 27, 2023, Congressmembers Merkley (D-OR) and McClain (R-MI) introduced S. 1350 and H.R. 2964 in the Senate and House respectively. The Act would require the Federal Trade Commission to issue regulations requiring certain products to have Do Not Flush labeling no later than two years after the date of enactment. NSAC also worked with the Responsible Flushing Alliance (RFA), which is an independent, nonprofit trade association committed to educating consumers about responsible and smart flushing habits, in order to reduce damage to our nations sewage systems.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Activists
Economically disadvantaged people
LGBTQ people
Families
Ethnic and racial groups
Activists
Economically disadvantaged people
LGBTQ people
Families

Where we work

Awards

Outstanding Policy Achievement 2020

CalRecycle

Affiliations & memberships

CalRecycle Outstanding Policy Achievement Award 2020

Solid Waste Association of North America - Lawrence Lecturer Award 2020

Women Who Mean Business Award 2020

Solid Waste Association of North America - Outstanding Public Agency Award 2022

National Recycling Coalition - Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award 2023

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of media articles reflecting preferred issue framing

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Extended Producer Responsibility

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As a national non-profit organization obtaining national media coverage on our issues is extremely important to building our credibility as seen as thought leaders in driving a circular economy.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

NSAC goal is to achieve a circular economy in the United States utilizing Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and product stewardship to conserve resources, reduce costs to local governments, and create jobs in remanufacturing.

NSAC pursues partnerships with corporate and government leaders to implement innovative programs and processes to achieve a circular economy.

NSAC currently has three highly capable and experienced staff and an Intern, and a diverse and exceptional Board of Directors and an Advisory Committee. The Board meets every-other-month, and the Advisory Committee meet monthly. NSAC has developed strong partnerships with hundreds of non-profits and businesses to leverage our knowledge and achieve our goals.

NSAC has had four key pieces of legislation signed into law, including the country’s first bill for producer-funded medication and needle take-back. NSAC was also the first to include eco-modulated fees into a piece of U.S. legislation. We are working voluntarily with multiple large national companies to expand circular systems for materials including packaging, carpet, solar panels, glass, cannabis, and other organics.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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National Stewardship Action Council

Board of directors
as of 03/28/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tim Goncharoff


Board co-chair

Maia Corbitt

Texans for Clean Water

Term: 2022 -

Constance Hornig

Constance Hornig, Esq. Law Offices

Patty Garbarino

Marin Sanitary Service

Rubi Rajbanshi

Terrascope Consulting

David Stitzhal

Full Circle Environmental

Patti Toews

APTIM

Rob Hilton

HF&H Consultants

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/9/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/09/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.