Goals and Measures Subgroup
What goals and measures best demonstrate our progress toward the 2050 vision?
Goals can provide a clear signal of intent and direction, and periodic reporting on goals can be a powerful way of communicating both progress and opportunities.
The 2050 Vision and Framework for Action identified the need to identify and evaluate potential new goals and updates to existing goals for materials management. Many of the existing goals and measures utilized by DEQ’s Materials Management program and our partners have been in place for a long time. The existing statewide and wasteshed recovery goals were last revised in 2001 and were set through 2009.
In addition, there is a statewide waste generation goal and several specific measures that are tracked, such as: pounds of mercury collected statewide, percentage of Oregonians with convenient access to household hazardous waste collection service, and pounds of materials collected under Oregon e-cycles and paint product stewardship programs.
We also periodically update the state’s waste composition study. With the exception of the waste generation goals, which serve as a very crude proxy for consumption, all of these goals and measures focus on the tail end of the life cycle. Since the 2050 Vision has expanded our perspective to look at the full life cycle of materials, we need to consider goals or measures that address a larger range of environmental, economic, and/or social issues. This subgroup will explore whether existing goals and measures should be extended or revised, and whether Oregon should adopt other goals or measures that more broadly address the full life cycle of materials.
February 13, 2014