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Aims and Guiding Principles

StopWaste uses Aims and Guiding Principles to inform its long-term direction and strategy, as well as programmatic work and budget development. In December 2020, the Board adopted the below aims and principles, which will be used to set priorities through 2023. 

Long-Term Aims:


Help member agencies and partners develop the additional capacity needed for large-scale community and environmental benefit


Focus resources on strategic interventions where we can support the shift towards a regenerative economy


Hold social and racial equity at the center of our work 


Cultivate a mindset that emphasizes resource efficiency and mindful consumption 


Cultivate collaborative, multi-disciplinary partnerships


Evaluate success based on indicators of economic, social and environmental health


Two-Year Guiding Principles:

  • Assist member agencies to strategically and cost-effectively address regional and state-level regulations and policies, such as SB 1383 and AB 32
  • Use an equity lens when designing, implementing, and evaluating Agency operations and programs
  • Align our program offerings to better serve community members
  • Form new and strengthen existing partnerships that expand our multiple benefits approach to include the social and economic health of our communities
  • Reorient the Agency’s work where needed to respond to and rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19 and climate change 
  • Continue to emphasize upstream approaches
  • Collect, monitor and report data that tell the story of the Agency’s impact and facilitate continuous improvement