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Headline: Summit Recycling Project executive director resigns

Lu Snyder

FRISCO – When Julie Huyler works on something, she gives it 100 percent. And she’s decided it’s time to focus on herself for a while.

Huyler submitted her resignation last week, after a year as Executive Director of Summit Recycling Project.

When Huyler accepted the position in 2001, she said, her intent was to “bring stability to and strengthen the overall foundation, secure outstanding staff, enhance programs and give it my best for one year.”

“My goal has been accomplished.” Huyler said Wednesday.

But those accomplishments have not come without sacrifice.

“It’s a big job,” Huyler said of the executive director position. “It’s extremely challenging – it requires such dynamic and diverse experience and skills.

“I’m an all-or-nothing person. I could never go into SRP and give it (50 percent), which is why it’s taken such a toll on me.”

Huyler first became involved with SRP, as a volunteer on the board of directors, in the mid-’90s. She was working at the Keystone Symposium at the time, where she had organized a recycling program. Recycling is in her blood.

“My dad’s been recycling forever,” Huyler said. “He’s very conservative in terms of natural resources and I learned a lot from him. He is always reusing and conserving – those core values I got from him.”

The time Huyler served on the board was an invaluable lesson, she said. She went from knowing the basics of recycling to really understanding the industry.

After serving several years on SRP’s board of directors, Huyler stepped down to return to school. She studied for and earned a master’s degree in environmental leadership from Naropa University in Boulder in 2000.

When Huyler returned to SRP in the autumn of 2000, it was as a part-time employee. Her first day coincided with then- executive director Tad Miller’s last day. Soon after, Huyler became acting executive director, and by April 2001, she had officially accepted the position.

Huyler said she was responsible for hiring Carly Wier as SRP’s education coordinator, and Kevin Berg as operations manager. Additionally, she created incentives to retain staff at the drop-off centers, and made sure the staff were represented in the organization’s decision-making processes.

Though Huyler is proud of her accomplishments, she credits the staff with many of SRP’s improvements this past year.

“They took more of a stake in the operation of the sites,” Huyler said. “They’re awesome.”

Huyler said she has neglected her personal life in order to attain her professional goals. And she’s decided it’s time to change gears. For the next few months, she plans to spend more time on personal interests such as yoga, hiking, and cycling, and with her husband, Steve.

She will continue to volunteer for the second annual Sustainability Forum (to be held at the end of 2002) and serve as a board member for the Colorado Association for Recycling.

As for what’s next in her professional life, Huyler said she isn’t sure. She’s taking a few months for herself and will see what happens from there.

Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998 x203 or lsnyder@summitdaily.com


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