Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

NEWMOA is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our people are the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities, and talent that our employees invest in their work represents part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievement.

We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and all other characteristics that make our employees unique.

NEWMOA’s diversity initiatives are embedded in our policies and practices, which include (but are not limited to) talent acquisition, professional development and training, compensation and benefits, and a work environment that supports our mission, strategy, and core values.

A key component of NEWMOA’s strategies is recognizing communities with lower socioeconomic status and those with larger minority populations who disproportionately contend with the serious environmental and public health effects of toxic contaminants, various types of waste management facilities, and other impacts. Our work in service of underserved and underrepresented groups is a key aspect of our priorities. NEWMOA understands that we are not achieving our mission and realizing our vision until all our communities are free of toxic contaminants and waste.

Our Strategic Plan provides a foundation for us to build a more diverse and inclusive waste management, cleanup, pollution prevention, and toxics reduction workforce and to draw upon our organizational values to strengthen culture and create a sense of community for staff in support of our workforce development.

All employees of NEWMOA have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion.

Code of Conduct for NEWMOA Events

NEWMOA’s Code of Conduct for Events describes the expectations and obligations associated with participation in NEWMOA’s events. The purpose is to ensure that all attendees experience a safe and comfortable environment when participating in NEWMOA activities. As a condition of participation in NEWMOA events and activities (including meetings, webinars, workshops, and conferences), all attendees are required to conduct themselves in accordance with the NEWMOA Code of Conduct. Alleged violations of this Code of Conduct will be investigated and may result in disciplinary actions, including but not limited to termination of membership on NEWMOA groups and exclusion from future NEWMOA events, and/or possible notification to the participant’s supervisor. Upon registering for a NEWMOA event, participants commit to follow the NEWMOA Code of Conduct by agreeing that they will:

  • Be respectful and courteous to NEWMOA staff and all attendees at NEWMOA events.
  • Not engage in harassment or discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, disability, military service, veteran status, or any other classification protected under applicable law.
  • Maintain high standards of integrity and professional conduct and encourage their peers to act in a professional and ethical manner.
  • Conduct themselves in a manner that benefits them, their employer, and NEWMOA.
  • Not engage in retaliation against an individual for reporting a possible violation of this Code of Conduct, for cooperating in an investigation, or for helping to achieve the purposes of this policy.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

NEWMOA is an equal opportunity organization and does not discriminate against any employee, applicant, program partner, or any person(s) on the basis of gender; race; color; creed; religion; national origin; ancestry; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; marital status, physical or mental disability; genetic information; political or union affiliation; pregnancy; age; disability; military service or application for military service; veteran status; or any other classification protected under applicable law in administration of its programs and activities. NEWMOA supports the use of automated transcription software during meetings for accessibility and/or personal notetaking purposes. Transcription software used as part of a reasonable accommodation is not subject to records requests or similar privacy protocols as their use in such a capacity is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

NEWMOA does not intimidate or retaliate against any individual or group because they have exercised their rights to participate in actions protected, or oppose actions prohibited by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7, or for the purpose of interfering in such rights. Reasonable and appropriate accommodations for persons with disabilities or those with limited-English proficiency are provided upon request.

NEWMOA’s Executive Director is responsible for coordination of compliance efforts and receipt of inquiries concerning non-discriminations requirements implemented by 40 C.F.R. Parts 5 and 7 (Non-discrimination in Programs and Activities Receiving Federal Assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency), including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 13 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act Amendments of 1972 (hereinafter referred to collectively as the federal nondiscrimination laws).

If you have any questions about this notice or any of NEWMOA’s non-discrimination programs, policies, or procedures, you may contact:

Executive Director
Northeast Waste Management Officials’ Association (NEWMOA)
89 South Street,
Suite 602 Boston, MA 02111
(617) 367-8558

If you may have been discriminated against or know someone who may have been, with respect to a NEWMOA program, or activity, you may contact the Executive Director identified above.