Long before waste management became popular, Gloria Duncan was a leader forging a coalition of environmentalists, consumers, business communities and local governments. Their task was to address issues associated with recycling, resource recovery and litter control. Working closely with the garbage industry, she played a major role in pioneering curbside recycling. She also assisted in the development of an internationally-recognized recycling facility in San Rafael, one of the first of its kind in the world.
In addition, Ms. Duncan had a record of achievement with environmental issues: She served on the statewide committee of the League of Women Voters relating to water issues and solid waste management, she was a member of the advisory council to the Bureau of Land Management, and participated with the Association of Bay Area Governments in designing the environmental management plan dealing with air, water and solid waste problems of the San Francisco area.
Ms. Duncan served for eight years on the Marin County Planning Commission. A Fairfax Town Council member for four yeasr, she also served as Mayor of Fairfax. She was President of the Marin Conservation League and maintained an active involvement in the county for twenty-five years. She continued a twenty-year membership in the Environmental Forum of Marin, where she also served as its President for a term. She served on the boards of the Marin Conservation Corps and the Marin Waste Management Advisory Council for many years. Additional leadership roles included Chair of the Bay Model Association, and Vice-Chair of the Marin Economic Council.