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We provide travel scholarships to those organizing groups to join from afar! Email for more info.

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Call for Speakers!

We’re looking for leaders in zero waste to present workshops and speak on plenaries. Share your message with student leaders from across the country!

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Have an idea?

Is there a topic that you have always wondered about? Need advice on a specific project? Working on certain skills? Let us know and we will do our best to include it for you!

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Meet the Keynote

Originally from Sweden, Lisa Bjerke gained her interest in discarded resource management while working as the compost manager during her undergraduate study at College of the Atlantic. She received a Watson Fellowship in 2013 to travel to Germany, India, China, and Japan, exploring human conceptions of waste and resources. In 2015, she gave a TEDx talk about embracing the need to discard and addressing waste as verb, not a noun. Lisa’s address will be titled “Discarded Resources: Moving beyond waste on a college campus.”


Friday, November 11th 2016

Location TBA

3:00 pm: Open Space Meeting Conversations

Topics to be decided on in the style of Open Space Technology. Those in attendance: speakers, conference goers, sponsor representatives and PLAN staff will weigh topics of importance to the Zero Waste Movement. Together we will choose breakout session topics, divide into groups, and move among them as they interest us. See more info on the meeting style in the link above.

5:30 pm: Dinner

8:00 pm: Movie + Concurrent Affinity Group Break-outs

Saturday, November 12th 2016

University of New Hampshire – Memorial Union Building

8:30 – 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30am: Keynote, Lisa Bjerke

10:30 – 10:45am: Coffee Break

10:45 am - 12:00 pm: Global Waste Crisis Plenary
Food Waste and Hunger
Plastic Pollution and Toxicity in the Oceans
The Hijaking of Zero Waste
Climate Change Connection
Environmental Justice and Community Action

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Skill Building Workshop

2:00 – 2:15 pm: Networking Break

2:15 - 3:30 pm: Solutions Fire Round Plenary
Recycling Industry
Repair and Reuse
Business Innovation
Zero Waste Lifestyle

Community Engagement and Empowerment

Each topic will have multiple experts represented, one representative from each topic will speak to all conference attendees for 2 minutes. We will then break up into topic groups for 45 minute, in depth, conversations. Conference attendees are welcome to attend any of these conversation groups.
3:30 - 4:30 pm: Networking and Activity Break
Zero Waste Crafting
Jam Session
Move Out Program Support Group
DIY Conversation Group

4:30 – 5:30 pm: Action and Implementation Workshop

7:00 pm: Dinner

Thanks to our Founding Sponsor!

World Centric is a socially responsible company that provides zero waste solutions in the form of compostable cutlery and tablewares to reduce environmental impact. Thanks for supporting this event as it has grown each year!


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