Students for Zero Waste

Post-Landfill Action Network Conference

October 3-4
Durham, New Hampshire

Conference Registration

PLAN Members: $5
Students: $15
Non-students: $25

Register now.

Join PLAN’s first annual student summit for a world without waste!

This fall, students from campuses all over the country will come together to learn about the waste crisis and how we can work together to solve it. Whether it’s improving composting rates on campus, organizing a move-out waste collection programs, or working with your administration on a comprehensive zero-waste initiative, this conference will cover it all.

Today, we can reduce, reuse, recycle, repair, and compost just about everything. We can make landfills and incinerators obsolete. We can build zero-waste campuses that lead the way to a world without waste.
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Conference Agenda

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Friday, October 3

6:00pm – 8:00pm: Welcome & Keynote Address by Dr. Paul Connett, author of “The Zero Waste Solution.” Free and open to the public! Granite Stateroom, UNH Memorial Union Building.

Saturday, October 4

8:15am – 9:00am: Breakfast and Registration

9:00am – 10:30am: Plenary – The waste crisis. Featuring:
• Incinerators presented by Dr. Paul Connett
• Toxic Products presented by Martin Wolf, Director of Product Sustainability at Seventh Generation
• Environmental Justice presented by Claire Miller, Toxics Action Center
• Ocean Garbage Gyres presented by Lia Colabello, 5 Gyres
• Landfills & Consumerism presented by PLAN

10:30am – 11:00am: Networking break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Skill-building workshops
• Media and Communication Strategy
• Legacy Building: Developing Programs That Last
• Building Campus Coalitions and Working With Administrators
• Finding Balance and Beating Burnout
• Recruiting and Organizing Volunteers
• Organizing 101
• Grant Writing for Campus Organizers

12:30pm – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30pm – 3:30pm: Plenary – Waste solutions. Featuring:
• Composting presented by Annie Davis, World Centric
• E-waste presented by GoodPoint Recycling
• Textile Recycling presented by Mary Ann Kaiser, PlanetAid
• Styrofoam and Carpet Recycling presented by PLAN
• The Sharing Economy presented by Adam Werbach, yerdle
• Extended Producer Responsibility presented by NH State Rep. Scott Burns
• Food Recovery presented by Food Recovery Network at Brown University
• Corporate Greenwashing presented by Mike Ewall, Energy Justice Network

3:30pm – 4:00pm
Networking break

4:00pm – 5:30pm: Building Zero Waste Campuses workshops
• Launching a Move-Out Waste Collection/Resale Program
• Launching a Food Recovery Program
• Conducting a Waste Audit and Improving Recycling Rates
• Engaging the Local Community
• Recycling 2.0: Solve Hard-To-Recycle Waste
• Launching a Campus Compost Program
• Establishing Zero Waste Events


Please click above to register. The cost for students is $15; the cost for non-students is $25. PLAN member campuses each receive 10 discounted registrations – visit your campus’s program page and contact your program coordinator to get a coupon code. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on Saturday.

Travel Scholarships

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to offer limited travel scholarships to help student groups attend the Students for Zero Waste Conference. We will strive to allocate this funding as efficiently as possible to help the maximum number of students attend the conference. To apply for a travel scholarship, please submit the following information to [email protected], no later than Thursday, September 17. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis and should be no longer than 1 page (plus budget, which may be separate)

  • Name of lead contact, class year / administrator position
  • Student group attending (if applicable), number of students attending
  • Provide a budget for travel to the conference. Keep in mind that food and housing is provided.
  • Indicate other sources of funding available on campus, steps taken to access this funding, and results.
  • Describe your groups’ interest in attending this conference, including your ongoing or planned efforts to reduce waste on campus.


The Durham Community Church has made space available for students to stay free on Friday night. The church is located in downtown Durham, within minutes of all conference events. When you register, please indicate if you will be staying at the DCC.

Conference Sponsors

Founding Sponsor:

World Centric





Gold Sponsors:


Meals Sponsors