October 10th 2015, University of New Hampshire
8:30am – 9:00am: Registration and Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am: Keynote, Max Liboiron
Waste: Problem Definition, Scale, and Action
Different kinds of waste occur at different scales. Household waste is different than municipal solid waste, which is different than industrial solid waste. It’s not just that these types of waste are made up of different materials, but they also have different sources, hazards, actors, economies, and so require fundamentally different kinds of intervention for change.
This talk outlines how many environmental actions mismatch the problem at hand, the scale of the problem, and the mode of action meant to address the problem, and describes a framework and gives examples for better matching problem definition, scale, and actions around reducing waste.
Max Liboiron is an Assistant Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research and activism focus on how harmful, usually invisible, emerging phenomena such as disasters, toxicants, and marine plastics become manifest in science and advocacy, and how these methods of representation relate to action. Liboiron is the managing author of the Discard Studies Blog, a public forum for audiences interested in waste and pollution. She is also the founder of Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), which supports citizen science projects for environmental monitoring. Prior to her current position, Liboiron redesigned New York University’s Green Grants program into one of the most successful campus greening initiatives in the country.
10:30am – 11:00am: Networking break
11:00am – 12:00pm: The Global Waste Crisis Plenary
- Food Waste presented by Sonya Buglion Gluck from UVM
- The Hijacking of Zero Waste presented by Mike Ewall from the Energy Justice Network
- Plastic Pollution and Toxicity in the Oceans presented by Lia Colabello from the 5 Gyres Institute
- Living with Landfills presented by Ed Spencer from Justice for the River
- Environmental Justice as a Movement and a Mode of Inquiry presented by Darren Ranco from University for Maine Orono
- Planned Obsolescence and Consumption Culture presented by Shana DeClercq from The Story of Stuff Project
12:00pm – 1:30pm: Lunch
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Skill Building Workshops
Energy Justice: Coupling Your Zero Waste Work with Front-line Struggles
Presented by Mike Ewall: This interactive workshop will be a discussion on how to connect campus-based zero waste work with the communities impacted by the waste that is “disposed” of when it’s sent “away.” We’ll talk about how to find these communities and local activists, how to best work with them, and how to use their stories to compel changes on campus.”
Creating Campaigns: Aligning goals, objectives, strategies and tactics
Presented by Max Liboiron: This workshop uses an environmental communication framework developed by Robert Cox that breaks down the basic elements of an advocacy campaign into goals, objectives, strategies, and tactics. Whether the campaign is for public education, to influence environmental legislation, community organizing, boycotts, or direct action protests, the act of persuading in support of concrete action or change—advocacy—includes these four elements. One of the challenges for advocates is ensuring these four elements align so that audiences and actions can be coordinated to move people and infrastructure towards larger goals. We will collectively workshop actual campaigns participants are involved in, but having a campaign in mind is not a prerequisite for participation.
We will cover the general framework described above, then break out into groups to workshop a campaign. Groups will then report back to the larger group with their ideas, areas of struggle, and insights. We will then summarize best practices and lessons learned.
Presented by Robin Miller and Jenny Isler: Real organizational change is hard, and even harder within an institutional context – especially when students have only a few years to invest in the process. By creating a strong cross-sector network of stakeholders, lasting change has a much greater success rate. This workshop will provide the tools necessary for change-makers to identify and engage a diverse array of stakeholders to support the entire life-cycle of a change management process. Topics will include finding and cultivating allies in both expected and unexpected places; assessing power players and negotiating their support; turning objections into opportunities; designing effective communications to engage all decision-making levels; bringing everyone to the table as fully invested stakeholders and developing collaborative, shared ownership for long-term success. The presenters have experience changing an entire campus culture to zero waste by creating an environment rich in motivated stakeholders.
Do the Math: How do Campuses Measure Waste?
Presented by Erica Spiegel: This workshop will address data and metrics related to solid waste management programs. What’s the difference between weight and volume measures? What is the density of materials? Where does this data come from, what does it mean and how does it impact disposal costs for your campus? In this workshop, we’ll use scenarios and do simple calculations to explain recycling rates, waste diversion rates and discuss what measures are the most meaningful to track for achieving zero-waste goals.
“You’re a wizard, Harry.” Storytelling to Change the World
J.K. Rowling created Harry Potter. Harry Potter saved Dobby. The Harry Potter Alliance stopped slavery in the chocolate business. Stories have the power to bring people together, rally people to a cause, spark people to action, and create powerful movements. Join The Story of Stuff Project’s Shana DeClercq in exploring how the hero’s journey can be leveraged in your work. Because finding heroes and sending them on their quests isn’t just a way to get our organizations’ work done. It’s how we win, repeat our victories, spread the word, scale up, and ultimately, change the world.
The People Side of Project Implementation
Presented by Jen Jones: This session hopes to spark a discussion with students about the little known side of project implementation: the people and relationships that you will need to build to be successful. I will overview the importance of building social capital, discuss how knowledge of organizational structure and culture can help your project move forward, and review “types of people” you may run into and give some advice for how to work with them. We will also complete some exercises that will help attendees understand certain traits about themselves so they can best utilize their skills to navigate the tricky field of human interactions. It is rare for this topic to be discussed with students when teaching them how to manage and implement projects, however it is a crucial piece to success.
Building a Leadership Team and Student Turnover
Presenter: Faye Christoforo
Presenter: Caleb Smith
Looking Beyond Free Pizza and T-shirts: How to Build & Maintain Your Volunteers
Presented by Ericka Canales and Mae Henry: This Volunteer Recruitment and Management Skills Workshop is for student leaders and leadership teams who need “all hands on deck” and are looking for better ways to find and keep them coming back. Learn how to reach out to different areas of campus, manage and maintain contacts throughout the years of leadership turnover, assign tasks efficiently and of course have fun.
Maintaining a Solid Work and Life Balance
Creating and Strengthening New Sustainability Programs on Your Campus
Presented by Nick Giordano: The toughest part of creating a new program on your campus is taking the first steps! Come and discuss the key component to starting your initiative- creating the plan. We’ll talk strategies, volunteers, finances, getting space to use, and effective marketing that will help your program succeed and thrive!
Why Aren’t People Into This?: Dealing with municipalities and other uphill battles that stop progress
Presented by John Powell: Okay, so we’re super into this stuff, but how come all parks and palaces don’t have perfectly labeled recycling bins? Let’s understand the psychology of waste prevention, and then let’s look at what waste management companies face so that we understand why we’re not moving forward as quickly as we’d like. We’ll look at universal language, signage, and laws to figure out how to make changes last.
The Art of Communication: A Hands-On Create it Now Workshop ~ Guerrilla Style
Presented by Dianna Cohen: Your Challenge is to take the media at your fingertips and turn it into strategic messaging for campus advocacy. Throughout history, the Arts have been used as a communication platform to express all levels of advocacy from the personal to the political. Bring your ideas and craft them into messaging that will jump start your campus campaign. We encourage all forms – video, art, music, radio, social media, writing, dance, cartooning, graphic design, and mime. Please bring the materials that you will need to help realize your idea, anything from crayons, pens and computers to cell phones, guitars and other musical instruments!
2:30pm – 2:45pm: Networking Break
2:45pm – 3:30pm: Solutions Plenaries
Zero Waste Lifestyle
- Living Zero Waste and How to Encourage Your Community presented by Christin Walth
- Freeganism and Frugality presented by Sonya Buglion Gluck
- Buying in Bulk presented by TBA
- TBA presented by Whole Foods
- Recycling and Economic Development presented by Neil Seldman
- Extended Producer Responsibility presented by TBA
- Styrofoam Recycling presented by ReFoamit
- E-Waste presented by Robin Inglethorp
- Business Opportunities for Students by Students presented by Ricardo Castro
- The International Textile Industry presented by TBA
3:30pm – 3:45pm: Networking Break/Transition
3:45 – 4:30pm: Solutions Plenaries
Campus Wide Zero Waste
- Collaboration in Zero Waste Initiatives presented by Mason Towne and Max Weyrick
- Campus Compost presented by Kristen Jamieson
- Campus Wide Reuse presented by Ruth Davis
- End Campus Food Waste and Community Hunger presented by Stephen Demarais
- Plastic Free Campuses presented by Dianna Cohen
Rethink and Redesign for Profit
- A Zero Waste Food Loop presented by Local Loop Farms
- TBA presented by Timberland
- TBA presented by World Centric
- TBA presented by Preserve Products
4:30pm – 5:00pm: Networking Break
5:00pm – 6:30pm: Action and Implementation Workshops
Bags, Bottles, and Beads – Oh My! Going Plastic-Free on Campus and Off
Presented by Suzy Whalen (Product Stewardship Institute), Dianna Cohen (Plastic Pollution Coalition), Lia Colabello (The 5 Gyres Institute), Shana DeClercq (The Story of Stuff Project), and Candace Gregg (The 5 Gyres Institute): The problem with single-use disposable plastic is real. And so are the solutions! In this hands-on interactive session, we’ll look at real-life campaigns that have taken on plastic bags, bottled water, and plastic microbeads – and won! You work with the teams from the Plastic Pollution Coalition, the Product Policy Institute, the Story of Stuff, and 5 Gyres to craft your own campaign strategy and get your campus ready to go plastic-free.
Running a Campus Thrift Store
Presented by students from The Clark Thrift Store: Learn about how students from Clark University started and continue to operate a campus thrift store! We will talk about staffing, inventory management, marketing & promotions, volunteers, day to day operations, and take questions from the audience.
Creating and Maintaining a Dynamic Student Internship Program
Presented by Ashlyn Hochschild: This presentation will specifically help attendees looking to establish a student internship program in an institutional setting, specifically using the four year program at the College of Charleston. Harnessing student interest and energy can be the key to creating a more sustainable campus; however developing programming that maintains this enthusiasm while providing experience can be difficult to establish. As interest in sustainability has grown, the College’s Office of Sustainability has continuous altered, tweaked, and introduced new programming to develop a comprehensive internship experience for interns. This internship program has proven successful in giving students real world experience implementing solutions on campus while also providing a space for professional and personal development. With a relatively small full time staff and limited funding, this presentation will show how to establish a successful internship at any level that provides benefits to the office, campus, and student staff.
Creating Compost Culture on Campus
Presented by Sedona Stewart (Clark), Kirsti Carr (UVM), and Fatima Zavala Ruiz (Clark): Clark University and University of Vermont are very different colleges, but both have the goal of creating a zero-waste culture through composting on campus. In our workshop we will address the small and large obstacles that are necessary to overcome when broadening initiatives on campus to make composting second nature to students and faculty alike. Our goal is to facilitate a collaborative workshop in which people will share their experiences, successes, questions, and advice. By working together in small groups we will help each other to brainstorm the best ways to implement, expand, and naturalize compost culture on our respective campuses. We will also focus on key ideas such as commercial composting, implementing reusable tupperware and utensil programs, and other ways to cut down consumption on campuses. This workshop will also serve as an opportunity to network and hopefully find resources through other college students in order to further your efforts of spreading the compost culture throughout your college campus.
It Takes Two to Tango: ensuring that compost and recycle bins are used to their fullest potential
Presented by a team of students from Carelton College, Jackson Vanfleet Brown ’15, Audrey Lothspeich ’17, Andrew Woosnam ’18: How can you identify what specific aspects of your composting or recycling system are confusing? How do size, shape, color, and location of waste receptacles influence the way we interact with them? Using blueprints and quantitative data from Carleton College, we will sketch out the ideal waste bins and discuss how to implement them in a way that solves some of the most common problems facing this kind of a system.
Developing Zero Waste Event Programs
Presented by Kate Blyth and Jen Jones: Events are a vital and regular occurrence on college campuses yet contribute to a significant portion of the institution’s waste profile. Our workshop will review how we have established infrastructure and programing to support Zero Waste events at Ohio University and the College of Charleston and will review how to establish it on your campus. Ample time will be provided to ask questions and troubleshoot existing problems.
How to End Campus Food Waste and Community Hunger
Presented by Samantha Cottone (University of New England): The workshop will start with the presenters giving a brief background on the issues of food waste and hunger in America and explain FRN’s mission. The students will then walk the participants through the steps to setting up an FRN chapter and tell them a bit about their experiences in setting up and running a chapter. They would then do a breakout session where participants talked about their experiences with food waste on their campuses and brain stormed ways to combat it, while the presenters talked with different groups and gave feedback, culminating in a group conversation about what each breakout group had come up with.
ABCs of Waste: How to collect data and interest on campus
Presented by Lisa Bjerke (COA), Brenna George (UW-Madison), Brian Keenan (UW-Madison), Breana Nehls (UW-Madison), Marie Faust (UW-Madison): This hands-on workshop will give you the tools and inspiration to turn a trash audit into a catalyst for change on your campus. Far more than picking through trash and compiling spreadsheets, audits are valua
Zero Waste Sporting Events
Getting from Zero to Zero: Starting a Zero Waste Student Group
Presented by Sara Velander (COA), Katie Tyler (Mount Holyoke), and Matthew Kennedy (COA): Learn how to start a successful zero waste group on a college campus. We hope that attendees will walk away with new connections and tools to effectively start a zero waste group with specific ideas of activities, meeting structures, and group management.
About the Presenters
College of the Atlantic
Lisa Bjerke is working on changing people’s relationships to waste. As a master’s student at College of the Atlantic, she manages the school’s discarded resources while she studies human conceptions of waste. Her passion for compost and other processes to reuse discarded resources has taken her around the world and back to Maine. She tries to understand how and why we see physical materials as something to toss or keep, the impact of our habits of discarding, and how to move beyond waste management. Lisa is from Sweden, and holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. In 2014, Lisa was a Thomas J. Watson Fellow and visited Germany, India, China, and Japan to explore people’s relationships to compost and discarded organic materials.
Post-Landfill Action Network
Faye studied Sociology and Anthropology at Earlham College, where she was the founder of the EC Free Store and a leader in her school’s Responsible Energy Investment Campaign. Faye studied abroad in India, Tanzania, New Zealand, Guatemala and Mexico, where she researched waste management systems.
University of New England, Biddeford ’16
Samantha Cottone is an undergraduate senior at University of New England in Biddeford, Maine. She is majoring in Health, Wellness, and Occupational Studies with minors in Nutrition and Mental Health Rehabilitation. In February 2015, Sam co-founded a chapter of the national program, Food Network, at UNE. Sam has recently developed a new club called “UNE Hunger Initiative” that encompasses FRN, on-campus community gardens, educational opportunities, and volunteer activities surrounding the issues of hunger and food insecurity in the US.
Energy Justice Network
Mike Ewall is the founder and director of Energy Justice Network, a national support network for grassroots community groups fighting dirty energy and waste industry facilities, leading to stopping many incinerators, power plants, and some landfills. He wrote the zero waste hierarchy that Oakland, CA and the Zero Waste International Alliance used as a basis for their zero waste hierarchies, and helped pass zero waste laws in Washington, DC. Active since high school in 1990, Mike has been a leader in the student environmental movement, working with the national Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC), and in 2004, was a founding member of Energy Action Coalition, host of the PowerShift conferences.
Rochester Institute of Technology
Nick Giordano is a 5th year Management Information Systems/Political Science double major at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and is deeply involved with sustainability initiatives around campus. He is the founder and program manager of RIT’s move-out collection program Goodbye, Goodbuy!, and currently serves as the President of the RIT Student Government. In his sparingly spare time, he enjoys bicycling, singing and theatre.
College of Charleston Office of Sustainability
Ashlyn Hochschild has worked with the College of Charleston’s Office of Sustainability since 2011. As the Internship & Student Coordinator, she manages the Office’s internship program as well as coordinates all events and collaborations with on and off campus organizations working directly with students. Ashlyn also works with the College of Charleston’s Dining Services to increase local and sustainable food purchasing for the campus.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Brian is a 3rd year Environmental Studies and Economics major. He is one of the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Office of Sustainability interns, focusing on recycling systems and operations.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Bre is a senior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Geography and Environmental Studies. She is an intern at the Office of Sustainability focusing on student engagement and operations.
Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Assistant Director of Physical Plant, University of Vermont
Erica Spiegel is the Assistant to the Director of Physical Plant at the University of Vermont. She has over 20 years of experience managing solid waste, recycling and organics collection programs in higher education facilities. Prior to her work at UVM, she spent 10 years in Michigan serving as a municipal recycling coordinator, a County Extension office agent, and a solid waste planning consultant. She received an M.S. in Natural Resources Policy from the University of Michigan in 1989, and a Masters in Public Administration at the University of Vermont in 2007.
Jackson Vanfleet Brown
Carleton College ’15
Jackson is interested in all that we can learn about ourselves, and the people in our community, by examining the things we throw away. He started the waste monitoring project at Carleton College to confront the stigma against interacting with and handling waste, and increase the accountability of the students, faculty, and staff who rely on Carleton’s waste system.
Ohio University ’17
Kate Blyth is the Student Zero Waste Coordinator at Ohio University, located in Athens, Ohio. Her main focus is on Green Event programming and implementation across campus, but she also works with the implementation of campus-wide Zero Waste projects and community and university partnerships. Kate is in her third year at OU studying Environmental Geography and Spanish.
Plastic Pollution Coalition
Los Angeles based visual artist Dianna Cohen is the CEO & co-founder of Plastic Pollution Coalition. Having shown her work internationally at galleries, foundations and museums, Cohen uses plastic in her artwork to make a visual and social impact. With plastic bags as her primary material for the past 25 years, Cohen is interested in exploring its materiality through modifications and the material’s relationship to culture, media, toxicity, and the world at large and shared this in her TED talk. Plastic Pollution Coalition is a global alliance of individuals, organizations and businesses working to stop plastic pollution and its toxic impact on humans, animals, the ocean and the environment.
MIT Recycling and Materials Management Office
After spending her career as a manager in the communications field, Ruth Davis created the MIT Recycling and Materials Management Office in 2014. As manager of the office, she is able to blend her writing and publishing experience with her passion for preserving the environment. Ruth grew up on the beaches in South Boston and now spends as much time as possible in her Maine home where she is creating a bird sanctuary in her backyard.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Marie is a fifth-year student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Environmental Studies, Biological Aspects of Conservation, and Modern European History. She is an intern at the Office of Sustainability focusing on waste systems and trash audits.
Sonya Buglion Gluck
University of Vermont ’18
Sonya is a Vermonter with a passion for waste management, outdoor education and social justice. She is currently a sophomore studying Resource Ecology at the University of Vermont where she is also a Resident Adviser and an active member of Vermont Students Towards Environmental Protection.
Clark University Sustainability Director
Jenny Isler is Director of Sustainability at Clark University. Back at the dawn of time while still in high school, Jenny started a recycling center: one of the first in New England. Then she helped to start the first (as far as we know) feminist-political-vegan-restaurant food co-op. A little while later after travelling the globe for 3 years, she started an organic CSA: it was one of the first 15 in the USA; followed by a community garden collaborative with 42 gardens in it. Now at Clark, Jenny works to integrate deep sustainability into institutional systems and has the honor of collaborating with inspiring students, faculty and community members to make real and lasting change happen.
Discard Studies Blog, Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Max Liboiron is an Assistant Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Her research and activism focus on how harmful, usually invisible, emerging phenomena such as disasters, toxicants, and marine plastics become manifest in science and advocacy, and how these methods of representation relate to action. Liboiron is the managing author of the Discard Studies Blog, a public forum for audiences interested in waste and pollution. She is also the founder of Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR), which supports citizen science projects for environmental monitoring. Prior to her current position, Liboiron redesigned New York University’s Green Grants program into one of the most successful campus greening initiatives in the country. www.maxliboiron.com
John is an author, blogger, journalist, educator, and student of music, environmentalism, and psychology. He has worked for everything from small nonprofits to large scale municipalities. He has a behaviorist approach to waste prevention. He’s also an avid yoga practitioner, musician, and cook. He lives in a farmhouse with his fiancé and black lab.
Barbara Sherman is the co-owner of ReFoamIt, LLC with her husband, David. Their company is one of the few in MA that densifies foam, which is the first step in its journey into new products such as picture frames, clipboards and rulers. Barbara received her teaching degree from Western New England College and Masters Degree in Human Service Administration from Antioch New England and works hard to let the public know that foam is recyclable.
Clark University ’17
Hello! My name is Sedona Stewart and I am a Junior at Clark University. I became interested in sustainability during high school when I was involved in introducing composting into the cafeteria. At Clark I am involved in Clark Compost, an initiative to have composting available throughout the entire campus. Since my Freshman year we have been able to expand composting to nearly all the residence halls and the Academic Commons. As I finish my time at Clark I hope to continue to spread a culture of zero-waste at my school and in my community.
Ericka Canales is the Youth Manager for the Surfrider Foundation. She holds an MA in Environmental Planning & Policy from Towson University and has an extensive background in environmental campaigning, grassroots organizing, cause marketing and grant writing. Previous to Surfrider, Ericka worked as an environmental consultant in New York City, Federal Emergency Management Agency in Boston, CT Department of Environmental Protection, and is published with Eastern Surf Magazine, Shallow Water Angler and Florida Sportsman Magazine.
Lia grew up surfing in the pristine waters off the North Shore of O’ahu in Hawai’i. She attended Punahou School before leaving the island for the University of Southern California, where she earned degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Anthropology. Prior to joining 5 Gyres, Lia managed global chapters and initiatives for the Surfrider Foundation and business development for SecondWave Recycling. She lives in Charleston, SC and enjoys paddle boarding and copious amounts of beach time with her husband and son.
Story of Stuff Project
True, well-told stories. Compelling images. Insightful research. And the tech platforms that allow people from all over the globe to come together. As Community Engagement Manager at The Story of Stuff Project, Shana uses these tools to reach 1.5 million people a week – and welcome them to a movement of individuals who are concerned about our problem with Stuff. Shana ignites the spark of everyday heroes and creates a pathway for them to journey from sidelined observers to active, passionate changemakers.
Post-Landfill Action Network
Alex is an activist and organizer who has been working to end waste since high school. Alex was a co-founder of UNH Trash 2 Treasure and has received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award, the Udall Scholarship, and the Brower Youth Award for his work against waste.
Candace Gregg is a senior at UCLA studying anthropology. She is an intern with 5 Gyres and has worked to ban microbeads on the UCLA campus.
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kristen is currently studying Natural Resources, Tropical Plants and Soil Sciences at the University of Hawaii in addition to being the current Student Sustainability Coordinator. After getting used to composting in the cafeteria throughout her schooling in Washington, she was disappointed to see the lack of post-consumer food waste recycling on the island. So she decided to make a change. Since then, she has devoted herself to student-led initiatives in sustainability, including a pilot composting system in Faculty Housing.
Carleton College ’17
Audrey is interested in conservation, especially how conservation can be integrated into the larger part of human activities not traditionally thought of as “conservationist.” Human activities encompass a lot of things, including garbage! By working with the Carleton waste monitors, Audrey hopes to minimize the impact of human waste (and find some cool stuff).
University of Maine
Darren J. Ranco, a member of the Penobscot Nation, is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. He has a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. Dr. Rancoís research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the United States, particularly Maine, resist environmental destruction by using indigenous diplomacies and critiques of liberalism to protect cultural resources. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance.
University of Georgia ’16
Mason Towe is a 4th year Economics and Sociology double major. He is one of the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability’s Zero Waste Interns, focussing on recycling, composting, and material reuse projects both on campus and with the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division.
Toward Zero Waste Communities
After years of living in Sweden, Christin Walth returned to the US and had repatriation shock regarding the amount of waste generated in households. She went Zero Waste in January 2011 and has been perfecting the lifestyle ever since through Refusal/Reduction/Repurposing – and then involving her community to develop new waste diversion streams and incentives to help friends and neighbors.
Product Stewardship Institute
As the Outreach and Communications Coordinator at the Boston-based Product Stewardship Institute (PSI), Suzy maintains all outgoing communications and marketing while supporting and assisting staff in technical and policy-related projects. She also serves as the primary liaison between PSI’s members and partners, nurturing and consistently improving these relationships. She comes from an e-commerce background at an online retailer, where she acted as the primary content creator and community manager. With a degree in English and Environmental Studies from Boston College, Suzy is equally passionate about writing, editing, sustainability and all things eco-friendly. Outside of work, Suzy enjoys exploring new restaurants, going on long runs, trying new craft beers and cooking veggie-packed meals.
University of Vermont ’18
Kirsti is a sophomore student at the University of Vermont and hails originally from Connecticut. She is majoring in Wildlife Biology in the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources at UVM. She is an active member of the Vermont Students Towards Environmental Protection Club on campus (called VSTEP) and is very passionate about spreading knowledge about the benefits of composting and waste reduction to all walks of life. In her free time she loves spending outside gardening, hiking and camping.
Food Recovery Network
Stephen is the Director of Expansion of Food Recovery Network (FRN). FRN unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering perishable food that would otherwise go to waste from their campuses, and the surrounding community, and donating it to places that serve people in need. As the largest student-led hunger-fighting organization in America they have 150 chapters in 36 states and the District of Columbia, and donated over 800,000 pounds of food to date.
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Brenna is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Environmental Studies and Operations and Technology Management. She is the Student Leader at the Office of Sustainability focusing on recycling systems and student engagement.
Stony Brook University
Mae Henry is a master’s student at Stony Brook University where she is studying Marine Conservation and Policy. She has received her bachelors in Marine Biology with a concentration in conservation from University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she also represented the university’s Surfrider Club for three years. Mae has previously worked for Soil and Water Conservation, Fish and Wildlife and non-profits such as Five Gyres, and looks forward to her future career in marine conservation.
College of Charleston Office of Sustainability
Jen is the Sustainability Facilities Coordinator at the College of Charleston, where she received her masters of science in Environmental Studies. She is a certified South Carolina Recycling Professional and for the past 3 years she has been working on getting the College to Zero Waste by 2025.
Robin Miller is the Graduate Assistant for Sustainable Clark at Clark University. Robin is pursuing a three-year dual master’s degree, and will be receiving both a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Environmental Science and Policy in 2016. Her interest and internships have lately been in the field of sustainable investments, including divestment; Robin has worked for prestigious Boston non-profits and financial services firms. Prior to attending Clark, Robin managed food service at a large summer camp and was an environmental educator with SCA. While attending Eastern Mich University, Robin was a student Eco Reps leader and spearheaded a collaborative community storm water mitigation initiative.
Fatima Zavala Ruiz
My name is Fatima Zavala Ruiz, and I attend Clark University. I am currently majoring in Psychology and minoring in Women and Gender Studies. I have been part of Clark Composts for the past two years and have been extremely involved with spreading compost around campus. I am originally from San Francisco, in which compost is mandatory for houses and schools and that is where my desire to spread compost in my community grew.
Justice for the River
Ed Spencer graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Religious Studies. He currently practices low-impact sustainable logging in West Old Town, Maine. In 2003, proposed expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill threatened his home so he added his voice to those in opposition to this state owned landfill. Since that time he has worked to bring transparency to waste realities in his home and beyond.
University of Georgia ’17
Max Weyrick is a 3rd year Environmental Economics & Management major. He is one of the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability’s Zero Waste Interns, focussing on recycling, composting, and material reuse projects both on campus and with the Athens-Clarke County Recycling Division.
Carleton College ’18
Andrew is simultaneously disappointed and fascinated by the concept of trash waste. He aims to help redefine our current misconceptions about waste and the treatment of waste in hopes that one day we’ll agree to replace our dumpsters with compost heaps, our manufacturing plants with edible plants, and our landfills with native marshes, grasslands, and forests.