- Highlight the people, companies, and movements that are challenging the Linear Consumption Economy, and intervening at points along a wasteful and unjust system to build a better model.
- Empower young people to realize their individual skills and passions as essential parts of a collective solution.
- Spread the message that “Nobody Can Do Everything, But Everybody Can Do Something”. Together, we can fix a broken system.
– Tour Stops –
|February 22||College of Charleston|
|March 1||Five College Consortium|
|March 6||University of New Hampshire|
|March 8||Rochester Institute of Technology|
|March 12||University at Buffalo|
|March 21||Earlham College|
|March 26||Washington University of St. Louis|
|March 30-31||Carleton College|
|April 12-13||Northern Arizona University|
|April 18||Arizona State University|
|April 23-24||San Diego State University|
|April 25||University of California Santa Barbara|
|May 8||Western Washington University|
– Speakers –
Junior Walk has been working with various anti-surface mining organizations in the Appalachian region for the past six years. He has done everything from lobbying on federal and state levels, gathering data for lawsuits against coal companies, and even getting arrested doing direct action on surface mines and corporate offices. Junior now serves as the outreach coordinator for Coal River Mountain Watch, a role in which he spends his time helping educate people about the effects coal extraction has had on his community. He has also been monitoring for permit violations and documenting ongoing surface mining operations on Coal River Mountain, the last intact mountain in the Coal River watershed.
Benefit Corporation Speakers
– Bring Us to Your Campus –
Campus Funding Information
This panel is intended to appeal to as many students with as many diverse backgrounds and interests as possible. As such, we encourage campuses to cast a wide net while searching for funding on campus – broadening the support base beforehand will broaden the audience at the event itself! Here is a short list of groups and departments we encourage you to reach out to and partner with for the tour stop on your campus:
- Funds for large speaking events (presidential speaker series, student union speakers series, etc)
- Sustainability office/department
- Student activity fee funds
- Green fee funds
- Student organizations of varying interests, including but certainly not limited to:
- Sustainability and zero waste groups, Net Impact chapters and social business groups, diversity support coalitions, LGBTQIA+ groups, black student unions, mosaico and latinx groups, outdoor adventure clubs, sustainable food and agriculture, student run farms, etc.
- Deans of major colleges on campus, particularly colleges of:
- Business, economics, environmental and physical sciences, agriculture, marketing, social innovation and entrepreneurship, outdoor leadership, nonprofit management, etc.
- Campus Departments that support student leadership and job training:
- Office of Community Service and Learning, Fellowships, Jobs and Internships, Leadership, etc.
- Offices of diversity and inclusion
- Academic departments/specific courses with professors that would encourage students to attend the talk from their classes – this is a great experiential learning opportunity!
- Off-campus groups with similar missions and goals.
Engaging your Campus Community at the Repair and Reuse Fair
Company participation in the tour:
Over the next few months, we will be working with dozens of prospective partner companies to coordinate their participation in this tour. Doing so is a bit of a challenge, as the companies want to know which campuses we are visiting, and the campuses want to know which companies are tagging along. We promise to keep you informed and involved every step of the way and we will make sure that every company on the tour has permission and permits from your campus to participate.
Here are a few examples of companies that might join us, and have worked with us in the past:
- Patagonia, iFixit, and other companies offering tools and kits to do DIY repairs
- ReFleece and other companies teaching students how to upcycle non-repairable items
- Guayaki, Ben & Jerry’s, Stonyfield Yogurt giving out free samples of their products
- Preserve, Klean Kanteen, U Konserve showcasing re-usable alternatives
- Seek out local companies that represent the local repair and reuse economy. Invite them to host a workshop, offer repairs, or showcase cool and unique products!
- Local Food Trucks, Farmers Markets, or Cooperatives
Invite Student Groups and Campus Departments to table
Share with the campus community what opportunities there are to get involved.
Make it Fun with an Activity!
Make it real! Share a relevant project or activity with students. Whether a trivia-inspired raffle, meaningful craft, or product giveaway, move beyond conversation and into action.
- DIY workshops:
- Homemade personal hygiene products
- Home composting
- Screen printing
- Button making
- Workshops and crafts
- Upcycled jewelry
- Make old t-shirts into reusable shopping bags
- Art installation/competition
- Trashion show with upcycled and recycled garments
- Games and campus trivia with sustainable product raffle prizes
- Zero Waste Dining / on-campus food recovery efforts
- Come up with a creative way to engage students in a statistic, like making a t-shirt yarn ball that weighs 80 pounds (the average amount of textile waste disposed per person per year)
- Obstacle course made from recycled materials
Showcase an on-campus facility or service
Do you have a makerspace or fixerspace on campus, a reuse or repair center, a compost or on-campus recycling facility, or other cool initiatives that you can showcase at this event? Share a demonstration, workshop, tour or discussion! What’s the best way for students to engage the issue? Get as hands-on as you like.
On-site repairs / swap shop
Empower students to mend, stitch, and prolong the life of their stuff! Facilitate a simple repair workshop or catalyze an on-site swap shop or thrift store for students and their gear. Ultimately, inspire students to become owners, rather than consumers, of their possessions.
- Clothing and outdoor gear (sewing, patching, waterproofing, etc)
- Bike Repairs
- Smartphone/electronics Repairs
- Swap shops
- Pop-up thrift store
Questions? Email Pope@postlandfill.org.
– What are the “Points of Intervention”? –
Challenging the Consumption Economy: The Points of Intervention Tour will travel to college and university campuses across the country, sharing the stories of individuals who are peeling back the pieces of this broken system in their own way for a just transition to a circular economy. From local food production to harnessing renewable energy, this tour will show students that activating their unique experiences and passions is a part of this fight, and that while nobody can do everything, everyone can do something.
We refer to these actions along the Linear Consumption trajectory as Points of Intervention: specific places in a system where a targeted action can effectively interrupt the functioning of a system as a whole and open the way to change. Whether they are physical (i.e. an expanding landfill) or ideological (i.e. planned obsolescence of consumer products), these points serve as avenues to better understand, and ultimately reconstruct, the Linear Consumption Economy.
There are countless ways to intervene, so we will be highlighting a few that encompass issues of waste, climate change, and environmental justice:
– Our Partners –
Interested in getting involved as a partner? Email Audrey@postlandfill.org
– Endorsements –
We’re looking for movements, organizations, companies and individuals to sign on with their written support of the tour, and possibly get involved on a deeper level.