PLAN’s Students for Zero Waste Conference brings together students, staff, industry innovators, activists, and community members from across the country each Fall. Since 2014, SZW has served as a space for community-building and solution sharing to push the movement forward. It prioritizes “walking the walk” of Zero Waste and centering the needs of those most impacted by the Waste Crisis and systems of oppression. View the 2021 Program to get an idea of what SZW is all about.
SZW 2022 is back in a hybrid format! Tune in to our digital conference platform for live-streamed sessions, events, and student panels. Additionally, we will be hosting a small in-person gathering with local campuses in Philadelphia from November 11-13.
SZW may look a bit different in a hybrid format, but the framework and content will be just as familiar as years past. The conference will include networking & affinity group meet-ups, activity sessions, and panels covering topics related to waste and environmental justice. The in-person portion of the conference is limited to students within a 2-3 hour (driving/transit) radius from Philadelphia—but all are welcome to join digitally.
We’re offering registration discounts to our member campuses! Access the discount code by making a PLAN account and signing into the Member Hub. Tickets are sold on a sliding scale for all others. Note: We never turn students away for a lack of funds. Reach out to Ramiro@postlandfill.org with any questions or concerns.
This year’s conference will include both digital and in-person events. View a schedule overview below, and stay tuned for the full 2022 program.
- 9-10th: Live, virtual student panels (digital)
- 11th: Keynote and community events (hybrid)
- 12th: Field trips (in-person) and workshops (hybrid)
- 13th: PLAN’s 10-year anniversary celebration, including a Drag Brunch, Repair Fair, and Closing Ceremony (hybrid)
Volunteers help make SZW possible! If you’re local to Philly, join us in-person to support with registration or set-up. If you’d like to be involved virtually, help out with outreach or day-of tech support. All volunteers will receive a free conference ticket! Reach out to our Events Director Ramiro if you are interested in offering your time to SZW.