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This November, 500 students, environmental justice activists, business innovators, and other leaders in sustainability will come together to discuss issues, share skills, and collaborate on solutions to waste both on campus and beyond. Be a part of it.

“Zero Waste as a Climate Solution” 

a Keynote Address from Kate Bailey

Kate Bailey works for Eco-Cycle, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit recycling organizations in the world. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Kate is the director of the Eco-Cycle Solutions project, where she works with citizens, city staff and elected officials to implement Zero Waste solutions in local communities. Kate has more than 10 years of experience as a leading authority on Zero Waste best practices and has created national reports, websites, and campaigns to drive local action.

When: Friday, November 3rd at 6:30 pm

Where: Temple University Performing Arts Center


How are you getting here and where will you stay? Allow us to help!


Friday, November 3rd 2017

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center

1837 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Environmental Justice Tour - RSVP required!
Location: Swarthmore College

Join PLAN and the Energy Justice Network for this pre-conference event. Environmental racism is rampant in the trash incineration industry. Learn about environmental justice and what environmental racism looks like nationally, and in a dramatic local example.  We’ll take a tour through the city of Chester, PA, home to a cluster of major polluters, including the nation’s largest trash incinerator.

How to RSVP: When registering for the conference, click on ‘tickets’ and select the ‘Philly Environmental Justice Tour’ ticket option.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Early Registration – Check in now so you don’t have to do it in the morning!

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center

6;30 – 8:00 pm: Keynote Address, Kate Bailey

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center

8:00 – 10:00 pm: Reception

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center

Saturday, November 4th 2017

Location: Temple University


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

Location: Temple University Mitten Hall

9:30 – 10:00 am: Welcome

Location: Temple University Mitten Hall
10:00 – 11:30 am: Global Waste Crisis Plenary
Location: Temple University Mitten Hall
This panel session is for all conference attendees to attend. Kicking off the conference by understanding the many facets of the problem we are facing.

Topics and Speakers will be: 

11:45 - 12:15 pm Case Study Session
Location: Temple University Ritter Hall (Rooms TBA)
Choose one of the below sessions to get a snapshot of one of the awesome projects listed below. Many of these folks are also running “Action and Implementation” workshops on how to get a program off the ground!
Sessions are:
  • Re-Cycling: Creating Student Powered Waste Solutions – Hannah Tizedes and Raisa Lenau from Michigan State University
  • Making the World’s Largest Student Run Philanthropy Organization Zero Waste – Penn State
  • Campaigning Against Coffee Cups – Molly Reetz from Western Washington University
  • 3D Glasses Required – Alex Greanias and Trent Werner from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • The Ups and Downs of Banning Plastic Bags from Campus EateriesCatherine Chervenak and Heather Eby from Case Western University
  • Plastic Material Recovery at UC Berkeley – Scott Silva and Jenny Chiu from University of California Berkeley
  • Tracking Trash in HaitiLisa Willey, Nathan Cronauer, and Thanex Louis from University of Southern Maine
  • U of R Queer and Trans Clothing ExchangeAndie Burkey from University of Rochester
  • Thriftsburg Case StudyEmily Messer, Maura Kay, and Forest Goebel from University of Pittsburg
  • Campus Compost ProgramAllegra Nolan and Ella Denham-Conroy from New College of Florida

12:30 – 1:30 pm: Lunch

Location: Temple University (Room TBD)
1:30 - 2:20 pm: Skills Building Workshops
Location: Temple University Rooms TBA
Choose one of the below sessions to build up your skills!
Sessions are:
  • Beyond Recycling 101Gwen Larned from Western Washington University
  • Community Based Social MarketingMelissa Shepard and Aaron Witham from University of Southern Maine
  • StorytellingMerillee Schoen from Aeons By Design
  • Solidarity in the MovementAhmina Maxey from GAIA
  • Procurement for a Plastic-Free Campus: Panel – Annie Davis and Doorae Shin from Guayaki
  • Talking the Talk: Navigating Conversations Across Different PerspectivesSonya Buglion Gluck from University of Vermont
  • Resource Recovery – Emily Anne King and Devin Johnson-Hogan from New College of Florida
  • From Idea to Change – Andrej Patoski from University of Pennsylvania
  • Get In Where You Fit In: Building our Collective Steps Toward LiberationAnsley Pope from PLAN
  • ArtJackie Fawn
  • AO session – Felicia Teter
  • Zero Waste EventsPheobe from Ohio University
  • Hauling MetricsHazel Chew from Macalester

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Networking & Snack Break

Location: Temple University (Room TBD)
3:00 - 4:15 pm: Solutions Panels
Each of the session below will be happening at the same time in different locations. Attend the session that best fits your interest and for anyone you want to talk to more, find them during networking breaks! Many presenters are also tabling.
  • Panel Topic: Zero Waste Beyond Campus
    Location: Temple TBD
    – Zero waste consulting – Mary Ann Boyer
    – Community organizing/activism – Felicia Teter
    – Working with gov – Nic and Philabundance
    – Art & education – Jackie Fawn
  • Panel Topic: Campus Wide Zero Waste Planning
    Location: Temple TBD
    – ZW plan development – Chris & Morgan from PLAN
    – Education and outreach – Jennifer Allott from Dalhousie University
    – Surplus – Bo Solomon from Drexel
    – Working with Service Providers – Maggie Kraft from BAMCO
  • Panel Topic: Business Innovation: Restructure and Redesign
    Location: Temple TBD
    – Circular economy – TBA
    – Business regulation – Annie Davis from World Centric
    – Product redesign – Jeff Betts from Ecovative
    – Materials science – TBA
4:15 – 5:00 pm: Networking & Activity Break
Take a break in one of the quiet rooms. Hang out with our tablers. Do some homework. Visit the installed art exhibit. Or check out some of the sessions below!
  • Clothing Swap – Timi Komonibo from Style Lottery
  • Zero Waste Period AlternativesMaya Critchfield from College of the Atlantic
  • Trashformation; Making a Bag, Taking the Pledge – University of Vermont
  • How to Make Inner Tube Flip-flops – Sharon Raymond from Simple Shoemaking
  • Quiet Space (Recharge Room)
  • Homework Room
  • Dear Discarded Object, What’s Your Story – Kira Hegeman, Abigail West, Lucia Thome, and Billy Dufala from UGA and RAIR
  • DIY Room
    • make your own toothpaste
    • ZW Period alternatives – Flipflops
    • To-go-ware pouch decorating
    • goodwill upcycling table
5:00 - 5:50 pm: Action and Implementation Workshops
Choose any one of the following sessions to go in depth on one type of project!
  • #WearWeShare: Host a Clothing Swap on Your CampusTimi Komonibo from Style Lottery
  • Zero Waste on an Urban CampusHannah Hickman from George Washington University
  • Move Out Session
  • How Waste Reduction Initiatives can Address Wasted PotentialAndie Burkey from University of Rochester
  • Campus Surplus ProgramsHannah Tizedes and Raisa Lenau from Michigan State University
  • Implementing and Operating a Thrift Store – Emily Messer, Maura Kay, and Forest Goebel from University of Pittsburg
  • Activate Your Campus ProjectDoorae Shin from Kokua Hawaii
  • Reduce Your Environmental Footprint: One Bite at a TimeMary Ann Boyer and Carie Szalay from Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants and SCH Academy
  • Dear Discarded Object, What’s Your Story?RAIR and the University of Georgia Athens
  • Waste Characterization Studies and What’s in the TrashReturn Recycling, Davis Saltonstall, Tessa Rosenberry, Aryn Aiken
  • Break Free – a Training Session to ReThink Plastic – Sandra Curtis from PPC

6:00 – 6:30 pm: Closing

Location: Temple University (Room TBD)

Mitten Hall

Mitten Hall

Ritter Hall

Ritter Hall

Temple Performing Arts Center

Temple Performing Arts Center

Event Location

The conference events will be held across Temple University’s campus in Mitten Hall, Ritter Hall, and Temple Performing Art’s Center. Please reference the schedule for the building and room number for each event. Find below, a link to Temple’s gender neutral bathrooms available on campus.
Gender Neutral Bathrooms

With Support From:

We’re thrilled to host SZW at Temple University!

where they excel in waste aversion, with programs including:

      • Computer Recovery Center, an EPA award-winning electronics repair and reuse program
      • Temple Surplus Program, facilitating the reuse of tons of office furniture on campus and beyond (pictured)
      • Give and Go Green, an end of the year move-out program
      • The Rad Dish, a student-run food co-op
      • Office Supply Swap, providing students with used office materials free of charge
      • Temple Community Garden, a student-run garden, sharing food with the community
      • and more!

Our supporters and partners make the Student's for Zero Waste Conference possible

World Centric provides compostable food service products made from plant-based materials, an alternative to disposable plastic. They actively support the creation of campus composting infrastructure, and have been an annual founding sponsor of the Students for Zero Waste Conference since its establishment in 2014.
LUSH’s innovative approach to cosmetics packaging (or non-packaging) makes them a zero-waste leader in the industry. We were honored to receive a Charity Pot grant from LUSH in 2016, and to feature their packaging-free products at each Students for Zero Waste Conference!
Guayaki’s delicious Yerba Mate tea is created with sustainability in mind, from start to finish. They are committed to protecting and restoring the South American rainforests and empowering the native forest people. Guayaki gave yummy yerba mate for the 2016 SZW Conference and has committed to sponsorship in 2017.
Preserve creates unusual products from recycled and recyclable #6 plastics, including toothbrushes and food storage containers. Preserve has supported the SZW Conference each year, and recently partnered with us to develop a case study on reusable to-go box infrastructure in campus dining halls.
Klean Kanteen is a leader in BPA-free, stainless steel reusable drinkware and food transport. A 1% for the Planet member and Certified Benefit Corporation, Klean is committed to using business as a force for good. They raise the bar from recycling and composting to actually eliminating waste from the outset with reusable solutions that last a lifetime. Klean has been a supportive partner of PLAN since its inception through sponsorship, product, and more.
Waste-free UKonserve food-storage products are sustainably designed to reduce the staggering amount of trash that ends up in our landfills and oceans every year because of single-use food packaging. The high-quality, non-toxic materials are designed to be durable and long lasting, and to minimize waste throughout each product’s life cycle. UKonserve’s annual support of PLAN has helped reward our Conference volunteers and keep our road trips zero waste!
Goodwill’s century in the reuse business makes them an expert in material recovery and reuse infrastructure. Goodwill has supported the Conference through bulk used items (such as silverware and the t-shirts we screen-print) and are building their support of campus move-out projects in the future.