Workshops and Certification Trainings
Our Campus Coordinators offer expertise in leadership development and program-specific best-practices to equip you with the tools you need to reach Zero Waste on your campus.
- Skill development and organizing tools for student leaders
- 90 minute sessions
- Online sessions recurring every month
- FREE to all member campuses
- Deeper understanding of a specific Zero Waste initiative
- 60 minute sessions
- Learn to utilize PLAN’s online resources for continual support
- Online sessions featuring a different topic each month
- FREE to all member campuses
Bring Us to Your Campus!
- Hands-on Training or Workshop of your choice
- Informational talks that inspire students to take action
- Mix and match trainings, workshops, or informational talks for a unique full-day activation
Sign-Up and Pricing
To sign up, follow the link in the drop-down for each session below. You can also find monthly schedule releases on our Facebook page.
Are you a student or affiliate on a non-member campus, and want to test out a training or workshop? Submit an inquiry to attend your first session for free to firstname.lastname@example.org!
*We designate price by age to make these sessions as accessible as possible, especially for young people who may not currently be a student but are still interested in the subject matter.
Member Campus Students & Affiliates = Free!
Non-member students & anyone aged 26 and under* = $10/session
Anyone aged over 26* = $50/session
**You must register at least 24 hours before the scheduled session**
Certification Training Sessions
Logistics & Lingo for Leadership
Fronting the Funds
Don’t let financial restraints be the bane of your program; from the Student Activities Office to Special Projects Funding, there are pockets of funding all over campus for innovative projects like yours! This session will guide you in finding these opportunities on your campus and making that ask. Learn basic grant writing skills, creative fundraising ideas, and techniques to manage project finances.
PLANning a Project from the Ground Up
Put your passion into action through organized project development. This session walks you through the necessary components of project development, from timelining and budgeting to identifying stakeholders and risk management. Leave this session with tangible next steps to make change on your campus!
Passing the Baton
This session will guide you in creating systems that ensure your program will continue to grow long after you graduate. Learn techniques for effective record-keeping, finding the next leader of your program, transferring responsibility with ease, and evaluating the pros and cons of institutionalizing your program.
#SellingIt: Media and Marketing Strategy
Empowering Campus-Wide Zero Waste
This session combines a multitude of project skills, from volunteer recruitment and management to developing effective media and marketing techniques for the highest level of campus engagement in your program. Furthermore, this session will delve deeper into how multiple groups on campus, particularly students and administration, can work together for program success.
Every year when students move out of their dorms tons of useable stuff is sent to dumpsters. At the start of the following year students and parents buy the same exact stuff brand new. Join us to end this cycle on your campus. This special workshop track is split into Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions, to cover all components of Move-In/Move-Out programs throughout the year.
Fall Sessions: Build your program strong by starting early. Whether it is a full blown program, a pilot, or even a proposal, learn to create a project plan, timeline, budget and stakeholders map.
Spring Sessions: Discuss next steps for collections logistics, volunteer coordination, spreading the word, taking inventory and preparing for summer and sale.
Summer Sessions: Strategize summer sorting, testing, cleaning and pricing of your inventory and set up for a successful Fall sale.
Free & Thrift Stores
Foster the sharing economy on your campus by establishing a permanent space for reuse. We will first help you to decide whether a free store or thrift store would better suit the demographics of your campus. Then we jump into all of the logistical components, including: finding a permanent space, layout of your store, financing and budgeting for a reuse space, roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers, and advertizing your store to the campus community.
Our current rate of plastic production and disposal could result in more plastic than fish by volume in the world’s oceans by 2050! These sessions will walk you through how to conduct an audit of all of the single-use disposable plastics present on your campus and create an action plan to incentivize reusables and eliminate plastic bags, bottles, microbeads and more!
We often say that waste is just resources in the wrong place, a logistical problem just waiting to be solved. These sessions will review the ins and outs of the commodities markets that create the demand for responsible management of hard-to-recycle items. Learn how to expand recovery efforts on your campus by establishing collection programs for these hard to recycle items, like electronics, textiles, Styrofoam, carpets and more.
Conducting a Waste Audit
Before you can work towards Zero Waste, you need some metrics on campus-generated waste. This session helps you to identify where to find information on campus waste management operations, and how to gather metrics on the types and amounts of waste generated on your campus. We cover volume vs. weight based audits, data analysis, and follow up for making waste management recommendations to your campus. *Book this as an in-person training and we will work with you to conduct a live waste audit on site!
Arbitrary expiration dates and unrealistic cosmetic expectations lead to a ton of still-edible food being thrown away! Even before composting your food scraps and other organics, there are a variety of ways to divert food waste from landfills. Facilitated in partnership with Food Recovery Network, these sessions guide you through the food recovery hierarchy, from establishing a team to recover foodstuffs from campus dining halls, to holding interactive activities around food waste awareness.
Move on down the food recovery hierarchy to divert any food waste that is generated on campus to be composted for landscaping, gardening, or agricultural application. Whether you are building a passive garden pile on campus, or hauling to an industrial composting facility, we’ll review best practices for collecting organics, educating for quality control, maintaining a safe and healthy compost system, and incorporating finished compost back into campus operations.
Holding a Zero Waste Event
Zero Waste events provide an opportunity to educate members of your campus who may not otherwise interact with sustainability initiatives. This session will cover all of the logistics you should consider to make any campus event as close to Zero Waste as possible, including: proper waste station setup, “trash-talker trainings”, coordinating with caterers, vendors, and other event attendees, creative options for reusables, and more!
Developing a Zero Waste Road Map*
This interactive workshop will help you to understand the intricacies of a campus materials management infrastructure, and how it can be revamped to reach Zero Waste. Learn how to determine which projects to prioritize, how to garner administrative support, and envision a goal of Zero Waste that sets your campus on a realistic timeline with achievable goals.
*Book this an in-person training and we will work with you to create a Zero Waste Road Map unique to your campus!
Our trainings and workshops are available monthly through our online learning platform. For a more in-depth advising experience, bring PLAN to your campus for an in-person speaking event!
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Hands-On Training or Workshop
Choose any one of the skills trainings or program-specific workshops listed above for an hands-on session with the PLAN staff, or mix and match for a full day engagement.
We’ll work with you to convene and facilitate a planning meeting with multiple stakeholders on campus who are integral to the success of waste reduction initiatives.
Host a presentation that will inspire students to take action. In the past, PLAN has visited national conferences and individual campuses to speak to:
- the Global Waste Crisis
- the International Zero Waste Movement
- Starting a Non-Profit
- Responsible Business & Entrepreneurship
Tour a PLAN team member around campus facilities like the composting yard, recycling facility, or student thrift store, and we will feature them on our website, social media, and future PLAN best-practice resources.
Work with our team to gather data on your campus waste streams. Leading up to our visit, we guide you on audit methods, recruiting volunteers, and other logistics.
Sliding Scale for Speaking Event Fees
The speaking and event fee that we ask for goes directly into our operations budget, which supports the PLAN team in creating the resources we use to engage audiences at their level. This sliding scale helps to negotiate speaking and events fees which accommodate a variety of circumstances and resources.
These prices do not include travel costs. For events outside of the New England area, we require a further conversation on support for travel expenses—this can be in the form of reimbursements and/or a couch to sleep on.