Workshops and Leadership 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.
Leadership Certification Trainings
- Skill development and organizing tools for student leaders
- 90 minute sessions
- Online sessions recurring every month
- FREE to all member campuses
- Dive into 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 for Digital Sessions
To sign up, follow the link in the drop-down for each online 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 email@example.com!
*We designate price by age to make these sessions affordable for young people who may not currently be a student but are still interested in the subject matter. If you are a non-member campus student, or aged 26 or younger, please enter the code “millennial” at checkout to receive a $40 discount off the regular price. If the training is still not financially feasible, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate accommodations.
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**
Accessibility Note: If you require accommodation (e.g. deaf or hard of hearing, vision impaired) please email email@example.com
when you sign up, so we can plan how to make the training suitable and enjoyable for you!
SWAG Hierarchy: Reducing Freebie Waste
Stress balls, keychains, fidget spinners… we’re all familiar with the pretty much useless S.W.A.G. (“Stuff We All Get”) handed out to students and destined for the trash. Take a stand against disposable swag, and join us for a session on giving campus crap the boot! We’ll reveal our recently developed “Swag Hierarchy” (a framework for prioritizing zero waste and less-waste alternatives on campus) and we’ll discuss implementing alternatives in time for campus Earth Day events!
Philosophy Hash: Discard Studies
Lisa Bjerke, our SZW16 Keynote Speaker, and Amanda Chang, a former PLANtern, are hosting a series of Philosophy Hashes in Discard Studies starting this spring! Hour and a half sessions will be held one Sunday a month, and cover a range of topics on the study of waste and how it intersects with our lives, societies, and culture. Please join us!
Leadership Certification Training Sessions
Logistics & Lingo for Leadership
Finding & Managing 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.
If you complete all seven of the leadership trainings as an individual or collectively as a group, you will become PLAN Leadership Certified! We’ll send you a care package, a digital certificate, and some rad stickers to proclaim your certification to the world.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org once you complete all seven!
Program-Specific Workshop Sessions
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 reuse economy on your campus by establishing a permanent space for exchanging used materials. 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!
Food Waste Reduction
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. We will guide you through the waste reduction hierarchy, from food recovery from eateries on your campus, 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!
To-Go Container Programs
Prioritize reuse in your school’s dining program by setting up a campus To-Go Container Program! In this session, we’ll walk you through the process from determining stakeholders and budget, convincing administration and faculty, options for distribution, collection, ensuring student engagement, and more! For more information, check out our To-Go Container Program Guide developed in partnership with Preserve!
Submit an Event Request
Check out the list below for a variety of lecture-style talks that will educate and inspire your campus.
Time: 1-2 hours
Audience: Campus-wide event with an ideal minimum of 20 attendees
Suggested Pairings: Connecting with any other session style provides the opportunity for deeper engagement on the presented topic
Planning a Zero Waste Event or a Waste Audit? We will walk you and your team through an interactive process step-by-step.
Time: 2-4 hours
Audience: A small group of project leaders, 2-7 students and/or staff
Suggested pairings: Campus Tour, Inspirational Talk and/or Leadership Training for volunteer management
Time: 1-4 hours
Audience: A group of 3-25 students with previous or upcoming experience working together
Suggested Pairings: Any of our Hands-on Workshops
Bring together campus stakeholders to strategize on zero waste efforts. PLAN staff will share best practices and help troubleshoot.
Time: 2-3 hours
Audience: Representatives from all campus operational departments (if possible)
Suggested Pairings: Leadership Training for students working with admin and/or Inspirational Talk
While we're there...
- Campus Tours that show off notable facilities like a composting yard, recycling facility, or student project. We will feature them on our website, social media, and possibly in future PLAN best-practice resources.
- One-on-ones meetups with student leaders
- Q & A sessions
- Debrief meetings after any one of the above events
Event Topics Include:
(Event names for marketing material will be decided on a case by case basis!)
A Zero Waste Campus is (Actually) Possible
Examine the origins of the waste crisis by exploring consumer culture, inadequate infrastructure, toxicity and pollution, resource depletion, and environmental injustice. Then, put your knowledge to action by implementing projects on your campus to help solve the global waste crisis!
Zero Wasted: Holding a Zero Waste Event
Delve into the logistics necessary 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!
Stay Rad Post Grad / Find Your Point of Intervention
Framed through the Points of Intervention framework for change, students explore their diversity of options for engaging in meaningful work after graduation.
Going Plastic Free
Learn about the problems with single-use plastics and what can be done on your campus and beyond to stem the flow.
Capitalism and Zero Waste
Examine how the global capitalist economic system helped create and now perpetuates the waste crisis, as well as the role the Zero Waste movement can play in response.
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 or Mid-Atlantic areas, 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.