Become a PLAN Member SchoolFirst and foremost, PLAN is a support network of people, who realize that amidst classes, work, and other life commitments, you are only human! That’s why personability is at the core of our one-on-one advising and support. Our Campus Coordinators are there every step of the way, whether it’s for program specific guidance, or just a check in! Each of our Coordinators is a recent grad with hands-on experience in on-campus organizing.
Benefits of Membership
Whether you are starting a new program, reviving an old one, or passing off leadership to the incoming class, our Campus Coordinators are available for one-on-one program guidance every step of the way. In addition to regular check-ins via phone and email, students can engage with us through leadership trainings and program specific workshops in person and online. Read more about trainings and workshops here!
Whether your campus is just starting to recycle, or has developed an extensive Zero Waste Strategy, utilize PLAN’s network to connect with other campuses across the country that are implementing waste reduction programs. Students from member campuses receive discounted registration for our annual Students for Zero Waste Conference, where they can connect with organizations, socially responsible companies, and experts in the field working towards innovative solutions to waste.
Educational Online Tools
Supplemental to our step-by-step advising are a collection of program-specific resources, including best-practice manuals and guides, budget and logistics templates, program development workshops and skills certification trainings.
- Want to participate in an online certificate training or workshop session? Or better yet, want to have the PLAN team facilitate a full-day training on your campus? Find out more here.
We work with you to spread the word about your Zero Waste efforts. Utilize our advertising materials for on-campus outreach, host a PLAN-facilitated training for campuses in your region, and utilize our media platforms to put your program in the national spotlight!
We work with expanded recycling facilities to aggregate hard-to-recycle materials for more cost-efficiency. Receive recommendations on responsible recycling partners in your region for hard-to-recycle items like carpets, clothing, electronic, Styrofoam and more!
From B-corps to 1% for the Planet members, we partner with socially responsible companies to provide campuses with purchasing discounts on products and services that will foster program success. These can be accessed by individual students, by departments, or by campuses ordering in bulk. For more information, check out our Retail Discount and GPO Discount documents.
Through step-by-step advising, PLAN provides students with the necessary skills and information to implement Zero Waste initiatives on their respective campuses, all while connecting them with sustainable businesses, non-profits, and waste management professionals that will support the success of these initiatives. Members of our network are exposed to these relationships and best-practice solutions through our annual Students for Zero Waste Conference, compensated student internships, online tools, and sustainable products that incentivize engagement for program success. Ultimately, PLAN serves as a liaison for information sharing on everything Zero Waste.
Meet our Campus Coordinators
A true trash nerd, Faye first became interested in the ways that we treat waste and resources while traveling and studying globalization. This, in addition to her organizing and activism experience for a wide variety of issues, has led her to becoming Co-Director and a Campus Coordinator with PLAN. She specializes in running move out projects and free stores, holds a masters in Google Docs and enjoys a well-run meeting.
Chris studied Environmental Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz, with a focus on the effects of extractive industries on Indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon. While earning his degree, he worked with the campus Sustainability Office, voluntarily diving into dumpsters for the cause: to reach Zero Waste by 2020!
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Meghann just finished up coordinating zero waste efforts at an annual social justice conference they have on the UW campus- the Shepard Symposium on Social Justice, including a zero waste event spearheaded by her and some friends the year prior. Her passion for zero waste stems from the environmental injustices that are tied to the disproportionate dumping of our waste. While with PLAN, she is excited to learn more about fostering town-to-gown partnerships and extending the zero waste conversations to communities. Outside of her waste obsession, Meghann enjoys running, hiking, dancing, finding live music, and eating ice cream.
Last spring Adina studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, where she researched how the food environment and culture affected university students’ food security. This year, she has worked a lot on improving waste streams at Swarthmore, and is currently planning for move-out and creating a free store on campus. (The free store is called “Worthmore,” like Swarthmore- very clever..) She likes to bike and watch movies, and is recently very interested in how environmentalists talk about population control and the politics of reproduction.