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Beyond Waste Leadership Certification

PLAN’s Beyond Waste Leadership Certification courses cover everything you need to know to create lasting change on your campus.

What Is Certification?

The Beyond Waste Leadership Certification, newly updated in Fall 2022, is a digital and self-guided skills-building program that covers critical leadership topics through pre-recorded video lessons. Interactive activities will guide you through planning a hypothetical campus project of your choosing, such as starting a compost program or creating a new student organization, with the opportunity to apply for funding to make your project a reality once you complete the program!

How It Works

To earn the Beyond Waste Leadership Certification, you must review all videos for all six courses, as well as complete all activities and reflection questions within a corresponding Course Workbook for each course topic. Each course is about two hours long and is broken up into 3 to 5 interactive pre-recorded parts, with the Course Workbook allowing you to dive into a hypothetical campus project.

The courses will develop your leadership toolkit to include key skills, such as: project planning and execution, creating a budget and timeline for your work, facilitating team meetings, and effectively navigating campus bureaucracy.

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Course List

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Finding Your Point of Intervention 

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Building Community and Leaderful Teams

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Tools for Student Organizing

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Navigating Campus Bureaucracy

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Social Media for Social Change

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Preparing for Leadership Transition

Fund Your Project – NEW!

After successful completion of the program, you may apply to receive project funding for the hypothetical project that you worked on throughout the program. An application form will be sent to you after you have completed the program.

Recipients will be chosen on a semesterly basis, so the next funding cohort will be selected in January 2023. Note that becoming a recipient will include 2 mandatory advising sessions with PLAN staff in order to access support for initiating your project. Funding amounts will vary!

Project Examples
Wondering what “hypothetical project” you might work on throughout the program? Here’s some inspiration!
  • Thrift store or Free store
  • Move-out collections and move-in sales
  • Reusables in the dining hall
  • Compost system
  • Holding a zero waste event
  • Fossil fuel divestment campaign
  • Creating a waste art project
  • A new student organization
  • Something else related to sustainability or waste!

Get Started

Courses are available for free to students of member campuses. Click here to learn more about PLAN Membership. If you are already registered on the PLAN website, log in below with your school email and head to the Courses page to get started!

Got questions? Email our Director of Education and Resource Management at