Support Us

– What is a ticket sponsor? –

Ticket sponsors make it possible for students to attend a summit. They are offices, departments or individuals on campus sponsoring a block of tickets for their students. They are also local businesses in the region, national businesses or organizations that want to support the training of the next generation of zero waste leaders!

No one can do everything but everyone must do something, and together we can fix this broken system. 

– Content & Learning Objectives –

Each Virtual Beyond Waste Student Summit will be comprised of over 50 students from campuses all across the country coming with all different levels of experience with on and off campus organizing. While each summit will be different they will have the following content. 

Presentations and Simulations will cover: 

    • The principals of circular economy

    • The community health impacts of plastics

    • Sustainable business and social entrepreneurship

    • Capitalism and the waste crisis

    • Plastic and the fossil fuel industry

    • Accessibility in the zero waste movement
    • The linear consumption economy and climate change

Hands-On Organizing Simulations

Attendees will have the option of attending any (or all) of virtual summit dates. They are encouraged to choose the ones that closely resemble a project they are involved in or want to start. With the guidance of an experienced organizer, they will be given a packet of information about their project and the surrounding circumstances and are tasked with making strategic decisions. The teams will be challenged to envision success, create roles, write proposals, develop budgets, choose strategic targets, and more.

Projects include:

Feb 6th; Creating Creative Infrastructure: Campus Compost

  • Starting a compost program on your campus can be tricky, from securing funding to figuring out how materials will flow through your campus system. In this simulation, students will work on everything from selecting the right system for their campus to creating a campus education program for a newly established compost system.

March 6th; Break Free From Plastic: Fighting for a Plastic Free Campus

  • Getting your campus president to commit to stopping the use of single use plastics is a big step for any campus trying to achieve zero waste, but how do you get there? In this simulation, students will work on getting rallying up interest from among the campus community, to hosting a signing ceremony that works to hold your campus and president accountable.

April 10th; Food for Thought: Liberating the Table

  • Food waste is often one of a campuses biggest waste stream, and one that can be easily avoided with the proper systems in place. In this simulation students will work through the early stages of building out a proposal for a new food recovery program to securing the right partnerships on campus to ensure the program thrives.

May 1st; Fashion Forward: Establishing Circular Economy

  • A campus thrift store can be a great resource for any campus community, from helping reduce clothes getting into waste stream, to creating a fun social hub on campus for students to come together. In this simulation students will work on creating a budget to get the thrift store idea off the ground to hosting an unveiling event to rile up campus excitement!


    Tools attendees will leave with

    Project Planning

    • Creating campaign goals
    • Stakeholder and target mapping to navigate on and off campus networks
    • Identifying opportunities and making strategic decisions as a group
    • Resiliency in the face of failure

    Group Facilitation

    • Working together in a small group
    • Establishing group norms
    • Delegation for quick decisions and collective accountability 


    • Creating a volunteer/new member recruitment plan
    • Developing an elevator pitch
    • Creating a social media plan and/or press release
    • Pitching creative solutions to complex problems within an existing system

    The Details

    We work hard to support students who want to attend these summits in every possible way. From providing food. to travel scholarships, to free housing we strive to ensure financial barriers do not pose an issue to anyone who wants to attend. See the details of the event logistics below.

    Ticket Prices

    Tickets are sold on a sliding scale at the following prices: 

    True Cost | $100
    Subsidized | $75
    Subsidized | $50
    Subsidized | $25

    We will never turn anyone away for lack of funding. If you want to support a student in attending a summit please fill contact Ramiro, PLAN’s Director of Events, at We will reach out to find the right ticket sponsor level for you

    The Process of Confirming Ticket Sponsorship

    Step 1: Reach out to Ramiro, PLAN’s Director of Events, at
    Step 2: Have a conversation with PLAN Staff about how many students tickets you would like to sponsor and at which level.
    Step 3: All purchased tickets will be assigned to student attendees 2-3 weeks before the event. Campus Departments and Offices are welcome to manage this process on their campuses. We will assign any tickets sponsored by off campus partners based on need. 
    Step 5: Stay tuned on social media to see your sponsorship in action!