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“Zero Waste as a Climate Solution” 

a Keynote Address from Kate Bailey

Kate Bailey works for Eco-Cycle, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit recycling organizations in the world. Based in Boulder, Colorado, Kate is the director of the Eco-Cycle Solutions project, where she works with citizens, city staff and elected officials to implement Zero Waste solutions in local communities. Kate has more than 10 years of experience as a leading authority on Zero Waste best practices and has created national reports, websites, and campaigns to drive local action.


Friday, November 3rd 2017

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center

1837 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

10:00 am - 3:00 pm: Environmental Justice Tour - RSVP required!
Location: Swarthmore College

Join PLAN and the Energy Justice Network for this pre-conference event. Environmental racism is rampant in the trash incineration industry. Learn about environmental justice and what environmental racism looks like nationally, and in a dramatic local example.  We’ll take a tour through the city of Chester, PA, home to a cluster of major polluters, including the nation’s largest trash incinerator.

How to RSVP: When registering for the conference, click on ‘tickets’ and select the ‘Philly Environmental Justice Tour’ ticket option.

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Early Registration – Check in now so you don’t have to do it in the morning!

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Keynote Address, Kate Bailey

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center

8:00 – 10:00 pm: Reception

Location: Temple Performing Arts Center

Saturday, November 4th 2017

Location: Temple University


8:00 – 9:00 am: Registration and Breakfast

Location: Temple University Mitten Hall

9:30 – 10:00 am: Welcome

Location: Temple University Mitten Hall
10:00 – 11:30 am: Global Waste Crisis Plenary
Location: Temple University Mitten Hall
This panel session is for all conference attendees to attend. Kicking off the conference by understanding the many facets of the problem we are facing.

Topics and Speakers will be: 

11:30 – 11:45 am: Group Photo

Location: Temple University Mitten Hall
12:00 - 12:30 pm Case Study Session

Location: Temple University Ritter Hall

Choose one of the below sessions to get a snapshot of one of the awesome projects listed below. Many of these folks are also running “Action and Implementation” workshops on how to get a program off the ground!  Check out the descriptions here
Sessions are:
  • Re-Cycling: Creating Student Powered Waste Solutions – Hannah Tizedes and Raisa Lenau from Michigan State University
    Ritter Hall Room 100
  • Campaigning Against Coffee Cups – Molly Reetz from Western Washington University
    Ritter Hall Room 101
  • 3D Glasses Required – Alex Greanias and Trent Werner from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    Ritter Hall Room 102
  • The Ups and Downs of Banning Plastic Bags from Campus EateriesCatherine ChervenakHeather Eby, and Aaron Mann from Case Western University
    Ritter Hall Room 103
  • Plastic Material Recovery at UC Berkeley – Scott Silva and Jenny Chiu from University of California Berkeley
    Ritter Hall Room 105
  • Tracking Trash in HaitiLisa Willey, Nathan Cronauer, and Thanex Louis from University of Southern Maine
    Ritter Hall Room 
  • U of R Queer and Trans Clothing ExchangeAndie Burkey from University of Rochester
    Ritter Hall Room 108
  • Thriftsburg Case StudyEmily Messer, Maura Kay, and Forest Goebel from University of Pittsburg
    Ritter Hall Room 109
  • Move Out Programs: How UMass New2U Turned a Mess Into Success – Arianna Moscone from UMass Amherst
    Ritter Hall Room 111
12:30 - 1:30 pm Lunch
Location: Temple Community Garden
  • People of Color CaucusAnsley Pope from PLAN
    The Rad Dish in Ritter Hall- Grab lunch first then head over to Ritter!

This power “lunch” hour is an opportunity for folks of color to convene in an autonomous space to discuss pressing issues in our movement spaces. This is an opportunity for folks to learn and engage in topics about our roles as folks of color and how we simultaneously move anti-racist and zero waste work. Our main focus in this meetup is to build collective community amongst each other, so we can unite and support each other across the nation.

1:30 - 2:20 pm: Skills Building Workshops

Choose one of the below sessions to build up your skills! Check out the descriptions here

Sessions are:
  • Beyond Recycling 101Gwen Larned from Western Washington University
    Ritter Hall Room 100
  • Community Based Social MarketingMelissa Shepard and Aaron Witham from University of Southern Maine
    Ritter Hall Room 101
  • StorytellingMerillee Schoen from Aeons By Design
    Ritter Hall Room 102
  • Solidarity in the MovementAhmina Maxey from GAIA
    Ritter Hall Room 103
  • Procurement for a Plastic-Free Campus: Panel – Annie Davis (World Centric), Doorae Shin (Kokua Foundation), & Chloe Klaus (Swarthmore College)
    Ritter Hall Room 111
  • Talking the Talk: Navigating Conversations Across Different PerspectivesSonya Buglion Gluck from University of Vermont
    Ritter Hall Room 107
  • Recovering Discarded Resources – Emily Anne King and Allegra Nolan from New College of Florida
    Ritter Hall Room 108
  • From Idea to Change – Andrej Patoski from University of Pennsylvania
    Ritter Hall Room 109
  • Get In Where You Fit In: Building our Collective Steps Toward LiberationAnsley Pope from PLAN
    Ritter Hall Kiva Auditorium
  • Messaging through ArtJackie Fawn
    Ritter Hall Room 105
  • Creating Space: Using Anti-Oppression Practices in the Zero Waste Movement – Felicia Teter
    Ritter Hall Walk Auditorium
  • Zero Waste Events – Phoebe Parker from Ohio University and Scott Silva from UC Berkeley
    Ritter Hall Room 110
  • Understanding Hauling Metrics – A Student’s PerspectiveHazel Chew from Macalester
    Ritter Hall Room 113
2:30 - 3:00 pm: Networking & Snack Break

Location: The Rad Dish in Ritter Hall

Points of Intervention Tour Meetup:
Ritter Hall Room 111
Are you currently a campus who is going to be one of our Points of Intervention Tour Stop? Use this network section to meet with other campuses who are engaging in POI to network, brainstorm, and mingle.
3:00 - 4:15 pm: Solutions Panels
Each of the session below will be happening at the same time in different locations. Attend the session that best fits your interest and for anyone you want to talk to more, find them during networking breaks! Many presenters are also tabling.
Sessions are:
  • Panel Topic: Zero Waste Beyond Campus 
    Walk Auditorium: Ritter Hall

  • Panel Topic: Campus Wide Zero Waste Planning
    Mitten Hall

    • ZW plan development – Chris & Morgan from PLAN
    • Education and outreach – Jennifer Allott from Dalhousie University
    • Surplus – Bo Solomon from Drexel
    • Working with Service Providers – Maggie Kraft from BAMCO
  • Panel Topic: Business Innovation: Restructure and Redesign
    Kiva Auditorium: Ritter Hall

    • Radical Recycling – Alex Danovitch from Eureka Recycling
    • Business regulation – Annie Davis from World Centric
    • Supply Chain Redesign – Beau Seguin from Guayaki
4:15 – 5:00 pm: Networking & Activity Break

Take a break in one of the quiet rooms. Hang out with our tablers. Do some homework. Visit the installed art exhibit. Or check out some of the sessions below!

  • Clothing Swap – Timi Komonibo from Style Lottery
    Mitten Hall
  • Quiet Space (Recharge Room)
    Ritter Hall Room 111
  • Homework Room
    Ritter Hall Room 100
  • Dear Discarded Object, What’s Your Story – Kira Hegeman, Abigail West, Lucia Thome, and Billy Dufala from UGA and RAIR
    Outside of Ritter Hall (all day)
  • DIY Room
    Mitten Hall

    • make your own toothpaste
    • ZW Period alternatives –Maya Critchfield from College of the Atlantic
    • To-Go Ware pouch decorating
    • Goodwill upcycling table
    • iFixIt Repair tools available
    • Screen Printing
    • Learn to sew: on a machine or by hand
5:00 - 5:50 pm: Action & Implementation Sessions
Location: Temple University Ritter Hall
Choose one of the below sessions to go in depth on one type of project!
Sessions are:
  • #WearWeShare: Host a Clothing Swap on Your CampusTimi Komonibo from Style Lottery
    Ritter Hall Room 100
  • Moving Out Without Throwing Out – Paul Henjes from Tufts
    Ritter Hall Room 101
  • How Waste Reduction Initiatives can Address Wasted Potential – Andie Burkey and Mars Ballantyne from University of Rochester
    Ritter Hall Room 102
  • Campus Surplus ProgramsHannah Tizedes and Raisa Lenau from Michigan State University
    Ritter Hall Room 103
  • Implementing and Operating a Thrift Store – Emily Messer, Maura Kay, and Forest Goebel from University of Pittsburg
    Ritter Hall Room 105
  • Activate Your Campus ProjectDoorae Shin from Kokua Hawaii
    Ritter Hall Room 107
  • Reduce Your Environmental Footprint: One Bite at a TimeMary Ann Boyer and Carie Szalay from Boyer Sudduth Environmental Consultants and SCH Academy
    Ritter Hall Room 108
  • From E-waste to Zero-Waste: USD’s Donation Center Turned Thrift Store and More- Arthur Atkinson, Ashton Chacon, Qineng (Tim) Zing, Chen (Travis) Shen
    Ritter Hall Room 109 
  • Dear Discarded Object: A Workshop – Kira Hegeman, Abigail West, Lucia Thome, Billy Dufala from RAIR and the University of Georgia Athens
    Ritter Hall Room 109
  • Building a Successful Organic Waste Program – Allegra Nolan and Evan Zachary from New College of Florida and Rochester Institute of Technology
    Ritter Hall Room 110
  • Waste Characterization Studies and What’s in the Trash – Return Recycling, Davis Saltonstall, Tessa Rosenberry, Aryn Aiken
    Ritter Hall Room 113
  • Break Free: A Training Session to ReThink Plastic – Sandra Curtis from PPC
    Ritter Hall Kiva Auditorium
6:00 – 6:30 pm: Closing
Mitten Hall
6:30 – 7:30 pm: A Conversation With Goodwill About The Reuse Economy
Mitten Hall
Register at the Goodwill table to attend, Snacks will be provided

With Support From:

Our supporters and partners make the Student's for Zero Waste Conference possible

We’re thrilled to host SZW at Temple University!

where they excel in waste aversion, with programs including:

      • Computer Recovery Center, an EPA award-winning electronics repair and reuse program
      • Temple Surplus Program, facilitating the reuse of tons of office furniture on campus and beyond (pictured)
      • Give and Go Green, an end of the year move-out program
      • The Rad Dish, a student-run food co-op
      • Office Supply Swap, providing students with used office materials free of charge
      • Temple Community Garden, a student-run garden, sharing food with the community
      • and more!
World Centric provides compostable food service products made from plant-based materials, an alternative to disposable plastic. They actively support the creation of campus composting infrastructure, and have been an annual founding sponsor of the Students for Zero Waste Conference since its establishment in 2014.
LUSH’s innovative approach to cosmetics packaging (or non-packaging) makes them a zero-waste leader in the industry. We were honored to receive a Charity Pot grant from LUSH in 2016, and to feature their packaging-free products at each Students for Zero Waste Conference!
Guayaki’s delicious Yerba Mate tea is created with sustainability in mind, from start to finish. They are committed to protecting and restoring the South American rainforests and empowering the native forest people. Guayaki gave yummy yerba mate for the 2016 SZW Conference and has committed to sponsorship in 2017.
Preserve creates unusual products from recycled and recyclable #6 plastics, including toothbrushes and food storage containers. Preserve has supported the SZW Conference each year, and recently partnered with us to develop a case study on reusable to-go box infrastructure in campus dining halls.
Klean Kanteen is a leader in BPA-free, stainless steel reusable drinkware and food transport. A 1% for the Planet member and Certified Benefit Corporation, Klean is committed to using business as a force for good. They raise the bar from recycling and composting to actually eliminating waste from the outset with reusable solutions that last a lifetime. Klean has been a supportive partner of PLAN since its inception through sponsorship, product, and more.
Waste-free UKonserve food-storage products are sustainably designed to reduce the staggering amount of trash that ends up in our landfills and oceans every year because of single-use food packaging. The high-quality, non-toxic materials are designed to be durable and long lasting, and to minimize waste throughout each product’s life cycle. UKonserve’s annual support of PLAN has helped reward our Conference volunteers and keep our road trips zero waste!
Goodwill’s century in the reuse business makes them an expert in material recovery and reuse infrastructure. Goodwill has supported the Conference through bulk used items (such as silverware and the t-shirts we screen-print) and are building their support of campus move-out projects in the future.

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