Students for Zero Waste Conference

Swarthmore College & Virtual • November 10-12, 2023

Join us for PLAN's annual community-building conference.

From the first gathering in 2014, the Students for Zero Waste (SZW) Conference has served as a space for network-building, inspiration, and solution sharing to push the movement forward. Join students, staff, industry innovators, activists, and community members from across the country each Fall. We prioritize holistic solutions to zero waste that center the needs of those most impacted by the Waste Crisis and systems of oppression.


We’re thrilled to bring back SZW as a national-scale conference hosted on a college campus! Over the conference weekend, join via our digital conference platform or in-person at Swarthmore College for student-led panels, skills-building workshops, discussion groups, and field trips. As always, our tickets are sold on a sliding scale with group discounts for our Member Campuses.


This year's SZW weekend consists of events Friday evening, all day Saturday, and Sunday morning.

Friday evening will start off the conference weekend with affinity group breakouts and PLAN's signature "Unconference" — informal, attendee-led discussion groups to break the ice. Saturday is the fullest conference day with a keynote and welcome, three concurrent panel session blocks, and group meals. Finally, Sunday will consist of group field trip activities ranging from a hands-on art project, volunteering with a local organization, an environmental justice tour, and a virtual tour option. We'll close out the conference with an Activity Fair of giveaways, crafting, tablings, performances and more! View the full program here!

COVID Policy

PLAN is committed to creating a safe in-person environment for attendees. To ensure that SZW is equitably accessible to all, we are requiring masking in all indoor conference spaces. We have Attendee COVID Protocols outlining our encouraged practices prior to conference travel, required protocols in the conference space, and accommodations we’re providing. If you have any questions, reach out to

Read the Protocols

Attendee Logisitics

Want to attend SZW, but unsure about logistics such as where to book travel or lodging, the difference between ticket options, and how to commute to Swarthmore College? We've answered commonly asked questions about the conference in the document below! Please review this FAQ, and then reach out to if you have any remaining questions or concerns.

View the SZW23 FAQ

Thank You to our 2023 Sponsors

Interested in sponsoring the 2023 SZW Conference? Reach out to!
Get in touch about SZW

Ramiro (he/him)
Director of Events
We never turn students away for lack of funds.Reach out to Ramiro for more information about ticket pricing and funding options.