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Workshops and Leadership Certification Trainings

Our Campus Coordinators offer expertise in  leadership development and program-specific best-practices to equip you with the tools you need to reach Zero Waste on your campus.  

Leadership Certification Trainings

  • Skill development and organizing tools for student leaders
  • 90 minute sessions
  • Online LIVE sessions recurring every month (we do not send recordings of missed sessions)
  • FREE to all member campuses

Program-Specific Workshops

  • Dive into a specific Zero Waste initiative
  • 60 minute sessions
  • Learn to utilize PLAN’s online resources for continual support
  • Online LIVE sessions featuring a different topic each month (we do not send recordings of missed sessions, but you can request live sessions for the following months)
  • FREE to all member campuses

Bring Us to Your Campus!

  • Hands-on Training or Workshop of your choice
  • Informational talks that inspire students to take action
  • Mix and match trainings, workshops, or informational talks for a unique full-day activation

Schedule and Digital Pricing

***IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING PRICING: In response to Covid-19,  we are offering ALL of our trainings on a sliding scale ($0-$50+)  and opening them to everyone– regardless of PLAN membership status. All contributions will be directly inputted into our Movement Building Fund.***

The following digital sessions are LIVE — not pre-recorded — and we request participation from attendees.

All online sessions this month contribute towards Leadership Certification.
To sign up, click on the event and select Learn More.

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Leadership Certification Training Sessions

If you complete all three core leadership trainings and at least four specialized trainings, you will become PLAN Leadership Certified! We’ll send you a care package, a digital certificate, and some rad stickers to proclaim your certification to the world.

Email once you complete all seven!

Program-Specific Workshop Sessions


Every year when students move out of their dorms tons of useable stuff is sent to dumpsters. At the start of the following year students and parents buy the same exact stuff brand new. Join us to end this cycle on your campus. This special workshop track is split into Fall, Spring, and Summer sessions, to cover all components of Move-In/Move-Out programs throughout the year.

Fall Sessions: Build your program strong by starting early. Whether it is a full blown program, a pilot, or even a proposal, learn to create a project plan, timeline, budget and stakeholders map.

Spring Sessions: Discuss next steps for collections logistics, volunteer coordination, spreading the word, taking inventory and preparing for summer and sale.

Summer Sessions: Strategize summer sorting, testing, cleaning and pricing of your inventory and set up for a successful Fall sale.

Break Free From Plastic 101

This session will guide you through what the Break Free From Plastic pledge is, how plastic connects to the Global Waste Crisis, and how you can influence and encourage a divestment from plastic on your campus. After attending this workshop, consider signing up for the next session installment entitled Break Free From Plastic 201: Campaign Strategy, where we’ll take a deeper dive into organizing around plastics.

Atlas: A Roadmap to Zero Waste

This session will overview PLAN’s new Atlas program, a holistic framework to assess campuswide waste reduction that goes well beyond diversion. Learn how the program will help you to determine which projects to prioritize on your campus, how to garner administrative support, and envision a goal of Zero Waste that sets your campus on a realistic timeline with achievable goals.


Expanded Recycling

We often say that waste is just resources in the wrong place, a logistical problem just waiting to be solved. These sessions will review the ins and outs of the commodities markets that create the demand for responsible management of hard-to-recycle items. Learn how to expand recovery efforts on your campus by establishing collection programs for these hard to recycle items, like electronics, textiles, Styrofoam, carpets and more.

Conducting a Waste Audit*

Before you can work towards Zero Waste, you need some metrics on campus-generated waste. This session helps you to identify where to find information on campus waste management operations, and how to gather metrics on the types and amounts of waste generated on your campus. We cover volume vs. weight based audits, data analysis, and follow up for making waste management recommendations to your campus.
*Book this as an in-person training and we will work with you to conduct a live waste audit on site!

Food Recovery & Waste Reduction

Arbitrary expiration dates and unrealistic cosmetic expectations lead to a ton of still-edible food being thrown away! Even before composting your food scraps and other organics, there are a variety of ways to divert food waste from landfills. We will guide you through the waste reduction hierarchy, from food recovery from eateries on your campus, to holding interactive activities around food waste awareness.

Composting Programs

Move on down the food recovery hierarchy to divert any food waste that is generated on campus to be composted for landscaping, gardening, or agricultural application. Whether you are building a passive garden pile on campus, or hauling to an industrial composting facility, we’ll review best practices for collecting organics, educating for quality control, maintaining a safe and healthy compost system, and incorporating finished compost back into campus operations.

Holding a Zero Waste Event

Zero Waste events provide an opportunity to educate members of your campus who may not otherwise interact with sustainability initiatives. This session will cover all of the logistics you should consider to make any campus event as close to Zero Waste as possible, including: proper waste station setup, “trash-talker trainings”, coordinating with caterers, vendors, and other event attendees, creative options for reusables, and more!

Volunteer Recruitment & Management

For any program to succeed, you need people power behind you! Learn how to build and retain a strong project team with volunteer recruitment techniques, project communication skills, and online tools for effective group communication and accountability.

To-Go Container Programs

Prioritize reuse in your school’s dining program by setting up a campus To-Go Container Program! In this session, we’ll walk you through the process from determining stakeholders and budget, convincing administration and faculty, options for distribution, collection, ensuring student engagement, and more! For more information, check out our To-Go Container Program Guide developed in partnership with Preserve!

Zero Waste Athletics

This session will guide you through zero waste best practices in athletic facilities, from recreations centers and gyms, to fields and stadiums. In addition, we will cover the logistics it takes to make your sporting events and tailgates zero waste.

Effective Campus Tabling
Your student group or campaign might be “tabling” on campus for a host of reasons — recruiting new members, gaining petition signatures, spreading awareness about an issue, and more! This session aims to help you do so in the most effective way possible, maximizing your group’s impact on campus. It will be helpful to arrive with a specific upcoming tabling event in mind, but if you don’t have anything on the docket we’ll provide some examples to help get you started!
Plastic-Free Campuses

Our current rate of plastic production and disposal could result in more plastic than fish by volume in the world’s oceans by 2050! These sessions will walk you through how to conduct an audit of all of the single-use disposable plastics present on your campus and create an action plan to incentivize reusables and eliminate plastic bags, bottles, microbeads and more!

Social Media
Build a following on campus with social media and fun and effective marketing! This session will cover the basics of how to design and use a logo specific to your program, and tips and tricks to running social media platforms that engage your campus community.
Free & Thrift Stores

Foster the reuse economy on your campus by establishing a permanent space for exchanging used materials. We will first help you to decide whether a free store or thrift store would better suit the demographics of your campus. Then we jump into all of the logistical components, including: finding a permanent space, layout of your store, financing and budgeting for a reuse space, roles and responsibilities of staff and volunteers, and advertizing your store to the campus community.

Speaking Events

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Inspirational Talks

Choose from the following topics:

  • A Zero Waste Campus is (Actually) Possible
  • Zero Wasted: Holding a Zero Waste Event
  • Stay Rad Post Grad/ Find Your Point of Intervention
  • Breaking Free From Plastic
  • Capitalism and Zero Waste
  • Understanding Food Waste

Leadership Trainings

Trainings include:

  • Building Your Team
  • Navigating Your Campus Community
  • Tools & Tactics For Taking Action

Hands-On Workshop

choose from any of our program specific workshop sessions!

Collaborative Meetings

Bring together campus stakeholders to strategize on zero waste efforts. 

While we're there...
Make the most of PLAN’s time on your campus by organizing any of the following activities before, after, or in between sessions:
  • Campus Tours that show off notable facilities like a composting yard, recycling facility, or student project. We will feature them on our website, social media, and possibly in future PLAN best-practice resources.
  • One-on-ones meetups with student leaders
  • Q & A sessions
  • Debrief meetings after any one of the above events

Event Topics Include:

(Event names for marketing material will be decided on a case by case basis!)
A Zero Waste Campus is (Actually) Possible 

Examine the origins of the waste crisis by exploring consumer culture, inadequate infrastructure, toxicity and pollution, resource depletion, and environmental injustice. Then, put your knowledge to action by implementing projects on your campus to help solve the global waste crisis!

Zero Wasted: Holding a Zero Waste Event

Delve into the logistics necessary to make any campus event as close to Zero Waste as possible, including: proper waste station setup, “trash-talker trainings,” coordinating with caterers; vendors; and other event attendees, creative options for reusables, and more!

Stay Rad Post Grad / Find Your Point of Intervention

Framed through the Points of Intervention framework for change, students explore their diversity of options for engaging in meaningful work after graduation. 

Breaking Free From Plastic

Learn about the problems with single-use plastics and what can be done on your campus and beyond to stem the flow. 

Capitalism and Zero Waste

Examine how the global capitalist economic system helped create and now perpetuates the waste crisis, as well as the role the Zero Waste movement can play in response.


Sliding Scale for Speaking Event Fees

The speaking and event fee that we ask for goes directly into our operations budget, which supports the PLAN team in creating the resources we use to engage audiences at their level. This sliding scale helps to negotiate speaking and events fees which accommodate a variety of circumstances and resources.

These prices do not include travel costs. For events outside of the New England or Mid-Atlantic areas, we require a further conversation on support for travel expenses—this can be in the form of reimbursements and/or a couch to sleep on.