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 sessions recurring every month
- FREE to all member campuses
- Dive into a specific Zero Waste initiative
- 60 minute sessions
- Learn to utilize PLAN’s online resources for continual support
- Online sessions featuring a different topic each month
- 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
Sign-Up and Pricing for Digital Sessions
To sign up, follow the link in the drop-down for each online session below. You can also find monthly schedule releases on our Facebook page.
Are you a student or affiliate on a non-member campus, and want to test out a training or workshop? Submit an inquiry to attend your first session for free to email@example.com!
*We designate price by age to make these sessions affordable for young people who may not currently be a student but are still interested in the subject matter. If you are a non-member campus student, or aged 26 or younger, please enter the code “millennial” at checkout to receive a $40 discount off the regular price. If the training is still not financially feasible, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate accommodations.
Member Campus Students & Affiliates = Free!
Non-member students & anyone aged 26 and under* = $10/session
Anyone aged over 26* = $50/session
**You must register at least 24 hours before the scheduled session**
Accessibility Note: If you require accommodation (e.g. deaf or hard of hearing, vision impaired) please email email@example.com
when you sign up, so we can plan how to make the training suitable and enjoyable for you!
Leadership Certification Training Sessions
Activating Your Campus Community
This session will guide you to better understand your campuses’ organizational structure and identify what kinds of resources and support that structure has to offer. Understand where you and your group are situated on campus through stakeholder mapping, power mapping and target mapping and leverage those relationships with an enticing project pitch.
Tools & Tactics for Taking Action
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 firstname.lastname@example.org once you complete all seven!
Getting to SZW19
This session will provide you with all the info you need to know about this year’s Students for Zero Waste Conference, taking place in Philadelphia Oct. 11th – 13th! This session is FREE to members and non-members. Our early bird discount extends to September 13th, so register today!
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 Campaign Strategy
This session will guide you through planning a campaign to Break Free From Plastic on your campus from start to finish! We’ll walk through identifying the goals for your campaign, deliverables and tasks to reach those goals, how to recruit the campus community to back your cause, and ultimately getting the decision makers on campus to approve your project or initiative. Check out our BFFP Pledge & Toolkit to get started!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
What Are We Missing?
What are we missing? Submit a suggestion of a skill you’d like to learn, or guest facilitate on a topic that you have expertise in!
Submit an Event Request
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
- Building Your Team
- Navigating Your Campus Community
- Tools & Tactics For Taking Action
Bring together campus stakeholders to strategize on zero waste efforts.
While we're there...
- 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.
Understanding Food Waste
Better understand the structural causes of food waste and avenues for reduction.
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.