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Earth Week 2017 Events at Oakton Announced!!

Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!


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2nd Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference–Call for presenters and attendee information

2nd Annual “Students for Zero Waste” Conference

Durham, NH
October 9-10, 2015
In 2014, the 1st annual #SZW14 Conference was a resounding success, bringing together over 160 students from 50 campuses across the country!
This year, we are projecting over 350 students to come together for a weekend of discussions and workshops about the global waste crisis, zero waste solutions, and campus skill building case studies of zero waste initiatives.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Max Liboiron; “WASTE: Problem, Solution, Scale and Action”

Assistant Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Max’s research and activism focuses on how harmful, usually invisible, phenomena such as disasters, toxicants, and marine plastics become manifest in science and advocacy, and how this relates to action. Founder of the Civic Laboratory for Environmental Action Research (CLEAR) and re-designer of New York University’s Green Grants program, Max has experience in campus and community organizing. For more on Max check out her website and the Discard Studies Blog, of which she is managing editor.

More information about the conference including photos and testimonials from last year, a call for workshops, and information on overnight lodging and how to register is available on our website.
Travel Scholarships!
The Post-Landfill Action Network is committed to making this conference accessible to all who wish to attend. Registration is very low cost compared to most national student conferences, and included in the cost is all meals during the duration of the conference, and free overnight housing in local churches. Last year, PLAN offered over $5,000 in travel scholarships to students traveling long distances. If you will be applying for a travel scholarship this year, please get in touch with us as soon as possible. We will open the application for travel scholarships in July.
Deadline Friday June 5th
Workshop presenters get free registration to the conference and will get top priority for travel scholarships.
Check out conference structure and example submissions below. Please feel free to submit proposals that are not on this list!
Rough Conference Outline:
Plenary: The Global Waste Crisis
Seeking 10-15 min presentations on the following topics:
  • Over-consumption
  • Social, economic and environmental injustice
  • Plastic pollution and toxicity
  • Debunking false solutions and greenwashing
Workshops: Skills Building for Zero Waste
Seeking 90 min workshops:
  • Leadership and student turnover
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Management
  • Grant-Writing 101
  • Maintaining Work-Life Balance (How to not get burnt out)
  • Creating Management Hierarchy for Internships or Work-Study positions
  • Storytelling
  • Power-Mapping
Plenary: Solutions for Zero Waste
Seeking 10-15 min presentations for 4 different plenary sessions:
  • Personal: Zero Waste Lifestyle, Community Organizing…
  • Campus: Campus Wide Zero Waste Projects, Industrial Composting, etc….
  • Industrial Recycling: Carpet, Textile, Electronic Waste, & other Hard to Recycle Materials.
  • For-Profit Zero Waste: Extended Producer Responsibility, Business solutions for zero waste, pre-cycling, upcycling, etc..
Workshops: Action & Implementation: Campus Zero Waste Solutions:
Seeking 90 min workshops:
  • Setting up an Industrial Compost Program
  • Improving Recycling and Composting Rates
  • Campus Waste Audits
  • Bin Design for Zero Waste
  • Zero Waste Stadiums
  • Zero Waste Events
  • Zero Waste Tailgating
  • Campus Procurement for Zero Waste
  • Banning Plastic Bags, Styrofoam, or Plastic Bottles
  • Institutionalizing Zero Waste – How to set campus-wide goals
  • Campus Thrift Stores
  • Campus Free Stores
  • Students for Zero Waste Clubs

We want to accommodate you! If your idea does not fit within our structure just fill out as much as you can and we will do what we can to fit you in!

For more information about the conference including: logistics planning, overnight information for students, or other opportunities to present, table, or sponsor the conference, please feel free to contact at any time!