Call for Proposals
What we are looking for:
šŸ”§ Active engagement from workshop leaders, both in their sessions and throughout the entire conference.
šŸŒŽ Diversity of thought, experience, and background in zero waste, environmental justice, and sustainability practices in general.
šŸ’” Innovation in waste solutions and leadership development.
šŸ“š An in-depth knowledge of community engagement and the intersectional aspects of the Global Waste Crisis.

Workshop types:
Case Study (30 minutes)
- Case studies are designed to present an overview of a particular program or project. The case study should be specific to your campus/organization, with the goal of providing attendees an in-depth look into the nuts and bolts of its operations. Attendees should be able to use this case study as an example of best practices in establishing and/or operating a program.
- Examples of case studies include: Fighting Food Insecurity On-campus: Examining the Food Share Program at RIT, Managing and Operating the Student-run Free Store at WWC, An Inside Look into Move-out Operations at UNH.

Skills Building (50 minutes)
- Skills building workshops should provide instruction on basic leadership skills, including techniques and tips for attendees to take charge of zero waste initiatives. Attendees should walk away from this session with more confidence in the area of instruction, and concrete skills to take back to their groups!
- Previous skills building workshops have included: Grant-Writing 101, Creative Composting, Leadership and Student Turnover, Volunteer Recruitment and Management.

Action and Implementation (50 minutes)
- Action and Implementation workshops should include instruction on how to implement leaderships skills into actionable solutions to the waste crisis. This will generally take the form of a how to develop a specific project or program, either developing it from the ground up, or growing and expanding it. Attendees should walk away from this session with a plan of attack for their program or project.
- Previous action and implementation workshops have included: Institutionalizing Zero Waste: How to Set Campus-Wide Goals, How to Start and Run a Campus Thrift Store, Integrating Zero Waste Practices into Existing Campus Events.

Networking Break Activity (45 minutes)
- This networking break provides attendees the opportunity to experience an aspect of zero waste hands-on. Attendees should be able to engage with the presenter and their activity, while learning a concrete skill.
- Examples of Networking Break Activities include: Make a Zero Waste Napkin, Screen Printing, Quick and Dirty Campaign Planning, Electronic Disassembly for Recycling and Repair Demonstration.

Check out last year's conference schedule for an idea of the flow of the event, and more examples of previous sessions:

**For Students: If you would like to submit a workshop now, but don't have all the details completely nailed down (i.e. co-presenters, full workshop description, etc.), please fill out the form as best you can and make a note that it is incomplete - we'll stay in touch and get the specifics nailed down and make sure you have an opportunity to revise and edit in the fall.**

In addition to the above workshops, our conference contains two plenary sessions: "The Global Waste Crisis Plenary," and the "Solutions Plenary." Plenary speakers will primarily be chosen by targeted outreach. If you feel like your expertise would be better suit a plenary session, please email

If you have an idea that does not fit within this structure, reach out to and we can discuss what we can to fit you in!

For more information about the conference including: logistics planning, information for students, or other opportunities to present, table, or sponsor the conference, please see the conference website at This site will be continually updates with further information, so stay tuned!

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