Zero Waste Schools Archive

High School Engagement
Thursday, September 15

Getting Ready For the Fall
July 14, 2022
Surplus Food Recovery
May 12, 2022

Purchasing Equipment and SB 1383 Compliance,  March 3, 2022

Recording     Slides


Resources – Google Doc

NCRA Schools Waste Reduction & Sorting Support 2020-21
CalRecycle AB 827 and SB 1383 Mandates
Zoom Chat Resources, 2/11/21
Mr. Eco – Brett Edwards
Get Ready to Recycle & Compost at School (pdf) – 10/21/21
Local Leaders of the 21st Century!
Litterati – Engaging Social Impact presentation


Webinar #1 – Get Ready to Recycle and Compost at School – February 11, 2021 – Learn about the best practices for creating the physical and social infrastructure for recycling and composting at school. Presenters: Rae Carranza, Environmental Scientist, Department of Resources Recycling Recovery (CalRecycle), Ahmad Sheikholeslami, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, Pleasanton Unified School District, and Devin Jackson, Foothill Middle School, Mt. Diablo Unified School District.

Webinar #2 – Partnerships Schools/Haulers – April 1, 2021 – Featuring observations and best practices for working with collection service providers. Presenters: Nancy Deming, Oakland Unified School District Christian Thornley, Waste Management, Teresa Montgomery, South San Francisco Scavenger Tim Dewey-Mattia, Napa Recycling & Waste Services Emi Hashizume, Rethink Waste

Webinar #3 – Custodial Perspective – May 6, 2021 – Featuring the custodial perspective, plus: working harmoniously with the union, helping the Facilities Department implement changes to materials handling and supporting custodians with trainings, equipment and resources. Presenters: Pleasanton Unified School District: Asst. Supt. Of Business Services, Ahmad Sheikholeslami, Director of HR, Mike Williams and Manager, Custodial Services, Juan Sanchez. StopWaste: Schools Program Manager, Angelina Vergara. San Lorenzo Unified School District: Green Program Facilitator, Jen Abbe. Mount Diablo Unified School District: Daytime custodian, Foothill Middle School, Joel Yuzon. Oakland Unified School District: Sustainability Manager/Custodial & Nutrition Services, Nancy Deming.

Webinar #4 – Part 1 – Custodial Training – July 15, 2021 – Issues to keep in mind for all custodial training. Presenters: Nancy Deming, Sustainability Manager for OUSD Custodial and Nutrition Services.

Webinar #4 – Part 2 – OUSD – Custodial Waste Sorting – July 15, 2021 – Custodians training for Oakland Unified School District. Presenters: Amanda Halte, school sustainability specialist in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Nancy Deming, Sustainability Manager for OUSD Custodial and Nutrition Services.

Webinar #5 – Student Engagement – October 21, 2021 – How to get students, faculty and staff to support a recycling program and sort properly? Presenters: Brett “Mr. Eco” Edwards – Environmental Rap Superhero, Local Leaders of the 21st Century – Pleasanton Unified, and Alina Bekkerman – City Success and Research Manager, Litterati.

Webinar #6 – Reusables – November 18, 2021 – Featuring a discussion on reusables for schools. Plus, the CEH’s step-by-step guide on how to change a school/district from single-use disposables to reusables, a deep-dive into the science around disposable and reusable materials, and how to safely incorporate reusables after COVID-19. Presenters: Ben Schleifer, the Center for Environmental Health Food Program Coordinator.

Webinar #7 – Student Engagement – January 13, 2022How can we support student engagement with waste reduction and diversion at school? Presenters: Tami Stolzenthaler, Environmental Education Coordinator, City of Watsonville Janna Faulk, Recycling Coordinator, Salinas Valley Recycles, Cafeteria Culture, creator of documentary MicroPlastic Madness (invited).


including Student Sorting Videos


Get Ready to Recycle & Compost at School – November 2021

October 2021

February 2021

Partnerships Schools/Haulers, April 2021

The Custodial Perspective, May 2021

Custodial Training, July 2021

OUSD – Waste Sorting 101

Webinar #5 – Student Engagement – October 21, 2021 – youtube

Webinar #6 – Reusables – November 18, 2021 – YouTube

Webinar #7 – Student Engagement – January 13, 2022 – YouTube