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The focus of my project was set on creating a campus-wide, formalized system for Zero Waste Events that promotes and encourages waste reduction and waste diversion for all campus events. In addition to helping UCSC meet its Zero Waste goal by 2020, Zero Waste Events help promote waste reduction and diversion awareness and practices by educating both students hosting and participating in any event on campus. The Zero Waste Event system ultimately exemplifies UCSC’s efforts to incorporate sustainability in all aspects of campus activity and demonstrate to current and future students what we prioritize as a public institution. To achieve the goals stated above, 3 objectives were met. The first objective was determining stakeholders, processes, and strategies needed for a cohesive, campus-wide Zero Waste system by Spring 2014. The second objective consisted of creating training modules for Zero Waste Event hosts by Spring 2014. The final objective was to assist in making one large scale event a Zero Waste Event such as the Edge of Eden Music festival and assist 2-3 smaller events in becoming Zero Waste events by implementing the developed trainings and strategies.
Creating a Zero Waste Event system requires effective communication and cooperation between stakeholders such as student organizations, Conference Services, Student Environmental Center (SEC) and others. Already UC’s such as Irvine and Davis have established similar systems on their campuses, which have contributed to waste reduction. Although the UCSC Sustainability Office and the SEC promote Zero Waste Events, we as a campus lack the proper system to make ZW events prominent. To achieve the first objective, I conducted research to determine the strategies and processes used and implemented in other UC’s. In addition, I have networked and established relationships with and between various stakeholders across campus in order to achieve effective communication and cooperation.
The second objective has been achieved by determining what elements of our current Zero Waste system function and/or need to be revisited. In determining these elements, a training modules were developed and will be available in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, PDF pamphlet and three video trainings by Spring 2014. Essentially the trainings will provide the necessary information to host a Zero Waste Event and train any volunteers or students involved in hosting the event. Ideally the trainings will be thorough and explicit enough to minimize involvement of the Zero Waste Team, Sustainability Office, or SEC in planning any event.
The final objective was accomplished by working with a large-scale annual event committee to maximize the total amount of waste diverted from the landfill. Large events provide the perfect opportunity to create waste reduction awareness among the UCSC student body. In addition, smaller events were targeted and were assisted and made Zero Waste events.
To determine if all of my objectives have been met the following must be well established and completed by the end of Spring 2014: three forms of Zero Waste Event Trainings will have been developed and provided to the public, a functional standardized ZW system will be in place and waste statistics concerning waste diversion during the Edge of Eden Music Festival will be provided.