UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Waste Reduction and Recycling

The Waste Reduction and Recycling Speaker Selection Committee is seeking proposals from those who have crossed silos within their institutions to create sustainable change. We encourage folks to submit presentations that are non-traditional. We hope to see proposals that address how sustainability initiatives address waste efforts on campus, and how the idea of recycling is ingrained into the campus population. Please consider presenting on lessons learned as well as best practices.

We are looking for student, staff, and faculty from colleges in California to present.  We are interested in presentations including, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Adjusting to the current recycling market
  • Waste reduction policies on construction and/or operations
  • Waste reduction to address changes to the recycling market/what is no longer recyclable
  • Plastic and styrofoam bans and the implementation of those
  • Take back programs
  • Bioconversion of food waste/green waste
  • Zero waste concepts including how those concepts are integrated into rating systems such as LEED, US Green Business Council, and Zero Waste Business Council
  • Promotion of circular economies – making use of waste byproducts to promote a circular economy within the agro-food System
    • Using food waste derivatives for agriculture as plant nutrients, plant disease control, and plant growth promotion in an innovative farming system model approach that can reduce GHG emissions in multiple ways
  • Providing recycling and take back for the community
  • Campus affiliate programs with Keep California Beautiful and Keep America Beautiful
  • Waste and Low Impact Development (LID) linkage for storm water compliance near riparian campuses
  • Measurement and tracking of waste reduction and recycling
  • EPA campus single use plastics source reduction tool kit

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, relationship to the conference theme “data-driven change and engagement”, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Waste Management” on the left hand side of the screen to see the waste reduction and recycling related sessions at last year’s conference.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in waste reduction or one of our other categories this year.  Several new award categories have been added! You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.