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Sustainable Community Steward Program Training

Program Contact: Jerilyn Ritzman, Sustainable Community Stewards Program Coordinator
424-357-6027 •

Sustainable Community Steward Training


This series runs Tuesdays, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, 10/5 – 11/30 (except 11/23) and offers an engaging format through virtual learning via Zoom.

Participants will learn skills including best practices in waste reduction and waste diversion through proper recycling, composting systems

Sessions will also  include resources for  tips on how to best share what you’ve learned and talk through issues so others will listen! Community volunteering opportunities will be available for those interested.

Cost: $40* All requests for financial assistance will be honored. Suggested donations are payable via Eventbrite.


This training is perfect for anyone that would like to:

  • Achieve a foundation level of understanding of climate change, impacts and solutions
  • Increase knowledge of their personal carbon footprint and ways to reduce it
  • Feel empowered / inspired to be part of their community
  • This training teaches you the nuances of recycling, making you a local recycling expert.

Training content is grounded in credible climate change and natural resources science that is relevant both globally, and locally within Snohomish County, designed to equip each participant as an informed community educator. Participants will receive 20+ hours of University-level training during this engaging 8-week series. (No previous university education required.)

Sample Agenda: (Session titles are subject to change)

  • 10/5 – Welcome Sustainable Community Steward students!
  • 10/12 – Where Waste Materials Management Meets Climate Change Impacts
  • 10/19 – Zero Waste Update
  • 10/26 – Focus on Food Waste & Foodcycling
  • 11/2 – Proper Recycling & Waste Diversion
  • 11/9 – Problem with Plastics & Recycling Beyond the Curb
  • 11/16 – Sustainable Travel & Eco-Fashion Tips and Trends
  • 11/23 – No class this week due to Thanksgiving Holiday on 11/25
  • 11/30 – Communicating With Your Community – Graduation!

Interested? Contact or call: 425-357-6020 or sign-up!

Fill out an online application to register for either Sustainable Community Steward or Waste Warrior training!

Not ready to commit to 8 -weeks?

Our WSU Waste Warrior Training series covers the main topics relating to proper recycling, waste reduction and composting and runs 5 – Tuesdays, 10/19 – 11/9 + 11/30 in partnership with our Sustainable community Stewards training. All virtual via Zoom.

We will cover topics such as:

    • Intro to Waste/Materials Management 101
    • Recycling Myth and Fact/Dos and Don’ts
    • Recycling Beyond the Curb
    • Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
    • Foodcycling and Reducing Food Waste
    • Zero Waste in Washington state
    • Outreach Communication Tips and more!

Cost for participation in Waste Warriors Training: $25*

*All requests for financial assistance will be honored.

Questions? Contact us: or call 425-357-6020.