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COVID-19 Advisory: WSU Extension is working to keep our communities safe. All Extension programming is being provided virtually, postponed, or canceled. Effective March 16, 2020, WSU Extension county offices and WSU Research & Extension Centers will be closed to the public. We are available via email, phone, and webconference.

Sustainability Speakers Series

Program Contact: Heather Teegarden, Natural Resource Outreach Program Coordinator
425-357-6027 •

Give us 50 minutes, we’ll teach you something

WSU Snohomish County Extension – Sustainable Community Stewards are thrilled to be offering this series with a focus on a variety of environmental sustainability education in areas including Waste Reduction, Proper Recycling, Zero Waste Life Hacks, Reducing Food Waste, Reducing Consumption and Plastic Use, plus Composting! We are equally thrilled to be partnering with our Waste Wise Program colleagues at WSU Island County Extension and our community partners at Sno-Isle Library on this series. Registration is required.

Upcoming 2021 Sessions

These events are free and open to all! Register for one or all.

Registration is required. Download the entire spring flyer. Find all recordings of all our 2020 sessions

2021 Sustainability Speaker Series:

January – Foodprint
February – Plastics
  • February 10thPlastic in Our Lives: How to Be an Informed Consumer, with Dr. Mahmoud Adbel-Monem, retired WSU


  • February 24thStemming the Tide on Plastic: Can Washington Lead the Way? with Heather Trim, Zero Waste Washington
    • Session Description: People are becoming more and more aware that we have both a plastics crisis and a recycling crisis. These issues are resulting in significant impacts on wildlife, in our communities and the ocean. In Washington, we are addressing these problems through voluntary actions and through policy changes focused at the local level and also the state level. Join us to learn more about all of the current activities around these important issues, including a legislative update from Zero Waste Washington!
    • Speaker Bio: Heather has more than 25 years of experience in environmental work. Heather joined Zero Waste Washington as Executive Director at the end of 2016 and has been ramping up programs to reduce upstream sources of waste, get toxic chemicals out of products, reduce plastic pollution, all building on the organization’s signature producer responsibility policy initiatives. Heather has extensive experience in technical and science aspects of environmental policy.  As part of the grass roots group, Zero Waste Seattle, Heather was a leader in the Seattle bag campaign and helped lead the advocacy effort for Seattle’s food serviceware, phone book opt-out, and commercial building recycling/compost ordinances.
March – Composting
April – Sustainability
May – ReThink!
  • May 12th – Recycling Beyond the Curb presented by WSU Island and WSU Snohomish County Extension Master Recyclers: Sara Berquist, Heather Teegarden and Patricia Townsend
  • May 26th – Reduce & Reuse with these Zero Waste Lifehacks! presented by Siobhan McComb, Zero waste and sustainable lifestyle consultant, owner of One Glass Jar
Fall series to be announced soon!

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Check out the 2020 Sustainability Speaker Series Recordings!

To participate:

  • You need to sign up for a Zoom account to participate. You can easily Create a Free Zoom Account if you do not already have one.
  • You need to have your Zoom account set up and be registered for the webinar at least two hours before the webinar start time.
  • If you are interested in a webinar but will be unable to attend, you can register anyway so that you can receive a link to the recording.

Acknowledgements and Accommodations

This program is made possible in part by funding support from Washington State University Extension  and Snohomish County.

Extension programs and employment are available to all without discrimination. Reasonable accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities and special needs who contact Heather Teegarden at 425-357-6027 or at least two weeks prior to the event. Evidence of noncompliance may be reported through your local Extension office.

WSU Extension publications contain material written and produced for public distribution. Alternate formats of our educational materials are available upon request for persons with disabilities. Please contact Heather Teegarden at WSU Extension Natural Resources or call 425-357-6027 for more information.

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