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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.

Sustainable Community Steward Program Training

WSU Sustainable Community Steward and Waste Warrior Volunteer Trainings

These training series are perfect for anyone that would like to:

  • Achieve a basic 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

All training sessions take place at WSU Snohomish County Extension, McCollum Park, 600 128th St. SE, Everett on Wednesday evenings from 6 – 9 pm starting on 9/11/2019

Become a WSU Sustainable Community Steward!

The Sustainable Community Steward (SCS) training series provides an overview on environmental sustainability and climate change with a focus on recycling, energy and food. This holistic program includes a deep dive into solid waste management, diversion methods (i.e. recycling, composting and waste reduction), communication strategies and will also touch on water resources.

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.

Sustainable Community Steward volunteers receive over 40-hours of *University-level training during this engaging 9-week series that runs every Wednesday evening 6 – 9 pm, 9/11 – 11/6.

*No previous university education required.

SCS Training will cover topics such as:
  • Climate Change Science and solutions including Drawdown
  • Energy Literacy, conservation techniques and renewable energy sources
  • Toxics in water and strategies to reduce them
  • Latest Waste Reduction/Recycling Practices
  • Social Marketing/Behavior Change/Communication Techniques
  • Raising awareness of your personal consumption and consumerism and actionable steps for areas you might want to reduce.

Sign up to become a Waste Warrior Volunteer! 

That focus on best practices in waste reduction and waste diversion through proper recycling, composting and foodcycling. This training teaches you the nuances of recycling, making you a local recycling expert.

  • 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
  • Commercial Composting Systems
  • Outreach Communication Tips

Waste Warrior Waste Warrior volunteers receive 20-hours of *University-level training through 5 individual sessions on the following dates:

  • September 11th
  • September 25th
  • October 2nd
  • October 30th
  • November 6th

*No previous university education required.

2019 Field Experiences for all volunteers!

(Participation is highly encouraged!)

This year we are offering 3 field experiences including these behind-the-scenes tours:

  • Cedar Grove Composting: Thursday, September 26th, 10 – 11:30 am
  • 21 Acres Sustainable Building Tour: Saturday, September 21, 11 am – 12 pm
  • Waste Management Cascade Recycling Center, October 11 at 3 – 4:30 pm
Be the change you want to see in our community as a community Educator!

Once trained, Sustainable Community Steward volunteers then give 40-hours of service/Waste Warriors give 20-hours back into the community by sharing what they learned through various events, projects and activities through WSU Extension’s Outreach Program. This volunteer commitment can be satisfied for the 12 months following the training. Volunteer opportunities are customizable to your interests, talents and availability. We have numerous community projects that include both public-facing events and behind-the-scenes individual work.

Fill out the online application to enroll now! 

Deadline is Friday, September 6th. Space is limited and early applications are encouraged!

Questions? Contact Program Outreach Coordinator, Heather Teegarden: or call 425-357-6027.
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