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Coronavirus COVID-19

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 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

Get involved! Register now.

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 30+ hours of *University-level training during this engaging 8-week series.

Our 2020 Fall Training will run every Friday 10 am – 2 pm, 10/2 – 11/20. The sessions will be available online for virtual participation via Zoom.

*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 15+-hours of *University-level training through 4 individual sessions on the following dates:

  • October 2nd
  • October 9th
  • October 16th
  • October 23rd

*No previous university education required.

Register here!

2020 Field Experiences – TBA!

Due to the uncertainty of COVID 19 Regulations at this time we will be scheduling the field experiences closer to August.

Be the change you want to see in our community as a community Educator!

Once trained, Sustainable Community Steward volunteers then give 32-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! 


Deadline is Friday, September 4th. Space is limited and early applications are encouraged!

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