Inspiring Communities to Embrace and Achieve Zero Waste

ZWA Certification


Zero Waste USA is seeking communities to host future ZWA Series. The class meets three times over 8 to 10 weeks. Using our host jurisdiction as an example, we evaluate existing policies, programs, social infrastructures and local service voids. We then discuss opportunities for moving forward to pursue high diversion and Zero Waste. For more information, first read about the Zero Waste Associate Series, note the Upcoming Trainings and then contact Program Manager Portia Sinnott.


Zero Waste Associate Certification Program (ZWA)

Would you like to be formally trained to support communities and businesses in embracing and achieving Zero Waste?

Become a certified Zero Waste Community Associate!

The series is designed for resource management professionals, municipal staff, service providers, job seekers and students. These classes:

  • Introduce participants to the state of the art in high diversion and Zero Waste.
  • Teach them how to assess a community, businesses or project’s current status.
  • Provide tools to identify appropriate next steps and subsequent steps.
  • Explore and discuss model outreach, case studies and plans to better understand how a entity’s limitations, priorities and preferences shape their plans and results.
  • Provide the structure for a sample Zero Waste Plan for a community, business or project.

Successful completion – attendance, coursework, projects and exams, earns Zero Waste USA Zero Waste Associate (ZWA) Certification. Benefits include networking opportunities, up-to-date information, professional credibility and preparation for greater responsibilities.

Zero Waste USA has taught this series to 93 students starting with the 2017 series sponsored by the San Francisco Department of the Environment. Many of the cadre have moved up to more responsible positions on completing the series. Thanks to our speakers – the SFE Zero Waste senior staff especially Kevin Drew, Derek Crutchfield, City of Vallejo and Karen Irwin, USEPA Region 9 plus…

The first meeting is an in-depth introduction to the topic, the program and fellow students augmented by with presentations by certified associates as well as situational reports. The second session is focused on Tools. The third is the group project presentation day with special guests to provide project feedback.

ZWA Directory