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StopWaste Environmental Educator Training

Our annual SWEET training has been postponed until early 2021 as we figure out how to create our engaging course in a way that keeps everyone safe. Please sign up to receive a notification when applications are available by clicking here. You must live or work in Alameda County to participate.   

This innovative program is designed to enhance the skills of community leaders, environmentalists, sustainability and food waste prevention advocates within Alameda County. Participants who complete the seven-week training program will become certified StopWaste Environmental Educators who will make a difference by giving back to their communities using their new found skills in teaching others how to reduce wasted food. Graduates are eligible to partner with StopWaste by offering technical assistance to residential communities interested in food waste reduction within Alameda County. Additional continuing education is also available for graduates in the Home Composting, Sheet Mulching and Growing Food-Healthy Soil modules.

Classes will take place in a way that keeps all participants safe (e.g. online live meetings).The cost for the program is $50; scholarships are available. 

Course Details

WHO? This class enhances the skills of community leaders, activists, and environmentalists. You must live or work in Alameda County.

WHAT? This train-the-trainer program includes classes on the issue of wasted food and accessible solutions for individuals as well as best practices for environmental education. Participants will apply skills in a community project. Continuing education opportunities for graduates: Home Composting, Growing Food, and Sheet Mulching Modules.

WHEN? Classes will meet once a week in the evenings for a 7-week period in early 2021. Previous classes took place on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9 pm.

WHERE? Online live classes and TBD. 

HOW? Please sign up to receive notification when applications become available.

LEARN! About the problem of wasted food, the food recovery hierarchy, and ways to reduce wasted food at home and in your community.

TEACH! Others with a food-focused community project.

BECOME! Trained and certified as a StopWaste Environmental Educator.


Sample Syllabus

Ongoing Outreach Project: conceive a food-centered gathering to teach friends, family, and acquaintances about the problem of wasted food and how they can take action. Project must take place in Alameda County.

Class 1: Introduction and Potluck–Why Food Waste?

Course overview and requirements; introduction to staff and class members; looking at the connection between the larger Food Cycle and its impacts on the Wasteshed, Watershed, and Foodshed; an overview of successful community projects

Class 2: Field Class–What are the Pieces of the Food Cycle?

Experiential discovery of various sites that play significant roles in our local food cycle: from food growers, to facilitators of donation, to where that food ends up when it is thrown in the trash.

Class 3: How to Take Action at Home and in the Community

Hands-on experience with Stop Food Waste tools that help us prevent wasted food in our own homes and practicing various ways to engage with others about the issue.

Class 4: Presentation Basics

Tips for effective presentations and working with the public; practice presenting a portion of your food waste reduction agenda; preparing for your project.

Class 5: Connecting with Food Waste Efforts in our Community

Speakers from local community groups working on food waste reduction efforts; sharing project plans; review of food waste basics in a mock game show.

Class 6: Sharing Project Success and Graduation

Sharing student projects; books, materials, resources, and local programs to help with future projects; graduation ceremony.


Testimonials from Sweet Graduates

"Great class, long may it wave. I seriously learned so much, got inspired and am eager to host many community events. I especially appreciated learning so many useful facilitation and teaching skills. Great team teaching!"

"I thought SWEET was a very impressive training program, one of the best that I have attended. The time flew by. The presenters were extremely well organized and delivered the material in a fun interactive way."

“Having the facilitators switch off so consistently made the classes extra engaging. I liked how there was a good mix of hands-on activities to help us understand the material.”