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StopWaste Environmental Educator Training

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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 to reduce wasted food and through the strong connections made within this course with other participants. Graduates are eligible to partner with StopWaste by offering technical assistance to residential communities interested in food waste reduction within Alameda County.  

Classes will take place in a way that keeps all participants safe and build community – virtual main training sessions alternating with small group discussion breakouts on Wednesday evenings between September 8 – November 10. The cost for the program is $50 and waivers are available; no one is turned away for lack of funds. 

Course Details 

LEARN! About the problem of wasted food, the food recovery hierarchy, ways to reduce wasted food at home and in your community, as well as what’s happening to create a localized, resilient community food system. Guest speakers, representing food donation organizations, urban farms, businesses and communities advocating for a just food system will be sharing their stories at the classes. 

TEACH! Others with a food-focused virtual community project. 

BECOME! Trained and certified as a StopWaste Environmental Educator. 

WHO? This class enhances the skills of community leaders, activists, environmentalists, anyone interested in the food system. You must live or work in Alameda County to participate. 

WHAT? This peer to peer, experiential program includes classes on the issues of wasted food and accessible solutions for individuals, as well as best practices for adult education. The main training classes will include dynamic speakers with whom participants can connect for continued local work. Participants will apply learned content and skills in a virtual community project. StopWaste will provide a Class Reader, activity kits/tools for participants to use during the virtual sessions. 

WHEN? Classes will meet weekly on Wednesdays from 6:30-8 pm in a virtual format. Six main training classes (with all participants) will take place on September 8, 22, 29, October 13, 20 and November 10 and for breakout discussion groups with StopWaste staff facilitating - September 15 and October 6 

WHERE? Online live classes and breakout discussion groups via zoom. We highly recommend use of a desk or laptop computer or ipad for full participation. If safe conditions are in place, there may be 1-2 classes held outdoors, socially-distanced. 

Sample Syllabus 

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

Class 1: Introduction and Get Acquainted – Why Food Waste? 

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

Class 2: Travel the Food Cycle 

Experiential discovery of various sites that play significant roles in our local food cycle and system: from food growers to food donation, to where that food ends up when it’s 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 way to engage others in the issue. *Use of activity kits will facilitate interactive pieces to follow along with the trainers. 

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 – with prizes! 

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.”