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StopWaste Environmental Educator Training

Applications are now closed for the 2021 session.  Thank you for your interest! 


We’re excited to share that our annual SWEET training will take place in February, 2021 in a new virtual (though still interactive) format. You must live or work in Alameda County to participate.

This systems-based approach course to the problem of food waste is designed to enhance the skills of community leaders, environmentalists, sustainability and food waste prevention advocates within Alameda County. Participants who complete the eleven-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 and collaboration to create a food system that prevents waste and provides healthy food for all. Additionally, 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 builds community – virtual main training sessions alternating with virtual small group discussion breakouts on Wednesday evenings between February 3 – April 21. The cost for the program is $50 and scholarships are available.


Course Details

LEARN! From a systems-based approach about the problem of wasted food, 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 train-the-trainer 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 in a virtual format.

Six main training classes (with all participants) from 6:30-8 pm will take place on: February 3, 17, March 3, 17, 31, and April 21
Breakout discussion groups with StopWaste staff facilitating from 7-8 pm on: February 10, 24, March 10, 24

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.”