ABOUT ZERO WASTE ACADEMY
The Zero Waste Academy is an immersive training course designed to give you the tools to implement a Zero Waste program in your respective cities and communities. Designed by GAIA and Mother Earth Foundation, the course covers a mix of lectures (What is Zero Waste, waste management laws in the Philippines, incineration as a false solution), hands-on exercises (composting techniques, waste assessment and brand audit, community profiling), and writing sessions (preparing a solid waste management plan, designing collection routes). It is especially designed for project implementers and key stakeholders.
The contents of this course are based on Mother Earth Foundation’s 10 Steps in Establishing a Community Ecological Solid Waste Management Program. Their program aims to streamline the process of implementing the Philippines’ Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000, also known as Republic Act 9003, which was developed specifically to assist local governments in enforcing their community waste management programs. Thus, this course and the examples used will be grounded on the Philippine context.
GAIA and MEF have adapted the course from an in-person to a virtual platform in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participation in the Zero Waste Academy from January 18 to March 8, 2021 opens unlimited access to learning modules and curated resource materials on the basics of how to implement a Zero Waste program such as pre-recorded video lectures, virtual study tours, step-by-step infographics, and live workshops.