Welcome to the Zero Waste Academy

The Zero Waste Academy (ZWA) is an immersive training program designed by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) Asia Pacific and Mother Earth Foundation intended to give Zero Waste practitioners, policy-makers, and businesses the tools to implement a Zero Waste program in their respective cities and communities.

The 2022 Asia Pacific Cohort begins on November 9, 2022.

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Track Overview

The Zero Waste Academy: Implementing Zero Waste in Cities and Communities Track is an 8-week course divided into three parts. Experts and thought leaders on Zero Waste are invited as resource speakers to present relevant theories, best practices, and case studies toward becoming a Zero Waste implementor.

The Track is self-paced and designed to accommodate individuals’ working schedules and household responsibilities. Course materials and requirements are meant to be accomplished asynchronously throughout each phase.

  • Core Phase – participants learn theories and crosscutting concepts of Zero Waste.
  • Specialized Phase – participants will apply essential tools and methodologies in implementing Zero Waste.
  • Final Phase – Selected participants will receive project grants, and get invited to in-person study tours and virtual graduation.

The Timeline

History of the Zero Waste Academy

The Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 grassroots groups, non-governmental organizations, and individuals in over 90 countries whose ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration.

GAIA has been promoting Zero Waste as a superior solution to resource management for cities. Zero Waste is an innovative approach to the use of our resources that ensures resource efficiency, resource recovery, and protection of scarce natural resources. It redesigns the unsustainable “business-as-usual” one-way, linear industrial system into a circular system that minimizes unnecessary extraction and consumption, reduces waste, and ensures that products and materials are reused or recycled back into nature or into the market. By pursuing Zero Waste, cities are likely to spend less on their solid waste management costs; provide better livelihood conditions for waste workers; and prevent waste from being brought to end-of-pipe disposal facilities or worse, released into the environment. Read more about GAIA at www.no-burn.org, and learn more about our Zero Waste work at www.zerowasteworld.org.

Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) is a non-stock, non-profit organization actively engaged in addressing waste and toxic pollution, climate change, and other health and environmental justice issues. It is best known for its advocacy of Zero Waste through the systematic reduction and proper management of waste.

Since its founding in 1998, MEF has waged a nationwide campaign to train communities, schools, barangays (the smallest government unit in the Philippines), cities, and municipalities on how to reduce and manage waste so that it brings no harm to public health or the environment and does not exacerbate climate change.MEF helps local governments implement Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Many of the communities and LGUs the MEF has trained have gained recognition as models of ecological waste management, winning various national, regional, and distinct awards. Read more at www.motherearthphil.org.

MEF helps local governments implement Republic Act 9003, or the Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000. Many of the communities and LGUs the MEF has trained have gained recognition as models of ecological waste management, winning various national, regional, and distinct awards. Read more at www.motherearthphil.org.

Testimonials

Zero Waste Alliance Coordinator, Vietnam

Xuan Quach

Since 2017, the Zero Waste Academy has built a diverse and regional network of international graduates hailing from countries such as Albania, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, the USA, and Vietnam. ZWA Alumni are typically Zero Waste practitioners and implementers from NGOs, academic institutions, media, and both local and national government offices.

Climate and Clean Energy Campaigner, Indonesia

Yobel Novian Putra

Since 2017, the Zero Waste Academy has built a diverse and regional network of international graduates hailing from countries such as Albania, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, the USA, and Vietnam. ZWA Alumni are typically Zero Waste practitioners and implementers from NGOs, academic institutions, media, and both local and national government offices.

Educator, Philippines

Jimmy Perote Jr.

Since 2017, the Zero Waste Academy has built a diverse and regional network of international graduates hailing from countries such as Albania, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Philippines, South Africa, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tunisia, the USA, and Vietnam. ZWA Alumni are typically Zero Waste practitioners and implementers from NGOs, academic institutions, media, and both local and national government offices.