Getting Involved in Zero Waste

Zero Waste Coalition Member Organizations

If you're a Cal student interested in working towards Zero Waste on campus, check out our member organizations below to see where you can get involved.

The Zero Waste Coalition is comprised of over a dozen official Member Organizations who are involved in waste-related efforts on campus. Each Member Organization appoints at least one official Representative to the Coalition who attends monthly meetings and helps to develop  ZWC resources. There are also Representatives from groups who do not work directly on  waste (such as Athletics, Graduate Assembly, etc.).

View a PDF on the Zero Waste Coalition here.

Housing and Dining Sustainability Advocates

Housing and Dining Sustainability Advocates (HADSA) Logo

Through student-led advocacy, auditing, and peer education, HADSA makes sustainability accessible to the UC Berkeley community, improves housing and dining infrastructure, and works towards more ethical and environmentally sound practices on campus. 

Cal Zero Waste

Cal Zero Waste Logo

Cal Zero Waste manages over 25 tons of solid waste that move through the campus daily and is committed to expanding recycling and composting  programs while providing effective refuse collect​ion services. 

CALPIRG Plastic-Free Seas

CALPIRG Students

CALPIRG is a student-run nonprofit committed to  tackling climate change, protecting public health, and revitalizing democracy. The Plastic-Free Seas campaign is calling for campus, city, and statewide bans  on  single-use plastic.

Office of Sustainability & Carbon Solutions

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The OS serves as a leader for sustainability initiatives on campus. They foster a culture of sustainability  by ​planning for and integrating sustainability practices into campus operations and by providing methods, strategies, and data for others to do  the same.   

ReUSE

UC Berkeley ReUSE

ReUSE is a not-for-profit thrift store run by student volunteers, located in  the MLK Jr. Student Union. They accept donations of clothes, textbooks, office  supplies, and other miscellaneous items from the Cal community cycle them  back into the community via their store. 

SERC Zero Waste Research Center

SERC Zero Waste Research Center

The SERC Zero Waste Research Center researches and implements strategies for reducing campus waste, with a focus on purchasing, redesigning products, creating behavior change  incentives, and instituting closed-loop “circular economy” waste systems. 

Surfrider

Surfrider

Surfrider is a community of everyday people who passionately protect the ocean,  waves, and beaches. They engage environmental experts to create solutions, unite local  and national resources to protect the coast, and leverage their local chapter network’s  knowledge with a national perspective. 

Green Labs

Green Labs

Green Labs helps labs perform research in the most sustainable  manner possible - executing mindful experiments that excel in efficiency and  waste prevention - from planning to purchasing, and throughout the duration of each project. 

Haas Business School Association

Haas Business School Association

The official undergraduate student government for the Haas School of Business, dedicated to enhancing  the undergraduate experience and advocating the needs of the student body. 

Epsilon Eta

Epsilon Eta

Epsilon Eta is a professional fraternity at Berkeley for dedicated  environmentalists seeking post-graduate opportunities in the environmental field. They  welcome all students who are enthusiastic about protecting the environment. 

Greening the Greeks

Greening the Greeks

Greening the Greeks​ is a student organization comprised of Cal Greek​ members that promote environmental awareness and sustainability within the fraternity and sorority community, especially in housing facilities and at ​Greek​-sponsored  events. 

Contact the Zero Waste Coalition

Official email: zerowastecoalition@berkeley.edu

Meeting Time: During the academic year, the ZWC meets once per month on Thursday nights from 7:30-9:00pm. These meetings allow for updates and collaboration between member organizations.

Meeting Notes: You can access past ZWC Meeting Notes here.