“Modern society will find no solution to the ecological problem unless it takes a serious look at its lifestyle.” – Pope John Paul II

Zero Waste

How to jettison yourself from the wastefulness of conspicuous consumption.


  • Seven Generations Ahead is a non-profit in Oak Park, IL promoting sustainable and healthy communities through partnerships, programs, conferences and workshops. This is their before- during- and-after guide for a zero-waste event.
  • Green Mary, based in Napa, CA consults on and manages green events, from recycling/composting stations with personnel to green food vendor outreach to tracking and reporting what was diverted from the landfill. Her website provides a good overview of all the aspects to consider in producing a truly green event.
  • Book: Sustainable Event Management: A Practical Guide/2nd edition by Meegan Jones . See table of contents for in-depth list of all topics to consider.
  • UC Santa Cruz Zero Event Guide: Tips from UC Santa Cruz Zero Waste Team on planning zero waste events and tracking diversion rates. Their goal is for UCSC to achieve Zero Waste by 2020.
  • EcoCycle: One of the largest non-profit recyclers in the US, and located in Boulder, CO, their website gives short, to-the-point information on basic materials needed (compostable tableware, compostables collection containers, signage, etc.) and speaks to the importance of using a commercial composter.