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LEAF 2015


Alameda County’s 2015 Leadership and Environmental Action Forum (LEAF) took place May 30-31 at Camp Arroyo in Livermore. Nearly 100 students from 15 middle and high schools participated in a weekend of environmental leadership training organized by StopWaste, the Alameda County Office of Education and EarthTeam.

The primary goal of LEAF 2015 was to increase students’ capacity to be environmental leaders on campus, at home, and in the community.

The weekend focused on the challenge of keeping food scraps out of the landfill and encouraging residents and businesses in Alameda County to use the green bin for compostable materials.


All LEAF participants can join the effort by completing the following actions:

American High School's Kathryn Tarver Collects a Food Scrap Pledge from her neighborAmerican High School's Kathryn Tarver Collects a Food Scrap Pledge from her neighborTalk to your family about reducing food waste and keeping food scraps out of the garbage. In Alameda County, food scraps and food soiled paper can be placed in the green bin.  Have your family take the Food Scrap Pledge and post a picture of your efforts to social media with the tags @StopWaste and #LEAF2015 or email the photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Talk to a friend or neighbor to encourage them to participate in the effort to divert food scraps from the landfill. Find out what they care about and what concerns they have about participation and help them overcome any barriers they face. Then secure their commitment by having them take the Food Scrap Pledge. Post a photo of your efforts to social media with the tags @StopWaste and #LEAF2015 or email the photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Visit your favorite restaurant in Alameda County. Ask how they are participating in or preparing for the effort to divert food scraps away from the landfill. If they are unaware of this initiative, let them know about Alameda County’s Mandatory Commercial recycling requirements and who they can contact for help (listed here for each city.) Write a blog post about your dining experience and the restaurant’s efforts to reduce waste. Send the post to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be posted on the Miss Alameda Says Compost blog.


LEAF Recap

Day 1 featured an interactive keynote presentation and four workshops focused on the theme “All In” – highlighting Alameda County’s efforts to get all food scraps and food soiled paper into the green bin for composting.

Materials from the workshops are linked below.

Day 2 featured student led workshops from American High, Nea Community Learning Center, Oakland High, San Lorenzo High, Skyline High and Walters Jr. High School. Each school shared promising environmental practices and tools to inspire others to take action.

Student Presentation ScheduleStudent Presentation Schedule

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