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2012 SLWRP Kick-Off Meeting

This 1st SLWRP meeting of the 2012-2013 school year took place Thursday, October 4 at the Davis St. Transfer Station in San Leandro.  The agenda and notes from the meeting are posted below.

4:30-6:00 Tour of the Davis St. Transfer Station- The Davis St. Transfer Station in San Leandro processes the waste for over 1,000,000 people each day. Take a virtual and behind the scenes tour of this facility by viewing the videos posted here showing how materials are processed throughout the facility.

6:00-7:45 SLWRP Site Coordinator Orientation Meeting.  Site coordinators and students from 22 schools reviewed their school recycling program, discussed the role of SLWRP site coordinators and student leadership on campus, and learned about opportunities in the SLWRP program this year.  Detailed notes from the meeting are listed below with links to additional resources and materials.  If you were unable to attend the meeting, please download and complete the Planning Tool and email it back using the submit button in the form.

Quiet activity: Using the·Planning Tool·, describe your classroom recycling program

·2011-2012 in review:

  • 1.63 million pounds of waste reduced at 28 schools serving nearly 35,000 students in 11 school districts
  • SLWRP average reduction increased from 30 pounds/student/year for 2010-2011 to 47 pounds/student/year for 2011-2012
  • Irvington, Mission Valley ROP, Kennedy, Wood Middle School, American, and Anna Yates all reported 100 pounds/student/year

Starting strong:

Using the Planning Tool , please review and update your school web profile as needed

SLWRP Basics:

  • Field Trips: Each SLWRP school is able to access up to three free field trips to the Davis Street or Fremont transfer stations each year. Maximum group size is 36
  • Waste Audits: EarthTeam will work with your students to conduct a comprehensive analysis of your campus waste stream in order to design effective waste reduction systems
  • Stipends: Coordinators should assemble a team of teachers, staff and others to establish and advance the school's waste reduction goals. ·Stipends are paid at the end of the school year. ·Coordinator stipend =$1000. ·Team member stipends =$300. $2200 total in stipends available per school per year
  • Monthly meetings: SLWRP hosts monthly networking meeting to support the professional development of site coordinators and their teams. ·SLWRP will host a minimum of 10 meetings over the course of the school year. Coordinators are expected to attend at least 6.
  • LEAF: SLWRP hosts student leadership development events called LEAF (Leadership and Environmental Action Form)
    • Winter LEAF- Ocean Watch and Spirit of the Sea have offered to host a Saturday Sail and leadership training for one student from each SLWRP school sometime in early December. ·Stay tuned for details, but start thinking of how you might select just one student to represent your school
    • Spring LEAF- Each school is invited to send a small team of student leaders to present at our traditional Memorial Day LEAF event at Camp Arroyo

In small groups, discuss the role of the site coordinator. ·What works? ·What are the biggest challenges?

2012-2013 in preview

Binvintory: On or before November 15th, please complete a comprehensive inventory of all waste, recycling, compost and special bins on your campus. Data from the Binvintory will inform the application of a CalRecycle grant to get recycling bins and signs to schools in SLWRP. Binvintory tools will be distributed soon.

Green Star Schools: The Green Star Schools initiative seeks to recognize the measurable environmental efforts of schools. An interactive website with curricular resources, project ideas and school leader boards is expected to launch this winter- supporting efforts in the environmental pathways listed below. Each SLWRP school should enter project data in at least one pathway this year. See a mock-up of the website here.

  • Waste
  • Transportation
  • Energy
  • Water
  • Food and·School Yards
  • Toxics and Indoor Air Quality

Bag Ban: The Alameda County Waste Management Authority (StopWaste) passed a county-wide plastic bag ban, set to go into effect on January 1, 2013. ·SLWRP schools are encourage to help get the word out about the initiative and to develop projects to help families and community members access and use reusable bags. ·SLWRP will build a web page with resources like this to support the effort


Lose your Lawn: SLWRP schools are encouraged to support efforts to expand Bay Friendly Landscaping projects at schools and homes.

Energize for the Prize: Schools can earn up to $250 for each home that signs up for a comprehensive energy upgrade. $50,000 total is available in Alameda County.


  • Altamont Landfill Grant: The Altamont Education Advisory Board just announced a special grant cycle with $25,000 available to support waste reducing mini-grants up to $1,000 each. ·Students are encouraged to apply.
  • Cafeteria Bin Grants: ·SLWRP has a limited supply of cafeteria and school kitchen compost bin kits. ·Contact Nate Ivy if you are interested in getting one for your school!
  • Signs: ACOE is able to print bin label signs on durable/washable plastic sheets at a low cost.


  • Next meeting @ Logan High on October 25. ·This meeting will focus on green practices in lab science and will feature a special presentation from Digital Frog about alternatives to wet dissection labs. ·We will also discuss green chemistry, waste reducing lab practices, and more. ·Download a flyer here.
  • November: Date TBA- Plastic
  • December: Date TBA- EWaste
  • Winter/Spring topics: ·Environmental Justice, Bay Friendly Gardening, Green Star Schools Launch, Video production and more!

Be sure to turn in or submit your Planning Tool.

StopWaste's Roberta Miller points to a heap of recyclable materialsStopWaste's Roberta Miller points to a heap of recyclable materials