WHO WE ARE

Zero Waste Humboldt is the only organization on California’s northwest corner that specializes solely on waste reduction solutions. Inspired by the Redwood Coast’s natural beauty and cultures, we educate the public, provide technical assistance and training, and advocate for sustainable materials management and Zero Waste policies. Our sense of urgency to conserve natural resources and fight climate change drives Zero Waste Humboldt to target all single use and wasteful products and packaging with proactive waste prevention strategies. Our public education campaigns create behavior change — not “green marketing happy talk.”

THE ZWH MISSION

Our top priority is to implement proactive waste prevention strategies to reduce waste generated in the first place, and our work with materials reuse, recycling and composting methods follows. Recycling-based economic development in Humboldt is essential to our mission; helping local businesses to integrate recyclable materials into their production processes creates the Circular Economy.

ORGANIZATION

ZWH introduced the Zero Waste movement to Humboldt County in 2011, and incorporated as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization in 2014, to provide contemporary sustainable materials management and Zero Waste practices.

ZWH is governed by a board of directors who reside in different Humboldt communities and bring experience in the Zero Waste method, public education aimed at behavioral change, developing collaborative partnerships, advocacy, different business sectors, and nonprofit management. An Advisory Board provide both pro bono expertise and project feedback; and information on community resources and partners.

ZWH accomplishes much of its work with a small staff, a growing network of partner organizations, more than 50 regular trained volunteers, and as a work site for Humboldt State University student internships, work-study employees, community service-learning projects, senior capstone projects, and graduate student research.

ZWH honors Humboldt businesses and community members who are exemplary models of successful commitment to Zero Waste in an annual Zero Heroes Night celebration.

To learn about Zero Waste Humboldt’s services, please read SERVICES.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Krista Miller
Krista MillerPresident
Chez Moran
Chez MoranSecretary
Vicente Zavala
Vicente ZavalaTreasurer
Ben Winker
Ben WinkerBoard Member
Reed Parsons
Reed ParsonsBoard Member
Layla Richardson
Layla RichardsonExecutive Director / Board Member

STAFF AND CONSULTANTS

Maggie Gainer
Maggie GainerZW Technical Advisor
Amy Whitlatch
Amy WhitlatchBookkeeper
Shelly Reider
Shelly ReiderZero Waste Specialist

CONTACT US

[email protected]

Mail Address: PO Box 293 Arcata, CA 95518

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