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About Race to Zero Waste

Race to Zero Waste is a nonprofit that brings the vision of Zero Waste to reality by taking action! Race to Zero Waste (R20W) is devoted to educating individuals on zero waste principles and simple actions through reuse, source reduction, re-earth, and avoidance of single-use plastics. R20W provides fun and engaging fundraising platforms through sponsored activities with information and tips geared toward waste-free living, promoting healthy and vibrant communities, and engagement of stakeholders.

In addition, our team also provides fee-for-service work through its project Zero Waste CA to special events, businesses, and institutions by providing outreach, education, zero waste audits, technical assistance, and implementation.

Zero Waste principles will help heal our planet and protect its resources through resource conservation. These efforts can have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. With our climate changing, there is an urgency to educate ourselves on its impact and how to prevent irreversible trends. The time is now for all of us to Race to Zero Waste!

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History

Race to Zero Waste obtained California non-profit corporation status in 2019. It was formerly a fiscally sponsored project of Marin Link from 2014 to 2019. During that time, Race to Zero Waste hosted a signature project known as the Cup-Free & Bib-Free 5K Run to Zero Waste, which was located at Crissy Field in San Francisco. The festival event highlighted a variety of education stations, sustainable sponsors, speakers, yoga, music, and mermaids to educate runners and on-lookers on the destructive impacts of marine pollution. Money raised by the project enabled the placement of more beach clean-up stations in San Francisco, the precursors to the Zero Waste Station pop-up program.

Staff & Board 

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Teresa Bradley is Founder of Race to Zero Waste and is the strategic vision of the organization. She has worked with the organization’s staff, board, volunteers, and contractors to develop new concepts and make zero waste more accessible in public spaces. At the height of the pandemic, she worked on discovering new zero waste project opportunites and sponsorship dollars, while writing report and proposals. Her past project experience with RFPs and grants have led municipalites, non-profits, and institutions to significantly minimize waste streams, greatly increase composting of organic waste, save money throughout avoided landfill tip fees, and create green-collar jobs. She has expanded grants with CalRecycle while working for a California based conservation corps, and has managed state and national grants to expand recycling efforts. In addition, she has over 15 years of experience developing zero waste systems by implementing reuse, waste avoidance, composting and recycling techniques for municipalities, special events, commercial businesses, and schools. Ms. Bradley holds a Master of Science in Environmental Managment from the University of San Francisco and is TRUE Zero Waste certified. 

Jeff Tuite is a board member and Director of Operations since January 2019. As Operations Director, he manages all aspects of event operations, including crew recruitment and supervision, partner support, resource conservation, and eco-friendly tear down. Jeff’s background is leading large-scale event operations with Revolutionary Green and the Pennsylvania Resources Council. Jeff enjoys spending his free time with his small reuse business, daughter and chickens. 

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Marria Evbuoma is Vice President of the Board. She served as Director of Communications for Race to Zero Waste from January 2019 – August 2021. In her communications role, she networked with local organizations to recruit event assistants, volunteers, and sponsors. She has organized fundraising projects to raise awareness to zero waste. She continues to educate local businesses on compostable products and alternatives to plastics. She managed Race to Zero Waste projects such as Love Dolores, The Wild & Scenic Film Festival and the Pop-Up Zero Waste Station Project. Previously, Marria served for three years as Outreach Coordinator for Purusha Seva Project, working with underserved populations in San Francisco. Ms. Evbuoma holds a B.A. in English Literature and studied advanced Spanish literature at Vancouver Language Center in Guadalajara, Mexico; she is fluent in Spanish. 

Lindsay Wood, “The Tiny Home Lady,” is the CEO of Experience Tiny Homes, on a mission to develop 100,000 Tiny Homes as affordable houses in California and across the US. She is Race to Zero Waste’s Secretary of the Board. Lindsay guides people dreaming of going Tiny through the GO TINY! Academy focusing on a 6 step process of realizing their Dream Tiny Home. In addition to Tiny Homes, Lindsay is also an off-grid solar consultant helping guide people towards owning their own power.

Lindsay got her Green MBA in 2003 and worked in the Biodiesel industry and created the character “Betty Biodiesel,” educating thousands on the value of being earth conscious. In her spare time Lindsay is an avid zero waster as she has been bottle-bricking her landfill for over a decade, totaling up 400 bottles between her and her husband in 10 years.

Lindsay has been featured in articles by KUSI TV, Good Morning San Diego, Inman Media, Business Insider, Mercury News, Tiny House Lifestyle Podcast, Tiny  East Bay Times, and Common Ground, among others.

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Andrew De Los Santos is the Zero Waste Supervisor of Race to Zero Waste. He has over 5 years of experience in zero waste operations and management. At Race to Zero Waste, he acts as the operational lead of the Love Dolores Project including contractor oversight, on-site client relations, and vendor/equipment coordination. He also assists with waste diversion data tracking, marketing, public relations, content development, and social media management. He has assisted on waste characterization studies with other municipalities in the bay area. Mr. De Los Santos holds a Master of Science in Sustainability from Arizona State University and is TRUE Zero Waste certified.

Hayden Sloan is a sustainability expert who has experience working in the US, China, Costa Rica, and Spain. She has been involved in the zero waste movement since 2013, gradually changing her own habits and spearheading campaigns to advance zero waste and circular economy principles internationally. Hayden’s previous work is varied, with experience in program development, environmental education and campaigning, project management, and conservation. She is the Strategic Director of Communications for Race to Zero Waste, streamlining goals and messaging for outreach, reports, fundraising, and special events. She has an MA in International Sustainable Development from American University and an MA in Natural Resources Management from La Universidad para la Paz. She is EcoDistricts AP certified and a PADI Divemaster. 

Kirk Kunihiro brings almost a decade of experience working in various roles in the waste and recycling industry and serves as the Treasurer of R20W.

Mr. Kunihiro got his start in the events world in 2011, working for Green Mary and the SF Conservation Corps. After witnessing a general lack of awareness of proper sorting among event attendees, Kirk understood that there was a need for public education. Building on his background in outdoor education, he sought out roles to help educate the public and landed a job at StopWaste as an Environmental Education Associate.

From 2015-2019 Kirk provided event waste management consulting, independently contracting with many large West Coast events to manage crews. Kirk began consulting on municipal projects in 2019, founding Planet People Waste Insights, a business that focuses on waste characterization studies and public education and outreach. Planet People Waste Insights is a California State Certified small business.

Kirk is a member of Zero Waste Youth, Northern California Recycling Association, and California Resource Recycling Organization. He is based in Long Beach, CA and for fun Kirk builds art installations from recovered materials and displaying them at events where he provides zero waste services.

Allison Staley has been keeping Race to Zero Waste’s financial records up to date since April 2020. Her primary area of expertise is with non-profit clients throughout the state of California, while also working with various businesses and personal clients. She brings 14 years of bookkeeping experience to Race To Zero Waste, with 7 of those years as a ProAdvisor.
Allison has always loved numbers. She finds financial troubleshooting, data entry, and monthly account reconciling quite enjoyable, and even relaxes at night working Sudoku puzzles.

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Melissa Baxter is a passionate environmentalist with a keen eye for business. She is a Race to Zero Waste Board Member. She recently graduated from Cornell University’s Executive MBA Program and has been in the environmental field for over 13 years. Melissa’s wide range of experience begins with owning Nothing Wasted Consulting for 11 years. She has also had various environmental roles at City of San Jose, City of Sunnyvale, Recology, and SCS Engineers.  She has served on the CRRA board for Special Events and Venues, Mupkins Inc., advising the company on sustainable packaging and processes. She serves as Chief of Business Development and Sustainability for Kai(n), her sister and brother-in-law’s pasta company. Melissa is committed to the environment and actively integrates collaboration into her business model.

 

Angela Vincent is an artist, environmental activist, and zero waste advocate. She is a Race to Zero Waste Board Member. She worked for California’s Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) for 8 years in various roles and recently transitioned to the City of Alameda’s Zero Waste program. Angela has a Master’s Degree in Urban Sustainability and a certificate in Recycling and Resource Management. Angela also has a background in theatre and music. She combined her passions to educate children through the character Queen Green, a depiction of Mother Nature. Her children’s book and album, Save Queen Green! Mother Nature’s Eco-Rhymes, uses music to teach kids about what they can do to protect the planet. Angela is committed to public service and is passionate about educating and inspiring others to take personal and collective action to combat climate change.

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Zero Waste Careers

 

Zero Waste Educator

Location: Dolores Park San Francisco  

Timeframe: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sat/Sun/Holidays 

Classification: Part-Time Casual  

Pay: $20 per hour 

 

As part of the Zero Waste Station Program, R20W is seeking highly motivated individuals to help assist the Love Dolores Eco Pop-up Program in Dolores Park, San Francisco.The project helps to provide holistic, community-based waste management, zero waste education, organization of waste materials generated at the park, and reporting of the diversion results from each event. 

 

Through the Love Dolores Campaign, you will help R20W facilitate park-goers’ zero waste education, while maximizing the diversion of materials from landfill. ZWEs will serve as ambassadors for the waste minimization program by educating patrons so that they can make better decisions on how to reduce and properly separate their waste. ZWEs will also be responsible for the setup and maintenance of the collection system as well as the purity of waste streams. 
 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Set up and take down Zero Waste Stations.
  • Educate park-goers on what-goes-where. 
  • Maintain sorting bins by removing contamination. 
  • Transport materials via hand cart. 
  • Follow instructions from the on-site ZW Supervisor. 

 

Typical Working Conditions

Events are frequently outdoors and subject to weather (rain, sun, heat, cold, etc.). However, the Zero Waste Supervisor would notify all educators if air quality or outdoor conditions deem the Pop-up unsafe. ZWEs are on their feet for most of the shifts, staffing collection stations or moving materials to bulk storage areas. Each ZWE is allowed two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute break each shift.  

 

Minimum Education and Experience Required  

  • High school diploma or GED and at least 21 years of age.
  • English speaker (B2 equivalent or higher). 
  • Basic knowledge, interest, or experience of zero waste principles, recycling and/or conservation (Basic training available through this program). 
  • Demonstrated ability to give direction regarding safety and to implement safety procedures.
To apply: please email your resumé and a brief interest letter to admin (at) racetozerowaste (dot) org.

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