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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.

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 2018. 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 and CEO 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. Jeff has over 12 years’ experience managing zero waste projects and providing operational expertise at door-to-door outreach projects, public space recycling, special events and waste characterization studies. Jeff oversees all aspects of field operations and crew support by managing field staff, project safety procedures, and training programs. He aids in partner support, the liaison between all project collaborators, and is effective in making zero waste systems more efficient. 

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Andrew De Los Santos is the Zero Waste Supervisor of Race to Zero Waste. He has over 5 years’ experience in zero waste operations and management. At Race to Zero Waste, he acts as the project lead for Zero Waste Pop-ups, waste audits and zero waste facilitation projects. He also assists with waste diversion data tracking, marketing, public relations, content development, and social media management 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 is the Strategic Director of Communications for Race to Zero Waste, streamlining goals and messaging for outreach, reports, fundraising, and special events. 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 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. 

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Daniella Menendez is Race to Zero Waste’s Outreach Coordinator. She is an experienced zero waste and environmental policy consultant. Ms. Menendez began her work in zero waste at the San Francisco Department of the Environment (SFE) as an Outreach Associate providing technical assistance and education to local residents and businesses throughout San Francisco. Following that role, Ms. Menendez began working as the City Government Zero Waste Assistant Coordinator, implementing and evaluating waste reduction programs for San Francisco’s municipalities. At Race to Zero Waste, she assists with grants, Zero Waste Action Month, and the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Ms. Menendez holds a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 

 

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. 

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

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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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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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Zero Waste Careers

 

Click the title of the position to see details. To apply or if you have questions, please email info [at] racetozerowaste [dot] org.

Race to Zero Waste is seeking a highly motivated, outgoing individual to help maintain and manage the Zero Waste Pop-up Project in Dolores Park, assist with Zero Waste Event Services, Zero Waste Facilitation Projects, and the Love Your Neighbor(hood) Program. All projects are in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Position Title: Zero Waste Field Manager 

Location: San Francisco, CA

Status: Part-Time Employee; $27/hr @ roughly 30 hours per week; 80% (field) and 20% (admin)

Supervisor: Director 

About Race to Zero Waste: Race to Zero Waste (R20W) is a woman-founded and -run 501(c)3 environmental non-profit dedicated to reducing consumption or single-use plastics, implementing reuse, reducing waste, and promoting an equitable circular economy. Our mission is to instill zero waste solutions and support effective alternatives to single-use disposables upstream and downstream through community-centered education.

Job Summary: Lead and manage the educational outreach at the Zero Waste Station Pop-Up Program at Dolores Park and Ocean Beach, and provide assistance to Zero Waste Events, Love Your Neighborhood, and other technical projects. These services help to provide a holistic management of landfill diversion through characterization of waste materials generated in these public spaces.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Act as operational lead for the Love Dolores Project, Bay Area events, and technical projects including staff, volunteer, and contractor oversight. 

Provide onsite client relations, and vendor/equipment coordination.

Train staff to engage the public in zero waste education and get them involved in the Race to Zero Waste! 

Write proposals and quotes for new projects. 

Commit to weekend and major holiday work between April – October. 

Coordinate Zero Waste Educators and update scheduling on Google Sheets. 

Update the waste diversion tracking system after each workday. 

Assist with post-event and post-season report development and publication.

Coordinate volunteers, contractors, and staff for Dolores Park, events, and other Bay Area Projects assigned. 

Maintain a photographic library of the project by uploading photos to Google Drive. 

Be able to work and manage other San Francisco based collaborating 

Coordinate with Director of Communications to assist with public relations, marketing, press releases, and social media content related to these zero waste projects. 

Minimum Education and Experience Required: 

B.S./B.A., Environmental Science, Ecology, Business Management, or related program.

Must have a background in resource recovery/zero waste at event, non-profit work, recruitment, team supervision, and engagement. 

At least two years successfully supervising teams from diverse backgrounds. 

Must be able to reliably arrive at sites on time. Preferred to have valid CA driver’s license and/or provide own transportation to Dolores Park and any offsite presentation events throughout the local region.

English speaker (B2 equivalent or higher). Other languages a plus. 

Office and organization skills: Proficient in a variety of software programs including Social Media, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook.

Experience in data entry, report writing, filing, and day-to-day operation of an office. 

Excellent oral and written communications skills and ability to plan, organize and prioritize workload.

Must be physically capable of lifting 50 lbs setting up event displays and equipment.  

CPR and First Aid certification beneficial.

Desired Profile: 

Outgoing and ready to talk with everyone! 

Detail-oriented.

Self-motivated with the ability to work independently and as a team member.

Commitment to natural resource conservation. 

Dedicated to equality and equity in the zero waste movement. 

Capable of working out-of-doors in a variety of conditions.

Able to handle pressure well in high-stress situations.

Comfortable working with children and adults to provide zero waste guidance.

This position is part-time and has no additional benefits.

TO APPLY: Please send your thoughtful cover letter, resume, and three professional references to [email protected]  Please include “Zero Waste Field Manager” and your last name in the subject line. 

Race to Zero Waste is seeking enthusiastic and outgoing individuals to help assist at our Zero Waste Station Pop-up Projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project helps to provide holistic, community-based waste management, zero waste education, organization of waste materials generated at parks, beaches, and events.

Position Title: Zero Waste Educator (ZWE)

Location: San Francisco Bay Area

Timeframe: 1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Sat/Sun/Holidays; April – October

Classification: Paid Part-Time Position

Supervisor: Zero Waste Manager

Pay: 3- or 6-month stipend opportunities: $2,880 & 6-month $5,760

 

About Race to Zero Waste: Race to Zero Waste (R20W) is a woman-founded and -run 501(c)3 environmental non-profit dedicated to reducing consumption or single-use plastics, implementing reuse, reducing waste, and promoting an equitable circular economy. Our mission is to instill zero waste solutions and support effective alternatives to single-use disposables upstream and downstream through community-centered education.

Job Summary:

Through the Zero Waste Station Pop-up Campaign, you will help R20W facilitate zero waste education, while maximizing the diversion of materials from landfill. Zero Waste Educators are expected to be open communicators, guiding and educating patrons so that they can make better decisions on how to reduce and properly separate their waste.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Setup/takedown Zero Waste Station Pop-ups.
  • Educate park-goers on what-goes-where and reusable alternatives.
  • Engage the public in zero waste education and get them involved in the Race to Zero Waste!
  • Engage park-goers to assist them in sorting their own waste items.
  • Maintain small sorting bins by removing contamination.
  • Maintain correctly sorted waste streams.
  • Follow instructions from the on-site Zero Waste Field Manager.
  • Collect reusable containers or donations for our “Fourth Bin” on behalf of R20W’s partners, as the event requires.

Minimum Education and Experience Required

  • High school diploma or GED and at least 21 years of age.
  • English speaker (B2 equivalent or higher). Other languages a plus.
  • Basic knowledge, interest, or experience of zero waste principles, recycling and/or conservation (Our staff will train you further through this program).
  • Demonstrated ability to give direction regarding safety and to implement safety procedures.
  • Interest in environmental public education and outreach.

Typical Working Conditions

Our Zero Waste Pop-ups are frequently outdoors and subject to weather (rain, sun, heat, cold, etc.). The Zero Waste Program Manager will 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 allotted two 15-minute breaks and one 30-minute break each shift.

This position is part-time and has no additional benefits. 

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and a few sentences explaining your interest to [email protected] Please include “Zero Waste Educator” and your last name in the subject line.

Position Title: Zero Waste Assistant

Location: SF Bay Area

Hours: Depends on the project

Classification: Part-Time Casual

Supervisor: Manager or Supervisor

Pay: $22-24 per hour

 

About Race to Zero Waste: Race to Zero Waste (R20W) is a woman-founded and -run 501(c)3 environmental non-profit dedicated to reducing consumption or single-use plastics, implementing reuse, reducing waste, and promoting an equitable circular economy. Our mission is to instill zero waste solutions and support effective alternatives to single-use disposables upstream and downstream through community-centered education.

Job Summary: Our Zero Waste Assistant recruiting process is ongoing and is contingent on project needs. R20W projects include sorting and characterizing waste container contents. Zero Waste Assistants will work with the R20W team to sort post-consumer recycling, compost, and landfill in order to record contamination rates, produce waste diversion reports, and/or conduct waste audits.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Follow instructions from project manager on sorting procedure.
  • Sort waste according to project guidelines.
  • Assist with record-keeping as needed of waste quantity, weight, contamination, and/or other metrics required for the project.

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 (Our staff will train you further through this program).
  • Demonstrated ability to give direction regarding safety and to implement safety procedures.

All Zero Waste Assistants must feel comfortable getting hands-on with trash, lifting up to 30 pounds, and standing for long hours. Training will be provided by our Zero Waste Managers.

This position is part-time casual and has no benefits.

TO APPLY: Please send your resume and a few sentences explaining your interest to [email protected].  Please include “Zero Waste Assistant” and your last name in the subject line.

Race to Zero Waste (R20W) is an Equal Opportunity Employer

R20W does not discriminate against any individuals based on sex, sexual orientation or preference, gender, gender expression, race, color, religion, national origin, creed, citizenship status, ancestry, age, marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, medical condition, mental or physical disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law, ordinance, or regulation.

 

Our staff are taking all precautions provided by the CDC with regards to the Coronavirus. They are instructed to wear all the proper PPE and social distance when handling materials. In addition, they are required to wear face masks when working on any project.


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