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 California 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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Mission and History

When Co-Founder Teresa Bradley started her former Zero Waste Consulting Business, Revolutionary Green in 2009, many of her event projects focused heavily on waste diversion techniques & recycling. However, she wanted to see more waste avoidance, awareness and education at events. In 2014, she was granted Fiscal Sponsorship with Marin Link where she launched her brainchild known as the Cup-Free 5K Run to Zero Waste. The sponsored 5K events brought fun and engaging activities, break-free from plastic speakers, education stations, and other zero waste demonstrations. Over the years, she has worked to build a team, with founding members Marria Evbuoma & Jeff Tuite to build Race to Zero Waste as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Since 2018, the Cup-Free Run concept has grown to incorporate additional signature fundraising events and zero waste projects. R20W is proud of its short history in making an impact on the reduction of single-use plastic waste at many California events, institutions, and businesses.

Staff & Board 

Teresa Bradley is the President and part-time CEO of Race to Zero Waste. 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. At Race to Zero Waste she is the strategic vision of the organization. She works on discovering new zero waste project opportunities, sponsorships dollars, report writing and proposals. She also manages a small budget, board and staff. Her past project experience have led events and institutions to significantly minimize waste streams, greatly increase composting of organic waste, save money through avoided landfill tip fees, and create green collar jobs. Ms. Bradley holds a Master of Science in Environmental Management 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. 

Marria Evbuoma has served as Director of Communications for Race to Zero Waste since January 2019 and Secretary of the Board. In her communications role, she networks with local organizations to recruit event assistants, volunteers, and sponsors and educates local businesses on compostable products and alternatives to plastics. In addition, she organizes fundraising projects to raise awareness to zero waste. She manages 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. 

Alejandra Warren serves as the Vice President to the Board of R20W. Ms. Warren is a strong advocate of zero waste, sustainability and environmental conservation both in her personal and professional life. She currently manages and assists on zero waste projects for Envirolutions Consulting and works as a zero waste consultant for San Francisco Environment. She previously collaborated on projects with Race to Zero Waste and Cascadia Consulting Group. Alejandra co-lead efforts for the passage of the single use plastic ban in Pacifica, CA in 2018 and founded Plastic Free Pacifica in 2019, an initiative to educate the public on the importance of reducing the use of single use plastics and advocating for the use of reusables. She’s also contributing to a cross-sector action group working to find solutions to problems related to the use of single use plastics in San Mateo county. Alejandra strongly believes in the interdependence of all species and that working to heal the environment leads to a happier, healthier and more resilient society

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. 

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