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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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Runner during R20

ED clean water action, Beth Terry, and Jeff of Litterati

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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 

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. 

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.

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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. She is the Strategic Development Consultant for Race to Zero Waste, streamlining communications goals and messaging for outreach, reports, fundraising, and special events, such as the Wild and Scenic Film Festival On Tour hosted by Race to Zero Waste in 2020. Ms. Sloan’s previous work is varied, with experience in program development, environmental education and campaigning, project management, and conservation. She has contributed to the successful continuation of grant funding through project management and data reporting. Ms. Sloan 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. 

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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