The Zero Waste / Community Outreach Assistant will primarily be involved in assisting the Sustainability Coordinator in engaging the community in conservation activities. The majority of the time will be devoted to reducing waste through recycling and organics diversion programs both in the community and in City department facilities and operations. At least 30% of the waste that still goes to landfill is potentially compostable or able to be processed in our anaerobic digesters at the Central Marin Sanitation District, therefore part of the Fellowship will be geared toward removing food waste and organics from the waste stream. However, there are many opportunities to reduce waste including introducing programs to encourage businesses to use less plastic takeout packaging such as through reusable takeout container pilot projects, working with our waste hauler to engage apartment green teams, and identifying and procuring better recycling containers and signage for City facilities, among other things. Engagement and policy work to get businesses to comply with AB 1826 and SB 1383 will also be in the scope.
A smaller portion of the time will be geared toward general sustainability outreach and engagement. For example, the Fellow will help with outreach by participating in events, and developing promotional pieces, case studies, and social media posts to help recognize businesses and individuals, and normalize sustainable behavior. Fellows will be encouraged to learn and utilize Community Based Social Marketing (CBSM) techniques to get residents and businesses to conserve. The Fellow will work on a variety of projects ultimately determined in a collaborative fashion at the outset of the Fellowship. Opportunities for learning include the annual Northern California Recycling Update conference, behavior change trainings, and participation in City and Chamber of Commerce Green Business meetings and workshops, among others.