The vision and mission of the Zero Waste Cities programme is to accelerate the transition towards zero waste at the local level, through the implementation of ambitious and effective local waste prevention strategies. To achieve this, it is critical that our local groups and activists are equipped with the right knowledge, tools and experience to support municipalities on their journey to zero waste.
This is why we are involved in an exciting Erasmus+ project, ‘Building a European Zero Waste Academy.’ Together with our Slovenian member Ecologists Without Borders (Društvo Ekologi brez meja), Let’s Do it Foundation, the Estonian University of Life Sciences and Tallinn University, we have built a coalition of partners with a wide range of zero waste and educational knowledge needed to achieve the vision of the project – to create the training and capacity building framework for zero waste expertise to flourish at the local level.
The project has 2 main objectives, to create a strong curricula for advancing the zero waste cities movement in Europe and to kick-start a European network of zero waste trainers to implement this framework in their local communities, which would subsequently increase the scale and impact of our work.Within the project we will be creating two training formats, one for zero waste ambassadors (those helping the implementation of local strategies) and the other for zero waste trainers (those training the ambassadors). Both formats will consist of training materials and opportunities, as well as a certification system to celebrate and verify those who have undergone this training. The results of the project will be closely linked with the Mission Zero Academy and are expected to be available by Spring 2022 and there will be several events organized to introduce these results to a wider audience.
Who is involved?