Learn more about TRUE and zero waste

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SUMe Conference: Building the Future Forum
TRUE Workshop

  • February 27-29, 2024
  • Mexico City, Mexico

Join a 3-hour TRUE workshop at the 2nd annual Building the Future Forum, which happens on the 3rd day of the conference.

TRUE Workshop, hosted by the USGBC New Mexico

  • March 4 from 1-5 pm MT
  • Albuquerque, NM

During this 4-hour hands-on workshop with USGBC TRUE rating system staff and guest speakers, learn about the importance of recycling markets, steps for collecting the right data, the 10 R’s of the zero-waste hierarchy, and tools for effectively communicating results to build support for your waste program.  From local resources to global initiatives, the team will provide an overview of opportunities and funding available to take your project to the next level.

The interactive workshop will explore USGBC’s TRUE Certification, a zero-waste program, and equip attendees with the essential tools to revolutionize their waste management approach, transforming it into a commodity-driven, resource-centric, zero-waste plan that contributes to a circular economy both locally and globally. Focus will be on the key components of the TRUE Rating System which include training, redesigning systems and materials, an Environmental Preferred Purchasing plan, and delving deep into the financial benefits of zero waste. Case studies for TRUE for facilities along with TRUE for Events and TRUE for Construction will be reviewed.

Workshop attendees will also receive $100 off the TRUE Advisor online course and exam.

"Striving for Zero: The Circular Economy & Zero Waste in Schools" at the Green Schools Conference

  • March 5-7
  • Santa Fe, NM

The Green Schools Conference (GSC) brings together everyone involved in creating and advocating for green schools, with a focus on those leading their schools and school systems toward whole school sustainability. The three-day event provides a platform for the green schools community that inspires and facilitates the progress of the green schools movement.

Attendees explore interdisciplinary content in general sessions and collaborate with peers to address specific challenges, exchange best practices, and enhance green school initiatives nationwide.

The session will explore the challenges and opportunities schools and districts experience when working to advance zero waste goals. Gain insights from circular economy and zero waste experts, as well as peers actively working to drive down waste at their schools. Walk away inspired with new approaches and resources that can accelerate your organization on their path to zero waste.